KyV Farm’s Second Annual Farm-to-Table dinner will be the talk of the town with their fresh, seasonal vegetables showcased by the expert chefs at the Floridian, St Augustine.
People are getting more excited about fresh vegetables and especially organic, seasonal and local foods. Farm shares are the perfect way to incorporate these foods into a diet. On Thursday, November 29th the Floridian and KYV farm will team up once again to celebrate the start of a new the season.
The Floridian (http://www.thefloridianstaug.com/) is a casual restaurant in historic St Augustine that showcases fresh, seasonal and local meats, dairy and produce from these very farms in order to support the local community, environment and the economy. Head chef Genie McNally has been working in the restaurant industry for fifteen years. She learned many of her culinary skills through a catering company and later opened a stand at the local farmers market called dujour market.
Their stand was so popular that she moved on to the next step to open her first restaurant, the Floridian, that has recently celebrated its two year anniversary.
Genie is excited to participate in this farm to table event because fresh, local and seasonal foods are exactly what the Floridian focuses on. “It’s been really amazing to see, even over the past year, the community’s growing awareness of the need for Farm-to-table food and what it does for the region’s farmers and producers.”
The feature farm for this event is KYV farm (http://www.kyvfarm.com/), a certified organic farm located in Switzerland Florida is owned and run by farmers Francisco Arroyo and Vivian Bayona. They offer a seasonal farm share program, tours, workshops and an apprenticeship program. KYV farm opened their doors in 2006 after relocating to Jacksonville to be closer to Francisco’s sister who had been living in the area since 1988.
The biggest challenge they faced was promoting the CSA/farm share product when little was known about it at the time; however the hard work has paid off as the biggest reward has been the growth over the years through the entire community’s support and participation. In 2011 KYV farm gained their USDA Organic certification to meet the public’s demand for local organic produce to support their healthier lifestyles. They are so excited about participating in this farm to table event to showcase that their fresh produce can be used in both basic preparation and can be taken to the next level in a gourmet setting such as this event. Vivian stated “Last year’s event at the Floridian was such a success, I know this year will be even better!”
Tickets for this event will go on sale beginning October 1st. Ticket prices are $65 for a meat option and $55 for vegetarian. The dinner consists of a four course menu with the option to buy wine or beer separately. The first seating will be at 6pm and second seating may be offered at 8pm if the earlier seating sells out.
Parking the night of the event will be subject to availability around the St Augustine area. There is a parking lot located across the street with meters spaces.
Contact the Floridian St Augustine to purchase tickets (904) 829-0655 or contact Dawn Hutchins directly for more information at (904) 534-4252.