Wednesday & Thursday, August 30th - August 31st, 2017
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Join us for a two-day excursion, beginning with the cuisine of Blaine Wetzel at the world-famous Willows Inn. Over dinner, share stories of the region with friends and the team at Willows. Wake up Thursday morning to a handcrafted farm breakfast, personally cooked for you on site before a morning of reef netting with Riley Starks, owner of the farm, a renowned local fisherman and connoisseur of fine food. After moving to Lummi Island in 1992, he bought reef net gear and helped start Lummi Island Wild. In addition to Nettles Farm, he also started the modern Willows Inn.
While taking an active role in the farm-to-table movement, he constantly worked to weave sustainable fishery into the Willows Inn, taking it all the way to Italy for the 2004 first Slow Food Terra Madre. He now works full-time marketing for Lummi Island Wild Co-op, which is truly dear to his heart.
Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Immerse your mind and taste buds in a one night affaire of edible truffle delights & education. The day’s journey begins at Cedarbrook Lodge where we will gather for a truffle talk and private tasting in the Olympic Suite over hors d’oeuvres and Italian Barolo. As part of the evening which includes luminary Alana McGee of the truffle dog company we will be sharing time and getting to know her truffle dogs LoLo and Ruby.
We will taste both White and Black Truffles while Alana talks about local foraging of truffles where she will help us understand where the truffle industry is going in North America. After our time together in the suite we will usher you down to Copperleaf Restaurant where Mark Bodinet, Executive Chef of Cedarbrook Lodge, will prepare a five-course seasonal tasting menu, utilizing black and white truffles from around the world with wine pairings from Washington State, France and Italy. The evening will conclude with a truffle inspired culinary swag bag.