An all local seasonal menu to celebrate the summer solstice:
Rappahannock Cellars Seyval Blanc 2008
Gadino Cellars Pinot Grigio 2008
Blueberry Wasmund’s Rye Cocktail
Blueberries from Roy’s Orchard in Sperryville, VA
Rye from Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville VA
Smoked Rainbow Trout Salad with Heirloom Beets, Breakfast Radish and Horseradish Vinaigrette
Trout from the Shenandoah Valley Smoked at Restaurant Eve
Vegetables from Sunnyside, Washington, VA & Restaurant Eve
Paired with Gadino Cellars Viognier Reserve 2006
Roasted Loin of Lamb with Daube of Braised Shoulder, New Potatoes and Young Onions
Lamb from Mount Vernon Farm, Sperryville VA
Vegetables from various local farms
Paired with Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc 2007
Warm Bread Pudding with Sweet Cherries and Crème Anglaise
Cherries from The Farm at Sunnyside
Paired with Gadino Cellars Dolce Sofia 2008
Central Coffee Roaster
Served in the field and prepared by Chef Cathal Amstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA, with Rappahannock County wines selected by sommelier-mixologist Todd Thrasher for the Rappahannock Summer Solstice Farm Dinner. I can’t take credit for it, but as one of the organizers of the event, I am feeling entitled to sending it to One Local Summer 2009 organized by Farm to Philly, showing menus made using local ingredients (with a few exceptions like spices, oil, salt).
…and as I am still recouping from this event which really turned extraordinarily well and seem to have transported our 150 guests to a magical place, I will keep the post short. Pictures to follow in a few days (the one here was taken by photographer Ray Boc, of Sperryville VA, from the dinner site the week before as the sun was setting behind the Blue Ridge Mountains)
Update: Here are other blog entries on this event (obviously some people are better at this than I. Actually, I did not have the chance to take any pictures – what with the welcoming of guests, continued coordination, talking with guests, cleaning up etc – so I am waiting for pictures from some of the photographers who were there). Meanwhile take a look at the pictures of Allison Morgan:
– Allison Morgan – a professional photographer – attended the dinner and posted her take on it as well as some awesome photos that really capture the magic of the dinner. Take a look here – gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I did not know who Allison was, but thanks to a Google watch on the Summer Solstice Dinner, I was alerted to her post.
– John Hagarti on Wine (John represented Rappahannock Cellars): find his post here.
– and see Summer Solstice on Turkey Mountain – The Pictures from additional photographs