Dinner in the Street returns to Bunnell on Sunday

Bunnell Street Arts Center is bringing back “Dinner in the Street” summer evening dinner and entertainment event June 2 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Described by organizers as “placemaking at its finest,” it is an outdoor appetizer, meal and entertainment event.

This will be the sixth community Dinner in the Street, which started in 2014 but took a multi-year break partially due to the COVID pandemic. The last one was coordinated in 2018.

Guests for the event will park at Islands and Oceans Visitor Center and walk the trail down to Bunnell Street next to Two Sisters Bakery and Cosmic Cannabis, where there will be a single long dinner table set up. Appetizers are provided by La Baleine Cafe and Fat Olives Restaurant.

A seafood bouillabaisse, a classic French mixed seafood soup, will be served at 5 p.m. Tom Kha provided by Vida’s Thai Restaurant will be served as a vegetarian option. Aaron Sechler of Citizen Salmon will be the head chef for the bouillabaisse with assistance from Cody Fry from The Kannery. The dish will include finfish, salmon, clams and mussels donated by AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse and Kachemak Bay Shellfish Growers. Bread will be provided by Two Sisters. Dessert will be provided by the Kannery.

“There are 14 restaurants or food suppliers contributing to the meal,” coordinator Brianna Allen, with Bunnell said. Beer and wine will be provided by the Homer Brewing Company and the Grog Shop.

Entertainment for the evening is being coordinated by Jenny Baker, who will contribute music along with Rudy Multz and the KP Brass Band. Music for the event is sponsored by Cosmic Cannabis.

In case of rain or weather, plan B will be two seatings at Bunnell, Allen said, “but we’re hoping we don’t have to deal with that, we’ll figure it out if we do.”

“There will also be walkable, wearable puppets joining us during dinner for entertainment,” Allen said.

“The idea for the event has always been to reclaim how we use shared public spaces, including the road, and the City of Homer has been a great partner for that,” Allen said. The road space will be closed to traffic for the evening.

“We also have about 24 volunteers and the business support from this neighborhood of Homer has been huge. It really speaks to the kind of things that Homerites love to do, combining all the food and entertainment in the street setting, kind of a ridiculous notion. This is one of my favorite events that Bunnell helps coordinate, breaking the rules, dressing up and having a shared community moment,” Allen said.

Allen said she also likes to share one little community district in Homer that’s walkable, full of both businesses and residential spaces, facilities like the Homer Elks Lodge and the churches as well as the public beach access. “It’s a special little pocket of town, it’s kind of cool to be able to get everyone together with this one event,” she said.

One hundred tickets are available for the event. The price $85-$100 and they can be purchased on-line at www.bunnellarts.org.