Posts Tagged ‘farm dinner’

Virginia Farmland Solstice Supper

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Saturday morning I awoke thinking it must still be night given how little light was coming in through the blinds. No, just yet another rainy morning. My heart sank fearing that our “fork to farm” summer solstice dinner, to be cooked by Vermilion‘s Chef Tony Chittum in the fields of our CSA farm, Potomac Vegetable Farm in Purcellville, would be canceled. Fast forward eight hours — after a damp trip to the farmers market where the farmers were practically giving food away in “rainy day sales” for the dedicated few who braved the storms — and here is the vista that awaited as we strolled from the reception at neighboring Moutoux Orchard to the dinner site.

walking to potomac vegetable farm

We began the evening sipping peach-infused sparkling voignier in the peach orchards, before moving on to a surprisingly intimate feast for 100+ fellow diners, ingredients provided by six Virginia farms and Horton Vineyards, and prepared by Chef Chittum and his crew over a grill and makeshift kitchen in the middle of the field.

virginia farmland solstice supper

The additional farms — Greenstone Fields, Tree and Leaf Farm, Wheatland Vegetable Farms, and New Frontier Bison. An appetizer paired sweet beets with Alberene Ash goat cheese; the salad featured “this morning’s deviled eggs”; heirloom beets accompanied sweet Virginia ham-wrapped scallops and magnificent crab cakes; a mixed grill of beef, rabbit terrine and bison was served family-style with a sheep’s milk yogurt dressed potato salad; and luscious Caromont Farm chevre cheesecake, spiced with strawberry black pepper preserves, and Virginia peanut cookies swept us away at the conclusion of the meal, while fireflies punctuated the fields and the sun settled behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. A truly magical evening!

(full photoset here)

Celebrate Virginia’s Bounty

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

You know we love our local farms. And you know we love to visit them as often as we can. Now, we have not one but two Summer Solstice dinner parties providing an evening savoring the best of Virginia’s fields and vine under the stars. Preparing the dual feasts are Alexandria’s (the mid-Atlantic’s, really) best chefs, Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Anthony Chittum of Vermilion. Armstrong will be cooking at “Gourmet Rappahannock,” coordinated by my friend Sylvie of the Rapphannock Cook, and located at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville. Chittum took part in the area’s first “Outstanding in the Field” last year, a traveling road show so to speak of festive dinners on the farm. He is on board for one of the organization’s three Virginia dinners this September, but fans won’t have to wait till then to experience the magic as he will be preparing a Summer Solstice Supper at our CSA farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms in Purcellville. Both dinners take place on Saturday, June 20th, so you’ll have to choose one of the two. Read on for details and reservation information.

Summer Solstice Supper with Chef Anthony Chittum:

Guests are invited to meet and mingle with the folks who farm this very land, including Ellen Polishuk of Potomac Vegetable Farms, Chip and Susan Planck of Wheatland Farms, Rob Moutoux Jr. of Moutoux Orchard, Barbara Lamborne of Greenstone Fields and Georgia O’ Neal and Zach Lester of Tree and Leaf Farm. A relaxed reception in the peach trees with music, horseshoes and hayrides will precede an unforgettable evening of exceptional food and wine outdoors on the farm.

Details: Tickets are $160 per person plus tax. Rain date scheduled for Saturday, June 27. Please visit vermilionrestaurant.com, call 703.447.1757 or e-mail cparker@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com for reservations and more information.

Gourmet Rappahannock with Chef Cathal Armstrong:

gourmet rappahannock

Lastly, you can meet Virginia’s godfather of sustainable farming Joel Salatin next Tuesday, May 26, at the DC premier of the documentary FRESH at the Avalon. There is a pre-film reception and star-studded panel following the screening. Hope to see you there!

Panel to follow screening:
Renee Catacalos (Moderator),Editor in Chief of Edible Chesapeake
Nora Pouillon, Chef, Nora Restaurant
Kathy Ozer, Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition
Bernadine (Bernie) Prince, Founder, Co-Director and Treasurer/Secretary of the FRESHFARM Markets
Joel Salatin, Founder, Polyface Farms
Will Allen, Founder, Growing Power
Ana Joanes, Director & Producer of FRESH