Merging Family and Food During the Dinner in the Orchard Experience
The following is a recap of the Dinner in the Orchard Experience as a complimentary guest of Eckert’s Farm.
As a self-proclaimed foodie, I’ve had a lot of practice eating at a variety of places and spaces. Just when I thought that I had experienced all there was to dining in unique locales, I got an invite to Dinner in the Orchard. Touted as a full immersion experience at the home of a local farmer, I knew that it was going to be a treat.
Eckert’s Farm and Country Store is a 7+ generation family business that grows fruit and veggies in Belleville, Illinois. My daughter and I have visited Eckert’s many times in the past to pick strawberries, apples, and pumpkins during peak harvest seasons. It’s a place that we have come to enjoy together, and we had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to learn more about the family behind the farm.
Dinner In the Orchard was hosted by Eckert’s Farm’s Chris and Angie Eckert, and featured an intimate three course dinner at their home in their orchard located on the farm. The dishes we noshed on during the evening were made my Chef and Food Blogger Julia Calleo of My Lavender Blues.
During the event, we started at Eckert’s Farm and Country Store where many of the veggies and fruits grown on the farm are sold. We feasted on a charcuterie and drinks, and learned about Eckert’s method of farming and how they’ve been able to keep it in the family.
Afterwards, we trekked out to the sweet corn field where we ate sweet corn right off the stalk. This sweet corn was the best ever with no butter, no seasoning, just served up the way nature intended.
Our stellar dinner was flavorful and featured yummy dishes that we both enjoyed immensely.
We were impressed with the details of the dinner. Everything was well thought out and executed, allowing us to all make magical memories.
With guests that included bloggers, influencers, foodies, and culinary elite, the orchard was a perfect setting for this fete.
My daughter is 13 now and in full peak teen mode. Spending time with her is most important to me, as I know as she is growing up, she will begin to want to go her own way. Right now, I am basking in the time that she and I are blessed to spend with one another, and bonding over food is just one element of our relationship that we both love.
Even if she was on her phone in between our mommy and daughter dining moments, I wouldn’t trade our night at Dinner In the Orchard for anything else in the world.
Thank you to Chris, Angie, and the entire Eckert’s Farm team for the invite, and for putting such an awesome event together. Working with your family while establishing a enduring legacy is the key to long-lasting success.
We also left with a box full of peaches. We will be using them in an upcoming recipe so stay tuned!