A group of eat-local advocates is holding the first in what could be a series of farm dinners. The Saturday event, called the Harvest Dinner, will be held on the grounds of Mizell Farms (www.mizellfarms.com) in Folsom.
Inspired by the national outdoor dining event series Outstanding in the Field, this weekend's dinner is organized by local chef Anne Lloyd and farmer Jim Mizell, a regular at local farmers markets where he sells herbs and flowers specializing in plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
"I thought it would be great to give people an opportunity to get out of town, relax, meet Jim, hear his stories and build on people's farmers market experiences by actually going to the farm," Lloyd says.
Lloyd made a name for herself in the years before Hurricane Katrina at her Caribbean-inspired Uptown restaurant Mango House, which didn't reopen after the levee failures. Last year, Lloyd launched Nolavore Catering Company (914-3161; www.nolavore.net), which specializes in family meals delivered to the home. The company also is now developing culinary events, such as the Harvest Dinner.
The event starts early. Guests arrive at 3 p.m. and get a tour of the farm and grounds led by Mizell, followed by cocktails and appetizers. The four-course dinner will be held on a long table set outdoors in the farm's orchard, and the menu will feature produce from Mizell and other local farmers. The event costs $100 and reservations are required. Visit the website for details and reservations.