Tuesday, March 30, 2010

First Saturday Breakfast Blogged at Blooming on Bainbridge


Teresa is a wonderful new Farm Kitchen friend who shared her delight in a recent Saturday Breakfast in her lively "Blooming On Bainbridge" Blog.

Her photos are amazing - we really appreciate Teresa's enthusiasm for our First Saturday Breakfast served every month all year-round at 8am til 12 noon.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Family Traditions and New Starts

Jessica & Dan welcomed their guests to their August ceremony at the Perennial Garden with a creative blackboard program.

Their guests made greetings to hang on a living tree to be planted at their home.

And guests signed a rolling pin keepsake, just as their grandmother's guests had done in the 1940s.

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August Perennial Garden Wedding with Picoso, Dancing & Photo Booth

Kate & Christopher celebrated their marriage at the Perennial Garden while Picoso played. Then the celebration moved to the reception full of Cuban rhythms, wonderful food by Metro Market Catering, joyous dancing all Sunday afternoon long, and hilarious posing for the outdoor photo booth complete with props.


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August weddings under Chuppahs in the Orchard


At two meaning-full August weddings, Julie & Chris and Anna & Eli wove family memories, humor and their own special joys into their celebrations under each of their Chuppahs held by family and friends.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

July Wedding celebrated under the Chuppah at the Perennial Garden


With chairs placed in the round for guests beside the Perennial Garden, Christy and Josh celebrated their marriage under the chuppah.

The celebration continued with joyful dancing and a bountiful buffet prepared in the kitchen to be served on the buffet by Culinary Capers.

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July Wedding Celebration

The bridesmaids and bride were more flowers in the garden as they prepared to enter the ceremony.

Jill & David's orchard wedding was graced by the presence of family and friends from near and far. The beautiful floral arrangements by Ted Avery added lushness to the joyful July celebration.






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50th Anniversary Celebration


The Carsons celebrated their 50th Anniversary on a beautiful July afternoon with family, friends and good conversation. Local musicians played favorite guitar selections and a delicious buffet was served by Essence of the Thymes.

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Paella at July Wedding Reception



At Sarah and Anders' July wedding, a paella feast on the patio delighted all the guests.

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Family Celebration at July wedding on the Lavender Lawn

At Madaline and Conor's July wedding on the Lavender Lawn, the flower girl was a joyful spirit. Then the heartfelt celebration led by each of the couple's grandfathers focused everyone's attention on the meaning of this marriage in their lives and families.

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July Orchard Wedding















Emily and her Dad cherish the moment as they walk under the grape arbor leading into the orchard, and her marriage to Chase. The wedding cake designed by Blackbird Bakery was a perfect balance to the elegance of the bride's gown.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

In Memory of Luigi the Baker

Today we learned our dear friend and fellow bread baker passed away Friday. Luigi Ferrrari owned and operated Luigi's Baking in Bremerton, WA with fine Italian style bread and pastries. A prize for those living in the neighborhood or on a journey to his bakery for a loaf of crusty fresh baked bread.

We got to know Luigi when he rented our kitchen (pre-bakery) to bake his magnificent breads for the Gig Harbor Farmer's Market. He would bake all night, pack his truck with fresh bread, drive sleepless to greet his early morning bread regulars with a warm smile and fresh bread.

In the months he baked at Farm Kitchen I enjoyed our on going biga and dough discussions. I had finally found someone with the same passion of baking bread I have. Luigi added a new chapter to my understanding of long fermentation times and wet rustic bread doughs. His dough would creep across the table as it was resting before loafing. Then with a couple of quick deft hand movements he would form a loaf. He and I ventured unknowingly at the same time into no-knead dough experiments, which prompted more discussion about gluten structure and interesting flavor combinations. I will miss sharing these interactions and discoveries with him.

Each week as Luigi made his olive and gorgonzola bread we would debate how to effectively add olives to a roaming 30#-40# mass of dough on the table with out losing any. We all laughed as some of the olives escaped to the outer reaches of the room.

Then there was the love of BIG bowls. Luigi discovered my 2 big bowls and the race to find his own was on. The day he found his big bowl he sent me a picture.

We will miss you Luigi, with your soft spoken stories, tasty bread, buttery scones and passion for great bread.

Hollis & Anne

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The School of Essential Ingredients



THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
by Erica Bauermeister

Anne and I have been enjoying the expertly crafted word pictures and story of The School of Essential Ingredients and want to remind you all that Erica will be at Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge this Thursday February 19th at 7:30!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rustic Bread Class January 2009


Rustic bread class calls for action, creativity and just plain fun!

Starters are not just sourdough...they are the basic for "growing" your dough & making fresh hot bread any time you like.



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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Bread-making on a cold winter's day. What a treat for the senses! New friends, new skills, and the fun of creating loaves bursting with flavor to start the new year off right.

Everyone left with fresh-baked loaves and enthusiasm to "get out there and bake bread!"

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Business Meetings & Retreats at Farm Kitchen

Farm Kitchen's meeting rooms are available by the day or half-day for business meetings and planning retreats.

You'll find the privacy and quiet that you need. And the gardens and trees let you enjoy the views from the meeting rooms and on walks during breaks. Wireless Internet access, video monitor, easels and a screen are provided. An LCD projector is available for a small rental fee.

Breakfast, coffee service and box lunches are options many enjoy. Some groups break for a gourmet lunch or celebrate their success with a catered wine dinner!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Gingerbread House Parties 2007 Have Begun!

Family Traditions - the 8th year of holiday fun for the Van Cleve family who share their creations with neighbors and with seniors at Martha & Mary...

Precise designs....Shared fun and concentration....

and
Delight all around for all ages!

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Cooking Classes make great Gifts!

Farm Kitchen Cooking Classes are a hands-on learning experience brimming with laughter, personal instruction and good things to eat before, during and after! Classes by Hollis Fay, Barbara Jeantrout, and other experienced guest instructors cover breads and pastries, main dishes, seafood, sushi, side dishes, vegetarian cooking and much more. Morning and evening classes start with a preview taste, then everyone gets in the action with kitchen work, and the sessions usually conclude with a shared time of enjoying the fruits of the labor.

Gift Certificates to the upcoming Winter Quarter of Classes make great holiday gifts for experienced cooks ready for new inspiration or for those new to the kitchen. Class list will be posted on the Farm Kitchen website in December and begin in February.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Farm Kitchen watch-cat "Underfoot" wishes you a Happy All Hallow's Eve...and
a great All Souls Day to follow.

Pumpkin thanks to Joe Crell!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Molly & Shea September 22, 2007

Molly & Shea stroll before enjoying the beautiful dinner catered by Culinary Capers, a Farm Kitchen preferred caterer.










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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Appetizers in the garden

Herban Feast appetizers were beautifully presented near the Siberian irises at a May wedding. One of Farm Kitchen's preferred caterers, Herban Feast from West Seattle features local, organic food served with style and friendly service.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Elaine & Kevin married September 16th, 2007



The clouds swarmed and departed at the right moments for Elaine and Kevin to enjoy their day at Farm Kitchen....in the fields of flowers.

















Guests enjoyed Spady's Smokehouse Barbeque Catering



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