The learning kitchen at WRI
Being a blogger definitely has its perks. Today I had the opportunity, thanks to the ladies at Arkansas Women Bloggers (if you blog go there and get plugged in), to spend the day with nine other Arkansas food bloggers at the Winthrop Rockefeller (yes, of those Rockefellers) Institute on the top of Petit Jean Mountain.
While I’m not necessarily a “food” blogger I do blog about food a lot. Mostly because I lurve food! So, of course, I couldn’t pass this up. A beautiful setting, connecting with other bloggers (yes, we do meet each other in real life from time-to-time), a chance to be close to some amazing history and FOOD.
I’m in! Sign. Me. Up.
Just for funsies I’m going to tease you with pictures of the delicious FIVE course lunch we were served by the very witty Chef Robert Hall, a native Arkansan, olympic chef, army veteran and general hoot.
Course 1: Fried Green Tomatoes
Course 2: (was) Salad Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Black Walnuts
Course 3: Peach Soup served room temperature
Course 4: Filet Mignon over Rainbow Rice with a Cheese Wafer
Course 5: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Whipped Cream
This entire collection of deliciousness was gluten free. What? Yep, food without wheat and wheat products can still be yummy. These days we all know someone who has celiac disease or for other reasons has adopted the gluten-free lifestyle. My favorite gluten-free friend is NWA Foodie.
After eating we went for a little stroll in the gardens. Thank jeebus it wasn’t a million degrees outside. It was actually a delightful 87* and cloudy. Random.
Heirloom Farmstead Garden at WRI
Amanda Brown, author of My Heart's Desire. Side note: Amanda was my chit chat buddy. Also, I like anyone who blogs about biscuits.
Tahnh Rasico, author of Red Kitchen Recipes, a multicultural arkansas food blog. She's Vietnamese. He's Sicilian.
Kat Robinson, author of Eat Arkansas for the Arkansas Times and Tie Dye Travels. She's easily the best known food blogger in the state of Arkansas.
What's this? This woman looks a lot like a man! Well, it's our token guy, Doug from War Eagle Mill and we love him so be nice.
This adventure was well worth the three hour (beautiful) drive to Petit Jean mountain and I’m grateful to have been included.
Oh! Here are those salad greens I ate too fast to get a picture of on the plate.
I know the Arkansas Women Bloggers Network has big plans and I’ll keep you posted. Seriously, if you are a blogger in Arkansas go get hooked up with them. Here.