Farm-to-table, also known as farm-to-fork, is essentially a consumer practice that promotes the utilization of foods that complement seasonal availability and on purchasing from local and family farms that greater employ environmentally friendly practices. It also includes promoting local community and school gardens.
Farm-to-table cuisine is based on a movement that actually started decades ago to counter the overly-processed and imported foods that were taking over the market. Restaurants like Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California set the standards for locally and sustainably-sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients. Other select restaurants followed suit, however within the last ten years, the farm-to-table movement has seen a brand new and robust following.
In the wedding world, we’re definitely seeing that couples with a focus on conserving our environmental resources and eating healthier, whole foods are specifically looking for farm-to-table choices for their wedding menus. And their catering and venue choices are growing in number each year.
Delicious, healthy, farm-to-table food obviously works with every wedding, but its inclusion is especially apropos for farmhouse, rustic, garden and other outdoor wedding events. For these “agriculturally-minded” wedding events, it’s almost expected! The farm fresh menu choice really goes hand in hand with the organic nature of these weddings. And the menu coordinates perfectly with seasonal, fresh flower selections and natural elements in the event décor as well.
Some venues even specialize in or are well known for their award-winning farm-to-table cuisine, and there’s quite a lot in New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area! In New Jersey, The Ryland Inn, acclaimed for its exceptional farm-to-table fare, is a splendid example. This was one of the reasons that Dagmara and Guy chose this venue for their amazing wedding! Brianna and Stephen and Julie and Chris also delighted in The Ryland Inn’s fresh ingredients and delectable cuisine!
And Crystal Springs Resort utilizes their 100% organic garden to bring farm fresh ingredients for exclusive use at their Grand Cascades Lodge. See the impressive lodge and idyllic surroundings at Crystal Springs in the beautiful wedding of Kristina + Curtis!
Another picturesque venue known for its farm-to-table dishes in New Jersey is Perona Farms. This venue draws on their 100-year history of farming with an onsite greenhouse and smokehouse and features an extensive seasonal menu. And we enjoyed every moment while filming Erin and Matt’s rustic chic wedding there!
Let’s not forget to include some Pennsylvania examples in our list! The unique Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, as does Cescaphe Event Group for their six amazing venues in Philadelphia. And J.Scott Catering, exclusive caterer to Phoenixville Foundry and Springton Manor Farm, is well known for its exquisite farm-to-table cuisine. See Erin and Zack’s wedding at Springton Manor Farm and Shannon and Bryan’s wedding day at Phoenixville Foundry for a look at these distinctive locations!
The Lake House Inn’s exclusive caterer, Jeffrey A. Miller, utilizes mostly local or hand cultivated, organic ingredients for weddings held at the inn. Check out this beautiful venue in the wedding highlights of Christine and Matthew and Stephanie and Brian. And HollyHedge Estate in New Hope offers seasonal menus featuring ingredients from local vendors and farms, each ready to be fully customized to meet the tastes of the bride and groom. Check out Katie and Jim’s wedding event for a peek at HollyHedge!
July 21st, 2020
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas