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My First Farm-to-Table Dinner – Touch Supper Club at Stone Garden Farm

UPDATE: Touch Supper Club has posted more info about the Sept. 13 Touch Supper Truck Preview on their Facebook page. Event info can be found here.

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Scott checking out the antique fire truck at the Touch Supper Club Farm-to-Table event

 

Attending a farm-to-table dinner has been one of the top items on my “foodie to-do list” for awhile – and because of scheduling conflicts, I’ve had to miss a lot of them. In addition to seeing exactly where the food is coming from, I just really enjoy the ability to escape to a quieter place and take in the beauty of the farm.

 

I finally had a chance to cross this off my list last week at Touch Supper Club’s Farm-to-Table Dinner at Stone Garden Farms

That Tuesday was my first day back to work after a long vacation. I always dread the first day back because something inevitably comes up while you were out of the office and by the end of it I feel like I need another vacation. This time, though, the promise of the Touch Supper Club event was enough to get me through the stress of the day. 

Just one of the organic gardens at Stone Garden Farm

Stone Garden Farm is located in Richfield. Although it’s only a 30 minute drive from Downtown, it’s like escaping to another place.   This higlights one of the things I love about the Cleveland area — whatever your whim, you’re always just a short drive away from something different. 

The farm is just off the highway, tucked back a bit in a clearing in the woods. The first things I noticed as we approached the farm were the barn, farmhouse and gardens.  In addition to large organic gardens, Stone Garden maintains free range pastures for cows, milk goats, chickens and pigs.  It was in the middle of all of this, out in the open of a late-summer evening, that Touch Supper Club had set up tables for everyone as well as their kitchen station. 

While we waited for the dinner to start, we were encouraged to check out the rest of the property. This is when I noticed my favorite aspect of Stone Garden.  In addition to the farm, Stone Garden also hosts the Museum of Western Reserve Farms and Equipment.  Over the years, Stone Garden has collected 39 farm buildings and had them transported to the property for preservation. They renovate these buildings, as well as acquire and gather the tools, machines, trade skill knowledge and stories of their past.

When you’re at Stone Garden, you can explore an old Smoke House, Blacksmith Shop, Sawmill and a barn that’s over 200 years old.  These are buildings that may have been abandoned because they needed too much work; however, they were saved by the Stone Garden Farm’s desire to preserve the rural history of our region.  

My two favorite buildings were the Eastwood/Rooy Slaughter House & Icehouse and the newly acquired Richfield Fire Truck from 1934.  My dad restored antique cars when I was growing up so I love being able to look at early cars and trucks – there’s a hardiness and craftsmanship you don’t always find in modern vehicles.

Stone Garden's Farm Museum has over 39 historic buildings including the pictured Slaughterhouse

After wandering a bit, I ran into Cleveland food blogger Bite Buff (check out her event review here) and we found our seats for dinner.

The evening’s menu featured 7 impressive courses laid out family-style on a beautifully candlelit table. We started with an assortment of deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes. I love the deviled eggs that Touch regularly offers on their restaurant menu and was very excited they kicked things off with this. Not surprisingly, they were delicious — the blue cheese deviled eggs being my favorite.

This was followed by three salads. Each a completely different flavor highlighting produce that was picked fresh from the Stone Garden earlier that day. First up: heirloom tomato panzanella salad, with wild lamb quarters, arugula and goat cheese. This was followed by a salt roasted beet salad with candied walnuts, strawberry rhubarb vinaigrette and danish blue cheese. The third salad featured garden beans, toasted cumin, feta, tomato salad and toasted pine nuts. 

I was so excited for the beet salad, I dove right in before I had a chance to take a photo

While I enjoyed each, the beets were both my favorite salad and favorite dish overall for the evening.  As Chef Fisher explained when he stopped by the table, there was something savory, sweet, and salty about it.  I loved that there were at least three different kinds of beets featured in it (all picked from Stone Garden) and the candied walnuts. This just reminded me that I really need to start eating more beet!

These courses were followed by two very succulent fish and pork dishes. First, they brough out a grilled smoked salmon, accompanied by heirloom tomato bread pudding and a leek corn slab bacon compote. The subtle, non-fishy taste of the salmon even won over the salmon haters at our table. My favorite part of the dish, though, was the super-savory bread pudding. It was very flavorful with a nicely balanced texture.

After this, we finally got to taste the main course — suckling pig. Throughout the evening, we had been teased with glimpses of the roasting pig, which had been selected from Stone Garden Farms just like the produce and cheese. This was served with deliciously smoked sweet potatoes.  Fortunately for those with an unsatiable appetite like Scott, platter after plattter of pork was brought to the table so there was plenty to enjoy.

Salmon, heirloom tomato bread pudding, and leek corn slab bacon compote

To complement the salmon and pig, Chef Fisher and his team brought out homemade bbq sauce and rose hip gastrique.  The bbq sauce had a nice chunky texture to it, but – if I had to pick – the slight sweetness of the gastrique won me over as my favorite. (So much so that I used it on both the salmon and the pig.)

As full as I was, I still managed to squeeze in a slice of blueberry pie to finish up the meal. I haven’t tasted a pie that fresh before — I could feel and taste each individual blueberry with every bite. The crust and the white cheddar cheese ice cream lent a slight salty flavor to it.   

Blueberry - my favorite type of pie

Every course was paired with a different cocktail or wine. Highlights included the lynchburg lemonade that accompanied the salmon dish and the ginger peach cobbler that was served with the pie. The lemonade featured lots of Jack Daniels, fresh-squeezed lemons and Grand Marnier. 

The Ginger Peach Cobbler was made from fresh-juiced Georgia Peaches and Ginger, Peche french liquor, frangelico, and Cointreau. Both were incredibly refreshing. Unfortunately, due to a tray mishap, we only had one glass of the Ginger Peach Cobbler which we passed around to taste.  I would love to enjoy a pitcher of this on a warm Summer day.

After dinner, our stuffed stomachs and satisfied palates meandered over to the roaring bonfire (which Chef Fisher had earlier cooked some of our dishes over). Although it was still August, the night air had an early hint of Fall to it so it was nice to have the fire there to warm ourselves by.  The best touch, though, was a group of local musicians who jammed throughout the entire evening. At no point during the event were we without the sounds of folk and bluegrass music – it was amazing!

The Touch Supper Truck - coming soon!

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Touch Supper Club had their brand new Supper Truck on hand for guests to check out.  If you missed the farm-to-table dinner and are dying to catch a sneak peek of Cleveland’s latest food truck, don’t fret.  Rob from Touch shared that on September 13 they’ll be doing a truck preview at Touch, with their maiden voyage the next day.  

If you’d like to visit Stone Garden, their Museum Harvest Fest kicks off at the end of September and runs throughout October. You can choose a pumpkin for Halloween, visit the petable farm animals and tour the historic buildings. The gift shop located in their barn will also feature hand-painted gourds and other handmade Halloween crafts.

Although it took me a while to get to a farm-to-table dinner, Touch Supper Club provided the perfect evening for my first time. Next up on my foodie to-do list? Dinner in the Dark!

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Disclosure: Touch Supper Club provided me with one media pass to attend the event. The opinions shared here are always 100% my own.

Touch Supper Club's Farm to Table Supper

 

Guests at Touch Supper Club's Farm to Table dinner on Aug. 30 will have the chance to check out the brand new Touch Supper Truck

One week left to enter the Taste of the Browns giveaway!
You have until Aug. 29 at 11:59 pm.

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I’m going on a much-needed vacation — both a blog-cation and a real one.  While I’m gone, I have 3 stellar ladies lined up with guest posts — Poise in Parma, WhyCLE and HungryinCLE.

Although it’ll be good to relax for a week, there are plenty of things to look forward to when I get back – from the Greater Cleveland Flute Society recital, to the Jak of All Trades Fest and Emerging Chefs at Ingenuity.

First on my list, though, is Touch Supper Club’s Farm to Table Supper. The dinner is taking place at Stone Garden Farm in Richfield (2981 Southern Road) on Aug. 30.

The evening will start at 7pm with a fresh field to table dinner hosted by Touch Supper Club. Each course will include a different drink, and throughout the night, guests can enjoy Richfield-grown hand rolled cigars, live folk music and a bonfire. 

