Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tour de Farm Chicknic

Due to our travel schedule this year we aren't able to go to as many Tour de Farms as we'd like to, but we glad to be here for this past weekend's Chicknic. This was the first time ever that Tour de Farm did a breakfast and all of the chefs were women. The chefs were Michelle Gayer from Salty Tart, Solveig Tofte of Sun Street Breads, Sheela Namakkal from Aster Cafe (and co-founder of Cake Eater Bakery), and Molly Hermann from Kitchen in the Market

The picnic was at the lovely Riverbend Farm, a sustainable and organic farm in Delano, MN. We picnicked on a lovely shaded lawn as the poor chefs had to suffer over an open fire on a day the heat index was reached 100F. Luckily, there were lots of interesting cool drinks to see us through; peach, raspberry and cardamon bellinis, bloody marys with horseradish vodka, watermelon granita topped with rosé wine and cold beer from Fulton and Furthermore. The food was wonderful and I wish I had had the appetite to visit each chef's table to try all their specialties. If we had to pick a favorite, we'd probably say it was Molly's cheesy polenta with tomato jam and pork confit (that is one we are going to try and recreate at home).  Though Solveig's blintz with blueberries was a close second for me.

I took a lot of pictures of the day, so I put them in a slideshow for easier viewing. Enjoy!

In three week's we are headed to the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour that is being put on in conjunction with Tour de Farm at Star Prairie Trout Farm. We are really looking forward to it and hoping for a little cooler weather!

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Tastebud Tart said...

Thanks, Kathy! So glad you liked the polenta. :-)

Lori said...

The slideshow is not visible so I plan to visit on Flickr.

kat said...

Lori - Not sure why you can't see it, it looks fine on my end.

Lori said...

I love your farm picnic recaps. Great photos!

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