If eating is an agricultural act, as Wendell Berry so famously said, then what better way to celebrate the connection between food and farming than at Dirt to Dining?
Jesse Cool, the down-to-earth owner-cook (don’t call her a chef!) of Menlo Park’s Flea Street Cafe is hosting this benefit for the Ecological Farming Association right in her own backyard–which just happens to be a bountiful edible garden on the edge of the Stanford campus.
Cool, well known for her longtime dedication to seasonal, locally-sourced and sustainable cuisine, is opening up her address book, too. On hand to nosh and chat will be dozens of organic farmers and winemakers, including those from Full Belly Farm, Frog’s Leap Winery, Green Gulch Farm, Live Earth Farm, Swanton Berry Farm, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Frey Vineyards, and more.
And of course, going along with the garden tours will be plenty of delectable food and wine. That fava-bean canapé? Probably made from beans grown by the guy sipping sauvignon blanc right next you. Never seen a fava bean in its natural habitat? It’s over there, hanging on vines right next to the carrots. Dining doesn’t get any dirtier than that.
Dirt to Dining: A Day in Jesse Cool’s Kitchen Garden
Sunday, June 7, 2009
2150 Amhearst Street
Palo Alto, CA