Stone Garden Farm is located in Richfield, Ohio (2981 Southern Road)

Set against the backdrop of the historic Stone Garden Farm, the event will be the perfect way to unwind from my first day back at work. I haven’t been to the farm yet so visiting it is one of the things I’m most excited about with the event (though the food and the cigars come in at a very close second!).

Stone Garden overlooks the always-beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features large organic gardens and free range pastures for humanely treated cows, milk goats, chickens and pigs.

Additionally, the family at Stone Garden has moved 37 historic buildings to the property to preserve them in a living history museum. Among other things, a blacksmith shop, one room schoolhouse, working sawmill, and woodworking shop can be found there. The historic general store building sells honey, maple syrup, eggs, cheese, organic produce, pumpkins and Christmas trees.

While guests partake in the fresh food and explore Stone Garden Farm, they’ll also have a chance to check out Touch Supper Club’s newest creation – the Touch Supper Truck.

Tickets are $70 per person plus tax & gratuity and can be purchased here.

Until then, I’ll be relaxing in Virginia with my family — my own version of a rural getaway. Poise in Parma, CLEgal and HungryinCLE wil be sharing some great things to clue into while I’m gone. 

And if you miss reading my ramblings, head over to my Tumblr to check out my 30-x-30 list.  As I’m celebrating my 29th birthday tomorrow, I’m going to be looking forward to an adventurous year ahead.

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(photo source: Ohio Farm Museum at Stone Garden Farm)

Clue Into Cleveland Bloggers – OBASH Meetup at Touch Supper Club

The back room in Touch Supper Club was the perfect setting for this month's Ohio Bloggers' Cleveland roundtable.

This week was the April Cleveland meetup for the Ohio Bloggers Association. I’ve written before that one of my favorite aspects of blogging has been meeting and sharing experiences with other bloggers, so I really do treasure these meetups each month.

Our April meetup took place in the back room of Ohio City’s Touch Supper Club. Lined with bookshelves, a handful of antiques and a fireplace, it’s got a cozy vibe perfect for candid conversation.

Inspired by her recent experience at TEDxCLE, Alicia from Poise in Parma started us off with the question “what are you passionate about and how does that influence your blogging?”

For me, this was an excellent way to further clue into Cleveland’s community of bloggers. The Ohio Blogging Association is a diverse group inspired by different interests and it was wonderful to listen to each person’s story and why they choose to write, tweet, or vlog the things they do.

While the Ohio Blogging Association’s site has a comprehensive blogger directory, below you can check out the list of Cleveland bloggers who were at this month’s meetup.  Since sharing what I’ve “clued into” is my passion, I’ve pulled a few snippets of info from their sites to give you an idea of the variety of Cleveland bloggers that are out there.

Clue into these great local bloggers who were at this month's OBASH Cleveland meetup!

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Alicia from Poise in Parma:  “This blog is about finding balance in my life in this crazy town …my non-stop life of family, career, food, fitness and one amazing golden retriever …how I’ve lost over 100 pounds in under eight years – and have managed / struggled / survived to keep it off …but most importantly, the discoveries I make in Believeland along the way.”

Bud from Circular Absurdity“Born in very rural Oregon, moved to Cleveland in 2000. Still puzzled by the world around him…” He shares posts on media, culture, history and personal insights.

Byron from byronfernandez“In addition to a passion for inbound marketing and PR, writing, social media, single malt scotch and all things fine arts, Byron is an avid explorer of a wide range of cultural topics.” As someone who’s also in the PR field, it was interesting to hear his perspective on the SEO/content marketing side of things.

CLEgal from WhyCLE“I’m a CLEgal, born and raised.  And I’ve lived other places, but I always come back home – by choice, not by chance … This blog will attempt to answer two questions – ‘Why Cleveland?’ and ‘Why Cleveland?’ …  The first question is the good stuff …  The second question looks at what could be better – the stuff that makes us shake our heads at the fact that our town can sometimes be its own worst enemy.”

