Limited tickets are still available for a daylong tour of farms in Williamson County, with celebrated local chefs at each stop, concluding with a seated dinner at the home of Christian Music superstar Michael W. Smith.

The second annual Tour de Farm 2018 is presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15. Two events in one, the fundraiser includes a day-long VIP Farm tour throughout Williamson County and the multi-course Farm-Inspired Feast.

Sponsors for this year’s event are Capitol Grille at The Hermitage HotelSpringer Mountain FarmsGrand Avenue and Masada Bakery.

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Delvin Farms. //delvinfarms.com

Tickets are $195 for both the tour and dinner, or $95 for the dinner alone, and are now available for purchase online. Funds from both events will go to supporting scholarships for women to further their continuing education in the fields of food, farming, beverage, and hospitality.

The VIP Farm Tour brings guests via the infamous Nash Trash Tours bus out to the fields of four Williamson County farms for a rare, in-person meet-and-greet with farmers on their own turf featuring bites from Nashville-area chefs. This portion of the event includes lunch, beverages, and transportation, as well as the dinner event.

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Brandon Tavalin, Tavalin Tails Farm // franklinfarmersmarket.com

The VIP Farm Tour first heads to the College Grove area in southeast Williamson County for stops at Delvin Farms, a grower of organic produce and participant in Community Supported Agriculture; Tavalin Tails Farm, which produces beef, pork, poultry and lamb, and also sells CSA shares; and Hatcher Dairy, producer of natural milk products. The tour then heads to the Southall/Leiper’s Fork area west of Franklin to visit Noble Spring, a Grade A goat dairy and producer of artisanal goat cheese.

All of the farms are family owned.

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Hatcher Dairy off Arno Road. // hatcherfamilydairy.com

Noted chefs at each stop are:

  • Delvin Farms with bites from Emily Frith of The Corner Market Catering Company and Leland Riggan of Dessert Designs
  • Tavalin Tails with guest chef Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale & Masala House
  • Hatcher Dairy featuring chef Crystal DeLuna-Bogan of The Grilled Cheeserie
  • Noble Springs with Karla Ruiz of Karla’s Katering
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Noble Springs is off Blazer Road. // noble-springs.com

The Farm-Inspired Feast, which directly follows the tour and is available for $95 separately, is a seated, multi-course, dinner set inside Michael W. Smith’s Deer Valley Barn, located between the Natchez Trace Parkway and Old Natchez Trace.  The meal, again featuring top local chefs, will showcase ingredients from area farms, including those on the tour, and will include beverages paired with each course.

It is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

The menu for The Farm-Inspired Feast includes:

  • Community Hour: Featuring Jack Daniels and Pickers Vodka cocktails with passed appetizers prepared by chef Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table
  • First Course: Salad with Radishes, Croutons and Green Goddess Dressing prepared by chef Margot McCormack of Margot Café
  • Main Course: Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Warm Onion Vinaigrette prepared by chef Margot McCormack
  • Dessert: Strawberries & Cream, Lemon Doughnuts and Meringue prepared by pastry chefs Rebekah Turshen of City House and Lisa Marie White of Marsh House & Killebrew Coffee at the Thompson Hotel

Michael W. Smith’s Deer Valley Barn is at 1725 Lawrence Rd. Franklin, TN 37069

The day’s explorations are all a benefit for Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville, an invitational organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions. Their mission is education and philanthropy, and they are part of an international organization that counts more than 1,800 member in 30-plus chapters worldwide. Visit LDEI.org for more information about the international organization.