Founds Hosts A “Farmer-To-Table” Dinner with Spence Farm


Forget the frost on the ground; Found is putting fresh produce on the plate at the fourth installment of the restaurant’s Moveable Feast. Proprietor Amy Morton and Chef Nicole Pederson team up with the Spence Farm Foundation for “Farmers’ Market in January,” a rustic, family-style feast on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the restaurant’s salon privé (631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL).

After a visit earlier this year to the Spence Farm Foundation’s “Chef Camp,” Chef Nicole was inspired to partner with the organization to spread the message of preserving and cultivating small, family farms. This is an important endeavor to Chef Nicole, who grew up surrounded by family members who worked as farmers in the Midwest. Spence Farm educates those in, and out, of the business on what it takes to run a successful farm and why it is crucial to sustain the practice of farming.

Using Spence Farm’s fare hailing from Fairbury, IL, Chef Nicole will create a fanciful spread based on the exceptional product, proving that even in January, chefs can cook with fresh ingredients. Farmers from Spence will be on hand to discuss the art, history, and practice of small sustainable family farming in the U.S. while Chef Nicole shares her passion for shopping and cooking local.

Chef Nicole showcases a bounty of winter produce in her farm feast, starting with a hors d’oeuvres reception and followed by a paired five-course menu:

First Course

Heirloom Squash Soup with Tart Apples

Second Course

Living Waters Lettuces with Pickled Sweet Potato and Sunchoke Chips

Third Course

Braised Rabbit Blue Hopi Cakes and Corn Veloute

Fourth Course

Roast Pork with Fire-Roasted Iroquois Corn, Purple Kale, and Fresh Sausage


Poached Winesaps with Toffee Cake and Crab Apple Sorbetto

The Moveable Feast series celebrates Found’s mission-driven personality by showcasing the restaurant’s special partnerships with local farmers, artisans, and purveyors. Each month, Morton and Pederson will be joined by other local partners and friends to host a unique dining experience in different locations around the Chicago area. The full Moveable Feast calendar of events can be viewed on Found’s website here.

Tickets for this event are $80 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and can be purchased here. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Spence Farm Foundation, whose mission is to teach the art, history and practice of small sustainable family farming across America by educating new farmers, young farmers, and others interested in supporting sustainable small family farms.

Via Found/Wagstaff