Food Drink Gather and Feast dinner awakens the soul

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at [email protected]com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. On a sunny evening in late June, I found myself driving north on Interstate 5 heading to Gather and Feast Farm for its Summer Kickoff Dinner.After taking the La Center exit, the view from my window became rural — fields, evergreens and blue skies streaked with white fluffy clouds. I parked and headed to the chalkboard sign that announced Gather and Feast. Judy, mother of farm owner Mark Lopez, checked me in.In a clearing, drinks and appetizers were being served under a 200-year-old maple tree. Hay bales served as chairs. Fresh-squeezed lemonade and berry juice were available in self-serve containers. Appetizers like stuffed grape leaves, duck rillette toast points, and charred beet crostini were being brought around by cheerful servers holding rustic wood platters.A long line for the cocktail bar (manned by Chris “Salty” Reed of Grocery Cocktail & Social) snaked through the clearing. One of Salty’s creations, a gin cocktail made of Citizen Gin, Brovo Spirits Witty dry vermouth and sweet pea syrup topped with a sprig of lemon thyme, was refreshing and a good preview of the luscious farm fresh food that followed.Evan Gregoire, farm systems director at Gather and Feast Farm, led a group tour of the farm. Gregoire just came back from a seed-gathering trip to Italy.last_img

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