Farm to Table Dinners are big these days, at least they are here in Kentucky. We had the opportunity to attend our very first this past week at the Blue Grass Regional Marketplace and I cannot wait for the next one, which is July 19th.
This was their second annual Beef Dinner and proceeds from the dinner went to Lexington non-profit FoodChain. (watch for a future blog post where we go check out this amazing organization)
The menu for the evening was planned by the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association’s Katelyn Hawkins. (watch for another blog post where we go shopping for beef with Katelyn and make recommendations for amazing meals)
Dinner was prepared by DaRae & Friends Catering. You may also be familiar with their cooking if you’ve every eaten at Hayden’s Stockyard Eatery in the Blue Grass Regional Marketplace.
Special participation from Bluegrass Mercantile and RT Outfitters helped to round out the evening.
We began the evening at the Bluegrass Mercantile where we were served appetizers of Beef Bruschetta with Roasted Garlic Feta Spread, Fig Balsamic Glazed Beef Kabobs and Makers Mark Bourbon Sangria. As well, the mercantile had out quite a few different bourbons for us to try and Moon Pie Moonshine.
We then progressed to RT Outfitters where the owners transformed two dinner guests into cowgirls with a makeover! What a fun addition to the evening. Here we were served Spicy Korean Beef & Shrimp on Cucumber, which was paired with a Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade.
For the main course, we ventured down to the museum, which provided the perfect background for the remainder of the evening. Dinner was a KY Bibb Salad with Beef, Mango and Avocado. The main course was Bourbon Beef Tips over local Mashed Parsnips & Potatoes and KY Asparagus. If that all wasn’t enough, it was finished off with an amazing Local Strawberry Shortcake.
Katelyn from the beef council was on hand to describe each appetizer and the main dish and provide fun and educational tid bits about beef selection and preparation. (now you know why we want to go shopping with her) Lauralee from the Regional Marketplace was also on hand to introduce us to the retailers within the building who hosted portions of the evening and to inform us of the marketplace’s role in local beef and stock sales.
If you’ve never been to the Blue Grass Regional Marketplace, it’s well worth your time to stop in for a visit. Check out our walking tour with Lauralee and our interview with the educational coordinator of the YARDS.
Next weekend is the Longhorn sale and should prove to be a ton of fun not only to see the auction take place, but to see some amazing longhorn. Put it on your calendar to stop by for the Beef BBQ Fest on June 15th.
Watch for further details on the next Farm to Table dinner, hosted at the Marketplace on July 19. We highly recommend this for a night out with friends or a fun date night.