7 Outdoor Dinners You Can't Miss This Summer

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Field to Fork

Saturday, July 26
Field to Fork

The HeartLands Conservancy of Southwestern Illinois is holding its fifth annual Field to Fork benefit at Bellecourt Manor (225 East A Street, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-8490), described as "an exquisite culinary experience in local cuisine." Guests will meet local growers and farmers and learn about the economic, health and environmental benefits of supporting local agriculture. This year's chefs are Jenny Cleveland of Cleveland-Heath, Meaghan Boyer of Element, Jennifer Kennedy of J. Fires, Josh Galliano of the Libertine, Joe Hemp of Robust Wine Bar and Tim Faltus of Bellecourt Manor. Tickets are $90 for non-members and available at www.hearthandsconservancy.org/field-to-fork.

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Chaumette Vineyard and Winery

Sunday, August 17
City Chef, Country Chef

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery's executive chef Adam Lambay and the Cheshire Hotel's executive chef Rex Hale pair up for a farm-to-table communal dinner at the Barn at Chaumette Winery (24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve; 573-747-1000) overlooking grassy fields, a pond, vineyards and the hills of the Saline Creek Valley. A tour of Baetje Farms, a certified humane artisan goat-cheese dairy and creamery, and tasting with owners Steve and Veronica Baetje, precedes the meal. Tickets are $65 and available at www.chaumette.com.

Outstanding in the Field

Sunday, October 5
Outstanding in the Field

National farm event planner Outstanding in the Field will travel to St. Louis' Such and Such Farm (13703 Fandel Drive, De Soto) for the first time, bringing with them their trademark "one long table" and gorgeous place settings for a luxurious yet rustic culinary experience. The event is hosted by local farmers Dave Blum and Autumn Sij from Such and Such Farm, and by Slow Food St. Louis. The guest chef for the evening is James Beard Award finalist Josh Galliano of the Libertine. Such and Such Farm's tag line ("from our farm to your face"), and its mission ("to work one-on-one with chefs to grow specific products for their individual needs and culinary dreams") offers a taste of the whimsical yet dedicated attitude behind what is sure to be a memorable evening. Tickets are $200 and available at www.outstandinginthefield.com.

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