Boulder farm dinner

meadowlarkfarmdinner-01

A few photos from a farm dinner we attended Saturday night. It was as amazing as I had anticipated.

Several places around here do these, but this is the one that I’ve heard the most about. They go to a few different farms throughout the summer, and do about two dinners a week. They seat 40 people at the table, plus the farmers. They plan the menus around what’s best that week, so you don’t know ahead of time what it will be. They do schedule certain dates to be vegetarian, so we were able to choose one of those.

The farm itself was just a little bit east of Boulder. I love that there’s this much land and open space and places with this country feeling so close to town.

When we arrived, we were served Bloody Marys that were so fresh they were like drinking a (spicy) tomato garden. Someone else was passing trays of fried squash blossoms.

I am going to have to refrain from overusing the word “amazing” with each dish, because all of it was. So just imagine me raving with every photo of food.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-02

They cook in a school bus that’s been converted to a kitchen.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-03meadowlarkfarmdinner-04

The farmers took us on a short tour of some of the fields and talked about what they grow and how they rotate the crops and when they plant and anything else people wanted to know.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-05

They cover the crops to keep out bugs.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-06meadowlarkfarmdinner-07meadowlarkfarmdinner-08meadowlarkfarmdinner-09meadowlarkfarmdinner-10

First course was canteloupe with chevre and roasted peppers.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-11meadowlarkfarmdinner-12meadowlarkfarmdinner-13meadowlarkfarmdinner-14

Second course was gazpacho. Beautiful gazpacho.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-15

Right as the soup course came to an end, it started to sprinkle lightly, which resulted in a rainbow. It was actually a double rainbow but I didn’t back up far enough to get the second one.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-16meadowlarkfarmdinner-17meadowlarkfarmdinner-18meadowlarkfarmdinner-19

The guests stood under the trees for a few minutes while the rain passed over us. It was a nice chance to stretch our legs and move around a little bit between courses. Well played, nature.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-20meadowlarkfarmdinner-21

The chef was from Italy, and here he was watching over the paellas as they cooked.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-22meadowlarkfarmdinner-23

You buy the wine for your dinner directly from the Boulder Wine Merchant. After the menu is planned on Tuesday, the Boulder Wine Merchant selects wines to pair with the meal, and they send out an email to the guests with the options. There were three or four each of reds and whites, a couple of roses, a sparkling, and a beer. They deliver your wine right to the farm, and the servers bring it to you at the table. I bought just one bottle, but we could’ve done with two. As it was, the people we were sitting next to had ordered a few bottles so they shared some of theirs with us after we finished ours.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-24meadowlarkfarmdinner-25meadowlarkfarmdinner-26meadowlarkfarmdinner-27meadowlarkfarmdinner-28

Nom nom.

meadowlarkfarmdinner-29meadowlarkfarmdinner-30meadowlarkfarmdinner-31

Dessert was poached plums in some kind of sauce, which I didn’t get a photo of. We stayed until well after sunset.

Amazing meal, amazing night.

Jamie Kraus - Yum! This looks like such an amazing (and delicious) experience! I love the lights above the table too. Great photos!September 10, 2015 – 12:43 pm

Amanda Tipton - This is amazing- like something out of a movie!September 10, 2015 – 12:48 pm

Deziree Dufresne - How did I not know about it, it looks amazing! Your photos are beautiful and make me want to eat everything!September 10, 2015 – 12:58 pm

Andrea - So cool, I’ve always been curious about this experience bc I have never attended one, thanks for sharing.September 10, 2015 – 1:05 pm

Melissa - Looks like a magical experience!September 10, 2015 – 1:51 pm

Jennie - I love this! I want to do something like this next year–it looks like so much fun!September 10, 2015 – 1:54 pm

Tina - What fun! I would so love this!September 10, 2015 – 1:56 pm

Elizabeth - Wow this likes such an amazing time! I want to do this. Love the food detail shots…looks delicious!September 10, 2015 – 3:34 pm

