Tickets are selling fast to Smart Farm of Barrington’s third annual Farm to Table dinner coming up on Saturday, September 17th. Chefs who share a passion for local food will prepare dishes and visit with guests. It’s a rare opportunity to dine inside the historic Quaker Oats barn on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital where Smart Farm also has a community garden.
All proceeds from the evening will help Smart Farm grow produce to give to area food pantries and educate the community about sustainable gardening practices for better personal and environmental health.
Cocktails, appetizers and a tour of the Smart Farm will start at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th.
This year’s featured chefs include:
- Chef Zak Dolezal – Dukes Alehouse in Crystal Lake
- Meghan McGinty – Farmhouse on North in Barrington, IL
- Kate Formichella – formerly of Barrington, IL
- Jessica Grelle – Mama Jess
- Jamie Wagener – The Blissful Kitchen
- Alina Yaccino – Pure Organics Juicery
Musical entertainment for this year’s Farm to Table Dinner will be provided by BEAMISH, an Irish/American duo that plays rock, traditional, folk and country music featuring Mick Hayes and Patrick Potts.
In keeping with Smart Farm’s mission, it’ll be a zero waste event with the help of volunteers from Mindful Waste, a local non-profit working toward reducing and eliminating food waste in and beyond the Barrington community.
By the end of the 2016 growing season, Smart Farm will have raised and donated over 7,000 pounds of fresh produce to area food pantries. Smart Farm has newly planted apple and pear trees and also raises strawberries and raspberries. It’s the Bees Knees, Smart Farm’s honey, will be available at the upcoming Farm to Table Dinner.
The cost to attend is $150 per person and reservations are required. You’ll find the event on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Hwy. 22. To make your reservation, CLICK HERE or visit SmartFarms.org.
Created in 2008, the Smart Farm is an educational gardening initiative in Barrington. Volunteers tend to their community gardens on the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital grounds and at Ron Beese Park and give 100% of their produce to local food pantries. Adults, children, and students who participate learn about our agricultural heritage, organic gardening, the slow food movement and best practices for living “green,” sustainable lives.
For more information, visit SmartFarms.org.