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Monday, August 18, 2014
Page County Grown Farm-to-Table Dinner - 2014
It’s become one of our favorite events in Page County – the Page
County Grown Farm Dinner at the Mimslyn, which they’ve been holding in August
every year since 2011. Although this
year’s event was not paired with the farm tour as it had been in the past (the
tour is now offered as part of the Page County Grown Century bicycling event in
October), there is still a good time to be had right in the middle of the
summer harvest season.
Lamb Sausage Ravioli
This year’s format was similar to the past ones, with
locally grown produce and entrees paired with wines from Wisteria (who,
coincidentally, is celebrating their 5th anniversary this
year). Mary and I were joined by Brendan
and Cathy, who have been coming out for the event the last few times as well,
and our table had two couples who heard about the dinner from the bed and
breakfasts they were staying at. No
doubt everybody had a good meal, but I think everybody had a great time as
Quite a few of the farmers were at the dinner, but this year
the ingredients each one provided weren’t credited. No matter, it was just as tasty as ever, with
plenty of interesting twists and takes on more traditional offerings. I forgot to snap a photo of the gazpacho
course before digging into it – trust me, it was great…our table voted the lamb
ravioli as their favorite, but there weren’t any complaints about anything on
Blackberry Cream Torte
During dinner, our friends David(Public House Produce) and Jared (Skyline Premium Meats) stopped by our
table to talk with the group. David
checked off some of his classic tall tales, mostly made up, about some intern
he once had on the farm. Jared shared
the story of Trio Farms and examples about where beef like his winds up on
tables in New York and D.C.
After dinner a bunch of us went down to the Speak Easy for
after dinner drinks and more fun socializing.
I’ll close with a link to the Page County Grown website, if anyone wants
to check out the organization: