At present, Farm Spirit's pantry is stocked with black garlic, radish greens, broccoli crowns, grape leaves, pea tips, chocolate mint, edible flowers, flowering dill and 40-plus more plant-based ingredients, and it's all going to be put to use for the first batch of chef Aaron Adams' 9- to 12-course vegetarian dinners, the first of which kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.
And yes, it's already sold out, for weeks in advance, no less. In fact, Farms Spirit is fully booked through the beginning of July—but that doesn't mean you can't grab a seat before then: Adams says if someone backs out at the last minute, it's possible to find a ticket if you follow the restaurant's social media accounts, which have up-to-the-minute updates (links below).
The restaurant will feature only one seating per night, Wednesday through Saturday, but that doesn't mean Adams and his crew will be enjoying three-day weekends.
In fact, they'll hit up the People's Food Co-op on Wednesdays, the Buckman Farmers Market on Thursdays and the PSU Farmers Market on Saturdays, returning and reconvening on Tuesday mornings (with lots of coffee) to figure out what exactly they're going to make in the week ahead.
Think of it like SNL's writer's room filled with folks trying to figure out what ingredients, presentations and techniques to show off, except with a whole lot less lead time.
And like sketch comedy based on current events, each week's dinners will depend entirely on whatever the markets' farmers bring to town, so your guess as to what you'll be eating is as good as theirs.
Farm Spirit, 1414 SE Morrison St., Hours: 7 p.m. till the time you finish eating, Wednesday through Saturday