Jeff from My Future Past: “Welcome to My Future Past, my personal blog. I’m Jeff Hershberger, a scientist working in Cleveland, Ohio. I blog for fun; I make no attempt at search engine optimization or monetization. This is just my creative outlet.” Jeff also shared at the meetup that there is another group of local bloggers I’m excited to check out: Lake Erie Moose Society.

Joe from Healthy Day Fitness: “I’m a 24 year old personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer … It was my observation that the average client isn’t looking to become a professional athlete, but simply live a healthy lifestyle. We want every day to be a healthy day.”  (Plus he’s running in the Rite-Aid 10K with this year’s Twestival Cleveland charity We Run This City.)

Kali from Finishing Firsts: “A 20-something marathoner and soon-to-be personal trainer … Everyone looks forward to those important firsts in their lives: first kiss, first relationship, first car, first time away from home, first job, first apartment, first child, etc. But what about those firsts that only a small percentage of the population actually gets to experience? That’s the concept that I’ve built this blog around.”

Katie from Healthy Heddleston: “I’m Katie … aka Healthy Heddleston and I’m here to take you on a journey full of recipes, exercise and fun!” Her Twitter profile describes her as  “Registered Dietitian, Blogger, Foodie, Nanny, Freelance Writer, Gluten-Free Half Marathoner” and I fully encourage you to read her inspiring journey of healthy living here.

Lyn from Life Lyn Style: “This blog talks about my food, workouts, recipes, favorite eats, eating locally and other interests.  Hopefully, I will be more accountable by sharing.  If I can help a few people out along the way, that would be great too.” Lyn, who’s recently jumped into blogging, reminded me of how excited I was when I started blogging and helped rekindle that passion for writing.

Maria from Delish Adventures: “’Foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news’ (Wikipedia 2009). This definition pretty much sums up my obsession with anything food best. Come with me on culinary adventures to my kitchen and around town.”

Maria from Downward Daily Dog: “The Daily Downward Dog is dedicated to sharing my journal of cool yoga experiences as I journey through the amazing spiritual worlds of yoga and meditation, along with this thing called life thrown in.” I found Maria’s personal story of leaving the corporate world to pursue a healthier – and ultimately more fulfilling – life very empowering.

Robert  from Great Lakes Green Pages: “Greening America one blog post at a time,” the Great Lakes Design Collaborative blog posts about green news in the region as well as unique events like Pecha Kucha Cleveland and his work with Cleveland International Film Festival.

Stephanie from Hungry in Cleveland: “Lover of all things Cleveland, especially food. Join me as I blog about my culinary adventures through the CLE!” After discussing our shared love for ABC’s Castle at the last meetup, I’ve gotten recruited to join her and CLEgal for Tuesday kickball in Tremont. Definitely looking forward to that next week!

Stuart from Web SIG Cleveland and @SOS_JR: Stuart micro-blogs on Twitter about “Web Development SIG, Website Design, Cleveland Web & Tech Events, Technology, Backpacking, Cleveland Cultural Events, Art, Theatre, Healthy Living.” It was great meeting face to face one of the first Cleveland tweeters I ever followed and chatting about the technical side of blogging and local theatre.

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Talking about blogging makes me hungry but Touch Supper Club's overstuffed Deviled Eggs took care of that.

While we shared our passions and chatted about such topics as the best domain hosting services to use and how to handle reader feedback, we dined from Touch’s tasty menu.  I’ve been there for brunch before (and recommend the Eggs Norwegian if you love lox) but had not tried their dinner menu.

Wanting to sample a few things, I ordered their deviled egg appetizer plate and kobacha squash ravioli. The oversized deviled eggs were succulent paired with pickled red onions and spanish cured chorizo. And I was very pleased with the sweetness of the Japanese squash complemented by the saltiness of the huge chunks of slab bacon.

I had a hard time initially choosing which ravioli or gnocchi dish I wanted to order (because I love ravioli and they offer so many kinds) but I was very happy with what I got. Lucky for indecisive me, I won one of the two Touch Supper Club gift cards raffled off that night so needless to say I will be back soon!

Want to join us next month? RSVP for the OH Blogging May Meet Up: our Cleveland Marathon Pot Luck Pasta Dinner! Visit the Facebook event page for more information!

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