Straw Hat Farm Presents a Farm Dinner in Montrose
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Jul 05, 2011 | 1163 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTROSE – Think you have to live somewhere like Portland or Napa Valley to attend a farm-to-plate dinner on a local farm? Think again! Straw Hat Farm, one of the Uncompahgre Valley’s favorite farms, will play host to a farm dinner on Monday, July 18. Guests will enjoy a meal of locally grown food while dining in the same fields that the vegetables called home only a few hours earlier.

As Chet Byler of Straw Hat Farm, south of Montrose, says, “Supporting local agriculture makes sense on so many different levels and our aim in this farm dinner is not only to celebrate the efforts of The Valley Food Partnership, but also to make the concept of ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ come to life for folks in this community.”

Pahgre’s restaurant is coordinating the event, which will feature food prepared by Chefs Donn Wagner and Peter O’Brien of Simmer Food and Wine. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Valley Food Partnership, a component fund of the Montrose Community Foundation committed to “working together to grow a healthy community by connecting local farms to forks.”

Brendan Lore, owner of Pahgre’s, expressed his excitement for the event, stating, “This is a unique opportunity for folks to spend a few hours on a local farm, tasting local food prepared by two spectacular local chefs while, at the same time, experiencing firsthand where and how that food is grown. Supporting local agriculture makes sense on so many different levels and our aim in this farm dinner is not only to celebrate the efforts of The Valley Food Partnership, but also to make the concept of ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ come to life for folks in this community.” The exact menu will depend upon availability of different fruits and vegetables, and will likely not be set until a day or two before the event. Meat will be provided by Kinikin Heights Natural Meats, and Lore assures that there will certainly be a vegetarian entrée as well. Only one-hundred tickets will be sold; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended, as the event will likely sell out quickly. Tickets cost $75 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Valley Food Partnership. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Brendan Lore at 249-6442 or email Brendan@pahgres.com.
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