MassAppeal: Experience a True Farm-to-Table Dinner

WWLP, August 23, 2016

The Pioneer Valley has countless farms and so many restaurants that use local products to create excellent food.  We talked with Devon Whitney-Deal from CISA, Caroline Pam from The Kitchen Garden and Daniel Martinez from Bistro Les Gras in Northampton to learn more about how our food comes from the farm to the table.

Enjoy the harvest at Local Hero restaurants!

Take a break from cooking in this heat — Local Hero restaurants are preparing the best of the local harvest in their kitchens, so let them do the cooking! Find a full list of Local Hero restaurants here. Local Hero membership means that these restaurants document significant efforts to purchase and promote locally grown foods.

Special Farm to Table events

Summer Special Harvest Dinner at the Gill Tavern
Tuesday, August 23, 6:30-9:30pmThe Gill Tavern, 236 Main Rd, Gill
The Gill Tavern presents  five-course tasting menu inspired by the summer bounty, sourced from their own gardens and neighbor farms, and celebrating all that is outstanding in the field. Chef Walker and Sous Chef Brendan have been working up a fantastic menu that will truly showcase summer on a plate. Reservations required —details here.

Food and Farm Trivia Night
Thursday, August 25, 7-9pm
Taylor’s Tavern, 238 Main Street, Greenfield
Join CISA for a night of fun! Study up on your local food, farm, and cuisine knowledge, and bring a team of 4-6 players to participate. Prizes for the first place team will include gift certificates from local restaurants as well as CISA swag!

Meet the Farmer Dinner at Bistro Les Gras
Monday, August 29, 6-9pm
Bistro Les Gras, 25 West Street, Northampton
Chef Peter presents a special prix fixe menu highlighting the best our local farmers and producers have to offer. Farmers Tim Wilcox & Caroline Pam from The Kitchen Garden, Charlie Sayer from River Rock Farm, and Andrew Lacasse from What Cheer! produce will be on hand, along with Daniel Martinez, owner of Bistro Les Gras, to talk about farm to table dining, literally from the ground up! Reservations are required — please call 413-320-4666 to reserve your table. The full menu is available here.

Dinner in the Fields with Wheelhouse Farm Truck
Saturday, September 3, 4:30-7pm
Crimson & Clover Farm, 215 Spring Street, Florence
Crimson & Clover Farm and Wheelhouse Farm Truck are teaming up for an evening of community, celebration, and delicious food. This sit-down, multi-course meal, featuring Crimson & Clover’s own produce, will be served in the very fields where the food was grown. Come enjoy the beauty of the farm, and share in a multi-course feast of early September bounty with community members, shareholders, and Crimson & Clover farmers. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Chicken and Waffles Dinner at Bread & Butter
Friday, September 16, 6-9pm
Bread & Butter, 68 Cowles Road, Amherst
In partnership with CISA, Bread & Butter will be hosting a chicken and waffles dinner! Come enjoy buttermilk fried chicken paired with traditional Liege-style waffles, plus traditional southern sides and a special selection of beers from Lefty’s Brewing Company. Call Bread & Butter at (413) 230-3123 to make a reservation or for more information.