A mid-September evening, cocktails made with local spirits, seasonal fruit “shrugs” and fresh herbs, served under 100-year old willows; hors d’oeuvres with local fresh ingredients; a tour of a burgeoning Bellevue farm; and the piece de résistance – a four-course, wine-paired family-style dinner at a long, white-clothed table in the field with farmers as the honored guests.
This is an “elevated” experience in myriad ways, grounded – literally and metaphorically – in the earth that produced the food on the table. Elevated by accomplished chefs who, at the last seasonal minute, create extraordinary tastes with whatever is fresh and available. And by adorning a working farm with white linens, community guests and farmers alike are treated to a truly unique fine-dining experience –all above 5,000 feet.
The Elevated Table on Friday, September 15, at Kraay’s Market & Garden is a celebration of the autumn harvest and the farmers who provide it. The $200-per-plate cost will raise critical funds for Local Food Alliance’s operating expenses and initiatives, and simultaneously implement mission-critical strategies: demonstration of the unparalleled taste of fresh, seasonal, local food; in-person connections between community members and those who produce their food; and the opportunity to see food production in action through farm tours. No auction or ask – just enjoyment and a little education.
This inaugural farm dinner was intentionally placed on the eve of our third annual Wood River Valley HarvestFest to provide an additional opportunity to honor our small family farmers and their extraordinary offerings during the height of the harvest season. We owe our farmers a debt of gratitude for their backbreaking work that provides us with good fresh food and well-tended land.
Photo credit: Waterwheel Gardens