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Dining Under the Stars in Brooksville

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‘Dining Under the Stars’ had its second incarnation in downtown Brooksville. Main Street was closed in front of the Court House and tables were set up in the street for the entire block.

This is a farm-to-table event benefiting Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hernando County. Both of these charities provide essential services to the local community.

Tickets for the open air dinner were $150 a person. It is an audacious undertaking as a rain storm could ruin the evening. The chef created a four course meal that was paired with small glasses of wine. The braised short ribs were exceptional.

Although these dining under the stars dinners have become popular recently, Brooksville predated the trend, in 1901 William Sherman Jennings was elected governor of Florida. He lived in Brooksville at the time and many of his supporters lived in Brooksville. After Mr. Jennings was elected governor, he threw a tremendous feast for his supporters outside his home in downtown Brooksville.

Photo of Dining Under the Stars, 2022 by Trevor Barlow, Monocle Design Solutions.
William Sherman Jennings celebratory feast in Brooksville circa 1901 (State Archives of Florida).

Rocco Maglio
Rocco Magliohttps://www.roccomaglio.com
Rocco Maglio is a co-founder of the Hernando Sun. He grew up in Brooksville and graduated from Hernando High. He then worked in technology for starting in the early 1990s. He was fascinated by the potential of the Internet even though at the time there were not graphical browsers. He recently earned a Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Cybersecurity.
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