Rivendale Farms Kicks off TasteBuds with a Trip to the Farm

By: Amanda Narcisi

This November, Best Buddies of Pittsburgh will host their annual chef and Buddies tasting night, TasteBuds. Ahead of that event, Rivendale Farms Executive Chef, Daniele Brenci, invited the “Sous Chefs” and Chefs to the farm to learn about where food originates.

TasteBuds and Best Buddies

Best Buddies of Pittsburgh, the local chapter, is a non-profit dedicated to a volunteer movement for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (according to Best Buddies of PA site) This action happens through events, jobs, and Friendship programs. 

TasteBuds is a local event where chefs and friends create unique dishes for attendees. This year, TasteBuds will is to be held on Monday, November 18th, from 7-10 PM at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Rivendale Farms and Best Buddies

Rivendale Farms Executive Chef, Daniele Brenci hosted 14 friends ahead of the events at Rivendale Farms on October 5th. 

Christine Grady, General Manager of Rivendale Farms, kicked off the visit with a farm overview. After, Chef Brenci gave a full tour of the farm, beginning with the cows that make Rivendale Farms Ice Cream. Next, a tour of the greenhouse where everyone got to taste Ginger leaves, touch, and smell Rosemary and taste ground cherries. 


Christine Grady, General Manager of Rivendale Farms, said, “we are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Best Buddies and host the Buddy Sous Chefs at the farm today. We hope that seeing and experiencing a working farm, in person, will add another dimension to the TasteBuds event and underline the importance of local, fresh food. Following the journey from planting, harvesting, and taking care our land and, in turn, the environment, through to seeing local produce prepared with their Chef partners at the TasteBuds event, will make the plates they produce even more meaningful.”


Get Involved

For more information on Best Buddies and TasteBuds, visit https://www.bestbuddies.org. For more information on Rivendale Farms, visit https://rivendalefarms.com.