Local Food Arizona: Want to Attend a Farm to Table Brunch?!

Who & What: Pinnacle Farms Hosts a Farm to Table Brunch
When: Sunday February 26, 2012, From 11:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: $25, limited availability
To Purchase Tickets: Pinnacle Farms Shopping Cart
 Directions:  Pinnacle Farms row crop location is at the Southeast corner of Citrus and Glendale Ave.  It ‘s approximately 45-50 minutes from central Phoenix.
Directions from I-10:
Go West on I-10 to Loop 303, go North for about 5 miles. Turn West onto Glendale and go two miles.  The farm will be on your left. 
 From Loop 101:
Take Loop 101 west to Northern exit, then go West another 10 miles toward the White Tanks Mountains.  Turn South at Citrus Lane, (Just past loop 303) and the farm will be on your left on Glendale.
·         Citrus Beet Salad:  roasted beets on a bed of farm fresh greens with orange supremes, goat cheese & citrus vinaigrette dressing
·         Sockeye Salmon Salad - Wild Alaskan Salmon from Kodiak Island with farm & market ingredients served on fresh greens
·         The Farm Frittata - Free range eggs with sauteed farm greens & white cheddar cheese curds
·         Farmers Salad - a collection of in season greens & produce from Pinnacle Farm with a light balsamic reduction
·         Zesty Orange Creme Brulee - torched fresh to order & infused with farm grown oranges
·         Grass Fed Beef Roast - Natural chuck roast with potatoes, carrots & onions**
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
We love to dine out. But have you really dined out … I mean outside!
More and more, the place for fine dining and to celebrate farming is right on the farm. This idea of Farm to Table events really took off several years ago when in 1998 artist and Chef Jim Denevan offered a series of “farmer dinners” at Gabriella Café in Santa Cruz, California.
From those initial efforts Outstanding in the Field was born. Their mission has been to re-connect diners to the land and to the origins of their food. They do this to honor the local farmers and food artisans. In fact, some of Outstanding in the Field dinners have been hosted right here in Arizona.
I mention this group because it seems that while farm dinners are an old tradition, Outstanding in the Field seemed to make it “vogue” to do these kinds of dinner/food events.
Since then, our Arizona farmers and ranchers are creating their own versions of the “Farm to Table” events. Pinnacle Farms, for example, is doing the outdoor dining thing by doing a Sunday brunch.
Sunday brunches are my favorite. They’re relaxing, cozy and always done with close family and friends. Now imagine someone like Pinnacle Farms hosting one! Come tour the farm, enjoy great local products served by Eric and Julia of Torched Goodness and provided by Kenny and Brenna from the Fish Hugger!
Special “What you need to know” Notes from Pinnacle Farms:
·         This is a working farm and children MUST be supervised at all times. 
·         We suggest you wear closed shoes, and bring a hat and sunscreen!  We will provide tents for the brunch. You are welcome to wander the farm field, but please be careful where you step. :)
·         Bring your own plates and napkins to cut down on waste!  Save the earth from the styrofoam infestation and bring your household plates that can be washed, but bring a bag to put them in, since there is no running water at the farm.
·         We do have a Port-a-potty, but plan ahead!  We will provide rudimentary wash stations, but again, we do not have running water, so we will provide a thermos and soap and you can wash there if needed.  
·         There is plenty of parking, but be advised, there are random nails and other sharp objects in the cut out for the farm. The best place to park is along Citrus or along Ocotillo!  You will see the Pinnacle Farms truck and can park anywhere you can find a spot.  There is plenty of parking.