WILTON, Conn. Ambler Farm promotes its mission of sustainable agriculture by encouraging residents to witness the journey of food from seed to the dinner table.
Over the years, volunteers created dozens of successful programs, including bringing elementary school children to the Wilton farm, selling what's been harvested and inviting residents to roam the grounds and see the day-to-day operations.
But something was missing in this farm-to-table scenario. "We encourage people, particularly those in Wilton, to come to the farm and see things growing and pick up items," said Cory Lee. "But we needed to close the loop."
The answer came in the form of cooking classes taught by renowned chefs that showcase locally grown fruits and vegetables. On Wednesday, the second year of the series kicks off with Brian Lewis, recent chef of the Bedford Post .
"This year is going to follow the same approach," said Lee. "It's about locally grown food presented in an innovative way."
Lewis plans to prepare a four-course dinner. On the menu: Ambler Farm's vegetable frito misto with goat's cheese and black olives, stone fruits in their juices accompanied by homemade yogurt and Sicilian pistachios, roasted chicken with sorrel butter followed by a summer berry strudel with lemon verbena gelato.
Lee said participants can expect a hands-on demonstration with Lewis guiding the group along the way. "This is definitely interactive," said Lee. "There will be opportunities to assist the chef as they learn how to prepare the meal."
Lewis returns in August for a second Ambler Farm class highlighting the summer harvest. Other classes will follow about once a month and focus on seasonal ingredients. The program allows residents to support local farming, said Lee.
"We're encouraging people to come to the farm, grab some recipes and meet the farmer," he said. "They'll see how easy it is to support smaller, locally owned businesses."
To register for Lewis' demonstration or any of the upcoming cooking classes, go to Ambler Farm's website .
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