29 years ago Bob and Sara were married on the land that is now Sandiwood Farm. Boasting incredible 360 views, breathtaking sunsets and beautiful moonrises they knew this was the place they would build their home-farm and raise their family. The farm produces maple, produce, cut flowers and also operates as a one of a kind event venue where you can dine in a greenhouse surrounded by the same fresh produce that goes into your meal.
The idea for the Farm to Fork Sunset Dinner Series came about organically after their daughter Sandi returned to the farm as a graduate of New England Culinary Institute in 2009. “We had a plan to use her culinary skills, our fresh produce and the beautiful farm to give guests a truly localvore dining experience,” Sara shared. This year, with two young children and a business of her own, Chef Sandi is passing the reins to local Anthony Krill of Woodbelly Catering for the season. Chef Anthony will work with Sandiwood maple and produce grown exclusively for the dinner to create the menu. It’s a true collaboration between farmer and chef. Each morning, before the dinners, Sara heads out to harvest young colorful new potatoes and different types of salad greens and reds to feature that evening. “Every salad is unique, using different colors, shapes of leaves, flavors, and textures.” Sara shared, “We also love to grow microgreens to make the appetizers extra special.”
Dinners at the farm range from sit-down to buffet-style and feature an array of farm ingredients artistically prepared with accompanying cocktails from Blackbird Bar Catering’s mobile bar. Guests top off the evening with one of Sandiwood’s spectacular sunsets and a bonfire with new friends. The company, coming from all over, make the dinners extra special. As one guest gushed to Sara about their dinner “an untold ingredient from this night was the people – it’s community dining at its finest.”
Don't miss this year's Farm to Fork Sunset Dinner Series...Wednesday, August 16
Special, family-friendly dinner buffet event with a movie for Vermont Open Farm Week!