Sunday Market Dinners
This summer, enjoy a whole new Dinners at the Farm experience as we host a series of ten spectacular dinners celebrating the beautiful produce found every Sunday at the Chester Sunday Farmer's Market. Join us as we cook, from scratch, a delicious five course feast showcasing the incredible seasonal ingredients selected that day from the market.
Dinners will be held under the tent in the garden at OTTO in the charming village of Chester every Sunday at 6pm from July 24th to September 25th. Each dinner will be a perfect expression of its moment during our glorious summer season.
We can’t wait to see you all again!
Jonathan Rapp + the Farm Dinner team
Before becoming a reality, as a sometimes crazy 12 year roadshow, Dinners at the Farm was first imagined in 2006 as a summer-long series of Friday market dinners showcasing the wonderful, seasonal fresh produce from the Lyme farmers market. At the time, the Market was held on the idyllic grounds of Ashlawn Farm, then home to Chip and Carol Dahlke.
The menus would be our expression of the perfection of just-picked, absolutely seasonal and of-it’s-place food: simple and impossible to improve upon. They would be true collaborations between farmer and cook, showcasing their skill and dedication to the ancient craft of farming for the benefit of all.
National media recognition and honors and awards soon followed including an invitation to the White House to help former First Lady Michelle Obama launch her “Chefs Move to Schools” program; an invitation to cook at FarmAid; and the distinct honor of being the 2008 recipient of Working Lands Alliance's PathFinder Award for their support of local agriculture.
This summer we’re partnering with our exceptional hometown Chester Sunday Market, conceived in 2010 by Nancy Freeborn, Carol LeWitt, and Jonathan Rapp, to recreate that original idea for Dinners at the Farm.
How can I stay connected to news & upcoming events?
Stay connected to Dinners at the Farm and River Tavern by checking timely updates on River Tavern's Facebook Page and subscribing to our contact form on this site.
What should I wear and what should I bring?
Dress is typically casual and the dinners are held rain or shine, so please wear or bring appropriate layers. Given the season, bug spray might be a good idea.
What time is dinner and how long do they last?
The evenings begin at 6:00 p.m. Guests will be seated under a tent at long tables and dine by candlelight. Dinner consists of five courses and usually lasts two and a half to three hours.
Can I be silly and rowdy at the dinner?
Seating is communal with a large group and we hope that all dinner guests will respect those seated nearby. While we’re happy to see folks enjoy themselves, it’s never any fun when someone overdoes it. Please be respectful.
What’s included in the dinner price?
Dinners are five courses, cocktails and wine are included.
What’s for dinner?
Each dinner is cooked from scratch and showcases that day’s best produce. The ingredients are sourced from the Chester Sunday Farmer's Market making our menu excitingly different each evening. And did we mention, cocktails and wine are included? Yesss!
What should I do about special dietary needs?
Our confirmation email will offer a chance for you to notify us of any special dietary requests. We are able to accommodate vegetarians and severe food allergies but only if we are told in advance. Please notify members of your party too. We cannot make last minute changes to plated dishes.
How do I buy tickets?
Please visit the tickets page of our site to buy tickets. You will receive a confirmation email which serves as your ticket.
Can I specify the people I sit next to?
Yes. Our confirmation email will offer a chance for you to notify us of any special seating requests.
How many people attend each dinner?
We have enough seats for 100 people at each dinner.
Can you accommodate children at the events?
What’s fun for adults is “boring” for children. With that in mind we do not consider our dinners suitable for young children, long sitting times and lots of adults chatting...is not exactly a child's idea of a fun night out.
What about bad weather?
All seating is tented. Dinners are rain or shine.
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
Reservations will only be honored for the dinner for which they were issued. If you cannot attend the dinner and wish to transfer your reservation to another guest/party, please contact us prior to the event, and we'll be happy to make the reservation change.
Can I schedule a private dinner with Dinners at the Farm?
Please email us with private event inquiries.
Dinners at the Farm
23 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412
OTTO & OTTO Garden
69 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412