Just Give Me That Countryside Farm Dinner Calendar For 2013

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April 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Farm dinners are starting earlier this year.  They serve as a mini-vacation, a getaway from the city, a chance to connect with the land and nature, catchup with friends and make new ones. They literally bring the table to the farm. We have listed dinners we are aware of so far, with some of the leading sustainable farmers in the area, Heritage Prairie FarmMint Creek FarmPrairie Fruit Farms and Slagel Family Farms. The dinners book up pretty quickly so time to get a-scheduling, spring is here!!! This list is still in formation. Farm dinners do tend to pop up as well as one off events for charities or organizations. This calendar will be updated continually and let us know if you would like a dinner to be put on the calendar!!!

Below are basic descriptions of the farms and their formats, the calendar follows:

Heritage Prairie Farm – Farm Dinners at Heritage Prairie Farm have been a Chicago tradition since 2007. Their farm kitchen delights in tailoring menus to highlight the best of the season’s fresh flavors. Gather with friends or come and meet other like-minded farm foodies in the Chicago area. HPF has been a popular venue for “local” weddings.

Mint Creek Farm - All meet-up at The Greenouse Bed & Breakfast just down the road from Mint Creek. Dinners are BYOB and include a farm tour. Mint Creek is known for their sheep but ask Farmer & Poet Harry Carr to recite one of his poems.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. See the 3 minute short film on Farmer Harry Carr by Storybuzzmedia here.

Outstanding In The Field - National farm dinner tour, has set the bar for farm dinners with their connected tables of white table cloths and stemware.

Prairie Fruit Farms -Champaign, IL The Prairie Fruit site describes the chef, theme and menu. Here is a brief description of what to expect. Reservations can be made on the Showclix site, only 40 seats available per dinner and only 4 tickets can be purchased per person, the price incudes tax, tip not included BYOB. Prairie Fruit is known for their goats and cheeses but they ,also, make some killer gelato! Prairie Fruits is now offering breakfast on the farm every Saturday from 9am to 12pm, no reservations required. You can visit with the goats, buy farm products, tour the farm, see some of the other farmers in the area. So if you don’t have time for a dinner, this is a fantastic way to start the day, particularly with kids!

Slagel Family Farms - The Slagel Family has teamed up with some well known Chicago chefs who have supported farm to table food for a long time. For each of these dinners, transportation is included in the price from Chicago to the farm, and its BYOB. Slagel pork among their other meats has been a sought after menu item at some of the top restaurants in Chicago and Farmer Louis John Slagel has been a leader in sustainable farming. The afternoon will begin with a butchering demo at Slagel Family Meats. They will demonstrate how to butcher either a beef, pork or lamb carcass into retail cuts. LouisJohn will then give a farm tour of his family livestock farm. Guests will see a variety of livestock and learn about the old fashioned production practices the Slagel’s use to produce their farm fresh meat products. Following the butchering demo and farm tour, a farm dinner will be served family style in a new barn right next to the livestock pastures.

Cleetus Friedman – Cleetus was one of the people who raised the profile of farm dinners with his biodiesel bus rides with craft beers on the way to the dinner. With the closing of City Provisions Deli, Cleetus has not stopped his farm dinners. Once we have Cleetus’ complete schedule we will update this piece, so stay tuned!!!

Farm Stays

Kinnikinnick Farm – Feather Down Farm Days – I had the pleasure of working for Farmer David Cleverdon last year as a market hand. Kinnikinnick does not offer farm dinners but they are a part of the international network, Feather Down Farm Vacations that chooses some of the most gorgeous farm locations in the United States for farm stays. You can book a weekend stay at Kinnikinnick, with your own farm tent! Your tent will be fully stocked with everything you need upon your arrival. I experienced first hand how meticulous he and his wife were about choosing the heirloom tomatoes to bring to the market so I am sure they take the same attention to the food and lodgings for their farm stays!

