Another ten year celebration in which to partake! On Monday, November 12th, FRESHFARM Markets has a reason to party, for this season will mark a decade of autumnal Farmland Feasts.Â Created originally as a harvest showcase for regional chefs cooking only local food, the Feast has now become the signature celebration in the nationâ€™s capital showcasing the glories of the local food revolution. This yearâ€™s Farmland Feast features an all-star line-up of veteran and new Feast chefs along with sommeliers from years past who pay homage to the other rock stars of local food â€“ the farmers.
This yearâ€™s celebrity chef roster, curated exclusively by Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, features a whoâ€™s who of Feast alum creating the seasonal hors dâ€™ouevres and six-course dinner. Chefs include Chef Cesare Lanfranconi of Liaâ€™s and Chef Geoffs, host of the inaugural Feast at Ristorante Tosca; organic pioneer Chef Nora Pouillion, who inspired the founding of FRESHFARM Markets and Chef Jeff Buben, a force in the kitchen and the city for local food. Pastry Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery makes his Farmland Fest debut with a southern inspired birthday treat. A team of nine of the areaâ€™s leading sommeliers from past Feasts will continue the tradition of pouring a selection of local wines. Award-winning cheese maker Mike Koch of FireFly Farms, who represents the revolution in artisanal cheese happening across the country, is the farmer/producer speaker for the evening.
The Farmland Feast will be held on Monday, November 12th at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights of the evening include a six-course menu sourced as much as possible from the Chesapeake Bay Region, a spirited cocktail hour featuring hors dâ€™oeuvres and a hand-crafted artisanal cocktail by Todd Thrasher of Eat Good Food Group, and live and silent auctions featuring chef-centric and farm-inspired offerings and experiences. All funds raised from the Feast will support the operation of the 11 FRESHFARM Market farmers markets in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, the organizationâ€™s diverse educational programs and the new Fund Our Future campaign.
Farmland Feast Committee Co-Chairs Heather Florance and Joan Fabry are in their third year together as co-chairs. Collectively they have championed the importance of FRESHFARM Markets for many years.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.