So it's no wonder that the calendar is filling up with farm to table events, served both indoors and out. I already told you about the Al Fresco Dinner that our friends at NFocus put on late last month, and this Sunday is the big "Outstanding in the Field" Dinner that if you got a ticket to, you might want to avoid telling me about so we can still be friends.
Luckily, there are still some opportunities for the rest of us to share in autumn's bounty, and for some good causes to boot. Also on Sunday Oct. 7, Community Food Advocates is putting on a Farm Dinner at Buffalo Valley Farm at 7556 Buffalo Road, just a few miles past Bellevue Mall. (Which would be a great place for a haunted house-themed zombie dinner. I'm just sayin' ...)
A reception and farm tour will start at 4:30 p.m.followed by a four-course dinner at 6, prepared by some of Nashville's favorite chefs and advocates of sustainable food systems:
Jeremy Barlow from tayst
Hrant Arakelian from Rumors East
Caleb Phillips from Mack and Kates
Kevin Dorr and Paul Jensen from Chef and Child Foundation
The chefs will be making dinner with farm fresh foods from Bear Creek Farm, Delvin Farms, Noble Springs Dairy, Buffalo Valley Farm and Pied Piper Creamery, and there will be full wine and beer service included with the cost of the meal. Tickets are $60 per person, $100 per couple or $500 Table Host/8 seats. If you want to join the fun, visit the event website to make your reservation.
But really, we couldn't grow all this wonderful farm fresh food in a sustainable manner if we didn't have access to a safe water supply, and the Cumberland River Compact strives to protect that for our region. They will be holding a fundraiser Farm to Fork Dinner at 6:30 on Oct. 18 at the Green Door Gourmet at Hidden Valley Farm. This event will also feature libations from The Wine Chap and food cooked by some of our city's most beloved chefs and restaurants, including Wild Iris, Martha Stamps Catering, and Laura Wilson of the Grow Local Kitchen.
Tickets are $75 and are available at the Cumberland River Compact website. So pull your scarf out of storage and find a snuggle buddy to share a meal with on one of these upcoming crisp autumn evenings.