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Binkley’s Farmer in the House Dinner Highlights Local Produce, Eye-Popping Wines

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Chef Kevin Binkley, most recently lauded as a 2014 James Beard Award “Best Chef” nominee, is clearly not taking the summer off, as evidenced by his latest dinner event, where he will pair not only fine food and wine, but locally grown produce as well.

Nicknamed the “Farmer in the House” dinner, Binkley will partner with Pat Duncan of Duncan’s Trading Co. on Wednesday, May 28 to create a six-course menu focused on showcasing exotic fruits and vegetables from Duncan’s boutique, organic farm as well as perfect seasonal wine pairings as we usher in the summer months.

Duncan, whose renowned farm grows more than 150 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables, will not only be on-hand during the event but available to discuss the menu’s produce as well as answer questions from guests, which will also include meat, seafood and poultry selections.

Binkley’s innovative and exquisite menu will feature:

Cherry Tomato Ceviche

spot prawn, radish, pickled red onion, sea beans, taro root chips, sweet soy, cilantro

Kale & Prosciutto Salad

chevre, raspberries, turnips, hazelnuts, horseradish vinaigrette

Sweet Carrot Soup

lobster, baby squash, orange, parsley

Vegetable Beef “Stew”

filet mignon tips, haricots verts, eggplant, spring onions, mizuna

Beet Mozzarella

roasted baby beets, arugula, apricots, pine nut biscotti, white truffle honey

Melon Granite

peach, zucchini bread croutons, vanilla crème fraiche, candied basil

But we know what you are thinking – what about the wine?

For designated drivers in the house, the above six-course dinner is $96 per person. But for wine lovers, and certainly most reading this column on a regular basis, the dinner with wine pairings is $146 per person and will feature:

Dom Figuerrassi “Gris de Gris” (Provence) ‘13

Királyudvar, "Sec" Tokaji Furmint (Tokaj) '11

“Boomtown” by Dusted Valley Vintners Chardonnay (Columbia Valley) ‘13

Sanctuary, "Usibelli Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) '10

Domaine Huet, "Demi-Sec" Chenin Blanc (Vouvray) '07

Romano Dogliotti, "La Caudrina" Moscato (Asti) NV

The event begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Association of Arizona Food Banks.

Reservations can be made with Binkley's here or by calling 480-437-1072.

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