"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 organic 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 Virginia Skinner, Director of Development), 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,

Patrick Duncan


Spring 2014 "Farmer in the House" Dining Schedule

  • Thursday, March 27th - Chef/Owner Vincent Guerithault and Vincent on Camelback with Familia Zuccardi Winery, Argentina
             (602) 224-0225
  • Tuesday, April 1st - Chef Charles Kassels and El Chorro Lodge with multiple vineyards
             (480) 948-5170
  • Thursday, April 10th - Chef/Owner Carolyn Ellis and Arcadia Farms Café with multiple vineyards
             (480) 941-5665
  • Monday, April 14th - Executive Chef Chuck Wiley and Hotel Valley Ho with Selby Winery, Russian River Valley
             (480) 248-2000
  • Tuesday, April 22nd - Chef/Owner James Porter and Petite Maison with multiple vineyards
             (480 991-6887)
  • Wednesday, April 30th - Executive Chef James Ducas and Lon's at the Hermosa Inn with multiple vineyards
             (602) 955-7878
  • Tuesday, May 6th - Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and elements at Sanctuary Resort with multiple vineyards
             (480) 948-2100
  • Wednesday, May 14th - Chef Chris Curtiss and Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort with multiple vineyards
             (480) 585-4848 ext.7374
  • AAFB logoWednesday, May 28th - Chef/Owners Kevin and Amy Binkley and Binkley's Restaurant with multiple vineyards
             (480) 437-2370


  • A Letter from Virginia B. Skinner

    If any of you do not know about the Association of Arizona Food Banks, we are an association of 5 member regional food banks that collectively serve the entire state - getting food to families in need at approximately 1,700 locations. This week about 90,000 Arizonans will seek food assistance.

    Our job:

  • Bring donated and purchased food (produce and other) to the food banks from in and beyond AZ. We've handled 42 million pounds in the last 12 months.
  • Dinner Series ChefsAdvocate at the state and national level for improved nutrition assistance programs, e.g. school meals, food stamp access, fresh produce access in the WIC (Women, Infant, Children) Program.
  • Coordinate statewide multi food bank activities such as major food drives, educational conferences etc.
  • Thanks for your support!

    Virginia B. Skinner
    Director of Development
    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 Lon's at the Hermosa Inn (April 30):




    Lon'sLon's Menu:
    Wednesday, April 30th, 6:30pm


    fennel cured salmon

    scarlet frills mizuna, pickled cucumber salad

    arizona stronghold “tazi” white blend, cornville

    beet carpaccio

    baby fennel, baby carrots, goat cheese ricotta, sherry gastrique

    lawrence dunham vineyards “sky island” viognier, cochise county

    roasted duck breast

    smoked mesquite chili broth, spring onions, bloomsdale spinach

    dos cabezas “red” grenache blend, cochise county

    kobe strip loin

    broccoli, potato gnocchi, red wine demi

    page springs “vino del barrio” syrah blend, cornville

    prickly pear bavarian

    grilled tequila anglefood cake, blueberry compote

    gallifant cellars chenin blanc, cochise county
    $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
    For reservations, please call 602.955.7878