By Analiese Paik
Back in 2007 Jonathan Rapp, chef/owner of River Tavern in Chester, and Drew McLachlan, then chef/owner of Feast Gourmet Market in Deep River, recognized the vast, untapped potential of reconnecting people with their food and the land. The two entrepreneurs partnered to establish Dinners at the Farm, a series of plein air, farm-to-table, community dinners held on select Connecticut farms every July and August for the last 5 years. The perennially sold out events are powerful fundraisers for the very organizations working to preserve farmland and create a more equitable food system – Working Lands Alliance, City Seed Farmers’ Market, and Connecticut Farmland Trust. They’re also a mecca for local food lovers in search of a unique, seasonal meal enjoyed at the source.
For 2012 Dinners at the Farm is adding a third farm, Scott’s Farm & Greenhouses in Essex, and holding dinners there for eight nights in September. July and August host farms will once again be Barberry Hill Farm in Madison and White Gate Farm in East Lyme.
Click here for the 2012 dinner schedule and to pre-purchase your tickets. Now through March 30, all Thursday and Sunday dinner tickets are $100, a 33 percent discount off the regular price.