"Farmer in the House"
Hello Fine Dining Friends,
Please join 8 of my favorite chefs and me, as we celebrate spring in Arizona. I started this dining series to spotlight an exclusive group of the valley's most creative and innovative chefs, most of whom have been sourcing locally grown produce since they began their culinary careers. These special evenings allow our talented chef clients to venture outside of their daily menus, and create unique dishes featuring fruits and vegetables from my sustainable Laveen farm. Each restaurant partners with a vineyard, or multiple vineyards, for course by course paired wines, including Cakebread Cellars, DRNK Winery, Brewer-Clifton Winery and Arizona's Carlson Creek Vineyards, to name but a few.
I hold the series in spring, because some of our more exotic fruits and vegetables come into season. One of our farm's specialties, the "calabacitas con flor", which translates into baby squash with blossoms, is a particular favorite of both the diners and the chefs. We grow a dozen varieties of multicolored summer squash, which we harvest very small, with the living, open blossom still attached. The chefs stuff the edible squash blossoms with a variety of savory ingredients, including shellfish or cheeses.
A few years ago, the chefs and I agreed to align with the Association of Arizona Food Banks, so that our elegant, indulgent celebrations could assist in lessening childhood hunger throughout our state. We're very pleased that the AAFB's CEO, Angie Rodgers will be joining us for a few of our dinners this spring. Please note the letter below from Terri Shoemaker, the Association's Director of Development.
These are the chefs and restaurant/resorts that I invited to participate in our 11th Annual "Farmer in the House" dining series. Menus, vineyard partners and prices will be posted to our website and the individual restaurant's websites, as they become available. Please make your reservations at each restaurant, as most evenings will sell out. I look forward to seeing you on multiple occasions.
Very best wishes for a beautiful Arizona spring,
11th Annual "Farmer in the House" Dining Series
Spring 2017 Dining Schedule:
Vincent on Camelback, Phoenix: Friday, March 24th with chef/owners Vincent and Leevon Guerithault and DRNK Winery (Kunde Family Vineyards).
Sassi Ristorante, Pinnacle Peak: Wednesday, March 29th with Chef Christopher Nicosia and multiple vineyards TBA.
Arcadia Farms Café, Old Town Scottsdale: Thursday, April 6th with chef/owner Carolyn Ellis and Brewer-Clifton Winery, Lompoc/Mt. Carmel, CA
Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley: Friday, April 21st with chef Chuck Wiley and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA.
Lon's at Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley: Thursday, April 27th with Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Carlson Creek Vineyard, AZ.
Blue Hound Kitchen at Hotel Palomar, Downtown Phoenix: Tuesday, May 2nd with Executive Chef Sean Currid and multiple vineyards or AZ beers TBA.
elements at Sanctuary on Camelback, Paradise Valley: Thursday, May 18th with Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and Chappellet Winery, Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, CA.
Cafe ZuZu @ Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale: Monday, May 22nd with Executive Chef Russell Lacasce and Cakebread Cellars, CA.