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Fresh Fare

A new monthly dinner series spotlights the relationship between a chef and the farmers and makers he works closely with, as well as the importance of seasonality in cooking.


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Michelin-starred restaurant Madera recently launched a series of monthly suppers, for which it hosts a local farm-partner for a five-course meal that emphasizes the latter’s offerings. The feast includes a flight of wine pairings customized by Madera’s award-winning sommelier team. Guests are joined at the dining table by executive chef Reylon Agustin and the month’s special farmer or producer.

“Growing up in the Bay Area as a cook and now chef, I have always been passionate about supporting the local food economy and sourcing directly from the area’s farmers and purveyors,” says Agustin. “The Farm Dinner Series is meant to highlight the importance of a relationship between the land and the kitchen. These dinners take place in an intimate setting at a communal table where we talk about food, and the past and future of partnerships, some that have lasted over 15 years.”

The next event, July 28, will feature K&J Orchards, founded by wife-and-husband team Kalayada Ammatya and James Beutel. The Aug. 18 dinner will be a joint endeavor with Tory Farms, owned and operated by the Torosian family for the past 50 years. And the first day of fall, Sept. 22, will bring Hodo Soy, which handcrafts delicious plant-based foods, to Madera.
Dinners from $200 per person, limited to 10-15 guests, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park


Originally published in the July/August issue of Silicon Valley

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