Posted on September 01, 2015
After much nail biting and countless checks of the weather forecast, Intentional Table's third annual outside dinner extravaganza under the Sweetlife arbor was relocated inside to Intentional Table. Between storms we collected herbs and edible flowers and plucked grapes from said arbor to embellish the meal, garnish the plates and add to the sparkling table decor enhanced with flowers by TJ Montague of Garden Party Floral Design. A collective will and group optimism made oh so much more than lemonade out of lemons.
The women of Intentional Table MADE IT HAPPEN.
Owner Zoe Bartlett refused to give in to the weather, and had been ready to cover the arbor with a tarp and outfit everyone in emergency rain ponchos. Once she switched gears, her optimism turned its laser force into transforming the evening into a memorable rain dance ceremony, complete with a pop-up dinner that would have made Julia Childs proud.
Rain it did, and the wind knocked out power for most of the day. Heather Andrus and Marcia Newlands, two of the most organized, capable chefs I have ever met, still managed to knock our socks off with five beautiful, delicious courses (not counting the multiple pre-dinner appetizers). I am pretty sure the courageous 28 people willing to switch locales were pretty pleased with their choice.
Since we have a generator and gas powered ovens at Sweetlife Farm, when the power went out late morning the gorgeous pluot dessert tarts were trucked over to our house to finish baking, and the accompanying homemade cardamom ice cream was tucked safely into our freezer for the afternoon. Somehow, the unflappable Marcia and Heather were able to make creating the remainder of a gourmet feast for a crowd-in an impossibly tight space without power-seem like something they could do any day of the week. With one arm tied behind their backs.
The sun came out long enough to enjoy lively music and appetizers creatively "spiked" on a wooden serving sculpture commissioned by Zoe and created by Alan Vogel. The power came on just before dinner was served, negating the need to fire up the propane task lights borrowed to light the kitchen when it got dark.
The carefully planned menu showcased local produce from island farms and wines from Bainbridge wineries. Bob and I were thrilled to taste all the ways they incorporated Sweetlife products into the meal, from the fig leaves folded over Quince paste, feta, figs and nuts to Smoked Poblano Jelly on the beet, peach and tomato salad, to the Gingered-plum Jam lining the tarts, and all the salts and rubs sprinkled in between. We felt honored to taste, share and have second helpings of this wonderful meal with a lively, lovely group of supportive people.
With the able assistance of Ashley Mack and Josh Perlatti, enlivened by rollicking pre-dinner music, the ladies of Intentional Table made that little rainy corner of Winslow the BOLD place to BE last Saturday night.
August 29, 2015
‘Celebrate the Rain…Undercover’
Roasted Shiitakes with Sweetlife Farm Alder Smoked Salt,
Roasted Peppers, Goat Cheese Feta & Capers
Amelia Wynne Rose
Padron Peppers & Summer Veggies with Sweetlife Farm Chive Salt
Sheep’s Feta & Roasted Almonds with Pipettes of Star Anise-infused HoneyFig Leaves Stuffed with Sweetlife Farm Quince Paste,
Eagle Harbor Winery Viognier
Wild Pacific Halibut Crudo with Japanese Turnips, Onions & Herbs
Eagle Harbor Winery Viognier
Beet, Sungold Tomato & Peach Salad with Ricotta Salata
Sweetlife Farm Smoked Poblano Pepper Jelly Drizzle
Eagle Harbor Winery Goldfinch
Moroccan-Spiced Roast Leg of Lamb, Mediterranean Grain Salad
with Sweetlife Farm Fennel Salt
Eggplant Involtini with Muhammara Sauce
Amelia Wynn Aragon
Fresh Greens with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette
Edible Begonia Petals freshly picked from Sweetlife Farm
Pluot Tart with Sweetlife Farm Ginger Plum Preserves and Cardamom Ice Cream
Bainbridge Vineyards Raspberry Wine
Featuring these local foods, wineries & flowers:
Don & Joe’s (Pike Place Market)
Amelia Wynne Winery
Eagle Harbor Winery
Garden Party Floral Design
Alan Vogel Woodworking
Our intention for this evening is to extend our gratitude to the thousands of firefighters who protect us…may it rain down wherever you are.
I was so busy enjoying myself that I never thought of taking pictures. Luckily Bob took a few and Zoe's good friend Jay Alan and his wife Deena surprised Zoe by signing up for the dinner under assumed names. Most of these lovely photos were taken by Jay during the evening and posted on the Intentional Table facebook page. Check them out!