I recently had the delightful opportunity to cook a four course dinner for my friends and neighbors. Last year at the Whitelock Community Farm Annual FUNdraiser (which you can attend this year, coming up on November 8th!), they bid on and won a dinner for two at the farm.
I enjoyed planning the menu around produce available from the farm as well as making it fall inspired. And since I know Courtney and Jonathan, I knew which ingredients to avoid and which to embrace, for example, nuts are out, and cardamom is a sure thing.
Justin set up a little table and chairs in the middle of the farm. He picked flowers and placed the menus on the table. It was drizzling just a little, so he set up a tent. The whole effect was lovely: dusk, soft lighting, a verdant farm…and apparently passersby asking Courtney and Jonathan every so often what was going on at the farm. At least it was good promotion!
The final course went out, and I sat down to enjoy my meal. Courtney and Jonathan helped Justin carry the table, chairs and tent back, and they raved about the third course, “Restaurant quality!” and the other courses, “The salad was light, the soup was perfectly seasoned, and the crisp was delicious.” We all hugged and laughed and said goodnight. I look forward to cooking dinner for two at the farm again next year!