Dinner on the farm with Chef Renee Erickson!

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Chef Jay Guerrero of The Boat Street Cafe, peeks outs from cleaning beans! The whole Renee Erickson staff came to the farm this past Memorial Day weekend for their staff retreat. They helped us clean A LOT of beans!

Well we’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while so pretty excited to announce this exciting farm to table dinner with award-winning Seattle Chef Renee Erickson!
Coming up this Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. we will be hosting here, on the farm, an amazing local foods “culinary feast” with Renee and her staff. Renee and her talented crew, have been a big part of my farm for the last 5 years. And in fact, my success today can be directly linked to the support of her multiple nationally-acclaimed and awarded restaurants – the Walrus and Carpenter, The Boat Street Cafe, The Whale Wins, the Barnacle Bar. So to say I’m excited to have our first “farm to fork” dinner with Renee and her crew is, to put is simply, wildly understated!!!!

This event is a fund-raiser for the awesome Friends of Ebey’s group, which is the fundraiser arm of the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. And uses their funds to directly help programs and historic property land-owners here in the reserve – like myself when they gave us a big chunk of grant money to help us replace the roof and our barn doors on our historic barn!  Thanks Friends of Ebey!  We literally couldn’t have done it without you!  And since Willowood Farm (aka the “Smith Ranch”), has often been considered the “heart of the reserve” we think it is a great fit.

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This will be your dining backdrop in our barn! Gourmet garlic hanging to cure. Beautiful and aromatic!

The evening should feature everything that is amazing about visiting our beautiful farm firsthand, and dining on the products of the farm (and other local reserve and Whidbey Island farmers).  We’ll greet you with drinks and “standing appetizers.”  You’ll have plenty of time for a casual walking tour of the farm, with my farm staff available to answer questions, you’ll here a little bit about my farm and about the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve (the only reserve of it’s kind in the United States!) and….you’ll get to dine in our amazing, historic HUGE barn surrounding by about 40,000 garlic bulbs.

The menu is fluid, and will feature the best of what’s fresh and available from fields, but Renee has already been playing with a preliminary menu and it sounds amazing.  Willowood Farm potatoes in pork fat with muscatel vinegar and chives?  Rockwell bean and cold Penn Cove mussels salad with agretti, heirloom tomatoes and yogurt?  Willowood Farm chioggia beet borani with Little Brown Farm goat cheese and homemade seed crackers?  Three Sisters Flank Steak grilled with Willowood Farm roasted garlic, thyme, grilled onions and peaches?  Sign me up I’m starving!

There are only 100 tickets available to this incredible, one of a kind event, and they are already half gone, so don’t delay, sign up now. Tickets are $200 and all proceeds go directly to the Friends of Ebey.  Oh and have I mentioned Renee has generously donated her time? And many of the producers (including myself), are donating the food?  That’s how much the Reserve means to us!  So don’t delay….sign up now for tickets at http://friendsofebeys.org/happenings/

We can’t wait to see you there!

Farmer Georgie, Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie

The Farm….That’s right, you’ll get to dine here!

 

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