Oh what a night. If I could, every week I would host The Gather Series. This event has brought me so much joy in the first summer we've hosted it. The concept is really simple, get a bunch of people together who grow/cook/create amazing food. Pair that with 4 couples who are Northern Michigan residents and love to support our creative, collaborative, amazing place we call home. Add in a bunch of wine. Sprinkle in a beautiful tablescape, and top it all with bistro lights... let marinade for a few hours in our back field & you've got magic. :)
This week's event was another dream evening. With a full moon rising we started the evening with a delicious Mushroom Bruschetta from Midnight Harvest. Matt grows mushrooms (crazy business of science!) and his beautiful bride-to-be Heather is his designer/brand guru/better half.
We then were graced with a 'farm fresh' salad from Spirit of Walloon. Lettuces, herbs, fruits, veggies, you name it, picked that morning & combined with a fresh dressing made from more herbs & goodies they grow on their beautiful farm. It was, like a piece of art. (edible flowers on top!)
Chef Jonathan Dayton was next with a fresh chicken and goat cheese dish, paired with a roasted golden beets & fava bean medley, so simple and so fresh.
And lastly, Stephanie Wiitala handled dessert and created a to-die-for lavender shortbread, topped with a blueberry lemon thyme ice cream and a little drizzle of local honey. Oh my heart.
The night would not have been so special if it wasn't for the creative/styling genius of my friends from Serradella Vintage Rentals and Deer Creek Junk. These ladies didn't hold back, with an old tractor bar, antique ladders, seed bag chair covers & of course, enough wit and charm to make any space magical.
Flowers by some tall blonde with a loud voice and love of red wine. ;)
I'll let these images from Holden Photographs do the rest of the talking. But enjoy.
p.s. If you're still reading, we have seats at both August 23 and September 23 evenings. We would love to have you. Please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org to get the details. See you at the table friend.
p.p.s. LADIES- Save The Date for a November 19th event at the farm. It involves champagne, making a giant wreath for you to take home & enjoying an afternoon. Seats are limited. Details soon.