Tables to Farms dinner at SALT tonight benefits Boulder County farmers

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The cream of the culinary crop: We're not talking about chefs, but farmers, who don't get nearly as much face time with food fans. Bradford Heap, chef/owner of SALT Bistro and Colterra Food & Wine" target="_blank">Colterra Food & Wine, wants to change that, and at the same time help farmers suffering from the effects of the Colorado floods.

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Heap and his neighbor, John Bachman of Big Red F Restaurant Group, came up with the idea of Tables to Farms while discussing the tragic floods last month. With this new program, various Boulder and Denver-area chefs are helping Boulder County farmers whose crops were lost or severely damaged by the floods; many have lost the opportunity to produce a spring crop next year. From now until November, participating restaurants will collect donations from customers and host fundraising events -- with all of the proceeds going to Boulder County farms via Local Food Shift Group's Front Range Farm Relief.

The first dinner event will be hosted at SALT Bistro at 6:30 p.m. tonight, and includes a four-course meal -- with each course paired with wines donated by the Natural Wine Company The farms benefiting from the event include Full Circle Farm, Oxford Gardens, Black Cat Farm, 63rd Street Farm and the Fresh Herb Company.

Dinner is $120 per person; for reservations, call SALT at 303-444-7258. For more information, go to the SALT website.

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