Farmer’s Apprentice and Savio Volpe to Co-Host Harvest Dinner at Salt Spring Island’s Foxglove Farm, September 30
Two award-winning Vancouver restaurants will join forces to spotlight one of their favourite farm-to-table suppliers when Farmer’s Apprentice Chef/Owner David Gunawan and Osteria Savio Volpe Chef/Co-owner Mark Perrier host a Late Summer Harvest Dinner with organic farming pioneer Michael Ableman at Salt Spring Island’s Foxglove Farm on Saturday, September 30 at 5 p.m.
Taking place on one of British Columbia’s finest heritage working organic farms, the event will see guests enjoy a sparkling wine canapé reception upon arrival, guided tour of Foxglove Farm, multi-course family-style menu with B.C. wines, and a copy of Ableman’s groundbreaking book Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier, proceeds of which support the important work of Sole Food Street Farm and the vital connections between farming, land stewardship and community well-being.
Foxglove has been a preferred supplier for both locavore chef Gunawan at Farmer’s Apprentice — which was ranked No. 2 on enRoute Magazine’s 2014 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants and ‘Best New Restaurant’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the 2014 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards — and Perrier at Osteria Savio Volpe, which was also recognized among enRoute’s Top 10 ranking in 2016 and claimed the title of ‘Best New Restaurant’ at the 2017 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
Ableman is head farmer at Foxglove, a 120-acre organic farm that has been supplying some of North America’s most notable restaurants — including Michelin-starred California staples Chez Panisse and Quince, among others — with artisan quality products since 1985. A champion of sustainable and urban agriculture movements, Ableman is also a noted author whose food and farm-forward books include From the Good Earth, On Good Land and Fields of Plenty.
Foxglove Farm Late Summer Harvest Menu
Canapé Reception with Haywire ‘The Bub’ 2015, Summerland, B.C.
Wood-oven Sourdough Bread
Handmade Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Goat Milk Ricotta
Spit-roasted Lamb, Fresh Flageolet Beans, Fire-roasted Eggplant and Peppers
Heirloom Melons and Berries
Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc + Semillon 2016, Naramata, B.C.
Orofino ‘Pozza Vineyard’ Cabernet Franc 2016, Similkameen, B.C.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with these two well-loved Vancouver chefs,” says Ableman. “This will be the only event of its kind at the farm this year and will be a rare opportunity to experience the coming together of several of the region’s most accomplished growers and chefs. We invite you to share our table in the village-like atmosphere of Foxglove Farm, for what will surely be a memorable evening in support of the important charitable work of Sole Food Street Farms based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.”
A limited number of tickets to the Late Summer Harvest Dinner are available for $149 per person all-inclusive