There are few things we love more than a small local business making the big leagues, and this week, we caught wind that the local dining event, Dinner on the Farm, will be expanding in a big way. They've teamed up with New York's premier craft brewer, Brooklyn Brewery, to take their event on the road and even across the Atlantic.
According to Dinner on the Farm founder, Monica Walch, "I collaborated with Brooklyn Brewery on their Slow Supper event during the Twin Cities Mash Tour last summer and spent the week that they were here joining them at our favorite local restaurants, bringing them to a show at First Avenue, and even hosting an overnight in the Airstream on the farm! We instantly clicked and realized we were doing things with a very parallel mission in mind."
After spending another week with the brewers in Chicago during the Mash tour and a week in Brooklyn, Walch says they invited her to "join their colorful cast of characters" on tour in 2014.
The traveling farm dinners will operate very much the way they do here, focusing on the chefs, food, and farms of the areas they visit. The first event of the tour will take place in Nashville on March 2 and will feature local chef Brandon Frohne who will also be appearing as a contestant on the Food Network's popular competition show, Chopped, later in the month.
Other cities on the tour include Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C., London, and Stockholm. They'll also be bringing the combined Dinner on the Farm/Brooklyn Brewery event to the Twin Cities late this summer where they'll be teaming up with local favorite, chef Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish.
For those of you worried about losing the beloved event, you can breathe a sigh of relief: In addition to making a pit stop in the Twin Cities, Walch says she's still producing the monthly underground dinner parties as well as a few pop-up Cinefeasts locally this year. "And, like last year, we'll have a local farm dinner once a month from June through September," she says. "I'm really excited about some of the new chefs and farms we plan on working with here this year."