In Good Taste

Farm-to-Fork Frederick Continues to Expand

Local restaurants, farmers, and wineries collaborate for the 11-day food fest.

By Lauren Cohen | August 26, 2015, 12:00 pm

-Courtesy of Farm-to-Fork Frederick
In Good Taste

Farm-to-Fork Frederick Continues to Expand

Local restaurants, farmers, and wineries collaborate for the 11-day food fest.

By Lauren Cohen | August 26, 2015, 12:00 pm

-Courtesy of Farm-to-Fork Frederick

Summer Restaurant Week might be over in Baltimore, but Frederick’s culinary event of the season is just beginning.

Now celebrating its third run, Farm-to-Fork Frederick brings together some of the county’s best chefs, farmers, brewers, and vintners to deliver locally sourced meals at a handful of area restaurants from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.

Founder Miriam Nasuti says that the idea for the project was inspired by the 2008 documentary Food Inc.—an Oscar-nominated film that delves deep into the effects of factory versus family farming.

“We watched it as a family and it instantly changed the way that we eat,” Nasuti says. “[Now] we go to local farmers markets, buy a quarter of a cow per year, and eat local chicken. After a few months you can really begin to taste the difference.”

In keeping with the initiative’s all-things-organic motto, 14 Frederick restaurants will use the products of local farms, wineries, and breweries as the inspiration for the eats on their special a la carte menus.

Old favorites like La Paz Mexican Restaurant and The Wine Kitchen will once again participate, while Farm-to-Fork Frederick newbies like Family Meal, Café Nola, and LeParc Bistro are joining the project for the first time this year.

Although the eateries are still finalizing their offerings, diners can expect to sample fare that uses the bounty of sustainable spots like Thanksgiving Farms, Caprikorn Farms, Gude Brother’s Greenhouses, South Mountain Creamery, Big Cork Vineyards, and, the initiative’s first participating farm brewery, Mad Science Brewing. (As an example, Nasuti notes La Paz’s flan fused with local peaches as one of last year’s standout dishes.)

Also new this year, the program has expanded beyond downtown Frederick and now includes restaurants like Vintage and The Carriage House Inn, both located in different parts of the county.

Nasuti says that in order to follow through with her mission, there are strict guidelines—such as making sure all menus feature at least 60 percent locally sourced ingredients—that all of the participants must follow.

“It’s really not a project for the faint of heart,” she says. “We’re not looking for restaurants that love all of the marketing but don’t want to follow the protocol.”

In addition to seeing the program surpass its city limits, Nasuti says that she’s most excited for the initiative to continue to foster long-lasting connections in the local food community.

“It creates a domino effect,” she says. “Some of the relationships between the farms and the restaurants have sustained well beyond the scope of the project. It has a lot of authenticity and the community realizes that.”




Meet The Author

Lauren Cohen is a digital associate editor for Baltimore, where she blogs about food, events, lifestyle, and community news.



You May Also Like


Food & Drink

Sweet Devotion

Local bakeries tie their communities to the past with family recipes and tastes of home.

In Good Taste

Five Things to Know About Broadway Market in Fells Point

For starters, one of the stalls officially opens today.

In Good Taste

Diamondback Brewing Debuts Pizza Kitchen

Menu focusing on Neapolitan pizzas and soft pretzels launches this week.


On The Town

Union Craft and DuClaw to Both Release LGBTQ-Inspired Beers

Divine IPA and Unicorn Farts sour ale will each debut in March.

Food & Drink

World Cafe

Mera Kitchen empowers immigrant and refugee women through food entrepreneurship.

Food & Drink

Word Play

A local artist turns puns into edible works of art.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Five Things to Know About Broadway Market in Fells Point: For starters, one of the stalls officially opens today.

March Madness Food and Drink Specials That Are Slam Dunks: Fill out your bracket and head to these local watering holes for NCAA games.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland Prepares to Open in Jonestown: We chat with president and CEO Sandy Pagnotti about the new Baltimore facility.

Catherine Pugh Resigns From UMMS Board Amid $500,000 Book Deal Controversy: Baltimore mayor earned $100,000 in profits in burgeoning ethics scandal.

Deyane Moses’ Blackives Revises MICA’s Racist History: New exhibit and online database inspires institutional change at the art school.