It was our second Secret Supper and the anticipation and intrigue from our guests has been so much fun!
Last August, at the Buy Local Cookout held at the Governor’s Mansion, we met Ben Simpkins, the Executive Chef of Richardson Farms. We’d been hoping to start these Secret Suppers in 2012 and really wanted to have one on a farm. It was kismet and the secret began…
In May, Ben came over to Jerry’s home and we tasted over 40 sustainable wines, ate a delicious dinner, and created a menu using local foods from Richardson Farms and around Maryland.
On June 22th, everything came together at Richardson Farms in White Marsh. An impending storm forced the dinner into the Garden Center overlooking the corn field. There was a lot of wind but luckily no rain and our guests stayed cozy throughout the evening – Mother Nature even blessed us with a beautiful Sunset![caption id="attachment_1630" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Secret Supper in the Garden Center at Richardson Farms[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1634" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Arrangements by Local Color Flowers (sourced from local farms)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1635" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Richardson Farms Peaches infused with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with a touch of Himalayan Red Sea Salt[/caption]
As our Guest Chef, Ben Simpkins created a wonderful first course for us!
Richardson Farms Sweet Corn Ragout
Cambridge Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Virginia Ham Spinach and Swiss Polenta Cake
2011 Hall Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
[caption id="attachment_1639" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Executive Chef Ben Simpkins of Richardson Farms describes his dish[/caption]
The following three courses used as much produce as we could from Richardson Farms including carrots, patty pans, zucchini, and strawberries.
Roasted Pork Loin
Root Beer – Cardamom Glaze
Star Anise infused Potato Pancakes
2009 Buena Vista Pinot Noir, Carneros California
Braised Maryland Free Range Chicken Thighs
Black Cherry Cinnamon Soubise
Cumin and Havarti Cheese Grits
Roasted Farm Vegetables
2009 Mongrana Querciabella, Tuscany Italy
Housemade Vanilla Ice Cream
As with all of our Wine Suppers and Secret Suppers, we partner with a non-profit and donate a portion of the Wine Express wine sales. We were delighted to have the charming Rebecca Hoffberger of the American Visionary Art Museum talk to us about the creative work they do![caption id="attachment_1643" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rita Blackwell (left) of Wine Express and Rebecca Hoffberger (right) of American Visionary Art Museum[/caption]
The evenings images were captured by the extremely talented photographer, Rachel Smith. We love working with her and she always captures the essence of the event with her creative eye.[caption id="attachment_1644" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sunset at Richardson Farms[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1629" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rachel Smith Photography[/caption]
Once again, a thank you to our generous and talented Event Partners for the evening: