Best Cities for Farm-to-table Dining

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The farm-to-table culinary movement has been sweeping the nation and meeting professionals have been taking notice. With a mission to source produce locally, protein responsibly and a dedication to sustainability, farm-to-table focused menus are becoming increasingly popular. Want to include this fresh and green cuisine into your upcoming event?

From the West Coast to the East Coast and everywhere in between, Smart Meetings has compiled a list of American cities that have embraced the farm-to-table ideology, including restaurants capable of providing your event with the trending cuisine.

STEM Kitchen and Garden

San Francisco, California

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With several dining options for private events and designated meeting and conference space, San Francisco’s STEM Kitchen and Garden provides farm-to-table cuisine in an urban setting with sweeping views of the city. A variety of spaces within the establishment are available for private events, including dining within the garden plaza which provides much of the menu’s produce.

There is also the bar and lounge section, the dining room with a heated terrace, and the option for a full restaurant buyout. The dining room and patio are equipped to host 200 guests, with a sit-down dinner option available for up to 100 guests.

Conference rooms and meeting spaces are also included for 10-72 guests and are fully supported with AV and STEM Kitchen and Garden’s farm-to-fresh catering. Experience the city life of San Francisco and California’s freshest cuisine for your event.

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The Black Cat

Boulder, Colorado

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Alfresco dining is only one of the perks The Black Cat offers in Boulder, Colorado. The restaurant relies on its working farmstead to produce fresh meals to visitors and provides garden cabanas and outdoor patio seating. Private rooms for corporate events offer a 24-person capacity with a full buyout option available for parties up to 55.

Proudly advertising their hormone-free pigs and their on-site grain mill as a participating member of the Colorado Grain Chain, the daily changing menu provides an adventurous culinary experience delivered from directly outside the restaurant doors.

G-Love

Portland, Oregon

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Branding itself as Portland’s first “reverse steakhouse”, G-Love turns the traditional idea of a steakhouse upside down with a menu highlighting farm-fresh vegetables. Not to say this is a strictly vegetarian fare—G-Love does serve farm-fresh protein as well—yet the meat dishes are supporting characters for the vegetables. Both meat and produce are harvested from Olde Moon Farm in Silverton, Oregon, just an hour away from the G-Love kitchen.

Private events can be held at G-Love for parties with up to 60 guests. With its rustic wooden furniture, retro décor and modern menu, G-Love flips the concept of a traditional steakhouse on its head and serves the freshest farm-to-table produce in Portland.

The Farm on Adderley

Brooklyn, New York

With a capacity to host up to 90 people with a reservation for their back room and garden or an entire restaurant buyout, The Farm on Adderley brings the farm to Brooklyn, New York. Sourcing protein and produce from 10 local farms, the restaurant takes farm-to-table cuisine a step further with cocktails inspired by the current seasonal produce. With exotic ingredients fresh from the farm mixed with top-shelf spirits, these cocktails make the Brooklyn farm-to-table experience even more exciting.

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Selden Standard

Detroit, Michigan

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For smaller events, Selden Standard is a farm-to-table restaurant with the capacity for up to 30 people with an option for a semi-private dining hall and patio space or a private dining room equipped with AV setup. Describing their menu as “New American small plates,” the rustic restaurant offers a frequently changing seasonal farm-to-table fare to ensure the freshest locally grown ingredients.

In a city that was known to be a “food desert” not too long ago, Motor City is coming back on the culinary scene in a big way by hitching its trailer to the farm-to-table movement with restaurants like Selden Standard.

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