Amazing Graze: Grow Dat’s Dinner on the Farm

By Liz McGehee

Located in New Orleans’ very own City Park, Dinner on the Farm is a hidden gem for anyone who loves farm-to-table. What is Dinner on the Farm exactly? It’s a unique dining event hosted by the Grow Dat Youth Farm where you can expect to find fresh, local ingredients grown and harvested right from the land you’re standing on.  

The event begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a tour of the growing site.  Next, you will see City Park as never before while you enjoy 3 phenomenal courses and wine pairings under the breathtaking, moss-covered oaks. Whether rain or shine, dinner is served outside.  

Dinner on the Farm teams up with New Orleans’ finest chefs and restaurants to bring you high-quality cuisine worthy of any self-proclaimed foodie’s pallet.  Previous dinner partners include 1000 Figs, MoPho, Maypop, High Hat, Primitivo, Ancora, La Boca, Barrel Proof, Sylvain, Cavan and Meaux Bar.  One thing that isn’t on the menu? Disappointment.  

On September 28th at 5 p.m. Cochon and Pêche are teaming up to bring you an amazing blend of Cajun, South American and Spanish foods.  Donald Link, who has earned several James Beard Foundation Awards, is the executive chef at the Link Restaurant Group.  Link’s restaurants include Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Calcasieu, Pêche Seafood Grill and La Boulangerie.  The Link Restaurant Group is known for working magic with fresh, farm ingredients and keeps an updated list of their dairy, meat, seafood, fruit and vegetable farmers.  

Or you can join Shaya at the next Dinner on the Farm event on October 8th at 5 p.m.  A unique blend of Israeli and southern flavors, Shaya is still one of the most talked about restaurants in New Orleans since opening in 2015.  Wanting to blend his Israeli roots and southern upbringing, Chef Alon Shaya knew what he was doing when he took a chance on this contemporary restaurant.  Shaya earned a James Beard Foundation Award, but that’s not surprising considering John Besh hand picked him in 2009 to be the head chef of Domenica.  He’s now the executive chef and partner of Dominica and Pizza Dominica. 

Yes, the meals at Dinner on the Farm are to die for, but the best part of this one-of- a-kind meal is that it’s for a good cause. The proceeds of each ticket go directly to support Grow Dat Youth Farm whose mission is to nurture young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Each year, Grow Dat employs 50 young people to learn and practice sustainable agriculture on their two-acre farm. Youth also spend time in educational workshops and skill-building activities on site, at partner organizations, and on field trips. Grow Dat youth are accountable to a standards system and experience regular performance feedback which helps to foster lasting personal growth. 

Thanks to a number of local high school students and youth leaders, Grow Dat harvested over 20,000 pounds of food last year for their community.  Now that’s something we can cheers to! 

For more on the Grow Dat Youth Farm or Dinner on the Farm call 504-300-1132 or visit their website at www.growdatyouthfarm.org.

 

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