2015 Guide to Farm Dinners
By Analiese Paik
Farm dinners remain so popular that the summer 2015 season is seeing a reprise of many of last year’s events. Whether you’re planning a night out with your significant other, a friend, or a large group, reserve your seat right away because tickets go fast. Just a handful of tickets remain for Outstanding in the Field dinners at The Hickories and Waldingfield Farm and another date, August 19, has been added to the Schoolhouse at Cannondale’s Farm to Fork series at Millstone Farm.
Many dinners include a farm tour led by the farmer, providing a novel opportunity to learn about farming directly from the family that tends the fields and raises the livestock. Dining under the stars at one of our state’s beautiful farms is a magical experience that’s well worth the trip.
New! Harvest Fest at Wakeman Town Farm
Save the Date-Sat. Sept. 12
Ring in the harvest season at a festive annual Harvest celebration with local chefs, musicians, libations, and more!
Mark your calendar for the grassroots event of the season on Sat., Sept. 12, at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport. Dig into a locally grown dinner–hors d’oeuvres to desserts–featuring delicious cheeses, produce and meats from nearby farms, all prepared by a lineup of farm-friendly local chefs. In addition to dishing up inspired eats, they’ll be pouring signature cocktails, fine wines and craft brews and kicking up our heels to the sounds of a killer live band. A live auction with some out-of-this- world experiences in dining and travel will benefit your local town farm!
Tickets go on sale August 24 at wakemantownfarm.org
Farm to Fork at Millstone Farm
The Schoolhouse Restaurant has scheduled an additional Farm to Fork Dinner on Wednesday, August 19th (other dates are sold out) at Millstone Farm, 180 Millstone Rd., Wilton, CT. The farm tour will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a family style, four-course dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets, including tax & gratuity, are $126.30 per person and guests are invited to BYOB. Tickets can be purchased on at www.timlabantevents.com.
Dinners at the Farm (organic)
Barberry Hill Farm in Madison CT, and White Gate Farm in East Lyme, CT
Now in its ninth year, Dinners at the Farm returns to White Gate Farm in East Lyme and Barberry Hill Farm in Madison for a series of open-air, fundraiser dinners. Guests will savor six course feasts prepared with organically grown vegetables from the host farms. It’s a thrill to watch the chefs prepare the food and the farms are just breathtakingly beautiful.
For dates and locations and to purchase tickets visit DinnersAtTheFarm.com or call 860-526-9417. Tickets are per person and are $100 (Wednesdays), $125 (Thursdays & Sundays), $150 (Fridays) and $175 (Saturdays). The event begins at 6 pm with a cocktail and farm tour with dinner seating at 7 pm, community table style.
Farm to Trumbull
Parallel Post at the Trumbull Marriott
James Beard-nominated chef Dean James Max, Executive Chef Chris Molyneux, and newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Erik Waybright pull out all the stops to give guests a taste of our local farms and seas at their Farm to Trumbull series. I attended the first dinner this season and the star of the evening was a striped bass caught the day before.
Parallel Post has partnered with authors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo, who will be available for a meet and greet and book signing to honor the recent launch of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is not only a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers, including Parallel Post and Chef Dean James Max’s famous Homemade Pasta with Norman Bloom Connecticut Lobster, but also a window into the world of Connecticut’s local farm-to-table movement brought to life through vivid farmer and chef profiles, regional lore, and stunning photographs.
For $110 per person (including tax and gratuity), guests will enjoy welcome cocktails sponsored by the locally-renowned Fishers Island Lemonade; a sampling of small bites; a family-style dinner ripe with the season’s finest local ingredients; wine pairings presented by their resident mixologist Greg Genias aka “BootlegGreg;” an all-you-can-indulge dessert bar; and a personally autographed copy of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. For couples seeking a dinner package including the dinner and one personally autographed copy of the cookbook, the ticket will be priced $200 per couple (including tax and gratuity).
Remaining dates for Parallel Post’s Farm-to-Trumbull dinner series are Sunday, August 9 at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Easton and Thursday, October 29 at Parallel Post. Tickets are available for advance purchase at $110 per person or $200 per couple. RSVP at email@example.com or 203-255-7756 ext. 501.
Friends of Boulder Knoll
Farm to Table Benefit Dinner
Boulder Knoll Community Farm in Cheshire, a non-profit community farm, is hosting an elegant Farm to Table Dinner on August 27 that will benefit Friend’s of Boulder Knoll’s mission and educational programs. The feast will be prepared with farm-fresh produce by critically-acclaimed chef Jason Sobocinski, owner of Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro and Ordinary in New Haven.
Tickets are $100 if purchased before August 1; after that the price goes up to $125. Visit friendsofboulderknoll.com/dinner to learn more and purchase tickets.
Outstanding in the Field
At The Hickories in Ridgefield on September 9 and Waldingfield Farm in Washington on September 10
Outstanding in the Field (OITF) began organizing annual, coast to coast, farm-to-table dinners in 1999 as a celebration of local, peak-of-season food, cooked simply but expertly by local celebrity chefs and enjoyed as a community on the farm where it’s grown. 2010 market the first year a Connecticut farm and chef participated in the series, and it was held at Millstone Farm with a feast prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef Michel Nischan.
This year OITF returns to The Hickories on September 8 with guest chef Jennifer Balin from Sugar and Olives in Norwalk (1 ticket left), on September 9 with guest chefs Holly Michaud and Scott Ostrander from Mama’s Boy in Norwalk (3 tickets left), and Waldingfield Farm on September 10 with guest chef Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro in New Haven (7 tickets left). Tickets are steep – $225 per person – but that doesn’t stop them from going fast. Only a handful of tickets are left for these events.
Dinner in the Field at Eddy Farm
Join Barcelona restaurant for a celebration of the local harvest at Eddy Farm in Newington on August 27. This intimate gathering under the stars will showcase the best of the season. Enjoy a meal of Chef Eric Stagl’s summer tapas and family-style entrees, all paired with specially selected wines and their signature sangria. RSVP online here.