Pat Duncan's Farmer in the House Series 2014: Here's the Schedule
Spring is in the air -- if not the actual calendar -- which means it's time for some of the Valley's biggest chefs to join forces with farmer Pat Duncan for the annual Farmer in the House dining series.
Pat Duncan with Vincent Guerithault from Vincent on Camelback and Kevin Binkley from Binkley's and Cafe Bink duncanstradingco.com
This year's series includes seven dinners (so far) with chefs such as Kevin Binkley, James Porter, and Vincent Guerithault. Each event will feature a special menu that highlights the "the exotic fruits and vegetables from [Duncan's] boutique organic farm."
Though the menus are veggie-centric, Farmer in the House dinners aren't strictly vegetarian. Each dinner also will feature one or several wineries, with courses paired by the chef and/or restaurant's sommelier.
Pat Duncan, owner of Duncan's Trading Co., will be on hand to discuss the selection of vegetables featured at each event. His farm grows more than 150 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables including 18 varieties of lettuces, 12 varieties of greens, and six varieties of multi-colored beets.
A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will also be donated to the Association of Arizona Food Banks.
Thursday, March 27
Chef Vincent Guerithault
Vincent on Camelback
Tuesday, April 1
Chef Charles Kassels
El Chorro Lodge
Thursday, April 1
Chef/owner Carolyn Ellis
Arcadia Farms Café
Monday, April 14
Executive chef Chuck Wiley
Café ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Selby Winery, Russian River Valley, CA
Tuesday, April 22
Chef/owner James Porter
Additional dates and menus will be posted on the Duncan's Trading Co. website as they're confirmed. Call the restaurant for reservations.
3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
7014 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale, AZ
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ
7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ
5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ
6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