"Farmer in the House"

Hello Fine Dining Friends,

Pat DuncanI host a series of dinners every year at some of my favorite restaurants across the valley. These elegant evenings, known as "Farmer in the House", feature special one night menus, created by our most innovative chef/clients. Though not vegetarian, the menus showcase the exotic fruits and vegetables from my boutique sustainable farm. We align with a vineyard partner, or pair each course with wines thoughtfully selected by the chefs and the restaurant's sommelier.

We donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to the Association of Arizona Food Banks (see letter below from Zee Peters, Director of Development & Marketing), so that we might assist in feeding hungry, less fortunate Arizonans.

I hope you'll consider joining us at more than one event, as each location's menu is truly unique.

Very best wishes for a beautiful Arizona spring,

Pat Duncan


10th Annual "Farmer in the House" Dining Series
Spring 2016 Dining Schedule:

Join me and 10 of Arizona's most talented chefs, as we celebrate our 10th Annual Farmer in the House dining series. Each chef creates a unique, wine paired menu utilizing the freshest, most flavorful fruits and vegetables from my Laveen farm. The weekly dinners are held at restaurants throughout the valley, and as always, proceeds are donated to the Association of Arizona Food Banks. Menus, wine pairings and prices are posted on our website as they become available. Please make your reservations at each individual venue, and I look forward to seeing you this spring.

  • Vincent on Camelback, Phoenix: Thursday, March 31st with chef/owners Vincent and Leevon Guerithault and Robert Hall Winery.
             (602) 224-0225
  • Arcadia Farms Cafe, Old Town Scottsdale: Thursday, April 7th with Chef/Owner Carolyn Ellis and Albert Bichot Winery, France.
             (480) 941-5665
  • Bink's Midtown, Phoenix: Wednesday, April 13th with chef/owners Kevin and Amy Binkley and multiple vineyards to be announced.
             (602) 388-4874
  • Blue Hound Kitchen at Hotel Palomar, Downtown Phoenix: Thursday, April 21st with Executive Chef Sean Currid and Arizona wines.
             (602) 258-0231
  • Lon's at Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley: Thursday, April 28th with Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Pillsbury Wine Company, AZ.
             (602) 955-7878
  • Sassi Ristorante, Pinnacle Peak Scottsdale: Wednesday, May 4th with Executive Chef Christopher Nicosia and multiple vineyards to be announced.
             (480) 502-9095
  • elements @ Sanctuary on Camelback, Paradise Valley: Tuesday, May 10th with Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and Ram's Gate Winery, CA.
             (480) 607-2325
  • Cafe ZuZu @ Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale: Monday, May 16th with Executive Chef Chuck Wiley and Fess Parker Winery, CA.
             (480) 421-7997
  • El Chorro Lodge, Paradise Valley: Thursday, May 26th with Executive Chef Kelly Fletcher and multiple vineyards to be announced.
             (480) 948-5170
  • AAFB logoBinkley's Restaurant, Cave Creek: Wednesday, June 1st with Chef/Owners Kevin and Amy Binkley and multiple vineyards to be announced.
             (480) 437-2370


  • A Letter from AAFB

    The vision of the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) is a hunger-free Arizona. AAFB’s mission is to deliver food and services to food banks and foster relationships in support of our commitment to eliminate hunger. Central to the mission is moving families toward food security - the ability to access food on a regular basis from normal food channels to maintain an active and healthy life.

    AAFB addresses hunger and food security through several approaches:

  • Food distribution: AAFB delivered 22 million pounds of donated or purchased food, the equivalent of 18.3 million meals, to member food banks in the last year.
  • Dinner Series ChefsChildhood hunger: Increasing participation in School Breakfast, expanding the summer food program, and encouraging eligible schools to pursue the Community Eligibility Provision to offer free meals to all children.
  • Referrals to the public: AAFB provides information by phone and website that annually guide 2,000 households in need to emergency and longer term food assistance programs statewide.
  • Coordination: Serving as the central point of contact for sponsors and food banks to host regional/statewide food drives.
  • Advocacy: Working at the state administrative and legislative level for policies and programs that address hunger and related issues.
  • We rely on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to meet our mission. Thank you for your commitment to a hunger-free Arizona.

    Zee Peters
    Director of Development & Marketing
    Association of Arizona Food Banks
    2100 N. Central Avenue, Suite 230
    Phoenix, AZ, 85004-1400
    602-528-3434


    Below, you'll find this year's menu from Sassi Ristorante.




    Sassi Ristorante Farmer in the House Menu:


    Crispy Squash Blossoms, dungeness crab stuffing
    Wood Grilled Treviso with mortadella and treccione
    Wild King Salmon Crudo
    pepper cress, radish, preserved lemon

    Rose Brut, Cesarini Sforzo 2008

    Raviolo
    borage, ricotta, egg yolk, parmigiano,
    buffalo butter, shaved truffle

    Chardonnay, Planeta 2014

    Roasted Quail Saltimboca
    prosciutto, sage, marsala glazed baby carrots
    and turnips, golden raisin puree

    Valpolicella Ripasso I Progni, Le Salette 2012

    Baba au Rhum
    roasted beet gelato, candied beets, vanilla sour cherry sauce, pistachio

    Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur, Luxardo


    $110 per person, including dinner, wines, service charge, and sales tax.
    Reserve at sassi.biz. Full payment required to reserve, refundable until 5pm on Friday, April 30th.