Farm-to-table? Let’s leave aside that arguably overexposed term for a moment, and try this: Farmers market to table. Who could argue with that? Orange Home Grown, the indefatigably motivated nonprofit responsible for the Saturday Farmers and Artisans Market in Old Towne, came up with the concept for a Saturday, Aug. 27, fundraising dinner to support its new, volunteer-run neighborhood farm.
Ingredients for the meal will be provided by vendors familiar to Saturday market shoppers, including 5 Bar Beef and OC Baking, and some of the farmers supplying produce will also attend. A roster of Orange County chefs will be cooking, including Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, Danny Godinez of Anepalco’s (and soon-to-open Mercado), Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn, and Gabbi Patrick of Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen. Dinner will be served under the huge, handsome metal structure I’ve always admired on the market grounds, a historic remnant of the Villa Park Orchards Packing House that previously occupied the site. Live music, a seasonal cocktail, and passed appetizers will start the evening, followed by sit-down, family-style service. The menu is totally TBD, of course—the chefs will survey what’s fresh in the market before cooking. More info, including how to buy tickets ($150 per person) here. Funds raised at this inaugural event will benefit the hands-on Orange Home Grown Education Farm, for which ground was broken in May on a nearby piece of land owned by Chapman University.
More evidence of Orange Home Grown’s dynamism, where the worlds of books and growing things collide: The nonprofit, in conjunction with the Orange Public Library Foundation and the city’s Library and History Center, also runs a Seed Lending Library. What will the new farm check out, I wonder?