The growing presence of Washington’s wine industry might be one of the reasons, but it could also be due to the nexus of artisan food producers here. Whatever the genesis of this agritourism, It’s a boon to food lovers in the state.
On Saturday, August 19th an array of this agricultural bounty will presented at the Savor Summer dinner at Blue Mountain Station in Dayton. Brad McMasters, President of the Blue Mountain Co-Op Board, calls the development a “natural, organic and sustainable food park.”
Blue Mountain already is home to six small food processors. The location also boasts a co-op market which features produce grown at Blue Mountain and foods from many farmers and craft food producers in the surrounding area. What area, you might ask? Well, Dayton is just 32 miles north of Walla Walla, but it’s 69 miles east of the Tri Cities and about 125 miles south Spokane. And Seattle is 270 miles west. Off the beaten track you say? Yes, that would be a fair assessment, but agritourism doesn’t happen in Manhattan or Paris. Food originates out in the country.
Sarah Kleck of The Q Wood-Fired Grill which is catering the Savor Summer dinner, says that food events in the Dayton and Waitsburg area are generally well-supported by local residents, but also by people living more distant, including some from the populous west side of the state.
The dinner will be prepared by Emry and Sandy Kleck of The Q Wood-Fired Grill and will feature the produce and food products of many local producers. Some of the small businesses whose food will be part of this meal served at Blue Mountain’s Artisan Food Center include the Monteillet Fromagerie, Verdurous Gardens, Grassroot Gourmet, Tucannon Farms, Smith Hollow Farmstead, Warren Orchards, Dixie Acres Farm and Hidden Gardens Farms. Wines from Dumas Station will be poured.
at Blue Mountain Station
Charred Bread w/ House-Made Ricotta & Cherry Salsa
- Grilled Artichokes w/ Smoked Tomato Aioli
- Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
- Grilled Chard & Kale w/ Roasted Red Peppers & Sweet Onions and Fresh Monteillet Fromage w/ Balsamic Reduction
- Whole Roasted Lamb with Spicy Chimichurri
- Grilled Seasonal Vegetables
- Wheat Berry Salad
- Grilled Garlic Bread
- Cheese Plate with Grilled Peaches, Blueberries and Watermelon plus Walla Walla Bread Company Lavosh Crackers
Editor’s note: For more general information about Blue Mountain Station and details about the August 19th dinner visit www.bluemountainstation.com.