Since that first dinner back in 2010, our goal has been to organically connect restaurants and chefs with local, family farmers. Each participating restaurant is partnered with a local farm, using that farm’s ingredients for their featured dish at the festival. We provide each chef with an ingredient stipend to cover costs, which directly supports their partner farm.

At our core, our mission is to bring our local community together in efforts to create a strong, local food ecosystem. We aim to create connections before, during and after the festival that in turn will strengthen our local food economy. The festival has provided both chefs and farmers a platform to form cohesive partnerships with each other that can be leveraged well beyond the festival. And it works: many of our participating chefs come back to their partner farms to source locally grown ingredients for their restaurant menus.

We hope the relationships fostered each year will continue strengthen our local food economy now and in the future. In addition to fostering these connections, each CFF event benefits a variety of non-profit organizations to empower our local communities.



For the inaugural year of CFF Houston, we will be partnering with Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank in distribution, and leading hunger relief in 18 southeast Texas counties.




For the inaugural year of CFF Houston, we will also be partnering with Urban Harvest, which creates thriving communities and increase access to fresh and local food in the Houston area. Their goal is to connect and support long-lasting gardens that will provide for their communities for years to come.



The Seed Project Foundation

For our upcoming Dallas 2022 event, Chefs For Farmers will be partnering with The Seed Project Foundation to support their efforts with McKinney Roots, their food donation garden that supplies fresh produce to the food insecure. 100% of proceeds from our 2022 farm tour and $25 of each Main Event general admission ticket sold will be going directly to support their efforts to grow and distribute fresh produce to local nonprofits, churches, and schools, alleviating hunger with healthful, nutrient-dense food.