CONSCIOUSWINE ANNOUNCES FARM 2 TABLE WINE DINNERS
A series of dinners featuring local farms and spotlighting organic, biodynamic American wineries.
ConsciousWine (www.consciouswine.com) today announced six farm-to-table wine dinners in Westchester and Fairfield County this September, October, November and December:
- Sat, Sept 29th, at Hilltop Hanover Farm, in Yorktown, at 6pm ($135pp)
- Sat, Oct 6th, at Amawalk Farm in Katonah, at 5pm ($145pp)
- Sat, Oct 20th, at John Jay Homestead in Katonah, at 5pm ($155pp)
- Sat, Nov 3rd, at Greenwich Audubon in Greenwich, at 5:30pm ($145pp)
- Sat, Dec 8th, at Lasdon Arboretum in Katonah, at 7pm ($145pp)
Each meal is created and prepared by acclaimed chef Lesley Sutter (whose beloved Mount Kisco restaurant, The Flying Pig, closed last January) and each evening spotlights an organic, biodynamic winery selected by ConsciousWine’s founding partners, Vinny Liscio and Jeffrey Weissler.
Shelley Smedberg, also from The Flying Pig, is the pastry chef.
There will be four to five courses (a round of appetizers, three main courses – including a vegetarian course – and a dessert course) paired with three wines.
In addition to featuring beautiful, bucolic locations, local farms and farmers, and small-scale wineries, each dinner has a charitable partner that will receive a portion of the evening’s proceeds.
Ticket prices vary per event based on location, menu, and wines. Group discounts are available; please call ConsciousWine at 914-248-5339 to inquire.
The full details for all six events, including featured winery, the charitable partners, and the specifics of start times and prices, are:
- Date SEPTEMBER 29 at 6PM
- Winery YOUNGBERG HILL
- Benefit FRIENDS OF HILLTOP HANOVER
- Capacity 60
- Ticket $135
- Date OCTOBER 6
- Time 5PM
- Winery TBD
- Benefit MOUNT KISCO CHILD CARE CENTER
- Capacity 50
- Ticket $145
JOHN JAY HOMESTEAD
- Date OCTOBER 20
- Time 5PM
- Winery LUMOS
- Benefit FRIENDS OF JOHN JAY HOMESTEAD
- Capacity 60
- Ticket $155
- Date NOVEMBER 3
- Time 5:30PM
- Winery DOMINIO IV
- Benefit SAVE THE AUDUBON BARN
- Capacity 70
- Ticket $145
- Date DECEMBER 8
- Time 7PM
- Winery AMBYTH
- Benefit LASDON CONSERVATORY BUILDING FUND
- Capacity 35
- Ticket $145
ConsciousWine, founded in 2008 by Vinny Liscio and Jeffrey Weissler, began with the goal of gathering in one place information about wineries that follow both organic and sustainable practices, and make awesome wine.
ConsciousWine promotes the unique strengths of different wineries and wines, and celebrates those winemakers committed to making superior, world-class wines using organic and biodynamic methods.
ConsciousWine began by establishing clear criteria: four principles to which a winery must adhere to be considered “ConsciousWine”. They are:
1) Organics: Only NOP (National Organic Program) approved products are allowed in the vineyards.
2) Sustainability Farming practices geared to support the ecological, environmental and economic sustainability of the farm.
3) Vitality Vital living soil and environment are imperative for the creation of vital living products
4) Taste The wine must taste great — finished products that make a wine lover happy.
The 58 wineries presently on the ConsciousWine list have all been visited and reviewed in person, and no one has paid (or can pay) to be included on the list.
Having found a substantial group of wines and wineries that meet the ConsciousWine standard, we set out to share that information widely and effectively, using ConsciousWine.com as our platform. Our site provides:
- Our list of all ConsciousWine wineries, with an in-depth look at a core group of “featured wineries”
- Essays and opinions on wine and the current state of sustainability and holistic practices in wine-making and grape-growing
- Summaries of news and current events in ConsciousWine,and analysis of the growth of this niche of the wine industry
- Video and photo essays about winemakers, wineries and wines
- An online store to purchase directly from wineries
The ConsciousWine website, along with our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest) engages with a rapidly growing community of several thousand people who share our passion for wine, sustainability, and discovery.
About Lesley Sutter and Shelley Smedberg
Lesley Sutter has enjoyed a successful career in the restaurant industry for over 25 years. She began at Fog City Diner in San Francisco and has marked a career in excellence working for some of the most formidable chefs in the business such as Joyce Goldstein from Square One, Plump Jack’s Arnold Rossman, and Mia Donna’s television celebrity Donatella Arpaia. For the past 12 years, Lesley Sutter enjoyed a wonderful career as Executive Chef for owner Nancy Kohlberg at The Flying Pig in Mount Kisco, New York.
Shelley Smedberg is best known for her signature pastry and dessert creations. A culinary school graduate from Connecticut, Chef Smedberg fell in love with the Flying Pig in 2001 and has delighted diners ever since with her inspired desserts. Her dessert menus contrast “comfort foods” like bread pudding and fritters with more intricate and elegant desserts like slow roasted local apples with sparkling cider sabayon.
CONTACTS AND LINKS
To reach the ConsciousWine office, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-248-5339
For media inquiries, email email@example.com or call 914-374-0781
Hilltop Hanover: http://www.hilltophanoverfarm.org/
Amawalk Farm: http://www.amawalkfarm.org/
Westchester Land Trust (Sugar Hill Farm): http://www.westchesterlandtrust.org/
John Jay Homestead: http://johnjayhomestead.org/
Greenwich Audubon: http://greenwich.audubon.org/
Lasdon Park & Arboretum: http://parks.westchestergov.com/lasdon-park
Youngberg Hill: http://youngberghill.com/
Dominio IV: http://www.dominiowines.com/
Lumos Wine Company: http://www.lumoswine.com/
Ambyth Estate: http://www.ambythestate.com/
SOME QUESTIONS GUESTS MiGHT HAVE & ANSWERS
What should I wear?
Dinner is at a farm, or in a farm-like setting, with portions of the evening outside. Wear very practical shoes, and dress casually and comfortably. Dress warmly for fall evenings. Feel free to dress up in a fun, funky way, but don’t worry about jackets, ties, high heels, gowns, or anything like that.
What’s on the Menu?
The menu is sourced as close to the actual event as possible, so it’s impossible to say exactly what dinner will be much more than a week out. The menus will be published on our website and available for all to see when they’re ready. Expect a vegetarian course, fish, lamb, and popcorn. Yes, popcorn — Lesley makes an amazing gourmet popcorn.
I’m a vegetarian/vegan, I’m allergic to ________, or I keep Kosher.
If we know in advance that you have allergies or dietary restrictions, we will do our best to accommodate you and we will tell you definitively one way or the other. If the night of the event is the first we are hearing of a special need, chances are we will not be able to accommodate that need.
The meals have vegetarian courses, but are decidedly not vegetarian in their entirety. Again, we will try to accommodate every request made in advance.
Are children welcome?
Due to length, and the focus on wine, the dinners are not appropriate for children.
What happens if I cannot attend?
Reservations are transferable but not refundable.