Sarah Boccolucci - So jealous! Great photos of an amazing meal.September 10, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Kim - Wow- this looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to do something like this. Your detail shots are wonderful!September 10, 2015 – 6:01 pm

Adriana - How fun! I’ve always wanted to do a farm to table dinner! These pictures definitely solidify that.September 10, 2015 – 7:13 pm

Savannah - This looks like the most amazing experience! Reminds me of dining in Napa at the wineries. Beautiful photos, makes me want to book a farm to table dinner.September 10, 2015 – 7:38 pm

Teresa - What a fun idea! The pic of the soup is my favorite, it looks so good!September 10, 2015 – 7:38 pm

Sarah H - Looks like a lovely evening. Such a great idea to document adult time too. Wonderful!September 10, 2015 – 8:41 pm

Haley - In my best Liz Lemon voice – “I want to go to there” ๐Ÿ™‚
So fun and beautiful documentation of it!September 10, 2015 – 9:53 pm

Monet - What a perfect evening. This is what I want to do every night of the summer. Well done.September 10, 2015 – 10:20 pm

Julie & Nonna

julie-nonna-01julie-nonna-02julie-nonna-03julie-nonna-04julie-nonna-05julie-nonna-06julie-nonna-07julie-nonna-08julie-nonna-09julie-nonna-10julie-nonna-11julie-nonna-12julie-nonna-13julie-nonna-14julie-nonna-15julie-nonna-16julie-nonna-17julie-nonna-18julie-nonna-19julie-nonna-20julie-nonna-21julie-nonna-22julie-nonna-23julie-nonna-24julie-nonna-25julie-nonna-26julie-nonna-27julie-nonna-28julie-nonna-29julie-nonna-30julie-nonna-31julie-nonna-32julie-nonna-33julie-nonna-34julie-nonna-35julie-nonna-36julie-nonna-37julie-nonna-38julie-nonna-39julie-nonna-40julie-nonna-41julie-nonna-42julie-nonna-43julie-nonna-44julie-nonna-45julie-nonna-46julie-nonna-47julie-nonna-48julie-nonna-49julie-nonna-50julie-nonna-51julie-nonna-52julie-nonna-53julie-nonna-54julie-nonna-55julie-nonna-56julie-nonna-57julie-nonna-58julie-nonna-59julie-nonna-60julie-nonna-61julie-nonna-62julie-nonna-63julie-nonna-64julie-nonna-65julie-nonna-66julie-nonna-67julie-nonna-68julie-nonna-69

A few (ok a lot of) images from a session I did in Boston at the beginning of August. Two sisters, their father, and their collective four kids.

Jennifer Koskinen - I just adore the feeling of these photos! Makes me want to go on vacation… Beautiful post!September 3, 2015 – 9:06 am

Chris - Love that they went to the beach for this session. The one of the boys in the carseat is awesomeSeptember 3, 2015 – 9:19 am

Deziree Dufresne - I love how real these photos are and how they capture a “day in the life”!September 3, 2015 – 9:23 am

Becca - How fun! I love the feeling in these photos. Makes me want to do photos like this! ๐Ÿ™‚September 3, 2015 – 10:36 am

Jamie Kraus - Love, love, love! You captured everyone’s connection so perfectly.September 3, 2015 – 11:02 am

Elizabeth - Ah, these are fabulous!! Love that you captured such a laid back day in the life of feeling! I love it’September 3, 2015 – 3:52 pm

Ashley Mckenzie - Day in the life! What a great session. There is so much here to look at. Everyone’s reactions, and personalities…Awesome!September 3, 2015 – 4:20 pm

Monet - What a perfect day-in-the-life session. These are becoming my favorite. You captured this family so well.September 3, 2015 – 10:15 pm

willy - What a fabulous natural session. The sunscreen application shots are classic.September 3, 2015 – 10:56 pm

Michele with one L - I love how you captured so many of the little vacation-moments that we take for granted! This tells such a beautiful story!September 10, 2015 – 11:39 am