Farm Dinners 2013

April 20

Elburn – Honey Farm Dinner - Heritage Prairie Farm- .Farm Dinners at Heritage Prairie Farm have been a Chicago tradition since 2007. Our Farm Kitchen delights in tailoring menus to highlight the best of the season’s fresh flavors. Gather with friends or come and meet other like-minded farm foodies in the Chicago area. Ticket $75 including tax and gratuity

April 21

Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Sunday Brunch & Farm Tour 11am Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast  3606 N 1700 E Rd. $50 For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com There will be plenty of time to visit all the animals living on the 200+ acre farm including cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. See the 3 minute short film on Farmer Harry Carr by Storybuzzmedia here. (Sold out)

May 11

Stelle- Mother’s Day Eve and Farm Tour - Mint Creek Farm BYOB $60 3pm Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast 3606 N. 1700 E. Rd. For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com

May 12

Elburn – Mother’s Day Brunch Heritage Prairie Farm $55 including tax and gratuity Children 2-12 pay their age, 2 under free

May 18

Champaign - Celebrate Spring! Prairie Fruit Farms 4pm 4410 North Lincoln Ave. This is their first dinner of the 2013 season.  Expect an explosion of spring flavors such as Caveny Farm Katadin lamb, ramps (wild leeks), spring greens, sweet turnips, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. Purchase tickets here.  $92

Chicago/ Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Found Kitchen & Panozzo’s. 2:30pm The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Guest Chef John Asbaty of Panozzo’s. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation to and from the farm will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option and which location, Found Kitchen or Pannozzo’s, you would like to be picked up at. The Bus will pick up those of you at Found Kitchen 1631 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL at 11:30 a.m. and those of you at Panozzo’s 1303 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL will be picked up at 12:00 noon on May 18th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision included from Chicago to the farm and back. $125

May 25

Champaign, Il - Prairie Fruit Farms  – Sunday Dinner Club “For their Love of Chicken“ The Sunday Dinner Club Crew is back, and they will be frying up lots of local fried chicken at the farm!  Josh and Christine are joining us early this season, because they are getting ready to open a new restaurant in Chicago, come get a sneak peak of foods from their new venture, “Honey Butter Fried Chicken” $70

June 1

Champaign, Il -  Prairie Fruit Farms - Virant’s Can Can - 4pm What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with some fantastic preserves and incredible food! All of this will be brought to you by Paul Virant! A seasoned veteran in the wide world of preserving, pickling, and canning, Paul follows his Perennial Virant philosophy to a tee – “eat what you can – can what you can’t.” $107

June 6

Elburn – Pig Gig Heritage Prairie Farm Check their website for further details

June 8

Chicago/Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with The Publican! 2:30pm  The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Brian Huston of The Publican. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option. The Bus will pick everyone up at 837 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607 at 12:00 noon on June 8th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision. $125

July 11

Elburn - Tapas Dinner Heritage Prairie Farm Details not available yet.

July 13

Champaign –  Big Grove TavernLocal Comfort Farm” We would like to welcome the newest Farm-to-Table restaurant in Champaign, to our farm table.  Chef Jessica will be featuring produce, meats, and farms from around central Illinois.  She brings the slow food movement from San Francisco to our farm in the Midwest.  Her classic, comforting take on local fare will be sure to delight! Tickets not for sale yet

July 17

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinners - Enjoy spectacular meals prepared with locally grown ingredients by local chefs. Diners will also be joined by farmers and makers of wine, beer and spirits.

July 20

Chicago/Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner with Paul Virant from Vie/Perennial Virant The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Paul Virant of Vie/Perennial Virant. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation to and from the farm will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option. The Bus will pick everyone up at 4471 Lawn Ave #100 Western Springs, IL 60558 at 12:15 p.m. on July 20th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision.

July 27

Champaign - Prairie Fruits Farm  - “Greek Feast” Summer vegetables just have a way of lending themselves to Mediterranean cuisine.  This year we will be serving up a feast including bison moussaka, prawns, feta, and more.   We hope you can join us when we bring a little bit of Greece to the farm for a Greek feast…OPA! Tickets not for sale yet check their website.

