Join us for Dinners at the Farm with Chef Shawn Hubbell of Amuzae.
A farm to table dining experience you won’t soon forget!
Visit with the farmers of Soons, like patriarch Art Soons and meet fellow locavores, while learning new techniques and secrets to make your cooking even more delicious!
Now with a set schedule (second Fridays) and an added course in the Tasting Room starting at 6:30.
Dinners are (usually) held the second Friday of each month.
Tasting Room doors open for appetizers at 6:30pm; dinner doors (in our store) open at 7:30
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Next Scheduled Dinner: Friday August 23 2019 **Note new date for August**MENU:
Pre-Starter, At the Tasting Room: 6:00-7:30 (arrive any time after 6~)
Chefs' seasonal snacks at the Tasting Room - at Orchard Hill Cider MillDinner,
At the store, 7:30
Starter: -corn chowder w/ crab cake
Main: -roast chicken with peach salsa & cous cous stuffed tomato
Dessert: -tres leches cake with peach compote
Where: At Soons Orchards’ store, and the Tasting Room at Orchard Hill Cider Mill, just next door. We transform our store into a “learning dining room”.
What to Expect: Four delicious courses prepared by Shawn Hubbell and his team. CIA-trained and world-traveled, but the most down-to-earth guy we know, Shawn is our local food expert and a great teacher as well. Shawn demonstrates each course, taking questions as he goes - 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.
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!
We have large long tables, so couples typically sit next to or across from each other. It's a wonderful chance to meet like-minded food and farm fans, so don't be surprised if you meet some new people.
(If you and friends sign up separately, just ask to be seated together when you sign up.)
The Menu: The menu is unique each month, using the freshest ingredients - homegrown and local whenever possible! For previous menus, see below. 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 announce the menu about a week before the event, and email it to all attendees. ***If you wait to sign up until the menu is out, please note that the event might be sold out.
Beverages: We provide sweet cider and other soft drinks. Our Tasting Room has an excellent selection of NYS wine, spirits and our hard cider to pair with dinner. The appetizer course begins at the Tasting Room at 6:30 and you can taste and purchase beverages at that time. Your reservation includes a sampling of cider or specialty cocktail made by our own stellar mixologist, Donnan Sutherland.
How to Reserve: All seats should be pre-paid via our online reservation form. This helps us start the dinner on time and ensures all seats are filled fairly. (Note: while we use a PayPal gateway for payments, you can use whatever credit card you like.) If you absolutely can not sign up online, you may sign up in person in our store. (Please note, this event is not appropriate for children under 16.)
Have a gift certificate? Contact Sharon directly to reserve.
How much?: $60 per person (not including any gratuity.)
Cancellations: Must be made at least 24 hours in advance by phone with Sharon Soons in order to be considered for refund or credit, which will be considered on a case by case basis. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice can not be refunded or credited.
What to wear: It’s a nice night out, so why not dress nice? :)
Please note: While we do run our furnaces flat out for winter dinners, the room tends to be on the cool side, so dress accordingly.