Shake the Hand that Feeds You: Locavore Dinner at Flying J Farm
Imagine a table set in a field, surrounded by a farm, rows of vegetables, a stream, and pastures where grass-fed cattle roam. Now imagine sitting down at that table to a meal that had been raised, for the most part, on that very farm. Freshness beyond belief; big big flavor and a little tiny carbon footprint.
That is the vision that inspired Slow Food's "Shake the Hand that Feeds You: Locavore Dinner at Flying J Farm."
The evening will start at 4:00 p.m., when Flying J's owner and caretaker, Slow Food member Dick Jensen, will lead a walk around the farm to introduce you to the source of your dinner. Flying J is the site of the annual Green Living Fayre and a model of sustainability, thanks to Dick's efforts.
At 5:30, drinks will be served. These will consist of cucumber- and lemon balm-infused vodka tonics as well as hard cider from nearby Windy Hill Apple Farm. There will be a passed appetizer with the drinks.
By 7:00, dinner will commence. The menu, designed and executed by Chef John Dornback of Basi Italia, will consist of a harvest tomato salad with local feta cheese and fresh oregano; bread from Eleni Christina bakery, made from Flying J's flour; grilled farm vegetables with pesto; smashed and grilled potatoes with rosemary and onion; sweet corn succotash; and sliced roasted grass-fed ribeye with maple-chili jus, accompanied by appropriate Ohio wines. (You'll know Chef John when you see him; he'll be the one standing in front of the huge drum that's been converted into a grill, looking at about twelve square feet of meat and fire with a big smile on his face.)
For dessert, we will have baked peach-berry cobbler, paired with a Jeni Britton original -- mascarpone ice cream with toasted Ohio walnuts, drizzled with Flying J's own maple syrup.
Tickets will be $95 for nonmembers and $75 for members of Slow Food. A portion of the proceeds benefits Slow Food Columbus. Those who wish to bring their own tents, camp at the farm overnight, and have coffee and breakfast the next morning before heading home will be able to do so for a small additional fee; examine the different kinds of tickets that are available in order to select this option.
Note about ticket sales: Tickets will be made available to members only on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at noon, Monday, September 8, for one week. After that time, any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public. We are not informed of new memberships until the next calendar month, so if you join, contact us immediately. Due to the demand for tickets for this event, we regret that everyone will be limited to a maximum of two tickets.
Flying J Farm
5329 Van Fossen Road
Johnstown, OH 43031
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|