The 6 Best Farm-to-Table Venues in the United States
If you live in an urban environment, outdoor dining can be a bit of a letdown.
The search for a meal that can be enjoyed in the fresh air and sunshine often results in cramming yourself into a hot metal chair on a sidewalk while a city bus chugs by.
Need to get away? Check out six of the country’s best farm-to-fork al fresco dining venues, including a chic metropolitan rooftop farm and a sweeping ranch-side winery.
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OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD
This tried and true “roving culinary adventure” makes stops from coast to coast on local, sustainable farms. Chefs from well-known restaurants jump at the chance to cook a 5-course meal served during dusk at a very long table. Guests enjoy cocktails and a farm tour before dinner, and the tradition of bringing your own plate makes the family-style service feel like home.
Tickets are steep ($250 per person), with the most coveted being the “Big Sur” secret spot dinner, which usually sells out within minutes. Tickets go on sale once a year.
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APPLE STREET FARM: ESSEX, MASS.
Apple Street Farm in Essex offers a 5-course meal and wine pairing enjoyed in a rustic, outdoor setting. The evening starts with a tour of the farm followed by seasonal cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The celebrated chefs of Boylston St. restaurant, L’Espalier, prepare the organic dinner with seasonal dishes such as pork loin with baby gem lettuce, or grilled bass with corn pudding.
Dinners will be held July 11 & 12, August 8 & 9, September 5 & 6, and October 3 & 4. Call L’Espalier at 617-262-3023 for reservations. Cost: $180.
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