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Food and Bloggers at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute - Evolved Mommy

Food and Bloggers at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Learning Kitchen at WinRock Petit Jean - Chef Robert Hall

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.

Fried Green Tomato by chef Robert Hall at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain Arkansas

Course 1: Fried Green Tomatoes

Salad Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Black Walnuts at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Pettit Jean Mountain Arkansas

Course 2: (was) Salad Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Black Walnuts

Peach Soup from Chef Robert Hall in the learning kitchen at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Course 3: Peach Soup served room temperature

Filet Mignon from Chef Robert Hall at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Petit Jean Mountain Arkansas

Course 4: Filet Mignon over Rainbow Rice with a Cheese Wafer

Flourless Chocolate Cake from Chef Robert Hall at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Petit Jean Mountain Arkansas

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.

Farmstead Farm and Heritage Heirloom Garden at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas

Heirloom Farmstead Garden at WRI

The Bloggers:

Cici's Biscuits from Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown, author of My Heart's Desire. Side note: Amanda was my chit chat buddy. Also, I like anyone who blogs about biscuits.

Stephanie Buckley, author of Stephanie Hamling, author of Julie Kohl, Eggs and Herbs blog
Tahnh Rasico, author of Red Kitchen Recipes multicultural arkansas food blog

Tahnh Rasico, author of Red Kitchen Recipes, a multicultural arkansas food blog. She's Vietnamese. He's Sicilian.

Fawn Reckhammer, author of
Kat Robinson, author of Eat Arkansas at Tie Dye Travels arkansas food blogs

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.

Bethany Stephens, author of The Little Magpie
Doug Walsch, General Manager, War Eagle Mill at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Food Blogger Event Petit Jean 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.

Salad Greens by Chef Robert Hall at Winthrop Rockefeller Petit Jean

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.

Comments

  1. I love this post! You are so talented, and your pictures are awesome – thanks for sharing our little blogs!!! It was great to meet you at WRI! :)

    • Thanks Thanh. It was great to meet you, too. I hope to see you again soon.

  2. Thanks for the terrific recap of Chef Hall’s efforts. I can ALMOST taste the food in your photography. It was such a privilege having the Arkansas Women Bloggers group at the Institute, and I not only look forward to reading your posts about your experience with us, but with new relationships with talented, creative and gracious Arkansas women!

  3. It was great meeting you! Thanks for making the long drive there, the food and meeting everyone was worth it I hope. Yes, Arkansas Women Bloggers has a lot of things up our sleeves, everyone stay in touch. Lyndi- Arkansas Women Bloggers site will have all the recipes with commentary from the chef soon on our site.
    Thanks again Stephanie for coming,
    The Park Wife (one of the other Stephanie’s)

  4. Way to improvise! I had a dead battery and a lost charger the night before, so I feel your pain.

  5. It was such a pleasure to meet you, and I enjoyed your post as well. That picture of the steak course is such a fun, unique perspective. I’m loving seeing how nine different people shoot the same food!

    • Thank you! I realized about 5 minutes into being there that my camera battery was dead and I didn’t bring the spare. That picture was taken with my iPhone. I love your Wordless Wednesday tease.

  6. Steph!

    Thank you for sharing your photos and recap so quickly! Did they share any cooking tips? It looks like the fried green tomatoes were pan fried and not deep fried. I would be interested in that.

    I look forward to checking out the Winthrop Rockefeller Center and visiting it myself. We have so many gems in this part of the world… thanks for sharing one more must-see for us!

    Missed you and the gang yesterday. Next time!

    THANK YOU for the shout-out!!

    Lyndi

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