While I enjoy being wined and dined at great restaurants, nothing can beat having dinner on the farm. The peaceful setting, the gorgeous surroundings, the fresh-from-the-farm ingredients — all bring me to a feeling of zen, a feeling that I’ll be happy to return to time and time again. Although going to the farm is not an everyday occurrence for me, local farms are making it easier for us (the general public) to visit on a regular basis. Take for example Kai Kai farm, a 40-acre farm in Indiantown. Owners Carl Frost and Diane Cordeau focus primarily on growing niche vegetables for chefs and families (and yes, they have a CSA), but their on the farm events have definitely taken off.
On the third Saturday of every month during season, Kai Kai hosts a free 90-minute farm tour at 3:30 p.m., and on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, a chef-to-farm tour takes place at 10:30 a.m. with one of the area’s hottest chefs, but it’s the farm-to-table dinners that get us excited. The last dinner, which we were thrilled to be invited to, was titled, For the Love of Vegetables, and as the name implies, it was all about vegetables. The farm dinners all have a different theme. Kai Kai invited in local caterer Green Rebels who created a seated 7-course vegan dinner menu highlighting vegetables that were picked just hours before.
These dinners at Kai Kai are very relaxed and wearing boots or tennis shoes would probably be the best way to go. They begin with a welcome reception with a little meet and greet with Diane and Carl; an intro to local producers’ offerings — for this event, the reception included sampling kombucha from One Kombucha, a mocktail made with beet shrub and Myco Tea; enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres from Green Rebels; and a farm tour.
As the sun set, the hungry group of about 60 made their way into a farmhouse setting, where long white picnic tables ran the length of room. The tables were simplistically set with broccolini stalks and yellow and white edible flowers as the centerpieces and two wine glasses were placed at each setting for the red and white vegan wines being served. As the guests savored creative vegan dishes and clinked glasses with friends – old and new, they reveled in the joys of taking in the simple things in life for that moment, before returning to the often action packed normalcies of their everyday routines.
Kai-Kai Farm is located at 8006 SW Kanner Highway in Indiantown; (772) 597-1717 For information on future events, visit Kai Kai’s event page.
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