Slow Food Denver Farm Tours: Den Farm
Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (MDT)
Join Slow Food Denver for a day at Den Farm
Don't miss the chance to get to know your local farmers and ranchers by joining Slow Food Denver's 2012 Farm Tour Series! For this third tour of the season, we will visit Den Farm, part of the Den Corner restaurant family (Sushi Den, Izakaya Den). We will enjoy a tour of the farm, the new greenhouse, and learn about how the farm supplies the restaurants. Following the tour, we will share a lunch prepared using products from Den Farm. This is a special opportunity to learn about the direct connection of farm to restaurant.
We hope to see you on a lovely Saturday morning for an educational day and to enjoy the very best in local food. Please arrange your own transportation to the farm (carpooling encouraged), and plan to arrive on time - we will not be able to hold the tour for late arrivals.
This is the third event in our 2012 Farm Tour Series - to learn more, please see Slow Food Denver
About Den Farm:
Toshi Kizaki has built a restaurant empire on South Pearl in Denver as Master Chef and principal of Sushi Den and Izakaya Den restaurants, commonly known as Den Corner. Den Corner is a family run business, with family members heavily involved both in Japan and Denver. Due to the nature of the sushi business, they import a lot of their fish from Japan, and all over the world. Since sourcing the freshest possible ingredients is their mission, they wanted to use more local produce ingredients. In 2010, the Den Corner restaurant group purchased a 6.5 acre farm in Brighton to supply its fresh produce. Later that same year they broke ground on a 3,000-square-foot, passive solar greenhouse to keep that supply going through the winter months. Under the oversight of Nobi and Howard, the Den Farm greenhouse is the first of its kind, built in partnership with Synergistic Building Technologies of Boulder. Over 2000 seedlings were planted in April to flourish year round. It is a true 'farm to table' concept. The restaurant chefs visit the farm early in the week to harvest and plan their menus.
- In our efforts to reduce waste, Slow Food Denver asks that everyone bring their own 'picnic kit' to include plates, bowls, utensils, napkins and cups. We will have back ups for those who forget or aren't able to do this.
- We will be walking through the fields so sturdy walking shoes are important! Also remember to bring sunscreen/hat, insect repellent, a warm layer, a camera, water bottles and rain gear (just in case)
- In the event of inclement weather, please check your email Friday evening. We will send a note if we need to postpone the trip.
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Slow Food Denver
Slow Food Denver is one of more than 200 local chapters of Slow Food USA that carry out the Slow Food mission in their communities. Slow Food Denver cultivates the enjoyment of local food with all members of the community to create a more just and sustainable food system.