Journey with the Chefs and Farmers of Raleigh, N.C.
- Address: Around Raleigh and Wake County, N.C., Raleigh, NC 27603
This Journey to the heart of North Carolina’s local food culture consists of 2-1/2 days of incredible experiences with a brother/sisterhood of local celebrated chefs and the small farmers they trust. These chefs will share with you the delectable ways in which they prepare fresh ingredients from nearby farms, and then you will have hands-on experiences with the farmers that dedicate their lives to grow fresh and delicious ingredients for those chefs.
This weekend-long journey includes two evening dinners with chef introductions at local Raleigh restaurants and two morning-afternoon farm experiences with the farmers that help supply them. Various lunch/brunch opportunities are available depending on morning/afternoon activities. While the journey changes seasonally, an example weekend would consist of the following…
The journey begins with a Friday dinner at Centro Restaurant where Chef Angela Salamanca will delight you with her signature Mexican-inspired cooking including fresh ingredients from local farms like Old Milburnie Farm.
Saturday will be filled with a hands-on experience at the Well Fed Community Garden where you will explore a few farming tricks with owner Anya Gordon and local volunteer Billy Smith. Anya and Billy will then walk with you around the garden to pick fresh ripe produce to add to your lunch at the garden. In the afternoon we’ll direct you to Chickadee Farm, where Jennifer will give you a tour of her farm and show you how she prepares fresh micro-greens for the Irregardless Cafe kitchen.
Saturday dinner will be at Irregardless Cafe, as special guests of Arthur Gordon. In this meal, you will sample a variety of his signature dishes that include ingredients sourced from the Well Fed Garden and Chickadee Farm.
On Sun. morning you will meet Daniel Dayton from Old Milburnie Farm to experience first hand the passion and meticulous detail he invests in growing the fresh vegetables and small stock he supplies to select Raleigh restaurants.
Your journey will end with a brunch at Stanbury, in time to make it back home or to continue your exploration of Raleigh.