Swank Farms Events: Pricey, but They Make Great Gifts for Foodies

It's November. That means, before you know it, you'll be

beating past snotty-nosed kids waiting to sit on Santa's lap and

perfume-spraying models on your way to Williams-Sonoma in an attempt to start

holiday shopping for your favorite foodies. Egads. Maybe this year you'll be

smarter and find them a really easy-to-get, truly appreciated gift like a pair

of tickets to a Swank Table Farm Style event. 

Last year Swank Specialty Produce's owners, Jodi and Darrin

Swank, brought in a host of amazing chefs who cooked innovative meals as guests

learned about hydroponic growing houses and dined on things organic, artisanal and micro-brewed under a large tent. For

2013, a whole new lineup is at the ready, including chefs from Buccan, Café

Boulud, Essensia, Market 17, 1500, and the Michael's Genuine hotshots.

Thus far, the fab events scheduled include a Pico de Garden

Gala (Jan. 6), Hot Pink Lunch (Feb. 10), Wearin' o' the Green Salad (March 17),

and something called Genuinely Swank (April 7). [Guess who will be cooking at

that one. And, yes, Hedy Goldsmith will happily sign your new copy of "Baking

Out Loud."]

All meals are held from noon to 4 p.m. and cost $150 per

person. Yeah, that may seem pricey, but proceeds benefit charities like The

Milagro Center, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Red Cross, and James

Beard Scholarship Foundation. And, we swear, you'll be served more than enough

food and drink to justify the cost.  

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