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Farm Dinner Guide

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Get out and enjoy a dinner on the farm. We’ve put together a list of delicious farm dinner events within 150 miles of Chicago. Get to know local Midwest farmers, chefs and brewers. Snap a photo of the wonderful time you’re having, and tag it #midwestfarmdinner to be featured! Happy eating!

 

2016 Farm Dinners

MAY

Saturday, May 28 
Mint Creek Farm – Farm Dinner with Tamiz Haiderali of Township Restaurant
Miles from Chicago: 90
Ticket price includes a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr. The tour is followed by an exceptional meal prepared by one of Chicago’s revered chefs accompanied by live music from a fabulous local band.
Child/Non-CSA member (6-12) $25.00
Adult/Non-CSA member (13+) $85.00
CSA members receive 15% discount
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JUNE

Saturday, June 11
Mint Creek Farm Farm Dinner with Victor Morenz of HB
Miles from Chicago: 90
Ticket price includes a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr. The tour is followed by an exceptional meal prepared by one of Chicago’s revered chefs accompanied by live music from a fabulous local band.
Child/Non-CSA member (6-12) $25.00
Adult/Non-CSA member (13+) $85.00
CSA members receive 15% discount
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Thursday, June 16
Heritage Prairie Farm – Pig Gig Farm Dinner with Penrose Brewing Company 
Miles from Chicago: 50
The Heritage Prairie Pig Gig Farm Dinner is the farm’s 5th annual pig gig event that kicks off all of their summer farm dinners. For this dinner the farm is pairing up with Penrose Brewing Company for a night of beers and delicious food.
Must be 21 or older to attend | Menu
Music Provided by Cpt. Captain
$90 per person
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Thursday, June 16
Local Foods Dinner, Benefiting Green City Market
Miles from Chicago: 0
Celebrate the start of the summer market season! Join Local Foods for a multi-course, family-style dinner that features seasonal meat, veggies, cheese and fruit sourced from Green City Market vendors and fine botanic beer provided by Forbidden Root. A welcome reception will begin at 6:00 PM and dinner will follow immediately at 6:30 PM.

Green City Market has been one of Chicago’s primary resources for local food since 1998. This event offers the opportunity to meet the market staff and to purchase The Green City Market cookbook – a collection of recipes gathered from their customers, volunteers, farmers and Chicago chefs. Forbidden Root growlers and tee shirts will be available for purchase – the proceeds from which will be donated to Green City Market.
$65 per person
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Saturday, June 18
Prairie Fruits Farm ¡Mexican! Dinner
Miles from Chicago: 135
This season, Sunday Dinner Club, the private-community dining experience from Chefs and Co-owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (also chef-owners of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken Restaurant), will come to the farm to offer a Saturday Dinner-Sunday Brunch series.
$100 per person
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Saturday, June 18
Locavore Farm – Dine on the Land
Miles from Chicago: 55
The first dinner of the season celebrates summer’s inaugural bounty with food prepared by The Cottage on Dixie’s Chef Nardi. Music by rockabilly and blues powerhouse Pearls Mahone. The meal includes cocktails, Revolution Craft Beer on tap, farm tour, bonfire and locally-made, artisan and farmers market.
$100 per adult
$25 per child
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The table is set at Big Delicious Planet. Photo: Paper Antler

Wednesday, June 22
Big Delicious Planet with partners: Tuan B + Co (Photographer), Foxglove (Floral), Rentals (Nimblewell), and Make Luft (Emily Campanale)
Miles from Chicago: 0
This is the 5th summer of urban farming at Big Delicious Planet Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm! Join them for one of their fun 4-Course Urban Farm Dinners in the middle of their hidden West Town farm. Each dinner begins at 6pm with appetizers and cocktails while guests mingle and enjoy walking around the 50 garden beds. Around 7pm everyone will be seated at their 24-person farm table to a beautiful salad course, and they’ll give a brief introduction to Big Delicious Planet, Chicago’s only 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant. Next, they’ll serve a leisurely family-style dinner with 3 entrees and several side dishes. The dinner will conclude with a delicious seasonal dessert.
$125 per person
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Saturday, June 25
Agricultural Landscape Dinner at Taliesin
Miles from Chicago: 185
Early summer dining experience highlighting the agricultural past, present, and future of Taliesin. The optional hike will include Taliesin’s Midway barn and agricultural areas of the estate, including the vegetable farm operated by Fazenda Boa Terra and certified organic fields farmed by Otter Creek Organic Farms.
$125 per person
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JULY

 

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Guests enjoying dinner at Big Delicious Planet. Photo: Paper Antler

