Dinner Time. Meadow Lark Farm Dinner times vary with day of the week, season, and weather; we usually begin between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Confirmed guests will receive an email two days before the dinner with the exact start time, instructions for purchasing wine, and directions to the farm. Guests are greeted by our hosts—the farmers—and offered an apéritif and, for those interested, an informal tour of the farm. Dinner is served shortly after.
Menus. Our menu is inspired by the day's harvest. For this reason, we are unable to announce the evening's menu ahead of time. We hope you'll enjoy the surprise and diversity of foods fresh from the farm, prepared in an uncomplicated style. Each meal consists of a set menu of several courses prepared on-site.
Reservations. We open reservations for Meadow Lark Farm Dinners one month at a time. Reservations are allocated during a 24-hour lottery period: lottery submissions are accepted online, through our website, only. After the 24-hour lottery period, open seats may be reserved via our website, and waitlists are available for sold out dinners. If you've entered the lottery and we are able to accommodate your reservation request, you will receive an invoice. To learn more about this process, please read about our Reservations Lottery. Note that your reservation is not confirmed until your payment is received. Payment must be received within 48 hours of your invoice time/date. Unpaid reservations will be void.
Cancellations. If you must cancel, your reservation will be refunded if you contact us at least 10 calendar days in advance of the dinner. A $15 processing fee per seat will be applied for a cancelled reservation within 10 days of the dinner.
Rain. Our table can be covered with tents to protect from a light drizzle. In more serious weather, a dinner may be canceled. In the event of a cancellation, you can either receive a refund, or apply your payment to another dinner. Every effort will be made to accommodate you on another evening.
Private Farm Dinners. We receive many inquiries about scheduling a Meadow Lark Farm Dinner for a private party. While we've enjoyed working with private parties in the past, we will no longer be offering private farm dinners. Our season is short, and we'd like to keep as many dinners open to the public as possible. If you have inquiries about an event outside our June-September farm dinner season, please inquire with
Children. Please bear in mind that our dinners take place on private property, and remember to respect the privacy of the farm's residents and the fragility of the crops. Children are welcome at the table, but may not be left unsupervised. Because our dinners are limited to 42 guests, we cannot offer discounts for children.
Price Increase. As of July 1, a seat at our table will be $165, this includes gratuity. It does not include wine. This is an increase from the $150/seat we announced at the beginning of the summer. We do not make this decision lightly. Never have we raised our prices mid-season. We were not able to for-see every increase to the cost of doing business at the time we set our prices. We apologize deeply for this and would not be doing it if it weren't necessary for the sustainability of our dinners. We hope you understand.
Cost. It takes a great deal of labor to bring our kitchen and our table to so many fields, and to pack it all up at the end of the night. It is imperative that we pay our staff and chefs a livable wage. And of course, we buy only the best ingredients for our dinners. Our menus are centered on the day's harvest—we purchase as much as possible from the farms that host us. Everything else is supplemented from the farmers' market or other local growers. Eggs are sourced from local farms, fresh cheeses are from Colorado artisans who milk their own animals. Meats come from within a small radius around Boulder, from people we know and trust. Our fruit comes from local farms, or the Western Slope. We use only heirloom grains. Even our olive oil is imported by dear friends, and is certified organic. In addition to the purchases we make, we share our profit with the farms that host our dinners.
Covid-19. This summer, we return to our single long table with 44 guests, seated side by side. We ask that all guests take the necessary Covid precautions as outlined by the CDC leading up to the dinner day. We highly recommend taking a Covid test before joining our table. Please do not come to a dinner if you suspect you may have Covid. Use your best judgment. To not do so, puts other guests, our staff, and our hosts at risk. If you do have Covid - and communicate that to us as soon as possible - we will do our best to re-sell the tickets and issue you a refund. If you have questions about our policies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Waitlists. If you are interested in attending a dinner that is already sold out, please add your name to the waitlist for any dinners of interest. We will contact our waitlist if any openings arise.
Wine. Because Meadow Lark Farm Dinners are mobile, Colorado law prohibits us from obtaining a liquor license and selling wine. We work with the Dedalus Wine Shop to select wine pairings for each of our menus. An emphasis is placed on artisanal wines from organic or biodynamic production. Confirmed guests will receive email notification of the selections two days before their dinner date, and will be able to purchase wine online directly from Dedalus Wine Shop. Purchased wine is delivered to the table. Water is complimentary.
For insurance reasons, guests may not bring their own alcoholic beverages to a farm dinner.
Phones & Things. We understand that many of you have important people you need to stay in touch with while you are at dinner, and that you will need to keep your phone at hand. And of course there are beautiful sunsets and memories to be captured... We simply ask that if you need to use your phone, you step away from the table to do so, and that you please keep your phones and other gadgets off the table. Thank you.