On Tuesday, March 19, A Grazing Life hosts their first pop-up dinner of the season at The Carter Payne with Local Relic and chef Brent Beavers of Immerse Cuisine, that includes five never before brewed beers to pair with seven-courses, live music from Roma Ransom and WireWood Station (voted “Best Acoustic Band in Colorado” at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival), plus, the incorporation of local artist demonstrations.
RMFR catches up with Mike Preisler, founder of A Grazing Life, to discuss why they’re incorporating the pop-up elements this season, what differentiates their approach from a pretentious “white tablecloth, tiny fork dining experience,” and where guests can find their farm dinners this summer.
“These are truly events, not just a meal,” says Preisler. “The centerpiece is still a ridiculous farm-to-table dinner from the best chefs in the area, but we also give everyone an education on sustainable agriculture, bring out live music (dancing is mandatory), mix in local cocktails and just have a full on party.”
The mission statement of AGL is still very much intact with the sentiment “to create authentic and unforgettable [nights] where our guests can reconnect to all the area’s local treasures, including their farms, ranches, chefs, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.”
For the first two seasons in 2017 and 2018, A Grazing Life held their farm focused dinners in partnership with Corner Post Meats on their picturesque Black Forest ranch, but 2019 ushers in new locations with eight dates from July 13, through September 28, at Frost Farm in Fountain, Colorado, as well as additional evenings and venues to be announced in Denver.
“We are so excited to be partnering with Frost Farm and Livestock Company,” says Preisler. “They are such great people, doing great things. We can’t wait to introduce our guests to their new rancher.”
The concept of A Grazing Life speaks to us in a profound way and we can be sure that when we’re in attendance it always yields a unique connection that takes us back to the roots of our food. The back-to-basic backdrops of what is now a different, yet mindfully worthy rural setting, coupled with a rotation of notable, and always hyper-local, culinary influences from our craft food and beverage industries ensures a memorable and enlightening night, every time we spend it on the farm, or elsewhere.
Preisler confirms that AGL is “busy putting together this summer’s schedule of the best chefs, restaurants, breweries, wineries, musicians and anyone else we can get out there.”
Tickets for the Beer Dinner at Carter Payne are $125 and available to purchase here.
Doors open at 6 p.m. & seats are limited.
Find the entire schedule for A Grazing Life’s summer season on Frost Farm with tickets available to purchase as of Monday, April 1.
*All images courtesy of A Grazing Life
**Disclaimer: Rocky Mountain Food Report is a media partner/coordinator for A Grazing Life.