dinner plans this saturday? keep reading and you might.

If you have not yet taken advantage of one of the Earth to Table dinners held each month at the Culinary Vegetable Institute, which is on the beautiful grounds of farmer Lee Jones’ Chef’s Garden, then you are truly missing out. Each unique dinner is created by a team of chefs that come in from all over the country (and sometimes the world) just to cook at the CVI and be part of this amazing organization. The food, company and overall experience is something I guarantee you’ll remember  and talk about for some time.

For this Saturday’s dinner, CVI didn’t have to look too far as the guest chef  is AMP 150’s Ellis Cooley. Here’s the impressive menu:

Small Bites

Assorted Baby Beet Salad: Lake Erie Creamery Goat Cheese Fondue, Candied Spiced Nuts, Baby Herbs
Velvet Mushroom Soup: Chives, Truffle Oil, Dehydrated Mushrooms
Charcuterie Platter: Port Relleitte, Liver Pate, Red Cabbage Kimchi

Large Bites

Braised Lamb in Stew of Dried Beans, Mint, Natural Juices
Slow Roasted Duck, Braised Caramelized Endive, Citrus


Whole Roasted Carrots, Parsnip Puree, Picholine Olives
Brown Butter Kale, Homemade Smoked Kielbasa
Roasted Cauliflowers, Pine nuts, Lake Erie Creamery Goat Cheese, Beet Vinaigrette
Baby Fennel and Figs, Fines Herbs and Fronds
Anson Mills Organic Farro Piccolo, Celery Root & Leaves, Pickles


Floating Island, Citrus salad, Anglaise, Shiso
Petit Fours and Paplova

Tickets are $75 a piece and there are still a few left. And for one lucky person, you can win two right here. If you’d like to be considered, just leave a comment to this post telling me your favorite local farmer or purveyor to support. You must be available to go this Saturday and leave a comment by Wednesday, 3/9, by noon when I’ll select someone via Random.org. Good luck!


  1. Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I L-O-V-E Plum Creek Farm. If we can’t make it to a farmer’s market or out to their farm, they have gone as far as meeting us in a Goodwill Parking so that we could have veal for the holidays. Gotta love the midwest!

  2. Brian Wright
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    The folks over at Por-Bar Farms are doing a great job with their organic, heirloom variety green houses. And the dinner Saturday nights sounds terrific!


  3. Kate
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Patterson’s for strawberries in the spring. My four year-old and I could eat them by the gallon.

  4. Tuli Banerjee
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I love Covered Bridge Gardens

  5. Laura
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Support http://alltheabovefarm.com/
    They are local (near Chagrin Falls) and provide the community with fruits, produce, eggs, beef and poultry that is free of chemicals, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.

  6. Kelly Beiswenger
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I found in gem in Cuyahoga Falls, a CSA called Basket of Life farm… the best local produce!

  7. mike
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Ohio City Pasta!

  8. Peg
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    The Chagrin Falls Farmers market.

  9. Troy
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d have to say Lakewood’s Earth and Food (LEAF) Community. They are a local non-profit that encourages urban farming in the city’s parks, on plots “rented” by residents. Secondly, LEAF runs a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program on Wednesday during the summer and fall with local produce from sustainable farmers within the state.

    Would love to enjoy the tastes of the CVI dinner this weekend. Please enter me into the drawing.

  10. Steve
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Polter’s Berry Farm in Fremont (also at the Shaker Square Farmers market) has the best strawberries. (their peas are pretty good too)

  11. Kay
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I would have to say, New Creation Farm at 12126 Clark Road in Chardon, OH. This is truly a family farm, with all the Boehnlein family children helping to raise and market the animals (pork, beef and chicken) at their usual stand at the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square on Saturdays.

    A quote from the New Creations Farm website (http://www.newcreationfarms.com/page/page/7014855.htm): “Our cows and pigs are bred for the quality of their meat and receive a diet free of pesticides as they are continually rotated to fresh new pastures. Our animals are never held in confinement, are never fed antibiotics and never receive synthetic growth hormones. Our cattle are finished on the highest quality forage available. This approach insures the best quality grass fed beef possible that is consistent in its natural beef flavor and tenderness. Our animals are harvested in a humane way, under our supervision. This assures that each individual animal is treated humanely and without stress. Our grassfed beef is dry-aged for 14-21 days to concentrate the flavor and tenderize the beef. It is then processed down by skilled butchers who take pride in their art of cutting beef.”

    Check out the photos of the family with some of their animals on their Facebook page. It’ll make you fall in love with them (the kids and the animals!). http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Creation-Farm/140413342649406?v=photos

  12. Sandy
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    All the wonderful vendors at Shaker Square Farmer’s Market….Kilbuck Mushrooms and Goodell for the syrup are our favorites! :) Mmm….pancakes….

  13. AMy VIny
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    that’s easy… Aaron and Melissa Miller of Miller Livestock are exceptionally talented and wonderful people. BEst grass-fed beef, pork chix and eggs on earth. Absolutely tops in their field!

