Here are a few photos we took at a Please dinner last month in Cincinnati. Have you heard of Please? It's the coolest concept! Here's the gist: There is this food wizard, Ryan Santos, right? He cooks up these awesome pop-up dinners at Carriage House Farm, just outside downtown Cinci. Everything is cooked outdoors on a wood fired oven and grill. Most of the produce is grown (or foraged!) right there on the farm, and the meat, dairy, and other ingredients are sourced locally. Three weekends a month, guests can reserve a seat at the big wooden table on the shady hill overlooking the vegetable garden. Friends and strangers gather around the table to enjoy a spectacular, seasonal, multi-course meal that seems to amble on forever. (Believe me, you do not want it to end.) If you go, it will likely be one of the best times you'll have with people you've just met, especially after everyone settles in and cracks open their wine or beer and the conversation begins to flow. (It is BYOB, but I like to bring extra to share.)
You can read more about the Please dinners at Carriage House Farm in City Beat. Visit their website to sign up for an upcoming dinner. Friend them on facebook.
Roasted chickens. / Snacks: radish "macarons", wheat berry crackers w/ chicken liver mousse, kale cannolis.
Foraged / locally grown deliciousness.
Plating the entrees under the trees.
Wrangling fresh honey comb for dessert.
Ryan is an old friend of Kurt's. This go-around, we were not dining. We volunteered to help out in the kitchen and it was a blast! My favorite thing is seeing people's faces light up when they are presented with a beautiful dish. Now that I've been a dinner guest and a helper from behind the scenes, I'm having a hard time deciding which experience I prefer more. Probably the latter, but only because I got dibs on the leftover dandelion root ice cream. Yum!