Wednesday, July 13
Big Delicious Planet with partners: Ana Guziak (Photographer), Larkspur (Floral), Rentals (Chicago Vintage Place Settings), Wine Pairings (Candid Wines)
Miles from Chicago: 0
This is the 5th summer of urban farming at Big Delicious Planet Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm! Join them for one of their fun 4-Course Urban Farm Dinners in the middle of their hidden West Town farm. Each dinner begins at 6pm with appetizers and cocktails while guests mingle and enjoy walking around the 50 garden beds. Around 7pm everyone will be seated at their 24-person farm table to a beautiful salad course, and they’ll give a brief introduction to Big Delicious Planet, Chicago’s only 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant. Next, they’ll serve a leisurely family-style dinner with 3 entrees and several side dishes. The dinner will conclude with a delicious seasonal dessert.
$125 per person
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Friday, July 15
Heritage Prairie Farm – Cocktail Party with Bridges Academy
Miles from Chicago: 50
Heritage Prairie Farm is kicking off another night of specialty cocktails, passed appetizers, and food stations this summer! This Spotlight Event is in partnership to celebrate Bridges Academy. 50% of all ticket sales directly benefits students at Bridges Academy. | Menu
Must be 21 or older to attend
$90 per person
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Saturday, July 16
Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Three Aces, Charlatan, Bedford and Bucks!
Miles from Chicago: 110
The afternoon will begin with a butchering demo at Slagel Family Meats.  Farmer LouisJohn will then be giving a tour of his family livestock farm. Following the butchering demo and farm tour, a farm dinner will be served family style in a new barn right next to the livestock pastures. The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Matt Troost from Three Aces/Charlatan and Guest Chef Mike Galen from Bedford/Bucks. Feel free to BYOB; lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided.
$125 per person
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Saturday, July 16
Locavore Farm
 – Dine on the Land
Miles from Chicago: 55
Experience a slice of French life in July with a multi-course Parisian-inspired dining experience. Music by Freddie Franken and his five-piece jazz ensemble featuring French vocalist Ashley Sarver. This event features a special French Market featuring foods and hand-crafted items.
$100 per adult
$25 per child
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Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17
Prairie Fruits FarmBig Steak, Texas-inspired
Miles from Chicago: 135
This season, Sunday Dinner Club, the private-community dining experience from Chefs and Co-owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (also chef-owners of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken Restaurant), will come to the farm to offer a Saturday Dinner-Sunday Brunch series.
$100 per person
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Saturday, July 23
Mint Creek FarmFarm Dinner with Greg Biggers of Sofitel‘s Café des Architectes
Miles from Chicago: 90
Ticket price includes a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr. The tour is followed by an exceptional meal prepared by one of Chicago’s revered chefs accompanied by live music from a fabulous local band.
Child/Non-CSA member (6-12) $25.00
Adult/Non-CSA member (13+) $85.00
CSA members receive 15% discount
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Wednesday, July 27
Big Delicious Planet
Miles from Chicago: 0
This is the 5th summer of urban farming at Big Delicious Planet Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm! Join them for one of their fun 4-Course Urban Farm Dinners in the middle of their hidden West Town farm. Each dinner begins at 6pm with appetizers and cocktails while guests mingle and enjoy walking around the 50 garden beds. Around 7pm everyone will be seated at their 24-person farm table to a beautiful salad course, and they’ll give a brief introduction to Big Delicious Planet, Chicago’s only 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant. Next, they’ll serve a leisurely family-style dinner with 3 entrees and several side dishes. The dinner will conclude with a delicious seasonal dessert.
$125 per person
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Thursday, July 28
Angelic Organics Learning Center – Peak Harvest Farm Dinner
Miles from Chicago: 0
Angelic Organic Learning Center is bringing the farm to Chicago! Join them for a special Peak Harvest Farm Dinner recognizing Rick Bayless & Deann Groen Bayless of Frontera Farmer Foundation for their impact on sustainable farmers growing our local food system. Galleria Marchetti will transform into an urban farm oasis filled with food and drinks using organic & local ingredients, a fresh pie stand, live bluegrass music from the No Name String Band, and a farm store! Enjoy photo ops with adorable farm animals, mingle with fellow food + farm supporters, and meet special guests including emcee Monica Eng of WBEZChewing
$200 per person
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AUGUST

Saturday, August 6
Hazzard Free Farms – Feast on the Farm – A farmer, a baker, a brewer, and a chef
Miles from Chicago: 99
Feast on the Farm at Hazzard Free Farms takes guests on a tour of the sprawling farms old barns along a beautiful creek before settling in for a three-course meal curated by Found’s Nicole Pederson and Hewn’s Ellen King, paired with craft brews specially forged just for the event by Claudia Jendron (Temperance Beer Company).
$135 per person (Includes transportation, drinks, and dinner)
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Saturday, August 6
Miles from Chicago: 120
A family-friendly, picnic style meal celebrating the flavors of summer and includes a farm tour, music and local brews.  Linger for the whole Soil Sisters weekend for on-farm workshops, farm tours and other culinary events throughout South Central Wisconsin showcasing women-owned organic farms.  www.soilsisterswi.org
$75 per person, Kids under 10 free.

