Are you a farm or a restaurant?
We are both. While we strive to create an elegant food experience, eating at the farm will bring you closer to nature than dining at most restaurants. The eating experience can best be described as patio-style dining under the cover of our 100-year old renovated barn. The barn is warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than a climate-controlled building, so we recommend dressing for the season. You can also expect a short walk up our gravel driveway from the parking area to the barn, and having to leave the barn to visit our bathrooms (modern, be assured) located across the courtyard. Guests are also encouraged to tour the gardens, orchards, and vineyards surrounding the barn during aperitifs and between courses. High heels are not recommended!
How do I make reservations?
You can buy seats to farm dinners using our online reservation page. For notification of upcoming dinner dates, please join our mailing list below.
Reservations are non-refundable. If for some reason you are unable to make it to your reserved dinner, you can transfer your seat to another individual as long as we are notified via email of the transfer. We require the names and email addresses of all transferred reservations. If we are forced to cancel a dinner due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, you will be issued a refund for your reservation.
How do I get to the farm and when should I arrive?
After making your reservation, you will receive an email confirming your purchase. You will receive an email with directions to the farm and other pertinent details a few days before your reservation. Do not follow the directions provided by Google maps or your navigation system – you will end up in the wrong place! Follow the directions provided in the email. Hors d’oeuvres and aperitifs start being served at 6:30 on Friday nights and 6:00 on Saturday evenings.
A FEW DETAILS ABOUT OUR ROAD: Please proceed with caution on the road. It is a narrow, one-way gravel road with some potholes. If you should happen to meet an oncoming car on the road, there are areas wide enough to pass carefully. If you are getting dropped off by a personal driver, it is VERY IMPORTANT that the driver not leave as incoming guests are still arriving. Drivers must wait until all of our guests have arrived to avoid safety issues associated with driving against incoming traffic. Drivers might have to wait up to 45 minutes before leaving the farm. Personal drivers must come back to the farm before 9 to avoid outgoing traffic. Dinner is usually over between 9 and 9:30. Drivers are of course welcome to stay in our parking area during the full length of the dinner. We ask that you discuss these issues with your driver.
Our preferred shuttle providers are JED and BEST. The largest size vehicles that our road can accommodate are 12-passenger vans, 12-passenger shuttles, and 12-to-14-passenger sprinter vans. Larger vehicles such as stretch limos and buses are PROHIBITED. Uber and taxis are also prohibited.
Because of the complexity of our road, we have partnered with DShofer to provide a discounted rate for their driver service. DShofer drives you home in your own car. You can download their App at dshofer.com or call their Concierge service at (855) 726-6848. Be sure to use promo code Claverach2017 to get your discounted Shofer. Advanced reservations are recommended.
What do I do when I get there?
Park your vehicle in our parking area. Walk up our gravel driveway to the barn entrance where you will be checked in by the hostess and escorted to your seat.
Do you sell wine and beer at the farm?
Can I bring my own wine?
Please note that our BYO policy has changed. Our corkage fee is now $25. We have a wonderful, diverse wine list designed to complement the meal that will be sure to meet your needs, but understand that sometimes you might like to bring in a special bottle of wine. We also offer a limited selection of seasonal beers and cocktails. THERE IS TO BE NO OUTSIDE BEER OR SPIRITS BROUGHT TO THE FARM!
What if I have dietary restrictions?
We can accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets if given at least one week’s notice via email prior to the reservation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the dining experience like?
At farm dinners, you will be seated with other guests at long, communal tables and served family-style. Meals are generally four courses plus hors d’oeuvres. Dining at Claverach is a slow-food experience, with space between each course to allow for conversation between guests and enjoyment of each individual dish. Most dinners end between 9 and 9:30.
Who are the chefs for the dinners?
Sam Hilmer and Joanna Duley, co-managers of the farm, are the chefs. Sam has been farming here and cooking out of the fields since 1997. He started working his family land after graduating from Webster University with a degree in anthropology. Joanna graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in fine arts in 1990. She then worked in professional kitchens in St. Louis for fifteen years including Pandora Bakery, King Louie's, and Something Elegant Catering. She was also an avid gardener and worked at Bellews Creek Farm before joining Claverach Farm in 2004. For as long as Sam and Joanna have been working together, they have had the vision of putting farm food on people's plates.
Do I need to leave a tip?
Gratuity is not expected but you are welcome to leave a cash tip at the end of the evening.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes. You may purchase gift certificates to farm dinners using our reservations page. Please note that gift cards and dinners reserved via gift cards are non-refundable.
Do you host private parties?
Yes, we can host private events up to 90 people. Please visit our Private Events page and email Joanna at email@example.com for more information.
Do you host weddings?
Not at this time.
What is your contact information?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 636-938-7353. Please note that we do not take reservations over the phone.