If you were at the first-ever Homestead Harvest last year, then you’re as excited as I am that the event is coming up again soon.
The second annual Homestead Harvest will occur Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m. It’s hosted by chef Scott Pizzo of Highball & Harvest and benefits Fleet Farming and Frog Song Organics’ Free Mulch Incorporated program.
What sets this event apart from other walkabout food and beverage functions is the setting. It takes place on the grounds of Grande Lakes’ Whisper Creek Farm, so there’s a real out-in-the-woods feel to the setting. As the sun goes down, the bucolic setting is illuminated by strings of lights, bright artificial moons and the glow of fires the chefs cook over.
The list of chefs this year include Norman Van Aken and Andres Mendoza of Norman’s and Camilo Velasco, chef de cuisine at 1921 by Norman Van Aken. Brandon McGlammery of Luke’s Kitchen & Bar will be on hand as will Kevin Fonzo, representing his Kevin Fonzo Foundation.
John Janucik of JW Marriott Orlando will be there along with Stephane Cheramy, pastry chef extraordinaire for the Grande Lakes resorts. Elek Kovacs of Osprey Tavern and the Ravenous Pig’s James Petrakis are scheduled to cook. There will also be some out-of-towner on hand, including: Andrew Yeo, Miami Edition; Paula DaSilva, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits;
George Fistrovich, The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton Naples; Sheldon Millett, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island; and Iron Chef participant Todd Richards.
And of course it’s not just food. You’ll find beverage pairings including beer, cocktails, and wine provided by Tito’s Vodka, Breakthru Beverage, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Icelandic Glacial. And live music, to boot.
General admission tickets are $135 but there are some other options that include a book signing with Richards and a chef dinner on the night before Homestead Harvest. See all the ticket options here.
Proceeds will benefit Fleet Farming, a non-profit urban agriculture program whose mission is to empower people to grow food to increase local food accessibility, and Free Mulch Incorporated, whose mission is to aid aspiring and beginning farmers to learn hands-on production skills and business skills so they can launch their own farm businesses. (Don’t take the organization’s name too literally — I don’t think they’ll be handing out bags of mulch, but I’ve been wrong before.)
I really enjoyed the event last year and I’m looking forward to attending again. I hope to see you there, too.