Farm Dinner with Found Kitchen & Altissima

Join The Talking Farm for a special farm dinner fundraiser featuring Evanston’s Found Kitchen and Chicago’s Altissima who will partner to create a 4-course, family-style meal on the Howard Street Farm, The Talking Farm’s 2.5-acre urban farm in Skokie. Found will prepare all of the savory courses using produce grown on the farm just steps from your table, and Altissima will create a signature dessert to enjoy at the end of the meal.

The evening will begin with passed appetizers and champagne while you explore the farm’s grow fields and hoop houses – or just sit and relax in our farm “lounge. Then, we’ll sit down at the farm table for a family-style meal prepared by Chef Evan Sumrell from Found using the freshest, local vegetables, sustainably grown by Farmer Matt Ryan from The Talking Farm. Pastry chef Vanessa Hayes from Altissima will create a one-of-a-kind dessert to finish your meal. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. We’ll wrap up the night with our tradition of s’mores, spirits, and cordials under the stars. A true farm-to-table experience!

Your ticket price supports the urban agriculture and farm development projects of The Talking Farm, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, a portion of which is tax-deductible under the law.

Your ticket includes:

  • Passed appetizers and champagne reception
  • Four-course family-style dinner (meat/fish and vegetable options will be served)
  • Wine and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Bonfire smores, spirits, and cordials
  • Service, tax, and tip

$150/person including tax+tip. Members receive a 20% discount (refer to your membership email for a special link to purchase tickets at a discounted price). Proceeds from the dinner benefit The Talking Farm, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and its urban agriculture education and farm development projects. Ticket prices are tax-deductible to the extent allowed under the law. Please refer to the FAQs below for more information. 

*New this year!! Chef’s table – $1,500 for 8 diners, including tax+tip – Are you a company or a large group that is celebrating something special or just want to make this a special night? You can reserve our Chef’s Table – a special customized experience for your group of 8 — you’ll have dedicated seating near the action and will receive special perks, such as your own cocktail cart with mixers, a basket of farm-fresh vegetables for each person to take home, mignardises, and more! Email info@thetalkingfarm.org for questions or more information.

Menu (subject to change)

Passed appetizers

Zucchini Fritters (V)
Nasturtium Vinegar Tartar Sauce

Smoked Salmon
Toast point, dill, crème fraîche

First Course (seated, family-style)
Sungold tomato salad (V)
Burrata, legumes, *tomato vinegar, curry salt

Second Course
Romesco Rigatoni (V)
Kale, Garlic Chips, Fine Herbs

Third Course
Roasted Porchetta
Pickled scapes, braised mustard seeds, grilled squash, Swiss chard, pork jus
(Vegetarian option will be available)

Fourth course — created by Altissima 
Chocolate noir cake with Sea Salt Caramel buttercream (V)
Brown butter cake with Blackberry Violet buttercream and Mascarpone Chantilly (V)

(V) = vegetarian (no meat or fish, includes dairy)

Attention groups of 8! We have a very special group table option that ensures that you will be seated together during the event, as well as other perks for your group. Contact info@thetalkingfarm.org for details.

To purchase tickets, click here.

If you would like a 20% discount to the farm dinners, become a member today! After joining, you will receive an email with a link to purchase tickets at special membership pricing. To join, click here.

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