In addition to the writing game, I’m the resident marketing maven at a local farm-and-table spot called Farm 255. In addition to growing a good bit of our own food, we source veggies and animal products from other farms in the Athens, Ga., area. In April, we started a supper series to highlight a different farm each month. These are some fotos from that dinner, featuring the fabulous Woodland Gardens and farmer Celia Barss.
First course: radishes with nasturtium butter. I’ve never been a big radish person, but I’d read all over the place that radishes and butter was a real traditional rustic French dish. Now, you tack “rustic” on anything and I’ll try it. I maintain that peasant food is the best food. So I finally got around to trying this, and now I can’t stop buying radishes. Go figure.
Chef Whitney Otawka talks to the dinner guests.
Heirloom tomato salad with house made ricotta, spring onions and hush puppies.
Our first supper group was a little on the small side, but it more than doubled in size the following month, and now we’ve got dinners filling up about a month in advance. You can see why: the food is great, and it’s a rare opportunity to break bread with like-minded strangers and experience something new in our small town. Going to these things is one of my favorite parts of my job.
Chicken with ricotta and spinach gnocchi “dumplings,” snaps peas, baby carrots and a broth that’ll make you wanna smack your momma.