Spence Farm

Having dinner at one of the oldest family farms in Livingston County is a rare treat. We caught wind of the opportunity through a friend and immediately purchased tickets for the Spence Farm Foundation Fundraiser Harvest Feast, which supports sustainable small family farms. It was wildly successful + packed to the gills with other epicureans.

Here’s a brief, but stellar, list of the evening’s menu: Old Town Social’s, very own Chef Jared Van Camp from Chicago, Illinois sliced up rad wattle pork salumi with ‘pan con tomate’; Chef Rick Bayless and his staff from Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco in Chicago, Illinois presented fantastic goat barbacoa taco with passilla boracha salsa, onions, and cilantro; Chef Bruce Sherman from Lincoln Park’s North Pond restaurant served up chicken bratwurst with bell pepper ketchup, charred onions, and cucumber salad; Bistro One West’s Chef Doug D’Avico from Saint Charles, Illinois plated lamb three ways, one of which were tender meatballs; and Destihl’s Manny Martinez from Normal, Illinois created a green chili and beer brined red wattle pork, pickled red onion, micro cilantro, pickled tomatoes, roasted marzen applesauce, roasted apples, and chimichurri sauce.

…and oh, the highlight of the night… Rick Bayless took a photo of us at our table. That’s me on the very left with my sunglasses on.

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