By Jeniece Smith
In America’s Dairyland, it’s hard to get more quintessentially Wisconsin than a harvest-time meal inspired by seasonal ingredients and served against a backdrop of ripe crops and rich pasture.
Here are the agricultural producers, restaurants and other attractions hosting farm dinners throughout southern Wisconsin this summer and fall! Visit destinations' websites or call ahead for the latest event dates and to make reservations.
You might already know Enos Farm as the Driftless Area favorite food caterer for concerts highlighting local musicians at the nearby Sh*tty Barn. An intimate tradition since 2011, Enos Farms’ annual Harvest Moon Dinner is slated for mid-September this year. In 2015, 40 guests watched a lunar eclipse together around the bonfire after their feast was over.
Also in Spring Green, check out the new Farm Dinner Series at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, continuing from late August, mid September and early October. The series highlights Wright's cultural, natural and agricultural connections to the landscape that inspired him.
In its Farm Flavors Dinner Series’ third year, Meuer Farms has enlisted a local chef in creating a menu of both farm favorites and wild-foraged food. Meals are offered the third Thursday of each month May through September.
This farm-to-table favorite on Milwaukee’s culinary scene actually started as a traveling school, with classes and dinners held on local farmers’ fields.
Summer and early fall, Braise returns to its roots with a series of four-course Farm Dinners held on the properties of the restaurant’s supplying producers. Each guest list tops out at 35 people, so sign up early!
It doesn’t get much better than a farm kitchen-prepared meal served on a century-old farmstead. Dinners are held June through September at Flyte Family Farms, and have been known to include offerings such as watermelon pie and beef tips with peppered mushroom gravy. Yum!
This coalition of women farmers in the Monroe and Brodhead areas offers an immersive Tour of Farms in early August. In addition to Dinner on the Farm and a “taste-of”event, you can get “locavore” specials at area restaurants throughout the extended weekend.
Holy Hill Art Farm, named for its scenic setting near the stunning Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, frequently sells out its Dinner on the Farm Series, held June through August in a weathered, hundred-year-old barn with 30-foot ax-hewn oak beams. Sit at a vintage farm table, listen to live local musicians and feast on entrees like a pig roast or stone-fired pizza.
This small, family-run winery and organic farm hosts seasonally inspired specials and appetizers on Friday evenings in addition to its farm-to-table meals offered Saturday evenings.
As Campo di Bella’s own vineyards planted in 2010 mature, the owners source grapes from other local suppliers for their in-house production and offer a wine bar experience on weekends with labels from Italy and closer to home.
If you like dinner on the farm, you’ll love these Wisconsin pizza farms and farm life lodging options! Or, take an agri-tour of working farms along the Great River Road and throughout Fond du Lac County.