Wednesday, September 4, 2013

An August Full Moon Dinner with Chef Jon Merry of Dragonfly Cove Farm, a wood oven and a very full moon!

The Bath Freight Shed Alliance continued its Full Moon Dinner fundraisers with Chef Jon Merry and Dragonfly Cove Farm (Joe Murray & Marge Kilkelly) on August 20th under a wonderful, rising ‘Full Moon’ over the Kennebec at the Freight Shed. Some sixty guests and volunteers enjoyed an eclectic Iberian “tapas” meal of varying delights largely prepared on a huge on-site wood burning oven donated for the event by Bennett Collins of Harvest Moon Pizza.

Activities spilled out on the Freight Shed lawn along the Kennebec, which included the oven and many diners’ tables, and the Shed itself, which had it sliding doors fully opened, added tables, music and newly created ships’ bar built by Freight Shed partner Maine First Ship.

To bring out the best in the festive atmosphere, Chef Merry provided his specially created sangria -- one with a red wine, oranges and plums; the other a white wine with peaches and grapes, with the wine sourced via Solo Bistro.

The feast included Swango Farm tomatoes with a red onion balsamic yogurt, charred Calcots, a Spanish street food (caramelized large spring onions), grilled corn on the cob, and a ricotta salad with chili peppers in an aioli sauce.Main course options included fire roasted leg of lamb, rubbed in paprika, garlic and fresh thyme, whole roasted pollock stuffed with lemon thyme and parsley and roasted octopus, rumored to have come from the Kennebec River!

A wonderful stewed chick pea blended with Goranson Farm tomatoes and Tarbox Farm Swiss chard and forked mashed local potatoes wowed most folks. Extra Virgin Olive Oil was used in most dishes. 

Our desert, provided by Dragonfly Cove Farms, offered the perfect ending to the meal -- lemon and thyme macerated blueberries and cilantro thyme served with a marinated melon. Dan Sortwell of Big Barn Coffee provided a wonderfully blended coffee for all.

Local artist Johannah Harkness exhibited a series of creative photographs including many taken of the Freight Shed. Click here to visit the Freight Shed ARTicles for sale page where you may purchase her artwork, with 40% of the proceeds benefiting the Freight Shed!

A wonderful meal, great guests, and good fun, all in support of the Bath Freight Shed and its programs.

The one remaining Full Moon Dinner to cap off the inaugural series is scheduled September 19th featuring Chef Tim O’Brian of Trattoria Athena of Brunswick. 

Although this dinner is fully booked, please consider joining us at our Oktoberfest planned for Saturday, October 12th from 12 to 5 pm. 

We’ll have a variety of sausages, sauerbraten, schnitzel, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels and a wide selection of local and German beer! The event will be open to all with details to follow shortly. 

For more information call Don Kornrumpf at 207-443-3450 or via email.

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