Saturday, August 5th, 2017 from 5 - 9pm
(rain date Sun. August 6th)
Feast under the stars at the Growing Gardens 18th annual Farm Dinner, a special fundraising gala that brings together award-winning local chefs to collaborate on a bountiful five-course meal and features an auction, open bar and live music.
Chefs create and serve their enchanting selections of one-of-a-kind appetizers, signature dishes and memorable desserts all paired with wine and beer. Organic produce and herbs grown on the Cultiva farm are incorporated into gourmet appetizers, a five-course sit-down dinner and dessert. Locally raised meats, cheeses, grains and other ingredients are donated by our event sponsors.
All proceeds raised from the event go to directly to Growing Gardens' education and enrichment programs for children, teens, adults, seniors and those with developmental disabilities. This annual summer celebration and fundraiser will cast a special spotlight on two particular programs--the Cultiva Youth Project, a unique and impactful teen leadership and job skills enrichment program that employs teens ages 12 - 19 to manage the Growing Gardens CSA each summer, and the Food Project Farm, Growing Gardens' newest farm that donates 100% of its produce to low-income community members.
The Farm Dinner is nestled in our serene, 11-acre garden with exquisite views of the Flatirons. Snap some photos with your friends in the Shutterbus (America's most charming photo booth), enjoy garden tours with the Cultiva Youth Leaders, meet-and-greets with the chefs, a silent and live auction, a short film of the Cultiva Youth Project and Food Project Farm in action and live music.
Limited tickets are available, garden party attire and garden-friendly footwear are encouraged.
Our 2017 chef line up and dinner menu are coming soon
2016 Farm Dinner Menu
Cocktail Hour: Avery craft beers, chilled organic wines from Liquor Mart, Suerte Tequila cocktails with fresh juice from Wonder Press and New Planet gluten-free beer.
Local lamb meatballs with arugula pesto (GF) - Vanessa M. House, SHINE Restaurant & Gathering Place
House made buttermilk biscuits with local goat feta and peach marmalade (GF) - Vanessa M. House, SHINE Restaurant & Gathering Place
Whiskey Barrel Smoked Pork Loin, Crumbled Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Sherry Gubna Caramel Onions & Sweet English Pea Crunchy Salad - Jason Rogers, Oskar Blues
Signature Pizzas- Antonio Laudisio
Charcuterie- Alfalfa's Market
Garden vegetable sushi (gf, vegan)-- Nao-san, Sushi Zanmai
Assorted artisanal goat cheese by Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy with organic dried fruit by Made In Nature
Carrot & Beet Carpaccio Salad, arugula, honeyed local chèvre, pistachio, basil, sherry vinaigrette (GF, V) - Kevin Kidd and Bianca Retzloff, 24 Carrot Bistro
Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder with Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce (GF) - Greg Anderson, West End Tavern
Backyard Smoked Chicken Thighs with Kansas City Barbecue Sauce (GF) - Greg Anderson, West End Tavern
Wild Alaskan King Salmon & Mussels en Escabeche with Full Circle Vegetables (GF) - Bradford Heap, Wild Standard, SALT Bistro and Colterra Food & Wine
Escalivada: Wood oven roasted farm vegetables | eggplant | peppers | tomatoes | onions (GF, Vegetarian) - Corey Cunningham, The Mediterranean Restaurant
Espinacas con Garbanzos: Smoked paprika braised garbanzo beans | farm greens | roasted garlic (GF, Vegetarian) - Corey Cunningham, Mediterranean Restaurant
Smoked Fingerling Potatoes (Vegetarian and GF) – Rachel Best, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
Roasted Mushrooms (Vegetarian and GF) – Rachel Best, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
Vegan and Gluten-free Entrée:
White Bean Chile Relleno, Blistered Cherry Tomatoes with Cilantro Chutney and Pickled Seasonal Vegetable – Casey Easton, Food Lab
Local Fruit Galettes - Shamane Simons, Shamane's Bake Shoppe
Sunny Chews (vegan) and Oatie Chews (both gluten-free cookies) ~ Diane Starnick, Culinary Hearts
for special updates, program news, recipes and gardening tips.
A Special Thanks to our 2016 Event Sponsors: