Marcoot Jersey Creamery, which supplies cheese to many acclaimed St. Louis restaurants including Farmhaus and Annie Gunn's, will host its first Graze in the Grass: A Farm to Fork Experience at its Greenville, Illinois, farm on June 11.
Beth Marcoot, who launched the creamery with her sisters in 2010, says when guests (about 200 of them) arrive, they'll be offered cheese starters before taking a tour of the creamery. They will then be shown to the pasture where tables will be set up for the dinner.
Marcoot says this dinner is something her family has been thinking about for a while.
"This year, we said we're going to do it," she says, adding that June 5 also marks the creamery's sixth anniversary.
The dinner will be prepared by Farmhaus chef Kevin Willmann, who is a family friend of the Marcoots.
"We've know him for a while," Marcoot says of Willmann. "Our families have a history with one another. His grandfather's farm is a mile and a half north of our farm. His dad worked with my dad and my grandpa."
Along with Willmann's menu, Marcoot says local businesses like Urban Chestnut and Greenville winery The Family Vine will participate in the event. She says to expect a few others once the menu is nailed down.
For now, Marcoot looks forward to her friend's cooking.
"I'm excited to see chef Kevin in his element cooking outside and see what he's going to do," she says. "One thing that makes us so excited all the time is when people come [to the farm] and want to visit and want to know more about agriculture and cheese."
Marcoot Jersey Creamery, 526 Dudleyville Road, Greenville, Illinois, 62246, 618.664.1110, marcootjerseycreamery.com
Farmhaus, 3257 Ivanhoe, St. Louis, Missouri, 63139, 314.647.3800, farmhausrestaurant.com