 

Tuesday, August 9
Outstanding in the Field at City Farm
Miles from Chicago: 0
Host Farmer: Ken Dunn, City Farm, Chicago, IL
Guest Chef: Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice, Chicago
Farms in the city inspire. Growing things tend to look particularly vivid framed by cityscape. Farmer Ken Dunn has a wonderful story to tell. Outstanding in the Field recommend you take a front row seat when Ken does his farm talk; it’s quite moving. Chef Abe is on the long list of 2016 James Beard Award Best Chef: Midwest nominees.
$225 per person
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Thursday, August 11
Heritage Prairie Farm – Honey & Beer Farm Dinner with Revolution Brewing
Miles from Chicago: 50
Heritage Prairie Farm is happy to announce that the annual Honey and Beer Farm Dinner is joined with Chicago’s Revolution Brewing this year. This dinner will feature a variety of their brews paired with the delicious farm dinner menu. | Menu
Must be 21 or older to attend
$90 per person
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Saturday, August 13
Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Big Star, Bien Trucha & Antique Taco!
Miles from Chicago: 110
Following the farm tour, a taco dinner will be served family style in a barn right next to the livestock pastures. The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Julie Warpinski from Big Star, Chef Gama Martinez from Bien Trucha and Chef Rick Ortiz from Antique Taco. Feel free to BYOB; lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago & Geneva will be provided.
$75 per person
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Wednesday, August 17
Chicago Botanic Garden
Miles from Chicago: 24
Farm dinners take place in the beautiful Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, where guests will not only revel in the surroundings and food, but also learn how the Garden is growing organic. Enjoy one-of-a-kind meals prepared with locally grown ingredients by award winning chef Cleetus Friedman. Guests will enjoy cocktails from Death’s Door Spirits and craft beer from Begyle Brewing. Dinners are served family-style in a casual outdoor setting. Hear firsthand from Windy City Harvest Youth Farm students about how produce is planted, cultivated, and harvested!
$220 per person
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Wednesday, August 17
Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Cafe Marie-Jeanne & The Winchester
Miles from Chicago: 110
The afternoon will begin with a butchering demo at Slagel Family Meats. They will demonstrate how to butcher either a beef, pork or lamb carcass into retail cuts. Farmer LouisJohn will then give a tour of his family livestock farm. Guests will see a variety of livestock and learn about the old fashioned production practices the Slagel’s use to produce their farm fresh meat products. Following the butchering demo and farm tour, a farm dinner will be served family style in a new barn right next to the livestock pastures. The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Mike Simmons from Cafe Marie-Jeanne and Guest Chef Duncan Biddolph from The Winchester. Feel free to BYOB; lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided.
$125 per person
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Friday, August 19
The Farmer’s Table Dinner – Chicken Around The World
Miles from Chicago: 200
Come join Triple S Farms in 2016 for the second in a series of The Farmer’s Table dinners. A hyper local event sure to please your pallet, and a chance to socialize with folks from around the area.  It’s something they call Food, Fun, and Fellowship. These will be hosted by Vahling Vineyard’s  (vahlingvineyards.com), a local winery known throughout the Midwest.  They are known for their fine wines, having produced many award winning varieties, and their down home hospitality.   Triple S Farms (triplesfarms.com) will be represented by their home grown talents, Chef Jason, and Pit Master Ryan, sons of the Farmer. Their unique talents come together to prepare simple foods that remind you of Grandmas cooking, a true family event.   The Farmer (Stan Schutte) and Vintner (Dennis Vahling) will be available during the evening to answer any questions, or just tell some stories.  It’s sure to be a Friday date night you’ll never forget.   These will be small intimate events.
$55 per person
To order tickets email stan@triplesfarms.com.

 

Locavore Farm

Locavore Guests dine in the field on a hand-crafted 100-person table.

