What a Great Evening – First Farm to Fork Event a Delectable Success!!
Taylor River Side Farm and Bella Vita Cafe forks paired up last night for a beautiful evening of delicious dining by the river. Guests arrived early for leisurely tours around the farm and wildlife preserve. As the dinner hour approached friends and families took their seats together at a long table and were treated to the fine Sicilian cuisine of Chef Carlo Finazzo.
Six courses of farm fresh produce arrived at the table in artistic and delicious arrangements. Farmer, Lee Colley, picked the micro greens and squash blossoms as the guests arrived. Chef Carlo let the vegetables speak for themselves as he incorporated them into his creations. Guests were treated to fresh greens salad and heirloom tomato salad, pasta fagioli shooter, Bella Vita’s signature arancina (rice balls), and squash risotto, leading up to the tender filet which was served accompanied by roasted vegetables.
As the sun set over the Delaware, candles lit the tables and the tents glowed. Laughter and lively conversation competed with evening songs of crickets and cicadas. Apple tarts with apples from our ancient orchards in a light pastry crust provided the final flavor of the night.
Chef Carlo and his talented Café BellaVita team (including partner and hostess, Linda Vendome) emerged from the kitchen to hear the appreciative applause of the delighted diners. The evening gave people ample time to enjoy a unique dining experience with friends and family, and to remember some of the simple ways that life can be beautiful.
~Please see some of the highlights of the evening in the photo gallery 2014 Farm to Fork with Cafe BellaVita – Sept. 21st. If you were in attendance, please feel free to post, or send me some of your own photos from that night.