autumnal feast: lake forest farms | part two

Here are some more images of the beautiful dinner put on by Lake Forest Farm. Still reeling from the beauty of the evening, and the delicious treats that were served by Chef Joey Dawkins of Wodafood.

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Q: While we were talking, you mentioned that this was the first Farm to Table dinner you have been a part of. As a chef, what does it mean to you have this kind of “fresh + local” movement in our area?

JD: Right now local is coming on strong in many cities across America. People are tired of being fed food that is shipped across the nation just to save a penny. They’re quickly realizing that the same produce in the store is actually being grown down the street from them. Educating people about this fact and showing them where to find it is priceless. People actually being able to eat the food from the farm they just took a tour of helps connect them with the land and the farm who grew. It means the world to me to be able to be the chef that helped bring it all together.

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Q: What was the reasoning behind the dishes you chose to showcase for the dinner?

JD: I chose classical French cuisine because everything was being served with French wine. I was also classically trained in French culinary as well.  I think the main reason though was because French cuisine was made to warm the bones in the fall and winter.

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Q: What is your absolute favorite fall dish to make?

JD: I would say my all time favorite fall dish would actually be a very simple one. Tomato basil soup with heavy cream and a three cheese grilled cheese. I make it every year for my family when the leaves begin to change. It’s actually a tradition in our family now.

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 You can learn more about Chef Joey Dawkins and Wodafood here.

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autumnal feast: lake forest farm | part one

There are few things I love more than good food and wine coupled with good conversation. This past Saturday I was fortunate enough to be a part of the fall edition of Lake Forest Farm’s local + organically sourced dinner. Hours upon hours of careful planning and coordination went into this evening; which you’d never be able to tell upon seeing the smiling faces of all the contributors. The ‘fresh and local’ mindset is slowly but surely coming to DFW with community-focused farms popping up all over the map. It’s a great time to be living in NDFW, folks.

Hosting Farm: Lake Forest Farm

Chef: Joey Dawkins

Contributing Farms (Produce):  Sky View Farm, Sunny Side Up Farms & Stonebranch MicroFarm

Contributing Farm (Beef): Truth Hill Farm

Bread: Village Baking Co. 

Wine: La Cave Warehouse

Music: Wesley + Cristina Ballard

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I’m so thankful for these new friendships and the amazing opportunity to work alongside them.

Here’s to many, many more.

thailand: a reluctant love

I’m so fortunate to be able to travel from time to time for my day job. Each year, the company I work for holds a convention as a pep rally (as J calls it) of sorts for our members. It’s lovely to see our staff from every country come together during a time of celebration and enjoy one another’s company. We we very thankful to be able to extend our stay a couple of extra days to allow for some time to visit a couple of places I’d been daydreaming of. We gathered our group of 5 into two tuk-tuk’s  and headed into the city of squalor.

I’m going to be honest. Bangkok is not the most pleasant place. I adore it, but reluctantly so. The driving is terrifying. Mopeds weave aggressively and almost carelessly through traffic and cars being driven seem to have a life of their own. The humidity and heat leave your clothing soaked, and if you’re lucky enough to catch a gentle breeze the famous Eau de Bangkok scent will catch your olfactory glands and render you nauseous. The air is filled with a horrible mixture of waste, rotting fruit, body odor, and regret. But once you get past that, there’s a lot to enjoy.

 

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I’ve had to learn to make the most of my free time while traveling for work, so this time I created a list of experiences I’d like to have, and it truly was one of the times that my weird control-y neurosis has paid off.

1. visit the golden buddha

2. ride in a tuk-tuk

3. get a fish massage

4. go to the Jim Thompson house and fawn over the gorgeous silk

5. shop till we drop

We nailed that list. Next year, J and I will spend more time in SE Asia, hopefully some time in Phuket or Pattaya near the beach for a much desired solo trip. His charming and easy going nature makes me want to take a million more trips with that silly, bearded man.

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Ahhhhh, we’re back in the States! I’m currently battling a bout of the flu and the Lake Forest Farm autumn farm to table dinner is just a few short days away! There’s a lot to catch up on and prepare for now that we’re back, but I couldn’t wait to share a few of the mobile photos I was able to snap during our down time. All of these images were processed with vsco

 

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I’m excited to share more with you all!