Monday, October 4, 2010

Field of Greens

Shame on me. I hadn't paid much attention to the press for Field of Greens, held this past Sunday at Whippoorwill Hollow Farm. Then I happened to catch a tweet by Deborah Geering, food blogger for Atlanta magazine, and I managed to win tickets. Turns out this event was awesome and well worth the $15 in advance/$20 at the gate others had to pay for tickets. For those with families, this was one of the most kid friendly food events I've seen, too. Sunshine, King of Pops, and farm animals...what more could a kid ask for?

Compared to the often rather pricey fees for tasting events, this one was a bargain - especially on such a glorious fall day. These days I'm pretty snobby about food events, but this one had some of Atlanta heavy hitters, including Linton Hopkins, a rare site at such events.

Hopkins team from Restaurant Eugene was serving up one of the more intriguing dishes of the day - sorghum cake with ice cream and bacon peanut brittle. I always love a good excuse to baconize my dessert! We also enjoyed watching Chef Hopkins' friend chicken demo. Oh how I longed to try his fried chicken. Given the amount of pork, lard, and butter he threw into the oil before frying up the local Spring Farm chicken, I can only imagine that it would be epic.

My personal favorite dish of the day came courtesy of my friends at The Shed at Glenwood. Chef Lance Gummere was dishing up crispy, remarkably light pork schnitzel sandwiches topped with a dollop of wonderful local pear puree. Definitely a dish I hope to see at their Wednesday night slider nights!

Not content to just stuff our faces, we also wondered around the farm and checked out a variety of local vendors like Atlanta Fresh Artisan Creamery, and Pine Street Market. There are so many cool local food entrepreneurs these days. Makes a girl dream....

And oh yeah, as if that wasn't great enough, I got to milk a goat. Since I eat Redwood Farm Goat Milk Yogurt every morning, I now am fully in touch with at least one meal a day!



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