Tomorrow I’m writing about a farm dinner outside of Asheville to be held Saturday night. Cost: $45. A few days ago I stumbled upon info about two other farm dinners in North Carolina this weekend. One is in the Triangle and the other in the Asheville/Marshall area. The cost? $180 a person. I find that staggering and would love to hear what others think.
These are put on by the for-profit group Outstanding in the Field. Based in California, they are a farm-to-table road show.
The first, on Saturday, is at Captain John S. Pope Farm in Cedar Grove. Until recently it was to be at Brinkley Farms, so I’m not sure what happened there. The chef is Shane Ingram of Four Square in Durham and the new One in Chapel Hill.
The next is Sunday at East Fork Farm in Marshall, and the chef is William Dissen of The Market Place in Asheville. Coincidentally, former Market Place chef, founder, and regional farm-to-table pioneer Mark Rosenstein is cooking at the $45 fund-raiser.
I have great respect for John S. Pope and East Fork Farm and their farmers, as well as Shane Ingram and William Dissen. All will have listings in my book. But $180? I’m sorry, but it goes against my grain.
These dinners usually sell out. Will they in North Carolina? Or do we have enough comparable options at much lower costs? What do y’all think?