Follow The Chef
With Chef Harrison Keevil
Do you ever wonder how Chef’s find and choose seasonal produce to create their dishes that highlight daily menus? Chef Harrison Keevil of Brookville Restaurant and Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen wants to share his process and give you a guided tour of the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market.
The Charlottesville City Market hosts over 100 vendors offering fresh produce, herbs, plants, grass fed meats, crafts and baked goods! Harrison will introduce you to the farmers and vendors while shopping, explain what products they offer and how he makes his weekly selections. The tour concludes with Harrison’s favorite Saturday activity, eating traditional corn tacos at the taco stand.
After the tour, feel free to explore Charlottesville, visit some vineyards or take a nap. Harrison will take all the amazing ingredients you curated together and create a 3 course completely one-off menu for you and your guests to enjoy for a completely private dining experience.
Chef Harrison leads the Follow the Chef tour every Saturday between April and October beginning at 9 AM. Each tour is completely unique based on the season and the market. Tours and dinners are customized to serve between 4-10 guests. Guests will receive recipes from Chef Keevil and a Keevil & Keevil Farmer’s Market Tote. $75 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call (434) 989-7648.
Below are a few tips from Chef Harrison on making the most of the Farmer’s Market:
Tip 1: Always look for what is ripe and in season because not only is it the best tasting, but it is the best way to find and try new products.
Tip 2: Talk to the farmers and get to know the products they are selling. They have special insight on how to eat and store their products, plus they have a passion that you won’t find anywhere else.
Tip 3: Educate yourself on what is grown locally and seasonally. The Sacramento region has the unique ability to grow products year-round so buy in season not only for the taste but to support local farmers.
Tip 4: Taste everything! How do you know if you like something if you have never tried it? And, chances are, you will fall in love with all of the products sold at each farmers market.