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, CitySeed, The New Connecticut Farmers Alliance, Region 4 Schools 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 2013, Dinners at the Farm will be held at three Connecticut farms: Scott’s Farm & Greenhouses in Essex, Barberry Hill Farm in Madison (organic) and White Gate Farm in East Lyme (organic). Tickets are $150 per person and the event begins at 6 pm with dinner seating at 7 pm, community table style.