Scenes from our Spring Farm Dinner at No.9 Farms
Our third farm dinner which took place at No.9 Farms started auspicially with perfect weather and a perfectly set table in a perfect field. With a spring full of damp wet, chilly days, we were living right. As guests arrived down the road, their cars were whisked away by the eager young valets, and they were directed to a path through the woods. Tucked away along the path was the Spartan Royal Mansion, a luxurious AirBnB recently opend by Stephanie and Brian Oaks, proprietors of the farm. It's glamping at its best! On its deck was Chef Kyle Patterson of Sinema Restaurant and Bar, chef for the evening, making preparations for the dinner. After a quick tour of the Spartan and a peek at the chef, they continued on the path to the field for drinks, dinner, and merriment.
Some guests arrived early, eager to see the beautiful farm hosting the dinner. Farmers Stephanie and Brian led groups of 10-15 around the adjacent property with its raised beds of beautiful greens, edible flowers and herbs. The chickens and roosters entertained.
Sixteen 8' tables were put together end to end for one impressive big long table, set with local handmade pottery, wine glasses, locally foraged flowers and fresh herbs and the menu for the evening. Across the way were local artisans with their wares: Fugitives Artisan Spirits pouring whiskey, Fireflour Bakery slicing focaccia and sourdough bread for the meal, Matchless serving up their Coffee Soda, RV Pottery with a selection of plates, mugs and bowls, and a cozy bar with hand selelcted wines form Cordorks Wine and Spirits and Black Abbey beer.
Local musicians Damien Boggs and the Rivertramps entertained as folks got drinks and meandered from table to table chatting; others finding their seats and settling in at the big long table. Servers commenced with bowls of food served family style expertly cooked by Chef Kyle Patterson from the seasonal bounty of local farms including, the hosts at No.9 Farms, Corner Spring Farms, Old School Farms, and Sugar Camp Farm. Beef was from TN Grass Fed Farm and chicken from Springer Mountain Farm Chicken. Strawberry cake was made by Reggie Marshall Sr of Reggies Veggies. By the end of the meal, bellies were full, friendships were made and renewed, and hearts were happy. As the sun faded behind the trees, the music drifted over the satiated guests and out into the night sky.