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Do This: Slagel Family Farm Tour And Dinner With Nightwood And The Bristol

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jun 18, 2012 5:30PM

Photo Credit: Karl Knize photography, courtesy of Edible Chicago.

Summer in Chicago serves as a herald for many things, such as farm dinners. Now farm dinners aren't cheap, but as Anthony wrote last year, farm dinners are about having the chance to tour a fully functioning farm and get out into the country and breathe the (occasionally pig-scented) air.

Slagel Family Farm is not only one of the premier purveyors of locally raised meats, but one of the busier farms for dinners during the warmer months. One on August 4 is especially enticing.

Slagel's LouisJohn Slagel will give guests a walking tour of the farm, followed by a butchering demo that shows how Slagel breaks down a pig into the cuts you find at farmers markets and retail outlets across the city. (Sorry, there will be no slaughtering of animals during the tour.)

Once that's completed, guests will sit down to a dinner cooked by Jason Vincent of Nightwood and Chris Pandel of Balena and The Bristol, using meats and produces raised mere feet from where everyone stands.

Transportation to and from Slagel Family Farm in Fairbury, Ill. will be provided. The bus to the farm will leave Nightwood at noon August 4. To purchase tickets, click here.