The Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) has expanded its annual Fork It Over fundraiser to include four farm-to-table dinners on four separate evenings prepared by some of the area’s most celebrated chefs. All proceeds benefit the WFM, a 501(c)(3), tax exempt nonprofit organization. Your ticket price of $150 is fully tax deductible as a charitable donation.
The following chefs will be pulling out all the stops to wow guests at this years dinners: Matt Storch (Chelsea and Match), Bill Taibe (LeFarm and The Whelk), Michel Nischan (Dressing Room, featuring Johnny Vaast), Tim Lablant (Schoolhouse Restaurant) and Jeff Taibe (Oak & Almond). Norm Bloom, Sport Hill Farm, Fort Hill Farm, Ox Hollow Farm, Saugatuck Craft Butchery, and and other local growers and purveyors will be supplying the ingredients for these market-driven meals.
Another twist on this dinners this year: they’ve gone underground. Essentially, you pick the date of the dinner you’d like to attend, but the head chef and venue are TBA. You’ll be notified of those details the day before. If you like surprises, this will thrill you. If you’re tentative, WFM director Lori Cochran-Dougall promises diners “one of the best, most intimate, knock-your-socks-off locally sourced meals you’ve ever had. We’re so excited in the talent and taste we’re featuring; we know that people won’t be disappointed.” Dinners may be clam bakes, a wood-fired, or even a pig roast.
Tickets will go on sale on a rolling basis, as the events unfold: Sept. 22 tickets will go on sale Sept. 9; Sept 29 tickets will go on sale Sept. 16; Oct. 6 ticket will go on sale Sept. 23; and Oct 20. tickets will go on sale Oct 7.
These events are intimate affairs and space will sell out quickly. So talk to your spouse and friends, book the sitter, save your date, wait for the email from the Westport Farmers’ Market, and then immediately respond and buy your tickets. If you are not already subscribed to their e-newsletter, you can register on the home page of their website.
The Westport Farmers’ Market is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose mission it is to create and maintain a regional hub where real farmers connect with consumers over real food. In facilitating these interactions, the Westport Farmers’ Market strives to help food producers and food consumers forge lasting relationships.