Garden Tour Lunch and Farm-to-Fork Dinner Hosted by Owner of Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista Restaurants
ANNA MARIA, FLORIDA (Oct. 10, 2014) –
The inaugural Tour d’Agri-Culture event series, September 29 – November 21, offers an array of events primed to unite farmers, ranchers, fisheries, chefs, nutritionists, restaurateurs, wineries and breweries, educators, hoteliers, artists and musicians to create dynamic events that will span across both Manatee and Sarasota counties, Venice and Punta Gorda serving to directly connect people of all ages back to local food origins.
The Sandbar and Beachhouse restaurants are hosting three unique foodie events within the Tour d’ Agri-Culture timeframe showcasing best-of-class, local produce and fresh seafood items.
On October 23 and November 13, the Sandbar will host the Pine Avenue Edible Garden Tour and Sandbar Tasting Lunch which will begin with a walking tour of the community gardens located on Pine Avenue, the “Greenest Little Main Street” in America. The hour tour will be led by renowned native plant expert and designer, Mike Miller, who will educate attendees about the gardens and encourage on-site tastings of produce contained in the gardens. Next, attendees will join Ed Chiles at the Sandbar Restaurant for a multiple course tasting lunch showcasing produce freshly picked from the Pine Avenue gardens and company owned, Gamble Creek Farm, as well as fresh, local seafood from the Gulf waters. Tickets are available for $30 and proceeds benefit the All Island Denominations Roser Food Pantry. For more information on this event and to purchase tickets visit http://www.groupersandwich.com/news/2014/09/garden-tour-and-taste-pine-avenue-edible-gardens-tour-and-sandbar-tasting-lunch/
On October 24, the newly renovated Beachhouse Restaurant welcomes guests to attend a Farm to Fork Specialty Dinner. This extravagant meal will feature five courses highlighting fresh fall produce from Gamble Creek Farm in Parrish and 3 Boys Farm in Ruskin, paired with fresh, local tide-to-table seafood. Chef Will Manson will prepare each plate while Ed Chiles presents the five courses and their origins. Enjoy signature Lola wine varietals complimentary with each course. Tickets are available for $75 inclusive. Seats are limited to this culinary experience! For more information on this event and to purchase tickets visit http://www.groupersandwich.com/news/2014/10/tour-d-agri-culture-beachhouse-farm-to-fork-dinner/
“The Chiles Restaurant Group prides itself on its sustainable operations and the best of class local products featured on its menus,” said Ed Chiles. “Tour d’Agri-culture is an excellent opportunity to educate our locals and visitors about the importance of eating organic, locally grown products and showcase our delicious menu items – prepared with and featuring produce and seafood from our own area farms and waters.”
A full menu of Tour d’Agri-Culture’s richly diverse events is available at http://flwestcoasttofarmtours.com/.
About The Tour d’ Agri-Culture
The inaugural Tour d’ Agri-Culture is a multi-organizational collaborative effort between the following entities: College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USF Culinary Innovation Lab, The Chiles Group- The Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista Restaurants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Don Hall and Eat Local Week and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. It is the goal of the organizers that this will become an annual event that will help show our commitment as a leader in global sustainability.
About The Chiles Restaurant Group
The Chiles Group, consisting of The Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista Restaurants, offers toes in the sand, waterfront dining, serving farm to fork and gulf to table, locally sourced menu items in spectacular settings with uncompromised customer service. All three offer unique venues for weddings and special events. With customized menu items, exceptional planners and breathtaking views, these venues are ideal for any occasion. For more information on the Chiles Group visit www.groupersandwich.com or call (941) 778-8705.