Join us for the Soons Orchards’
Dinner at the Farm
A delicious and fun farm to table dining experience
We’re proud to say we starting offering “farm to table” dinners way back before it was hip!
And our dinner is an event – not only is it delicious, with dishes featuring Soons-grown and local produce – but it’s also a learning experience. Our CIA-trained and world-traveled Chef demonstrates each course, sharing culinary tips and tricks, where to source super fresh ingredients, and takes questions.
Our first farm to table dinner was in 2009, when we figured out we could move all our product displays out of our store and set up tables and chairs to seat about 50 diners family style.
For us, farm to table means we’ve made every effort to incorporate local ingredients in each course. We like to feature what’s the freshest, so often our menus can change last minute (ramps are ready! asparagus is just coming up! heirloom tomatoes are at the tastiest! the delicata squash is just picked! you get the idea).
In fact, we often don’t compose a menu until a few weeks before each dinner (we’ve got menus here to get your appetite going). We say to those on the fence – don’t worry about the menu, it will be great! (And yes, we can accommodate most food allergies with proper notice.)
Part of the evening’s fun is also visiting with the farmers of Soons, like patriarch Art Soons, who often shares the latest news and further educates us on the food about to be plated. With our family-style seating, you’ll meet fellow locavores, all while learning new techniques and secrets to make your cooking even more delicious!
Next dinner December 4, 2021
Soons Farm to Table Dinner Basics:
Farm Dinners are held either Friday or Saturday evening at the Soons Orchards store in New Hampton, as well as the Tap Room at Orchard Hill Cider Mill, next door to our market.
Cocktail Hour 6:30 - 7:30 @ the Tap Room
Dinner: 7:30 – 9/9:30ish
(sometimes later, depending… feel free to stay later, we know how it is when you’re having a great time!)
Four delicious courses prepared in house by an awesome chef & local food expert and a great teacher as well. We demonstrate each course, taking questions as we go - making this event uniquely interactive. You'll learn tips and tricks for choosing ingredients, preparing them, and also where to find those delicious ingredients as well. View some videos from the dinner at our Facebook page, like this one from the August 2019 dinner.
Art Soons gives a farm update as well, with behind the scenes news - the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly. He's a great storyteller and loves to field (no pun intended!) questions too!
(If you and friends sign up separately, please note clearly who you want to sit with when you sign up.)
The menu is unique each month, using the freshest ingredients - homegrown and local whenever possible! There is typically meat or fish as part of the main course; a vegetarian option is always available, and we can accommodate most food allergies/restrictions – just let us know when you sign up. We post menus a week or two before the event, and also e-mail it to all attendees.
We provide sweet cider and other soft drinks. Our Tap Room has an excellent selection of NYS wine, spirits and our hard cider to pair with dinner. There are usually several local/regional beers as well. The appetizer course begins at the Tap Room where you can taste and purchase beverages at that time. We can recommend selections from our ciders, NYS wines (or beers too!) to pair with your dinner. Your reservation includes a sampling of our hand crafted Orchard Hill hard cider. (Please remember that state liquor laws for farm winery/cidery like ours strictly forbid any outside alcohol.)
All seats must be pre-paid. Click for reservations via TicketSpice
It’s a nice night out, so why not dress nice? :) You never know when we’ll be snapping pictures for our social media or the website!
Anyone under 21 should bring ID of course. Please note, this event is not appropriate for children under 16.
$65.00 per person.
Have a gift certificate? Contact Sharon directly to reserve.
To provide the safest experience, attendees will need to provide vaccination proof on sign up, or a negative test result within 72 hours of the dinner date. For those who want to sit with only their group you will need at least six people to sign up and request to sit together (it can also be 7, 8 or 9 people for one table).
Cancellations made with more than three days’ notice will receive a coupon code to use for a future dinner, or other on-farm ticketed events. Cancellations with three days’ or less notice must be made by phone with Darcy Whyte in order to be considered for a refund or credit, which will be considered on a case by case basis. Cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded or credited.
Welcome Chef Anthony!
Soons Orchards is thrilled to announce our new farm dinner chef and teacher is Anthony Acevedo.
(Shawn Hubbell (our chef for the last 10 years) has relocated to Florida.)
A Hudson Valley native, Anthony stayed local to study at CIA in Hyde Park.
After graduating he worked at various local restaurants in the Hudson Valley. To expand his abilities, he decided to travel overseas – working predominately in Italy, learning Old World techniques and time-treasured recipes from honored chefs.
Upon returning home he worked at various establishments, such as The Powelton Club, Feast Catering and Google. He also shared his skills as a culinary instructor at Orange-Ulster BOCES started catering 2018.
In 2018 Chef Anthony started his catering business as a tribute to his late father, Mario. A great cook in his own right, Mario has been the inspiration for Anthony to pursue the dream of “do what you love” by becoming a chef.
“Fresh ingredients are crucial for the best quality dishes, so I always put local food at the forefront of my creations,” says Anthony, who works with many Hudson Valley growers and producers to source everything from micro-greens to honey.
To reach Chef Anthony with your own catering and event inquiries, visit www.cateringbyanthony.com