These days it's not uncommon to see a farmer's name on a restaurant menu right next to some of beautiful produce he grew for diners to enjoy. And that's a great thing, recognizing our food producers for the work they do.
But you know what's even better? Having the actual farmer right there as you enjoy the fruits -- or, uh, vegetables, of his labors. And that's exactly the idea behind local farmer Pat Duncan's annual dining series Farmer in the House.
For the annual spring series, Duncan teams up with some of the Valley's best chefs to put on dinners that showcase some of the pristine fruit and vegetables grown at his Litchfield Park farm.
Though the dinners aren't specifically vegetarian, they do tend to be veggie-centric. And each course will be paired with a wine from either a featured winery, or something selected by the restaurant's sommelier.
Here's this year's lineup:
Friday, April 10 Chef/Owners Vincent and Leevon Guerithault and Vincent on Camelback with vineyard partner to be determined. Call (602) 224-0225.
Wednesday, April 15 Executive Chef Charles Kassels and El Chorro Lodge with multiple vineyards. Call (480) 948-5170.
Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) Executive Chef Christopher Nicosia and Sassi with multiple vineyards. Call (480) 502-9095.
Thursday, April 30 Chef/Owner Carolyn Ellis and Arcadia Farms Cafe with multiple vineyards. Call (480) 941-5665.
Tuesday, May 12 Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and elements at Sanctuary Resort with vineyard partner to be determined. Call (480) 948-2100.
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Monday, May 18 Executive Chef Chuck Wiley and Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho with Swanson Vineyards. Call (480) 421-7997.
Wednesday, May 27 Chef/Owners Kevin and Amy Binkley and Binkley's Restaurant with multiple vineyards. Call (480) 437-2370.
A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will go to benefit the Association of Arizona Food Banks. For a sample menu and additional information visit the Duncan's Trading Company website.