Take a seat at Upland Farms inaugural ‘Farm to Table’ dinner

Farm to Tables are happening all over the country; a way to reconnect diners to the land and origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers who cultivate it. On Sunday, September 14 from 2 – 7 p.m., Upland Hills Farm (UHF) co-owners Steve & Leslie Webster and Les & Elizabeth Roggenbuck are joining the national farm to table movement to raise funds for the Knight & Dorothy Webster Camp Scholarship Fund. UHF has partnered with Orion Youth Assistance, connecting the farm with kids to receive a Summer Day Camp experience who might not otherwise be able to have one. UHF Mason Jar

As 2nd generation farmers, Steve and Leslie Webster have carried the tradition that was created by Knight & Dorothy Webster – showing the role of a working family farm and educating thousands of children about the connection of farm and food through school programs and tours, summer camps and harvest festivals.

Les & Elizabeth Roggenbuck, originally from East River Organic Farm in Snover, Mi, have been providing local organic produce and grass-fed meats to families for over 25 years. Their passion is rooted deeply in growing high quality food and fostering the understanding of where your food comes from.

The meal will be prepared with care and skill by some of Metro Detroit’s top chefs and will include Upland Hills own organic vegetables and organic grass-fed meats.

“More and more people are paying attention to their food choices; how their food is being grown and how it gets to their table” say Roggenbuck. Locally published edibleWOW magazine is co-producing the event and has watched consumer demand grow for education and connection to local food. Organizers believe that the whole point of this September’s Farm to Table feast is education – and – showcasing it with linens, china and stemware just makes it fun.

In addition to a phenomenal meal, diners will also enjoy a: 

  • Gazebo concert with nationally known Josh White Jr. & Ron Coden
  • Hayride & pony rides
  • An Upland Hills Farmer in the barn introducing animals and helping guests milk a cow

Ticket cost is $100 per adult and $25 per child. Visit www.UplandHillsFarm.com for registration information – checks and credit cards accepted.


Nick Janutol of the Forest Grill in Birmingham

Hailing from Detroit originally, Janutol spent his relative “culinary youth” in NY at the Culinary Institute of America, and then in the kitchen of 11 Madison Park. He spent two years as second in command at the renowned L2O in Chicago, and has put his roots back in his home town at the Forest Grill ~ the 2009 Hour Detroit Restaurant of the Year and the 2010 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year.

Amber Poupore of the Cacao Tree Café in Royal Oak & The Clean Plate in Shelby Twp.

Poupore was with Inn Season Café in Royal Oak 10 years when she opened her first restaurant The Cacao Tree Café, also in Royal Oak, in 2010.  Perfecting a vegan menu with mostly uncooked raw food, she then opened The Clean Plate in December 2013, a vegan-vegetarian restaurant in Shelby. Poupore’s passion is to feed people healthy food and create food anyone can enjoy.

Aaron Cozadd of the Union Joints:  Union Woodshop & Clarkston Union in Clarkston, Vinsetta Garage in Royal Oak and the Fenton Fire Hall in Fenton

A Michigan native, Cozadd cut his teeth at the Clarkston Union as a line cook while still in high school. Upon graduating, he followed his heart to the Culinary Institute of American in New York. Graduating with honors, he returned to Michigan armed with this formidable one-two punch. He put his skills to work at Coach Insignia, spending time in both the front of the house and the discriminating kitchen. A finalist for casting of Top Chef season 5, Cozadd has that rare combination of being able to deliver food that projects his passion and passionately share it in any multitude of mediums. Serving as Executive Chef to the expanding Union Joints’ group, Cozadd creates and oversees all regular menu and specialty items for the Clarkston Union Bar and Kitchen, Union Woodshop BBQ joint, Vinsetta Garage Custom Eatery and most recently the Fenton Fire Hall Bar and Kitchen.

About Sarah Hovis

Freelance wordsmith, arts appreciator, grammar geek, sports spectator, stationery snob, and world traveler, Sarah charts her own course as the owner of saliho creative. She uses her creative mind and engaging dialogue to fearlessly bring the written word to life in print and online… all while keeping a watchful eye out for the next literary adventure. You can reach her at sarah@rochestermedia.com.

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