Pitney Meadows presented a special evening to support sustainable farming and education in agriculture on
August 1, 2017.

More than five nationally and internationally renowned farm-to-table chefs came together and featured a “fire feast” hosted by Pitney Meadows Community Farm (PMCF). The focus of the multi-course dinner was five live-fire pits, each of which was directed by a celebrated guest chef.


Also in the spotlight was the recently constructed 42 x 148-foot Harnois “high tunnel”, which continues to serve PMCF as both an event space and a greenhouse for growing vegetables, flowers and herbs. With a floor one-tenth the size of a football field, it accommodated almost 400 people for the amazing “farm fashionable” sit-down dinner!


“Fire Feast on the Farm was a signature Saratoga Springs event that spoke uniquely to the values of Pitney Meadows Community Farm and made a substantial contribution to our important initiatives in sustainable farming, education, and farmer training,” said John Sconzo, a PMCF board member who launched Slow Foods Saratoga in 2008 and now leads culinary tours around the world. The annual fundraiser raised over $50,000 to help the farm in moving forward on its many agricultural initiatives.


Supporting each lead chef was a “pit crew” that included a distinguished local chef and local culinary students. Each pit also had its own bar directed by a mix of prominent national and local bartenders pairing a cocktail with the dish from that pit. Each station also prepared a vegetarian/vegan dish.
All foods other than seafood were sourced as locally as possible. Many of the vegetables were grown on the Pitney Farm.

Favorite area musicians performed throughout the evening.


Plans are being made for the second annual “Fire Feast on the Farm” for 2018 and Sponsorship Options are Available

Guest chefs and bartenders included:

    Victoria Blamey

    Pit Master

    Has received glowing reviews for her current work as Executive Chef at the re-born Chumley's in NYC

      Brendan Dillon

      Bar Master

      Owner and bartender of 19th century styled Hamlet & Ghost in downtown Glens Falls

        Chase White

        Bar Master

        His bartending background includes 3 Michelin-star Saison in SF and Mace and Attaboy in NYC

          Eamon Rockey

          Bar Master

          A cocktail master whose resume includes Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Aska and Betony

            Daniel Burns

            Dessert Master

            The original pastry chef of Copenhagen’s Noma and former head of R&D at The Fat Duck and Momofuku

              Joel Viehland

              Pit Master

              Former chef of the highly regarded Community Table in CT, now opening the anticipated Ore Hill and Swyft

                Jaime Young

                Pit Master

                Former chef de cuisine at Atera and in 2016 launched the critically acclaimed Sunday in Brooklyn

                  Matt Lightner

                  Pit Master

                  A 2 Michelin-star chef formerly at 2 Michelin-star Atera in New York City

                    Alex Harrell

                    Pit Master

                    His superb New Orleans restaurant, Angeline, fuses the culinary traditions of New Orleans and Alabama’s Gulf Coast

                      Francis Derby

                      Pit Master

                      Master of meat and more at such legendary NYC restaurants as WD-50, Tailor, Momofuku Ssam Bar, and The Cannibal