RECAP: Incredible Feast at Swansons Nursery

Food from Seattle’s best chefs and local farmers.

Sunday’s 11th annual Incredible Feast raised money for the emergency relief program for farmers, Good Farmer Fund. The fund has raised over $100,000 to help to mitigate situations such as crop losses due to extreme weather, loss of equipment or greenhouses in fire or heavy snow and protecting livestock from continued predators. The sold-out event held at Swansons Nursery was an elegant venue with both indoor and outdoor space to move about. The rain held off and the sunset provided a beautiful backdrop for the lovely evening.

Poppy’s Squash and Goat Cheese Blintz with Berry Gastrique.

We enjoyed mingling with and tasting the food of two dozen of Seattle’s best chefs—plus over two dozen spectacular local farmers—and enjoy an incredible cornucopia of local and seasonal flavors. Each chef created a signature dish for the event, incorporating ingredients supplied by local farmers and fishers.

  • WE GOT SECONDS OF: Poppy’s Squash and Goat Cheese Blintz with Berry Gastrique and Herbs from Mountain Lodge & Whistling Train. The pastry was light and the filling was savory, creamy, and enhanced by the fresh herbs.
  • A CROWD FAVORITE: Bar Melusine’s Roast Beef Tartines with fresh microgreens from Farmbox Greens. The mayo was tangy with hearty pastrami on a toasted rustic bread.
  • ANOTHER FAVORITE: The Smoked Salmon and Deviled Egg from Cedarbrook Lodge’s Copperleaf Restaurant. It’s hard to turn down eggs, especially deviled. All the eggs, please.
  • OUR FAVORITE DESSERT: Luc’s Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Curd, Torched Meringue, and Fresh Blackberries. The curd was tart and complimented the sweet, fluffy meringue on top of a moist pound cake.

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Luc’s Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Curd, Torched Meringue, and Fresh Blackberries.
Bar Melusine’s Roast Beef Tartines (Beef from Skagit River Ranch, Microgreens from Farmbox Greens).
Smoked Salmon and Deviled Egg.

GOOD FARMERS FUND: 2015 has been an especially devastating year for our small farms and the fund has already given out over $28,000 to help with drought relief, wildfire damage and more. Participation in this year’s event helps our small farms keep farming, protects our local foodshed and supports our local environment.

All proceeds support the Good Farmer Fund and the Neighborhood Farmers Markets’ (NFM) programs, including the Fresh Bucks program for SNAP users.

Photos by Jennifer Liu.

Incredible Feast                 |               Seattle Farmers Markets            |               October 11, 2015