The Schoolhouse at Cannondale's chef/owner Tim LaBant is one of the brightest stars on Connecticut's emerging farm-to-table culinary scene. The Wilton native, who's worked alongside such luminaries as Ming Tsai and L'Espalier's Frank McClelland, will host a Field + Farmer + Fork event at Ambler Farm on September 10.
It's an expensive ticket, priced at $250 per person, but LaBant's star is rising: He's won hearty praise from Zagat and appeared on NBC's Today Show this morning. Watch LaBant show Al Roker how to pan-roast bronzini and prepare fregula salad here. A portion of the proceeds will also help benefit the Ambler Farm restoration project. Unlike many local chefs who host exclusive farm dinners, LaBant has revealed the following menu:
On the Table: Roasted multicolored Ambler Farm peppers and eggplant with ricotta, olive oil, herbs, sunflower seeds and grilled Wave Hill toast and Mason jars with pickled beets.
First Course: Salad of assorted fresh Ambler Farm tomatoes accompanied with cornbread, crème fraiche and grilled green onions.
Second Course: Slow-roasted Berkshire pork shoulder, summer succotash (zucchini, summer squash, pearl onion, bacon, peas and corn) and confit potatoes with nasturtium, fennel pollen and frisée with goat cheese dressing.
Dessert: Pumpkin fritters, cider caramel and Concord grape frozen yogurt.
Ambler Farm is located at 257 Hurlbutt Street in Wilton