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Summer 2024 farm-to-table feasts with inspiring local food leaders near McKinney

Van Alstyne, Texas
  • Event date:
    June 16, 2024 at 5:00 PM
  • Event end:
    August 11, 2024 at 8:00 PM
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Join local food leaders at the farm table this summer: dine on incredible farm-to-table feasts and engage in discussion to inspire meals across the metroplex.

At Sister Grove Farm’s Summer Dinner Series, guests will enjoy delicious local cuisine, set in a beautiful, air-conditioned event space in Van Alstyne. Each meal will be locally sourced and purposely intended to highlight the local food system in north Texas.

Joining influential leaders and bright young minds passionate about local food, you will be part of powerful conversations to inspire change. The series will give you firsthand knowledge about how food is grown and shared in North Texas, straight from the farmers and businesses and nonprofit leaders who produce the food on your plate. You’ll learn about the role you play as part of the food system, and how local food production impacts people and planet in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond.

Dinners will be casual and participants are welcome to bring any beverages their choice or any dishes of their own to add to the table. You are also welcome to just bring an appetite, and there will be a full plate ready for you.

Reserve your seat today to be part of this culinary journey. Proceeds support local farms and nonprofits building a more resilient and sustainable food system.

This 3-part dinner series can be purchased as a package for $150/person or individually for $50/person. Seats are limited to 40 people. 

TO BOOK: Select the total number of Tickets. Then under “Products & Services” select the specific ticket types. Confirm that the total matches your expectations, and submit. You will pay immediately to confirm your reservation. For any booking questions, reach out by chat or email If unable to attend all three dinners of your discounted package, you can give or sell your unused tickets, or we can assist with offering to a local farmer with advance notice. Please note any dietary restrictions upon booking.

These dinners require extensive preparations and tickets are nonrefundable.


“What is Regenerative?”

Thomas Locke, Bois d’Arc Meat Company

Sunday June 16, 5-8 pm


Thomas Locke of Bois d’Arc Meat Company will kick off the dinner series with “What is Regenerative?” Locke is featured in the Netflix food documentary “You Are What You Eat” and is a farmer north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The documentary ended up focusing on a Stanford study with identical twins eating a vegan or omnivore diet, with a discussion about the ills of industrial meat production mixed in.

While Locke has expressed mixed feelings about the final cut of the documentary, he was happy to be able to share some of his perspective and has been a regular voice for North Texas food other media as well, including commentary in the Dallas Morning News and a profile in the Dallas Observer.

Thomas says, “The reality is that what we eat is far less important than how that food was grown or raised. There are no black and white answers to a sustainable food system. Only by respecting the diversity found in nature, and all of its unknowable complexity will we ever build something sustainable. As nature is diverse, so are people, and our food system should reflect that while producing food in a fashion that supports ecosystems, not destroys them. That includes raising grazing animals on grasslands, and growing food in a way that does not destroy every living creature on a piece of land to support monocultures.”

In this dinner he’ll share his journey with local food and invite participants to engage with thoughts and perspectives, as well.

The menu will be brisket, chipotle monterey sausage, turkey, charro beans, and cole slaw from Heritage Butchery and Barbecue in Denison.

Heritage is an artisan butcher shop, Texas BBQ restaurant, and local foods market. They feature grass-fed, hormone & pesticide free, flavorful and fresh meats form sustainable, family owned-ranches. They also use seasonable vegetables and artisan dairy.

You can read more about Heritage values, traditions, and culture at


“What is Local?”

Tucker Nickols, McKinney Roots, and Elizabeth Nickols, Wells Group

Sunday July 14, 5-8 pm

Tucker Nickols and Elizabeth Nickols will lead discussion at the second dinner, “What is Local?” Tucker is the farm manager at McKinney Roots and Elizabeth is Executive Assistant at Wells Group.

McKinney Roots is a food donation farm in McKinney, with a mission to supply fresh produce to the food insecure by growing and distributing it to local nonprofits, churches, and schools. Their goal is to alleviate hunger with healthful, nutrient-dense food. Tucker will share what that looks like day to day, and lead discussion on the successes and challenges of getting fresh food to more empty plates.

Wells Group is a McKinney company that includes a variety of food, education, and hospitality brands and is dedicated to building community in the local area. Elizabeth will discuss how the company engages with local agriculture to build a more sustainable food system.


“What Can I Do?”

Susie Marshall, GROW North Texas

Sunday August 11, 5-8 pm

Susie Marshall, founder and Executive Director of GROW North Texas, will conclude the series with “What Can I Do?” a dinner focused on making the theoretical practical.

GROW North Texas is a nonprofit dedicate to providing nutritionally adequate, affordable, and culturally appropriate food for all. They work toward a local food system that allows for wide participation by farms, ranches, food artisans, and retailers creates a sustainable system that can improve local economies and better provide for the food needs of communities.

Discussion at this dinner will focus on what steps participants can take to help build a a thriving local food community that benefits all.


About Sister Grove Farm

Sister Grove Farm sits 20 minutes north of McKinney and offers visitors a chance to catch their breath and restore inner peace as they reconnect with a more agrarian lifestyle and legends of the past. Farmers Sarah and Rodney Maciases care for the land through regenerative farming practices and holistic planned raising.

“If you get to know your place, it will get to know you,” says the Rev. Sarah Macias, owner of this 149-acre farm nestled along the east prong of sister Grove Creek in the Lavon watershed of the Trinity River basin. Sarah and Rodney have been digging into local history since they moved to it in 2016, building a sense of place and community at the farm.

Sarah and her three sisters grew up on a farm in north Texas. Their father’s passion was soil and water conservation. Their mother was a recognized and respected local historian. From these beginnings, Sarah went to Austin where she worked for 25 years in parks and natural resource management. Rodney Macias studied agricultural production and is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Licensed Permaculturist and an amateur astronomer. They are both experts in connecting with the land, and their greatest joy is in helping others connect, with it, too. The Maciases partner with local chefs another local farms to host exquisite farm-to-table dinners, as well as lower-key community potlucks to gather around the farm table.

The farm also features an exquisite Sister Grove Farm and Retreat Center, with and agrarian focus and accommodations for families, churches, community groups, and individuals. The original farmhouse on the property has been remodeled to create an incredible tribute to Texas rural history.

Interested in learning more about Sister Grove Farm? Try a farm tour: Learn local history, regenerative farming in Van Alstyne.


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Sister Grove Farm is committed to building community: where strangers become neighbors and neighbors become friends. Where this happens is at the table. And with locally sourced food, the transformation reaches beyond just the people at the table.

The farm is 149 acres of rolling blackland prairie just 45 miles north of Dallas. Nestled along the east prong of Sister Grove Creek on the ancestral lands of the Wichita people, this patch of earth is now cared for by Rodney and Sarah Macias as a regenerative farm and small retreat center.

The land was once owned by Collin McKinney, oldest signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and an 1859 farmhouse (restored as one of our accommodations) was home to his son and daughter in law, Younger Scott McKinney and Sarah Janes McKinney. The farmhouse can accommodate up to 9 people but is also perfect for a solo or couple’s get-away.

The farm also features two communally designed guesthouses and an indoor group-use space with a commercial kitchen and everything needed for meetings and dining.

Using holistic grazing and regenerative approaches to agriculture, Sister Grove Farm raises grass-fed cattle and sheep along with heritage breed chickens. Joining the farm in these tasks are two livestock guardian dogs and one barn cat.

At Sister Grove, the farm's mission is to “grow and raise a diversity of plant and animal species for food and beauty in such a manner that the land is healed along with all who visit and live here.”