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July 26, 2019

Dinner Club – Farm To Table Menu

Post by Cinde Little

This is the time of year we hear about Farm To Table dinners where the idea is to remember that our food once come from farms and not factories. Every year there are more food choices available, even in grocery stores, coming from local farms. You can support these farmers by purchasing their products and you may just be a little healthier for it. Whether you make a special trip to your local Farmer’s Market, pick vegetables from your garden or choose locally grown items at the grocery store you can make this Farm To Table menu.

Without worrying about specific guidelines for farm to table, I encourage you to host a dinner in the spirit of farm to table. Serve real food, no packaged prepared items, and it will be a great first step. Share the effort and enjoy a culinary adventure with friends.

Dinner Club - Farm To Table Menu
Dinner Club – Farm To Table Menu -photo credit Jim Little
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Gluten Free Dinner Club

Dinner Club is a perfect way for people living on a restricted diet to come together and share their experiences while enjoying a meal. If you want to be part of a Dinner Club share the idea with friends. Set the criteria then host that first meal to talk about it, without the pressure of committing to a regular schedule. You can check out my post, How To Start a Dinner Club for ideas. My Gourmet Dinner Club has been meeting for thirty years and we’ve had many culinary adventures.

Dinner Club Mishaps

In my Dinner Club we try new recipes with no expectations. The host chooses the menu and if one recipe is a total fail we are supposed to bring the dish anyway. It’s part of the experience and although it rarely happens there have been a few disasters.

There was that Thai Basil Chicken recipe made with dried basil that was apparently so horrid the entire dish went in the garbage and we never saw it. Then there is the Irish Soda Bread story from a St. Patrick’s Day menu when I was assigned to make the bread. Made with wheat flour and yeast it felt like a brick and was a notorious recipe fail. It went on the table as the centrepiece but has forever been referred to as the Irish Soda Bread doorstop.

Get The Tools

There are no specific tools for this menu but you can’t cook and eat without them. I chose to serve my Gazpacho in Mason jars for a casual presentation then added the vegetable skewer for a touch of gourmet. A reusable grilling sheet is always helpful to avoid cross contamination when cooking on a barbecue. To make my Fruit Pizza I used a 12-inch tart pan with removable bottom.

A Farm To Table Menu

Prosecco Berry Sangria

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Gazpacho

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Warm Spinach Basil Salad with Pancetta and Pine Nuts

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Chicken with Tapenade and Tomato Basil Sauce

Grilled Vegetable Stacks or Garden Green Beans

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Summer Fruit Pizza

The same Farm To Table menu in pictures.

Prosecco Berry Sangria

A pitcher and two glasses filled with Prosecco Berry Sangria surrounded by fresh fruit.

Gazpacho

Mason jars filled with my Farm to Table Gazpacho for our Gourmet Dinner Club evening.

Warm Spinach Basil Salad with Pancetta and Pine Nuts

A plate of Warm Spinach Basil Salad with strips of pancetta and toasted pine nuts plus a garnish of a yellow pansy.

Chicken with Tapenade and Tomato Basil Sauce

A platter of Chicken with Tapenade and Tomato Basil Sauce garnished with fresh basil.

Grilled Vegetable Stacks or Garden Green Beans

Vegetable Stacks with a balsamic glaze swirl.

Summer Fruit Pizza

Glazed Fresh Fruit Pizza topped with sliced peaches, cherries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

No matter what kind of a meal you create I hope you have a discussion about where your food comes from. I’d be happy to hear anything from that conversation in the comments below.

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