Harvest, Cook, & Dine Foodie Event

Experience farm-to-plate as you never have before

Foodies, this is your night! Don’t miss this special event hosted here at our 500+ acre working, family owned & operated produce farm each fall. Experience farm-to-plate as you never have before. You harvest fresh ingredients and enjoy an interactive, entertaining, hands-on cooking lesson – an amazing, fun, and unique dining experience on the farm! A seasonal delectable menu is created for a memorable experience. Past Harvest, Cook, & Dine events have been presented by Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Champion, Chef Eric LeVine.

Guests will board a hayride wagon and travel through fields of scenic farmland to pick-your-own vegetables, produce and/or herbs for the evening! After we return, we’ll head to our prep stations to cook ingredients under the direction of the featured chef. To close out the evening, we will enjoy our your meal as a group! Limited seating ensures a fun night with individual attention and guidance from our staff.


2020 Harvest Cook & Dine event dates will be announced. Would you like to be one of the first to know when new event dates are added? Click here to receive email notifications – don’t worry, we’ll only send you notifications about farm-fresh foodie-related events.

These exclusive culinary events are limited in space and reservations are required.

Sample Menu from our August 28, 2018 event – SOLD OUT!

Main Course Entree: Marinated and Grilled Chicken and Scallops with Peach BBQ Sauce
Sides: Pickled Beets on Red Onion Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Kale, Grilled Swiss Chard, Grilled Sweet Corn
Dessert: Chocolate Cake with Fresh Berries

Chef Eric’s Wine Pairing Recommendations: Pinot Noir or Pino Grigio

What Guests Are Saying

“It was a FABULOUS experience!!! We can’t wait to do it again!!! Chef Eric was fun and very interactive, and as always, the Donaldson Family is so welcoming!!! Thank you for having us!!!!” ~ Melissa M.

“Awesome evening! We can’t wait to learn more from Chef Eric and enjoy great food and company!! Thank for having us!! This was a 10!!” ~ Robin I.

“Such a wonderful experience! Everything was top notch. Now to get the hubby to come  along…” ~ Florence K.

“It was such an amazing night and an experience I’ll never forget! Thanks for having us!!!” ~ Angela D.

Review by the Grazette Journal:

“When you hear Harvest, Cook, & Dine, you might think that its only for those passionate about farming. Not true! In our group of 24, there were people from all walks of life. So whether you’re more comfortable in a polo or with a pitchfork, this is an event you should experience. This “pick your own” meets “cooking class” meets “farm to table dinner” is an amazing interactive experience unlike any other in New Jersey. The event, hosted by Donaldson Farms on their farmland set amongst the rolling hills of Hackettstown, NJ, gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with one of the coolest farms in the Garden State…” ~ Samantha [read more]

Sample Menus from Past Harvest, Cook & Dine Events at Donaldson Farms

Sides: Mixed Green Salad, Cantaloupe and Lime Salad
Main: Pork Loin, Chorizo with Zucchini
Dessert: Caramel Chocolate Stack

Sides: Mixed Greens
Main: Sirloin, Potatoes & Broccoli
Dessert: Chocolate Ganache cake with Trio of Mousse & Textures

Past Event Photos