Okay, I realize that technically the Garden2Blog event thrown by P. Allen Smith at Moss Mountain Farm each spring focuses on gardening not food, but c'mon, as a foodie, I would be remiss were I not to share some of the wonderful meals we ate while we were there learning about innovative new garden products and meeting some of the most talented gardener bloggers on earth. And besides, food comes from gardens, right?
Some of the meals were served informally in the shade under the boughs of the giant oak tree in front of the house...
Other meals were more formal 'sit down' dinners in the gorgeous 'barn' complete with chandeliers and original artwork by our host himself.
But no matter where we ate, the food was fresh, expertly prepared, beautifully presented and utterly delicious.
It was pretty exciting to feast on this delicious breakfast one morning - complete with scrambled eggs from P. Allen Smith's chickens!
Another day, after a lunch consisting of a turkey sandwich with avocado, maplewood smoked bacon, sprouts and chevre cheese with a side of basil aioli, and fresh kale salad with candied pecans and fresh strawberries drizzled with a grapefruit vinaigrette, this lemon Italian creme cake was served for dessert. And yes, it did taste as good as it looks!
Another favorite dessert. Perfect on a hot, humid day after a morning of sponsor workshops.
But lest you think it was all about the scrumptious desserts, here are some photos of my favorite offering - a variety of appetizers accompanied by a tangy strawberry lemonade spiked with tequila and habanero-infused vodka.
So there you have a peek at some of the delicious dining we did at Garden2Blog. To cap off the event, we enjoyed some very nice wine the last evening in the Rose Gardens. Cheers!
Before I sign off however, I also need to mention the Capitol Hotel breakfast that I enjoyed the last morning before heading to the airport to return home. It was a true Southern breakfast and featured homemade sausage patties and buttermilk biscuits that were to die for.
The food certainly wasn't my compelling reason to be so excited to attend Garden2Blog, but it sure added to the event in such a positive way! It was wonderful to partake in the bounty both from Moss Mountain Farm and other local farms. I hope you enjoyed my photos - and I hope you didn't drool too badly on your computer screen!
Meals sponsored by Le Creuset and US Foods. Produce grown at Moss Mountain Farm or sourced locally in the Little Rock area, eggs courtesy of the chickens of Chickenville and other meats locally sourced.
Disclosure: Hortus, Ltd. and various G2B14 sponsors provided airfare, accommodations, meals and promotional products for this event and for my review. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
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