Hey! New Dinner Added @ Walker Art Center!

Due to popular demand, Tour de Farm, the new dining experience from Scott Pampuch of Corner Table Restaurant, announces a fifth event to be hosted on the beautiful grounds of the Walker Art Center this summer. Since three of the original four Tour de Farm events have sold out, this event will give more people the chance to celebrate urban agriculture, as well as encourage them to eat locally and seasonally and support local farms.

Sponsored by the Walker Art Center, the memorable and unique event set on the hill overlooking the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and skyline will allow diners to enjoy a five-course meal created by five local award-winning chefs using local and seasonal food. Greens, herbs and additional in-season produce will be provided by Youth Farm & Market Project.

(Photo credit: Kris Hase)

Mike Phillips – Craftsman Restaurant, Minneapolis
Asher Miller – 20.21, Minneapolis
Jim Grell – Modern Café, Minneapolis
Alex Roberts –  Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis
Zoe Francois – Zoe Bakes – Pastry chef / Author
Michelle Gayer – Salty Tart, Minneapolis

Thursday, July 30
6 – 10 pm

The Walker/Tour de Farm event is open to reservations for 100 people. The cost is $85. per person, all-inclusive. Reservations can be made through PayPal at TourdeFarmMN.com/buy

Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for youths ages 9 – 18, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. They build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food and currently work in three neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis, and the West Side of St. Paul.

Good news, and more good news.

Tickets are selling!  This is great news! We are sold out, yes, that’s correct, sold out of two of our four dinners: the event in June with Mike Philips from Craftsman, and the event with Lenny Russo from Heartland.  Thank you very much.  The other great news is that there are still two events available and they are at the time of the year that Minnesota shines with great produce.  So, get on board for the last two events.   It is going to be a great year!

Just the facts.

First off, thank you to all that have already bought tickets.  The response has been overwhelming.  We are close to being sold out of a couple of dates already.

We have been getting some questions regarding each event. All of the chefs in the next couple of months will be giving us some ideas as to the style of the meal as well as some hints at the menu.  Now, keep in mind that the menu will be as seasonal they can make it.  The final menu’s will be detailed out that weekend.

Each Sunday supper dinner will begin on the farm at 4:00 pm where diners gather for appetizers, drinks and socializing. Supper be served at 5:30 pm and is expected to end around sunset.

June 7:
Chef Mike Philips of Craftsman Restaurant, Minneapolis
Hidden Stream Farm
Elgin, MN

August 16:
Chef Scott Graden of New Scenic Café, Duluth, MN
Grassroots Farm
Saginaw, MN

September 20:
Chef Lenny Russo of Heartland in St. Paul
Cedar Summit Farm
New Prague, MN

October 4:
Chef JD Fratzke of Strip Club, St. Paul
Star Thrower Farm
Glencoe, MN

Each Tour de Farm event is open to reservations for 75 people. The cost is $85. per person, all inclusive.  The ticket cost is to cover the food that is being purchased from the farms as well as costs associated with making the dinners happen.   All of the chef’s have donated time and energy to this event free of charge.

eat, drink + be farmy

Welcome to Tour de Farm;  Minnesota style.  I can’t express how excited I am about this summer.  We are going to be visiting four different farms and celebrating all the hard work that they do year round.  If that is not enough I get to cook with four good friends of mine.

It all started in having family meal in a field at 1am.

Last year, I heard that the national tour of Outstanding in the Field was coming to the Twin Cities area.  I had no idea of how to get in touch with them directly, so I went to the website and sent off an email to anyone there that would listen.  I think I said something to the effect of, “I will cook, clean, or do anything I can to help out…”  The next thing I knew, Lenny Russo from Heartland was calling me and asking me to co-chef the event.   Needless to say, It never hurts to just ask.

So, there are lot of other details that I could tell you about that event and that night, but like I said, started at 1am at family meal.  There is a restaurant tradition of family meal.  Some restaurants do pre-shift, others do post-shift.  This was about the most amazing family meal ever.  We were all cleaning after a long night, and then there were two tables left standing in the field and we put together some food and wine and just sat under the stars are talked food, politics, craft vs. art, etc…

This is where I think the inspiration started.  I remember Dave Minar, of Cedar Summit, asking to me at the dinner, if I would be interested in helping do something like this locally. “Sure.” I said.  That night sitting at the restaurant after this long and beautiful day, sitting on the front steps of Corner Table, the staff and I joked about having a dinner right in the middle of Nicollet Avenue and shutting down traffic.  Then about two weeks after the event, Eric and Lisa Klein came to me and asked, “How did Outstanding in the Field go? Do you think something like this could happen locally? ”  Well, the comments and the ideas kept coming.

Here we are, four chefs, four farms, four dates.  I have been in close contact with Leah and Jim at Outstanding in the Field.  They were the ultimate inspiration for this.  Seriously, I would have talked Jim’s ear off that night, but I could tell, it was a long day for us all.  Thank you to him for listening.  I am sure he hears some chefs talk and talk and talk, but I really wanted to make something happen.  The other person in all of this at OSIF is Leah.  She is the one that I was in contact with up to the event last year and is the person that executes detail upon detail.  Someone else may drive the bus, but I think she is the one that gives the driver a place to go.   Jim and Leah have given us their blessing to take the inspiration that they have provided and make this event happen.  We are not wanting to take away from their dinners when they come to town (more details to follow) but, we understand that summers in Minnesota are busy, we just want to give as many people as possible to come and experience that amazing feeling of not just eating locally, not just enjoying community, not just having a great “what I did with my summer vacation” story, but we want everyone to experience ALL of this, as many times as possible.  This year, you will be able to experience food in a whole different way.

There you go….. any questions?  Check out the websites: tourdefarmmn.com and outstandinginthefield.com.  We are listening.