I got clocked on the head by an acorn last night during my after-dinner walk. Ouch! And not because it actually hurt, but because of what the acorn was telling me: "Summer is winding down and September is almost here, my dear." Aw, shucks.
But not shucks! Because September is the best food month of the year, when food events celebrating the bounty of the season beckon at every golden turn. Like on September 20, when Jason DeRusha and I invite you to join us at Farm in the Cities at Solera Restaurant in Minneapolis. Meet and chat with local farmers and producers, then sit down to a stunning meal prepared by 12 of your favorite local chefs. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Youth Farm and Market Project, which builds youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food.
This year's event will be the second for Farm in the Cities, founded by farmer Maurice Smith of Dragsmith Farm with the help of chef Jorge Guzman of Solera Restaurant. Smith and Guzman pulled together a terrific dinner on the fly last year, with the goal of gathering several farmers and chefs to chat about local and sustainable food with the community while raising money for charity. Bonus: A seriously fabulous meal emerged, paired with beautiful wines, in a relaxed setting with plenty of opportunity to make new friends.
To purchase tickets, or to volunteer to set up or serve food, check out the Farm in the Cities Facebook page. We hope to see you there!
Chef Jorge Guzman's recipe for Grilled Watermelon Salad with Cherry Tomatoes & Charred Beets at TC Taste/Minnesota Monthly Magazine.