Ranch to Table dinner served al fresco.
Castle Rock Ranch Summer Camp, nestled along the Coeur d’Alene River, provided the picturesque setting for the second annual Farm to Table Dinner benefiting the Inland Northwest Food Network. The mission of this thoughtful organization is to connect people, place, food and farms through education and outreach. This was demonstrated in a way you can taste with a passionate meal that was appreciated by all. For some it was a gentle reminder of how glorious food is suppose to taste. Most components to this remarkable meal can be found at area farmers markets in North Idaho and nearby Liberty Lake, WA. by the participating vendors.
Teri McKenzie, the founder and executive director of the Inland Northwest Food Network, is passionate about promoting and supporting local farmers and growers. This dinner put a tasteful spotlight on the plentiful bounty the region provides.
Upon arrival, the almost 50 guests received award winning wine from Idaho’s own Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Winemakers, Karl and Coco Umiker were shared two whites and two reds from their vast lineup. This is a vine to wine labor of love for the husband and wife team. Owning the vineyard helps them maintain the high quality of the finished product. Appetizers were also offered during arrival giving a glimpse of the fantastic food flavors to follow.
Prior to dinner, guests enjoyed a guided on a tour of the ranch learning about the holistic methods employed by the ranch and how they result in superior tasting food. Jordan Shay toured half the guests through the berry patches, gardens and barns while Albert Walsh showed guests how to move cattle to a new pasture. Their daughter Eliza Shay Walsh ate berries though out the tour as sampling was encouraged. It was an educational time to learn about these passionate farmers who eat what they grow. The Shay Walsh Family spend summers in Kingston and winters in New Orleans.
Music was provided by the talented Myles Mancuso, a professional musician from New York who is volunteering/wwoofing this summer with Emily Smith at Kelly Creek Farm. WWOOF is an international organization where hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunity to learn about organic lifestyles. Volunteers give hands on help in return.
Castle Rock in partnership with Kelly Creek Farm produces and sells meat raised at the ranch: grass-fed and grass-finished beef. This was one of the many highlights of the evening’s meal. Accompanying the beef was organically grown vegetable dishes, fresh baked bread and a seasonal dessert guaranteed to sweeten your palette – all in a majestic valley surrounded by the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. Farmer Brown’s fresh-baked bread and artisan cheese from Kelly Creek Farm accompanied each course from the appetizer to condiments and finishing with a parfait dessert. The colorful floral centerpieces were provided by BeeHaven Flower Farm. Truly a beautiful meal in a spectacular setting.
Inland Northwest Food Network is committed to supporting local farmers that use sustainable methods, ensuring the best tasting and highest quality foods around. This memorable evening of great food, good company, and beautiful scenery is a must attend event.
In addition, to the above mentioned collaborators, Killarney Farm, Ellen Larsen, Paulette’s Farmette, Deerfield Farms and volunteers all contributed to make this dinner unforgettable.