The annual outdoor Farm to Table on the Square dinner on South College Street in downtown Waxahachie is still on despite recent freezing temperatures.

“We have no plans to move the event inside,” Waxahachie High School Culinary Arts Instructor Joel Skipper affirmed. “I am constantly checking the weather, and I believe 5:30 [p.m. Saturday] will be the prettiest part of the day even though the temp will be in the mid to high 50s. We have also ordered eight heaters to be spaced around our event.”

The forecast on Saturday, Nov. 2 is predicted to reach a high of 58 degrees Fahrenheit.

Culinary students, under the leadership of Chef Skipper, are preparing a harvest-themed, five-course meal using locally grown foods from the school’s horticulture program, Waxahachie Farmer’s Market, Ellis County Master Gardeners, local beef producers and other local suppliers.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers — prosciutto, feta, pickled fennel and apple chutney crostini. That will be followed by a butternut squash soup with apple and smoked cheddar. Diners will feast on a mustard green fall mix salad with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and candied pecans. The main course consists of braised Akaushi briskets over Gorgonzola mashers with harissa and maple-roasted carrots. Finally, the dessert includes cider donuts and apple butter with peach ice-cream, blackberry coulis and fried milk.

Students have been busy preparing for the extravagant affair all week long and are excited to show off the skills they developed in Skippers’ culinary arts classes.

“I have always been very proud of the work our kids do, and we have taken this week and devoted the bulk of our time to getting prepared for it,” Skipper said. “We want to make this event a very memorable experience. There had been a great deal of prep done. The brisket is braised and will be finished on Saturday. We will make, refine and thicken our braising liquid for the sauce [Thursday]. The soup will be made [Friday] because everybody knows it's always better the second day. It's been a fun week.”

Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased at Waxahachie High, Ellis County Museum or online at http://downtownwaxahachie.com. Proceeds will support the school’s culinary arts, fine arts and agriculture departments.

“I think the good Lord will bless us again with a nice evening to dine outside,” Skipper declared.