Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring "Underground and Above the Ground" Dinner Menu at Trae's House

This dinner celebrates many things:

First- The coming of spring.

Second- The opening of two much awaited “businesses” in the Chattanooga area, Sequatchie Cove Creamery and Link 41 Sausage. 

Third- The wonderful artists/craftspeople in the area who trustingly donated their wares for use during this dinner. The glasses you drink from are made by Prentice Hicks and can be purchased, if you so desire, for $15 a cup and $25 a wine glass.   A few of the pieces of pottery (serving bowls, “tea” cups, plates, and small square-ish bowls ) are lovingly made by Danielle Fox and can be purchased for $65, $15, $35, and $20, respectively.    Also, the few gorgeous wooden spoons used are my own, but made by Jim Pfitzer, who I am lucky enough to have attend this dinner.  Please let me know if you would like more information on any artist.

Fourth- The hard work of my helpers, Candice, Mike and Ashley.  Without their organization, flower arranging, laughter, and dishwashing I surely can’t do nothin’.

Fifth- All of you, the eaters, who choose to make this community better and more alive everyday.

And Sixth, but totally not least-  The outrageously delicious work of the local farmers in the area : River Ridge Farm, Sequatchie Cove Farm, Crabtree Farm, William’s Island Farm, Riverview Farms, and Alexzanna Farm.  Without farmers we would be nowhere and food would be nothing. 

I look forward to seeing you all at the Main Street Farmers Market throughout the season!

Spring Celebration Dinner April 10th 2010

To Start

Sequatchie Cove Creamery Soft Cheese

Niedlov’s Baguette

Link 41 William’s Island Lamb Sausage

Spring Rolls with Alexzanna Farm Chickweed Pesto
And William’s Island Farm Kale and Sequatchie Cove Farm cilantro

The Feast

Crabtree Farm Shiitake and River Ridge Farm Chicken
With fresh ginger and turmeric direct from Dominica and Crabtree Farm lemongrass

Riverview Farm Grits
With last summer’s William’s Island tomatoes, my own yard’s oregano, and homemade mozzarella

Sequatchie Cove Farm Lettuce Salad
With Sequatchie Cove Farm scallions and wild-caught violet flowers

William’s Island Farm Kale and Collards
With Sequatchie Cove Farm shiitake and homemade black bean miso

To End

William’s Island Farm Duck Egg Custard
With Dominica nutmeg and sauce made with Dominica coco and hand-roasted Dominica coffee

Sequatchie Cove Creamery Cheeses

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