August 4 

Mineral Point, WI - Outstanding In The Field - National farm dinner tour, has set the bar for farm dinners with their connected tables of white table cloths and stemware. Shooting Star Farms, Chef Tory Miller  L’Etoile, & Graze, Madison

August 5

 Oak Creek, WI - Outstanding In The Field Pinehold Gardens Chef Dan Van Rite  Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub, Milwaukee

August 7

 Chicago - Outstanding In The Field  City Farm Chicago Chef Jared Wentworth  Longman & Eagle

August 8

Elburn - Bubbles & Veggie Dinner Heritage Prairie Farm Check their website for further details

St. Josephs, MI - Outstanding In The Field Mick Klug Farms  Chef Brian Huston  The Publican

August 10

Champaign -Prairie Fruits Farm Jared Van Camp “Downstate Reunion”We are thrilled to have Danville native, Jared van Camp, cook for us again this season!  He is taking time from his very busy schedule to return to his roots and slow things down with us at the farm.  His restaurants in Chicago, Old Town Social and Nellcote, are famous throughout the windy city.  With his “obsessively house made” foods, he has been featured in Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, among others. His charcuterie is the cat’s meow (and the dog’s bark)Tickets not for sale yet check their website.

Chicago/Fairbury –  Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Lula Cafe 2:30pm   The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option. The Bus will pick everyone up at 2537 N Kedzie Blvd Chicago, IL 60647 at 12:00 noon on August 10th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision. $125

South Haven, MI - Outstanding In The Field - 4pm Seedling Farm,  Chef Stephanie Izard  Girl & the Goat $200

August 14

Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinners - Enjoy spectacular meals prepared with locally grown ingredients by local chefs. Diners will also be joined by farmers and makers of wine, beer and spirits.

August 24

Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm“Fiesta Mexicana”Our Mexican fiesta on the farm is back this year, and we plan to offer up a “spicy” menu reflecting the diverse cuisines of Mexico.  We’ll lean on our secret Mexican “manos” to lend a special hand to this ecclectic menu.  All of the dishes will be prepared using local and sustainably raised ingredients.

September 5

Elburn - Heirloom Dinner Heritage Prairie Farm Check their website for further details

September 11

Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinners - Enjoy spectacular meals prepared with locally grown ingredients by local chefs. Diners will also be joined by farmers and makers of wine, beer and spirits.

September 14

Chicago/Fairbury – 2:30pm   Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Three Aces, The Bedford & Carriage House The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Matt Troost of Three Aces, Chef Michael Galen of The Bedford and Mark Steuer of Carriage House. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option. The Bus will pick everyone up at 1321 W Taylor St  Chicago, IL 60607 at 12:00 noon on September 14th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision. $125

September 21

Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm“Food Flashback to 2008″  Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd have nothing on us, because we are going back to the future!   We are re-creating one of the first meals ever served at the farm.  A flashback to where it all began five seasons ago!  Many things have changed around the farm throughout the past few years, but this dinner will not be one of them!   Red currant glazed chicken will once again be the star of the show!  So, start up your DeLorean and join us for a blast from the past.

October 3

Elburn - Farm Roots DinnerHeritage Prairie Farm – Check their website or call for further details.

October 26

Champaign - Prairie Fruits Farm –  The 100 Yard Dinner or “The Whey to Raise a Pig” You’ve probably heard about the 100 mile diet – attempting to eat foods sourced within 100 miles of your home.  Well, it is our tradition to feed you a sumptuous “extreme local” meal featuring foods grown or raised within 100 yards of where you will dine.  This year’s menu will feature a hog raised on the whey from our cheese making process.

November 7

Elburn – Big Night Dinner and a Movie Heritage Prairie Farm Check their website for further detail

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Majid Ali says:

    Celebrating any kind of event or occasion in the countryside is like being close to God. The scenic natural beauty is the gift of God to us. I hope you have a good countryside dinner calendar.

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