8 Connecticut Farm Dinners With Spectacular Views & Cuisine
It’s easy to see why farm dinners are popular. Guests get to eat food from some of the state’s top chefs, who prepare meals with ingredients that in some cases were gathered earlier that day from fields merely yards away from where they are dining. On top of that, the picturesque farm setting, under the stars or a bellowing white tent, makes one feel like they’ve wandered into a Norman Rockwell painting.
Below we’ve included some of the farm dining series in the state. Though the majority of the events take place in the summer and even early fall, they generally sell out quicker than you can say “farm to table” — so if you’re interested in attending a dinner, make your reservation now.
Dinners at the Farm
White Gate Farm, East Lyme: July 13-17
Barberry Hill Farm, Madison: Aug. 10-14Billed as “New England’s original farm dinner benefit,” this celebrated farm-dining series was launched in 2007 by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern Restaurant in Chester, Chip Dahlke of Ashlawn Farm in Lyme, and chef Drew McLachlan of Chester. It was started to generate awareness for Connecticut’s local farming community. The menu changes for each event, but guests at past dinners have enjoyed multi-course feasts with delicacies such as fresh mozzarella with eggplant, tomato, zucchini and basil; and fresh clam and golden tomato risotto, with tarragon and basil.
$125 (weekdays), $150 (Friday and Saturday). 860-526-8078, dinnersatthefarm.com
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale’s Farm to Fork
Millstone Farm, Wilton: June 21, July 19-20, Aug. 16-17, Sept. 20-21
Four locally sourced courses are served family style under the stars at this farm-dining series from chef Tim LaBant of the Schoolhouse at Cannondale restaurant. The event (pictured at right) kicks off with an outdoor cocktail hour and a tour of the Millstone Farm. Dinner is BYOB. The menu is not revealed until the evening of each event, but each meal is made with a majority of ingredients harvested from the farm. Tickets go on sale May 1.
$126. 203-571-8990, timlabantevents.com
Goldburgers Farm Dinner
Eddy Farm, Newington: June 23, July 21, Oct. 2
This more casual but equally beloved farm-dinner series features the talents of chef Tim Marotto from Goldburgers. Goldburgers was Connecticut Magazine’s 2015 Best Burger winner, and Marotto’s considerable culinary talents will be on display at these BYOB seasonal feasts. The exact menu will be announced one week before each event. Tickets are available at Goldburgers as of May 1.
$75. 860-665-0478 (Goldburgers), eddyfarmct.com
Field to Table Dinners
Field House Farms, Madison: May 7, May 20 (More dates TBA)
The dining series at this farm runs year round — it is held outside on the farm fields when weather and group size permit, and inside the farmhouse the rest of the time. The entire meal is sourced locally from Field House Farm or other area farms. The dinners feature a rotating lineup of chefs from prestigious area restaurants including Union League, Bar Bouchee, Moxie and Chamard Vineyards.
$120. 203-779-9187, fieldhousefarm.net
Max’s Chef to Farm
Rosedale Farms & Vineyard, Simsbury
The Farmer’s Cow/Graywall Farms, Lebanon
Dates TBAMax Restaurant Group’s popular farm-dining series returns this year. In recent years, Scott Miller, formerly the executive chef at Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford, was at the helm of these dinners, but the event is returning to its roots this season, and a chef from each Max location will prepare one specially themed meal. Regardless of the chef or the themes, each dinner is cooked from scratch and the menu will depend on the day’s harvest and inspiration of the chef.
Millwright’s Farm Dining Series
Simsbury Community Farm: July 6, July 27
Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern in Simsbury is teaming up with some other Connecticut chefs for two dining events this summer. The Cook and the Bear, the new West Hartford restaurant coming soon from Anderson and Jamie McDonald of Bear’s Smokehouse, will host a dinner on July 6. On July 27, Anderson will host the “young guns of Connecticut” in a dinner that features chef Matt Wick of the River Tavern in Chester; and Alex Lishchynsky and Craig Hutchinson, the chefs behind [oink], a Connecticut popup that’s garnered a cult following from state foodies.
$75 (July 6), $95 (July 27). 860-651-5500, millwrightsrestaurant.com
Billy Grant’s Farm Dinners
Rose’s Berry Farm, South Glastonbury: June 24, Aug. 19, Sept. 23
Chef Billy Grant, owner of Grant’s Restaurant and Bar in West Hartford, Restaurant Bricco in West Hartford and Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury, hosts this annual farm-dining series. Each event will have a specific culinary theme chosen as the event nears. Every dinner takes place on a hill within the farm overlooking its beautiful orchard.
Price: TBA. billygrant.com
Friends of Boulder Knoll
Boulder Knoll Community Farm, Cheshire: Sept. 21.
The fifth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner hosted by the Friends of Boulder Knoll will feature a meal prepared by chef Jason Sobocinski, owner of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro in New Haven. The event will also include beer from Black Hog Brewing Co., wine pairings, live music, and a silent auction. In a statement, Sobocinski says, “The goal is to use revered products and not f**k with them.”
$100 (early-bird special), $125. friendsofboulderknoll.com/dinner
Correction: The original version of this story listed the Friends of Boulder Knoll Farm Dinner as scheduled for Sept. 23. The dinner is scheduled for Sept. 21.
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