  14. Amy
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    ME! I’m my favorite local farmer. This year will be my third year learning about our veggie garden.

  15. nicole klue
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    We love Brunty Farms! We get our CSA from them, they have the best chicken, eggs, and veggies!

  16. Posted March 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Hard to choose with so many great farms and local vendors in our area, but I do like Lake Erie Creamery. I’m a sucker for cheese. My favorite supporter of farm-to-table is Spice of Life Catering!

    Would love to attend the event- haven’t been to one yet.

  17. P
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Honestly, this is hard, bc every farm is great for having their own area of specialty products and have produced everything through their hardwork.

    But my favorite is Por Bar Farms. I was at the Brew Kettle with my dad to watch a Cavs game last year. There was a dude sitting next to me at the bar. This night happened to be extremely rainy, and the bars dish was going in and out. During the black out breaks from the game, I exchanged small talk with the guy seated to my right. I probably said something generic about this weather sucking. To which he replied, “Well, it’s actually good for me.” I didn’t really ask him what that meant, but after he was gone for a few minutes and returned from outside with some bags, I understood. He came bearing bags of lettuce, greens, beans, and other vegetables. One bag for each bartender, one for the owner and some for the servers. After this, we talked more. He was at one time a white collar worker. He hated it. Sold his SUV, bought a crappy pick-up, and with a patient wife, learned the methods of sustainable organic farming. Here’s a guy who wasn’t happy with his life, downsized, bought some land and completely built a sustainable farm and greenhouse. I took his card and his advice to come see his stand at the Tremont Farmer’s Market. I became a regular there and have sent my family members down there too.

    Por Bar Farms specializes in heirloom varieties. And Kevin, with his wife, farm everything in a sustainable way. He sells at most of the local farmer’s markets, and gives advice about his vegetables, and also cooking methods that can be used to enjoy them. He’s just a good dude who has a great thing going.

  18. Scott
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Kilbuck Mushrooms and shaker square market.

  19. Posted March 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I have to vote for Ohio City Pasta – it’s the best!

  20. Beth
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Geauga Family Farms CSA and Heinen’s

  21. H. Kerschbaum
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Love, love all the great stands at the West Side Market. we go there every Sat for our fruits, veggies, meats and cheese for the week.
    Grobes in Elyria has the best apples and peaches. They can’t be beat!

  22. jj
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    szalays after a great spring ride on the towpath- fresh deli for their support of carrying products tied to several local organic farms, amp150 for their incredible farm to table lot garden, nature’s bin for their organic food selection, Canterberry farms for their herb/plant selection, and my friends’ wonderful chicken coup for organic farm fresh brown eggs every day. i also suggest the Tremont farmers market in the summertime- and Spice of Life Catering for their beautiful farm to table dinners/events…what a great way to bring communities together

  23. Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Ohio City Pasta is great.
    We also enjoy all Amish butter too (Geauga Co).

    (Does Jeni’s Ice Cream count?)

    But of course our favorite Farmer type?
    Farmer Lee Jones!


    #Munchamuncha bitches

  24. Julie
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    My favorite is the little garden I have that my 7 yr old daughter helps me with! We grow tomatoes, peppers, peas, green beans and carrots as well as fresh herbs. There is nothing like eating your own fresh grown veggies!

  25. jmsur
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Heinen’s FTW! I have a difficult time getting to the farmer’s markets around me so I LOVE that Heinen’s offers so many locally grown produce.

  26. Sean
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Killbuck Mushrooms are a personal favorite–they have helped me make some amazing mushroom risotto on a few occasions :)

  27. Posted March 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I like going to the Shaker and Chagrin Falls markets. I’m a big fan of Plum Creek Farms.

  28. mike
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    szalay’s corn by a mile

  29. Jae
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I’ve always been fond of the Basketeria at the WSM…

  30. Sandra
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Heinens does a great job carrying local produce…..good when you live smack in the middle of Parma :)

  31. Krystal
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    My favorite farm is Salt of the Earth Farm down in Kent! They have great pasture-raised chicken and eggs, and also sell grass-fed beef.

  32. Brandee
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    We have a tiny, (but growing! no pun intended!), Farmer’s Market here in Salem, Ohio. It runs from May to October & it welcomes farmers, backyard gardners, & artisans & cooks who create specialty products out of their homes. Love it!

  33. Jyll
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Lucy from Ohio Honey, Brunty Farms and, of course, our own garden.

  34. Claudia
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I love, love, love Hickory Acre Farms in Oberlin. We buy our meats and cheeses on a monthly basis. They have the best pork chops and grass fed beef.

  35. Danielle
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Ohio City Pasta–so many great restaurants feature it on their menus. Always hard to pass it up!

  36. Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone for entering and sharing your thoughts – some great places to checkout! #20 was the lucky winner via random.org.