This time, our guests found themselves taking an evening drive to our location at Superior Garden Center. About a mile North of Midway, as our guests made the turn off of old Highway 40, the incredible views began. Superior Garden Center sits on a beautiful plot of land, with a small pond and a gorgeous green house. This would be the stage for our Spring Equinox Sunday Supper.
Guests were greeted with a hard cider cocktail as they began their walk around the green house, perusing all of the early spring bounty that Superior had to offer. The day was overcast, but at this point the natural light filled the room as smoke from our grill began to fill the room.
After they made the tour around the greenhouse, our guests found their seats at the back-to-back communal table. One-by-one, each guest noticed the sensory-stimulating velvet tables to be an unavoidable pleasure; every single person could be seen unknowingly stroking the table linens. In stead of facing each other, we sat our guests so that they could stare out into the floral expanses of the greenhouse, constantly immersed in new growth.
As natural wines were poured, the first plates made their way to the tables. A Cara Cara and Endive Salad, paired with Green Carrot Top Gougeres celebrated both the Winter flavors we’ve loved, and the pungent flavors of Spring we’ve all been yearning for. Still, the smoke from our grill billowed as a haze began to form from every corner of the room.
Course after course, and glass after glass, guests found themselves tasting, smelling, and feeling everything that comes with the beginning of Spring. The smoke continued to fill our nostrils, awakening memories of family gatherings in our own back yards. A touch of frost began to make us shiver as the Spring nights so often do. All the while, as the sun set, the room began to darken. Our only source of light, was from the chandeliers hung above the communal table; our Chefs cooked by a singular dim light.
As the final course arrived and departed, and our guests stood up to leave, they picked from a selection of potted herbs provided by Superior Garden Center for each to take home and nurture, hopefully providing compliment to many meals to come. By night’s end, we added 20 more people to our family.
That, is the real reward for our efforts in this Sunday Supper Series. Month after month, and meal after meal we add a small group to our ever-growing family. For those of you that were there, we can’t thank you enough for making another Sunday Supper so indescribably satisfying. Welcome to our Family..