Just a few weeks ago, we gathered at a charming farmhouse in Bluemont, Virginia for our Spring A Daily Gathering event: The Art of Cooking with Flowers Workshop & Spring Supper. La Montagne at Bluemont welcomed us with overarching centuries old trees, a spacious kitchen in which to prepare dinner, rolling hills of green grass; the perfect canvas for our dinner and workshop. I am so blessed to have such giving friends who helped to pull off this celebration of spring.
Christine and Anca, the sisters-in-law behind Huckle & Goose, created our menu and then prepared our feast. They put so much care and attention into the seasonal & locally sourced dinner which included Flower Petal Summer Rolls, Kale Microgreen Salad with Mustard & Arugula Flowers, Roasted Heritage Port Loin, Butter-Braised Tri-Color Potatoes, and Charred Asparagus. And for dessert, we all salivated over their Rustic Rhubarb Polenta Cake (it was gluten free) with Rose Geranium Mascarpone.
Hometown Harvest provided all the produce for our meal. They’re a Frederick, MD-based home delivery service of fresh, local, organic farm market foods to MD, DC, and VA. The micro greens, potatoes, and asparagus were so, so tasty! Thanks so much for your support, Tony & Co!
Morgan from Petals and Hedges not only introduced me to La Montagne at Bluemont, she provided all the flowers and greens for our dinner and arranged them perfectly. Morgan has a gorgeous little studio in Leesburg, VA, and she grows most of what she uses! Those tree peonies were out of this world gorgeous & she sourced everything from her own gardens, so our flowers were local, fresh, and just screamed spring!
Melinda from Knead & Know baked us fresh baguettes (and delivered them warm). Melinda teaches artisan bread making classes from her charming home studio in Leesburg, VA, and I just LOVE her mission of making baking bread accessible. She and I are about to announce something FUN for the late fall!
Leaf & Ardor Tea Co sent bags of their Chamomile Bliss and Ruby Rose Hips floral tea blends for everyone to take home. And Christine & Anca made the tastiest cocktail, Chamomile Bourbon Bee, with the chamomile bliss tea…it was perfect…some citrus, the syrupy floral tea, and some barrel-aged spirit. It was goooood. And Celina Mancurti (who partnered with me on my very first Kinfolk Workshop, too) sent over aprons and tea towels for a few lucky guests to take home. I really love Celina’s work and am so happy to help spread the word about her hand screen printed linens.
Of course, I could not have pulled this workshop off without Erin Simpson Lozier, our workshop instructor. I had been tossing around the idea of a cooking with flowers workshop, but it wasn’t until Erin approached me about it that we actually began planning! Erin is a blogger, a recipe developer, and writer, and I just love her & her work! She’s hosting another cooking with flowers workshop at West Elm in Charlotte, NC later this month, so check that out!
And a huge thanks to Lauren & Rachel at Sweet Root Village for these gorgeous photographs (can’t wait to work with them again later this month at our upcoming DC Kinfolk Dinner). These ladies have been such great friends over the past 2+ years! They’re a constant sounding board for my harebrained ideas and we’ve had many 3-way phone calls where I try to glean all the business advice I can from this powerhouse team! Thanks for your support and friendship! Couldn’t do what I do without your encouragement!
We have a DC Kinfolk Dinner later this month, and I’m working on the A Daily Gathering schedule for the rest of the year! Sign up for the mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming events. Cannot wait to gather around the table & learn with you!
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