Chefs for Farmers (CFF), top culinary event in Dallas, intersects rural and urban by connecting farmers and chefs and foodies. Finest chefs want the finest and freshest ingredients, but they also know the value in the regional history of what has been grown or raised. This back-to-the-land value is highlighted at the CFF event by the best-in-the-country chefs’ small plates highlighting featured farmers.
The secret in this farm-to-table movement mounting in Dallas is in the heirloom seeds and crops and livestock nurtured on the land and the knowledge gathered from previous generations in growing, foraging and curing for the larder. The celebration of Chefs for Farmers is a celebration of bringing the farm to the city!
I am thankful for the Facebook posts by Chefs for Farmers with Chef/Farmer pairings and farmers’ posts leading up to the events. I have pulled them together for this article and hopeful that many more chefs and farmers and foodies would also share their connections, inspirations and stories.
I attended CFF Bite Night with Marie Tedei from Eden’s Organic Garden Center/CSA Farm where we talked about her relationships with chefs since the first CFF event at the long table on her farm in 2010. This year she is part of a featured farmer duo, Two Lady Farmers with Beverly Thomas of Cold Springs Farm.
And Mustang Grapes for Katherine Clapner of Dude Sweet Chocolate.
Mustang Sally Soft Serve for the Street Food Night Market on Saturday.
South Texas Heritage Pork – cured Jamon Tejano will be sampled at the farmers booth at the CFF Main Event.
Pure Land Organic Farm’s peppers were noted as a fall inspiration by Eric Dreyer of Fearing’s Restaurant.
Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar to make “Poached Pear & Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwich” with Hill Country Dairies cream and Rae Lili Farm pears. Sofia Herrera of Rae Lili Farm is a CFF Honoree. (read here)
Cartermere Farms prestine fresh vegetables for Jeff Harris of Victor Tangos, serving of
Smoked Beef Belly, Roasted Squash Mole, Preserved Greens, Pumpkin Seed Brittle
A Bar N Ranch was the main feature farmer for the CFF Bite Night with beef dishes from their American Wagyu cattle. To find out more of the farmer pairings look for the farmers tables at the Chefs for Farmers Main Event.
The good news is that we can celebrate every day farm to table when you frequent these these chef inspired restaurants and also shop from the farmers at their CSA and markets! There is such deeper meaning to the food we eat when we incorporate the connection with the farmers!
Photo credits to Chefs for Farmers Celebration of Food and Wine Facebook and Marie Tedei, Pure Land Organic, South Texas Heritage Pork and Bois d’Arc Meat Co Facebook pages.