Farm-to-table dinners pair locally grown foods with chefs who work their magic to create memorable meals.
Janene Puca knows a lot about it – the dinners she offered as part of her New Jersey business for many years were hugely popular. But a series of difficult events brought her to Colorado Springs in September 2020, and now she’s working to replicate her success on the East Coast.
She cooks a series of farm-to-table dinners at her new business, The Art of Dining Tours.
Here is an overview of his career.
In New Jersey, she partnered with an event planner, chef, and decorator to build The Rooted Affair, which offered dinner parties similar to the ones she plans to host here.
“They have had huge success,” she said. “We were planning a dinner for 200 guests and they would all sell out. “
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But life began to take unexpected turns.
“In December 2017, I saw my doctor about a lump on my neck,” she said. “I also had pain in my left arm. He sent me to the emergency room, where I was sent for surgery. I had had several brain aneurysms. The recovery was long. My nurses said I was a miracle. I had the chance to walk.
She attributes part of her recovery to eating healthier foods.
“I started to eat more berries, fruits and vegetables,” she said. “That’s why I’m passionate about farms and eating fresh local food. “
Then she lost her son.
“TJ had just turned 28 in 2019 and was killed in a tragic accident,” she said. “He and I were very close and loved looking at travel magazines and talking about going to different places including Colorado. We both thought it was so beautiful.
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Then COVID-19 hit.
“It shut down my business,” she said. “I decided to move to Colorado in honor of TJ, who said I never would. I packed my bags and moved away without ever visiting.
She began to network and meet like-minded people, just like she had done in New Jersey. And she decided she could start another dinner-themed business. She met Edward Salazar, chef and owner of the Lush F2F food truck (which means “food to fork”).
“I liked his food and his philosophy of using local and fresh, seasonal ingredients,” said Puca. “I decided he was going to be my boss.”
The stars began to align when Puca met Madisun Truesdell, who teaches mindfulness practices, and the two realized they had complementary business skills. Truesdell has joined Puca in their farm-to-table business, where they share the dream of connecting the community through meaningful events like dinners.
“Janene and I love to support and work with local businesses,” said Truesdell, “and our vision is to enrich the community with events that spark lasting friendships and relationships. We want to cultivate conversations and conscious connections between people through something universal for humanity: mealtime. “
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A series of monthly dinners at various local ranches and other locations is planned. The first is scheduled for September 19 at the historic Reynolds Ranch Barn at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. For $ 95, you get a three-course barbecue dinner with wine and beer. Salazar will source from local farmers to prepare the meal.
Other sites that Puca and Truesdell are considering are Flying Horse Ranch in October and the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum (date to be confirmed).
Visit theartoffoodtours.com for September dinner tickets.
“In addition to dinners, we host other services such as touching singles events and work with couples to enhance the magic of special occasions such as the planning of the perfect marriage proposal,” added Truesdell.
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