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Farmer-Chef Speed Dating

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Anyone who has read or seen He’s Just Not That Into You—or anyone currently dating, for that matter—knows that finding a good match takes a lot of patience and work. Quirky niche-dating websites like FarmersOnly.com narrow the options, but Monday, Jil Hales, owner of the funky Sonoma restaurant Barndiva, took matchmaking to another level by hosting a farmer-chef speed-dating event in Healdsburg, California.

Eighty highly motivated (lonely?) farmers and chefs braved the rain and packed Barndiva’s lounge looking to hook up with new partners. Participants included chefs from Cyrus, Dry Creek Kitchen and Zin, and farmers from Dragonfly Farm and Gleason Ranch, just to name a few. Chefs had prompting notebooks (sensuous vegetables? ditch or date?) and were given four minutes to put their questions to each farmer, rancher and olive oil or cheese purveyor, many of whom had brought product to “tease with.” Frozen duck may not be your idea of foreplay, but this was a very different crowd. Check out photos from the event here.

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