The Local Beet’s First Farm Dinner

August 12, 2009 at 11:45 am

The Local Beet is pleased to announce our first ever Farm Dinner, a multi-course, family-style dinner featuring locally-produced, seasonal ingredients prepared by our own Sustainable Cook, Melissa Graham of Monogramme Events and Catering. We’re proud to be able to have Melissa cook for us and our guests. She is an excellent cook and a tireless advocate for bringing families together at the table around organic and sustainably-grown foods.

We are also proud to present this meal at Genesis Growers, a farm run by Vicki Westerhoff just 70 miles outside of Chicago. Vicki is intently focused on growing high quality produce and eggs without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Read more about Vicki and Genesis Growers here.

The Menu

Served family-style, items subject to change based on ingredient availability

Tomato Soup Shooters with Brunkow Cheddar Wafers
Zucchini Fritti

Main Course
Long-Marinated, Wood-Grilled Chicken with Salsa Verde
Roasted Beet Crostini with Aged Goat Cheese & Basil Oil
Wheatberry Salad with Basil, Tropea Onion & Cherry Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomato, Plum & Mint Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Mama Lena’s Garlic-Marinated Tri-Color Peppers
Green Salad with Creamy Sarvecchio Dressing, Croutons & Bacon (optional)

Peach-Frangipane Crostata with Farm Fresh Cream
Melon Skewers with Minted Yogurt

Tickets to the dinner do not include alcohol. The event is BYOB

Click here to purchase a ticket

Sunday, September 20th, 2009, 3pm


Click here to purchase a ticket.

The dinner will take place at Genesis Growers in St. Anne, Illinois, just 70 miles south of Chicago. Genesis Growers is located at 8373 3000 S Rd., St. Anne, IL, 60964. Click here for a map.

Ticket prices:
Adults: $40
Teens aged 13-18: $30
Kids 12 and under: $20
Kids 5 and under: FREE
Ticket prices do not include a small service fee from Brown Paper Tickets.

We hope you and your family will join us for an early evening on the farm. Please post in the comments if you have any questions.



  1. Aimee says:

    Hi…I would love to attend the farm dinner but I am vegetarian, will the menu be suitable for me?


    • Hi Aimee,

      We haven’t set the menu yet, but we do know this. It will be family-style and it won’t be a totally vegetarian meal. There will be a number of dishes that will be vegetarian, enough for a full meal. We should be coming up with a menu soon to help you decide.

  2. Christy says:

    Looking forward to hearing more about the menu!

  3. Michael says:

    Hello Aimee,

    Will the event be an adult event and menu or more a family themed dinner? We don’t have kids but I am a chef and would love to attend a nice farm dinner and am excited to see the menu.

    • We want this dinner to be as family-friendly as we possibly can. Our chef, Melissa Graham, is the president of Purple Asparagus ( an organization dedicated to family eating. She has A LOT of experience preparing healthful, family-friendly meals. We hope to have the menu out soon.

      I hope your family can join us.


  4. Michael says:

    OOPS…I meant Hello Michael not Aimee

  5. Mary says:

    This sounds like a fantastic event! Unfortunately we have plans 9/20. Any chance for a second dinner in October before it gets too cold?

  6. David Nummer says:

    yes is there a farm dinner planned for 2010 please let me know would love to bring all of my family and friends

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