Jonathan Rapp is Chef/Owner of River Tavern Restaurant in Chester, CT, a celebrated farm-to-chef restaurant featuring local ingredients on an ever-changing menu. He was one of the most interesting speakers at the March 6 CT NOFA conference and his passion for local food inspired me to share this series of 12 benefit dinners celebrating our farms, farmers and community. Jonathan created and co-founded this special program with two other chefs: Drew McLachlan of Feast Gourmet Market in Deep River and Chip Dahlke of Ashlawn Farm in Lyme.
According to the Dinners at the FarmTM web site, the on-farm dinner series was begun in 2007 to “bring guests right to the farms to experience seasonal, local food. At each of our twelve dinners, guests will savor course after course of delicious food cooked from scratch on our cherry-red cook truck, break bread and raise a glass with the farmers, fishermen, and others who make up our vibrant agricultural community and since our dinners are benefits, a portion of the proceeds help to support those who work hard daily to maintain our state’s agricultural viability. Some of our current and past beneficiaries are: Connecticut Farmland Trust, Slow Food Connecticut, CitySeed, Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, Working Lands Alliance and the Stanton Davis Homestead. “
Click here for the 2010 dinner schedule and to pre-purchase your dinner tickets. Barberry Hill Farm in Madison, Conn and White Gate Farm in East Lyme are the sites of this seasons’ on-farm dinners. See you at the farm!