After spending a beautiful weekend in the Ozark National Forest, (another blog post on that later) we arrived home in time to unpack from the weekend, take a much needed shower and get really hungry! Mark is a great outdoor cook; however, after starting a fire, cooking and cleaning, nothing sounded better then a locally sourced meal that we didn't have to prepare. Fortunately, I made reservations at The Farmers Table Cafe for the first Shake the Hand that Feeds You dinner.
I keep several restaurants on rotation and The Farmers Table Cafe is one of them. Earlier in January, I met up with the Fayetteville Farmers Market Manager to plan a Farmers Market Training Workshop. When two market managers meet and eat, you know the place is good.
The Shake the Hand that Feeds You series is a prix fixe dinner, exceptionally priced at $20/person. The January dinner included an appetizer - flat bread with arugula, micro greens and feta; the entree was cabbage rolls (mine was vegetarian with Sweden Creek Farm shiitake mushrooms), honey ginger glazed carrots and roasted potatoes; to finish we were served the best apple cobbler. At least I think it was apple...it was so good and I was so tired that it just seemed like a little piece of heaven.
An awesome part of the dinner series is that you get to chat with the farmers who grew the food. I sat by Mariah from Summer Kitchen Family Farm and by Andrew and Madeleine Schwerin from Sycamore Bend Farm in Eureka Springs. All three farmers were so young and I enjoyed learning about why they chose to farm and learn more about their operation. Each farmer took a few minutes over the course of the meal to introduce their farm and speak about their practices. Patrice Gros from Foundation Farm, came to our table after dinner, shook OUR hand and told us that he is very happy to see young people supporting the locally grown movement.
If you are interested in attending one of the dinners at The Farmers Table Cafe, their are two more dates available, February 22 and March 15 at 6:30. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 479.966.4125 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I lay no claims to being a vegan currently, you can check out my blog post about The Farmers Table Cafe and see how they cater to a variety of dietary restrictions while keeping it local.