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Enjoy a fresh, family-style meal under the stars

Chefs throughout our community will join efforts to create our Farm to Fork dinner, a locally-sourced meal to honor Hunger Action Month. Each chef will cook up dishes with key ingredients gleaned from local farms. This event will bring awareness to hunger in our community — and to Community Food Share’s sustainability initiatives as they relate to hunger relief.

Tickets include dinner, signature cocktails, live music, and a live and silent auction.


Saturday, September 14, 2019
5:30-8:30 PM


Whimsy Farm
7929 Valmont Road, Boulder


Tickets cost $120.
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Meet Our Guest Chefs

Chef Antonio Laudisio

Antonio Laudisio

Antonio Laudisio grew up working in New York’s and Miami’s Italian restaurant scenes. At last year’s Farm to Fork Dinner, he brought true Italian flavor with his handcrafted, brick oven pizzas and Hazel Del mushroom polenta. Laudisio has developed his own twist on the Farm-to-Table movement: the chef owns and operates Laudisio Mobile, a fleet of mobile wood-fired ovens that partners with local producers to bring rustic cuisine to the Boulder community. We can’t wait to see what Laudisio and our other guest chefs cook up for us this year!

Irwin Marquez-Gonzalez

Irwin Marquez-Gonzalez is a kitchen manager in the Eureka! Restaurant Group, a group that creates “craveable dining experiences in an approachable atmosphere.” Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Marquez-Gonzalez will bring his extensive food industry experience to help make the flavors at our Farm to Fork Dinner take flight.

Amy Abshire

Amy’s love of baking began when she was just twelve years old. A Boulder native, she started volunteering for Bridge House in 2011. After she fell in love with their mission to end homelessness, Amy took a full-time job as their Community Table Kitchen pastry chef in 2014. Amy has pursued several pastry technique classes at Escoffier Culinary School in order to broaden her baking skills. which are sure to shine through in the desserts she makes for us.

John Trejo

Executive Chef at Community Table Kitchen since 2013, Trejo is a driven, quality-oriented chef, eager to apply 30 years of culinary skill, team management, and leadership to each project he endures. He launched his career in 1982, as a culinary intern at The Denver Petroleum Club. John is a great leader to the culinary staff at Community Table Kitchen, where he teaches useful skills to those in need while also providing high-quality food and service to its customers.

Chef Donna Marten

Donna Merten

Innovative dishes which heal, energize, support local farms, and reduce food waste are the backbone of Merten’s craft. A childhood on a 100-acre farm shaped her ethos of preparing seasonal food from scratch, without waste. Followed by a twenty-year career as an entrepreneur in real estate development and architecture, Merten pivoted back to her passion of cooking and pursued a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Colorado. She has developed restaurant menus, served as a private chef, catered, and designed meal plans for athletes and individuals with severe illnesses.

Chelsea Noble

An East Coast native, Chelsea Noble moved to Colorado over 20 years ago to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts and foster her passion for the restaurant industry. Looking for ways to combine a love of independent operations and entrepreneurship, Zyr Vodka came calling. Particularly when Dave Katz, owner and creator of Zyr, shared his story and passion for beautifully crafted vodka, Noble knew this was a perfect match. She now works as their Regional Director. For our Farm to Fork Dinner, Noble will be stirring up some delightful cocktails as the evening’s mixologist.

Live Music: Lumen & Longfellow

Lumen & Longfellow is made up of Colorado transplants Billy Dixon and Vani Sundaram. Both Dixon and Sundaram grew up singing and performing music with intricate harmonies; hailing most recently from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the duo met while performing in college A Capella groups. They’ve since satisfied their musical itch by performing at local breweries and jamming with friends in their home studio. Their two biggest fans are their dogs, Lumen and Gustav Longfellow.

Lumen & Longfellow performs mostly acoustic covers of folk, blues, and funk. Past performances have included covers of Justin Timberlake, Nickel Creek, Lake Street Dive, and Ray LaMontagne…to name a few.

Photos from the Dinner

These photos were generously donated by Catherine Eichel Photography.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners | Freedom Fire Protection, LLC | Greg & Alisa Frederick | Longmont Dairy Farms | Whole Sol Blend Bar

Thank you to the Niwot Guild of Community Food Share for their support of this event!

For more information, please contact:

Dina Coates Koebler, Chief Development Officer
(303) 652-3663 ext. 207