Slow Food Northern NJ Farm-to-Table Dinner

Farm to Table DinnerOn Sunday August 23, 2009 from 4 to7 p.m. the second in a series of Sustenance on the Farm Dinners will take place in the scenic fields of Starbrite Farm in Andover, Sussex County. Organic farmer John Krueger will take the guests on a farm tour and chef Andrea Carbine, a James Beard Award semi-finalist and co-owner of A Toute Heure in Cranford, will prepare an elegant farm-to-table five-course dinner centered around Starbrite Farm’s organic and heirloom vegetables, as well as grass-fed meat and poultry from Plaid Piper Farm. For those desiring to eat low on the food chain an elegant all vegetarian dinner is available.
Dessert featuring the exotic ground cherries grown at Starbrite Farm, Native to Central and South America.will be prepared by Chef Diane Pinder of Donna & Company Artisan Chocolates. Organic and biodynamic wines that will be paired with each course. Jon-David Headrick, importer of earth-friendly wines, will join us and educate us about the wines paired with each course. Live music during the dinner by solo guitarist Paul Meyers will bring an acoustic infusion of Brazilian rhythms and Jazz.
The proceeds from this Sustenance on the Farm Dinner will support Slow Food Northern New Jersey’s earth stewardship and food justice programs.
Family-owned Starbrite Farm is a fine example of environmentally responsible management of a certified organic farm. Owner John Krueger, who has a degree in Environmental Sciences from Cook College, Rutgers University, has been farming for over 20 years. He came to Starbrite in 2002 guests at Griggstown eventand took over the operation the following year, at which time he began working with the Bloomfield-Montclair CSA (community supported agriculture) and selling at NJ farmers’ markets. Since then, four new CSA groups have been added and currently Starbrite Farm CSA groups provide vegetables, fruits, and herbs to more than 300 member families.
Sustenance dinners take place in farm fields, orchards, and historic sites. The farmer takes the guests on a guided tour of the farm, and during dinner guests hear from the farmer, chef, winemaker, and food artisans about the connection between our palates, our plates, and our planet.
Sustenance on the Farm Dinner at Starbrite Farm

Farmer: John Krueger
Chef: Andrea Carbine, Co-owner, A Toute Heure
Chef: Diane Pinder, Owner, Donna & Co
On Sunday, August 23, 2009, 4-7:00 PM
Starbrite Farm, Andover, NJ
Tickets are $145 and can be purchased at:

The Northern New Jersey Chapter of Slow Food and Sustenance share a goal of educating New Jersey residents about earth stewardship and supporting food justice programs. The proceeds from these events benefits Slow Food Northern NJ’s related programs.
Slow Food Northern NJ has two primary goals: to foster earth stewardship through the development of school gardens in New Jersey and to support food justice programs in the underserved communities of the Garden State. Slow Food Northern NJ is also dedicated to spreading awareness and nurturing appreciation of slowing down to enjoy healthy, locally grown food by connecting New Jersey residents with earth-friendly farmers, chefs, and food makers.
plating Griggstown EventSustenance is a green event planning and programming business with a focus on local, sustainable food. Sustenance provides the expertise to create green events that combine style and taste with environmental responsibility, leaving behind the smallest carbon footprint. A portion of the proceeds from Sustenance events supports local non-profit organizations in the areas of earth stewardship and food justice programs.
Sustenance combines creativity, environmental expertise, and strong relationships with local farmers, food artisans, eco-friendly chefs, and environmental experts to plan and produce sustainable green events. Delicious and healthy, local and responsibly grown foods are the hallmarks of Sustenance events.
Premier Sponsors: Edible Jersey, Natural Awakenings, Park Place

Sponsors: Starbrite Farm, Wine Library, Plaid Piper Farm, The Health Shoppe, Donna & Co, NJ Family Magazine.

Photo from Griggstown Farm to Table Event.  Bohm-Marrazzo Photography copyright 2009