Saturday, August 20
Locavore Farm – Dine on the Land
Miles from Chicago: 55
August focuses on the bounty of the harvest. The evening includes a light show and electro-concert by The War on Peace. 100 firefly mason jars will illuminate the evening. Signature cocktail for this event is bourbon lemonade and there will be 3 Floyd’s craft beer on tap.
$100 per adult
$25 per child
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Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21
Prairie Fruits Farm – Vegetarian, Indian-inspired
Miles from Chicago: 135
This season, Sunday Dinner Club, the private-community dining experience from Chefs and Co-owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (also chef-owners of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken Restaurant), will come to the farm to offer a Saturday Dinner-Sunday Brunch series.
$100 per person
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Sunday, August 21
Agricultural Landscape Dinner at Taliesin
Late summer dining experience highlighting our natural landscape, with views of the Jones Valley and Welsh Hills. A hike will include areas of our ongoing ecological restoration work and show the complexity involved in planning the restoration of the Taliesin pond. Special guests will be on hand to enrich the discussion.
$125 per person
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SEPTEMBER

 

Thursday, September 8
Heritage Prairie Farm – Heirloom Farm Dinner
Miles from Chicago: 50
The Heirloom Farm Dinner at Heritage Prairie Farm is a classic dinner full of delicious heirloom fruits and vegetables. From the pepper to the tomato, guests are sure to enjoy a variety of unique dishes as the farm prepares for the fall harvest. | Menu
$75 per person
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Saturday, Sept 10
Mint Creek Farm Farm Dinner by Cellar Door Provisions Team
Miles from Chicago: 90
Ticket price includes a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr. The tour is followed by an exceptional meal prepared by one of Chicago’s revered chefs accompanied by live music from a fabulous local band.
Child/Non-CSA member (6-12) $25.00
Adult/Non-CSA member (13+) $85.00
CSA members receive 15% discount
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Saturday, September 17
Locavore Farm – Dine on the Land
Miles from Chicago: 55
The closing dine-on-the-land event is a fall feast that shines a spotlight on the hard work of the farmers and honors the last harvest of the season. Cocktails and Brickstone Brewery. Entertainment includes two live shows by Anchors and The War on Peace.
$100 per adult
$25 per child
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Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18
Prairie Fruits Farm -Spanish Tapas and Rossejat
Miles from Chicago: 135
This season, Sunday Dinner Club, the private-community dining experience from Chefs and Co-owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (also chef-owners of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken Restaurant), will come to the farm to offer a Saturday Dinner-Sunday Brunch series.
$100 per person
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Saturday, Sept 24
Mint Creek Farm — Farm Dinner with Sarah Rinkavage of Lula Cafe
Miles from Chicago: 90
Ticket price includes a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr. The tour is followed by an exceptional meal prepared by one of Chicago’s revered chefs accompanied by live music from a fabulous local band.
Child/Non-CSA member (6-12) $25.00
Adult/Non-CSA member (13+) $85.00
CSA members receive 15% discount
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OCTOBER

Saturday, October 1
Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with Perennial Virant, Vie, Vistro & Osteria Via Stato
Miles from Chicago: 110
The afternoon will begin with a butchering demo at Slagel Family Meats. They will demonstrate how to butcher either a beef, pork or lamb carcass into retail cuts. Farmer LouisJohn will then give a tour of his family livestock farm. Guests will see a variety of livestock and learn about the old fashioned production practices the Slagel’s use to produce their farm fresh meat products. Following the butchering demo and farm tour, a farm dinner will be served family style in a new barn right next to the livestock pastures.The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Paul Virant from Perennial Virant/Vie and Guest Chef David DiGregorio from Osteria Via Stato. Feel free to BYOB; lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided.
$125 per person
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Sunday, October 2
Cultural Landscape Dinner at Taliesin
Fall dining experience highlighting the bounty of harvest and the cultural landscape of Taliesin. The fall hike will include the historic apple orchard and vineyard at Taliesin as well as other features of Wright’s landscape design. This event will include apple pressing and socializing with special guests.
$85 per person
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Thursday, October 6
Heritage Prairie Farm – Roots & Wine Farm Dinner
Miles from Chicago: 50
Heritage Prairie Farm will be pairing a bevy of fantastic wines with root inspired dishes from the farm.
Must be 21 or older to attend | Menu
$90 per person
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Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16
Prairie Fruits Farm – Whole Animal 100 Yard Dinner and Brunch, Argentinian-inspired
Miles from Chicago: 135
This season, Sunday Dinner Club, the private-community dining experience from Chefs and Co-owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (also chef-owners of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken Restaurant), will come to the farm to offer a Saturday Dinner-Sunday Brunch series.
$100 per person
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Friday, October 21
The Farmer’s Table Dinner – Beef Inspired Meal
Miles from Chicago: 200
Come join Triple S Farms in 2016 for the second in a series of The Farmer’s Table dinners. A hyper local event sure to please your pallet, and a chance to socialize with folks from around the area.  Details coming soon!
For more information email stan@triplesfarms.com.