Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dining In a Corn Field

My husband’s birthday was at the end of May. So what do you get the man that has everything? At our age, if we need something we usually go out and buy it. I struggled to come up with something unique, and found the perfect gift while reading the Kansas! Magazine several months back. The article that caught my eye was about agritourism and featured a Kansas couple who hosted a gourmet meal right in their corn field. After visiting their website I signed up for the event. I had a few moments of nail biting because I really didn’t know what to expect, or if my husband would enjoy it.

The evening was to be a surprise for my husband. The only thing he knew was the directions since he was the one doing the driving. Here’s what greeted us as we arrived for Hors d’oeuvres. Just look at that gorgeous farm table, which really wasn’t a table at all, but more like a well –used work bench. We were served curry pheasant salad on crusty bread, gooey miniature grilled cheese sandwiches, and a couple Kansas wines.

My husband and I could not keep our eyes off the tables all lined up in a row, the colorful napkins, the white chairs, and the sun shining on the goblets making them sparkle. We took 17 photos of that stunning table, and that’s just the beginning.

This is the menu for the evening. With each course a different California wine was featured. The food was fabulous and I wish I would have snapped a photo of each course, but I was too distracted by the food to even think about taking pictures.

Here are just a few of the many photos my husband took that night. Debbie Miller of Midwest Living Magazine was there, but I didn't get to visit with her other than to let her know how much I love the magazine.

Another photo of the table, but if you look closely towards the back left you'll see Chef Scott Benjamin explaining each course. The Wild Rice Risotto was to die for and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

This is where the meal was served from. Who would think a gourmet meal could be put together under a tent!

Below: The couple on the right are the original owners of the farm. If you've ever been to Kansas you might hav seen the signs that read 'One Kansas Farmer feeds 128 people and you!' This couple helped make and place 60 billboards across the state.

The evening ended with the glow of the torches and a full moon hanging low in the sky.


Patti Vanderbloemen said...

What an awesome, thoughtful memory you have created for both you and your husband! An excellent present! Don't laugh here, but my favorite pic is of the pillar candle centerpieces, filled with dried corn (looks like popcorn to this non-farm girl!). I am going to use that idea! Wonderful post!

Mary Lamoray said...

Now that! was seriously different and well worth remembering...a super special gift! Of course now you will have to top this come next year! :)))

Loris Glassworks said...

I love this idea! I really love the long table, perfect for this event. Thanks for sharing!
Lori D.

Dori said...

What a thoughtful gift, Alice! You are right, at our age, we either have what we need, or buy what we want, so the giving of experiences and the building of memories together is the sweetest gift of all. Beautiful photos! ~D

CraftyHope said...

Wowzers!! That sounds truly amazing. Though, I'm not sure it's something my husband would enjoy/appreciate. I hope yours did! Now you've gone and gotten me hungry with that menu. Mmmmmm! Thanks so much for sharing that experience with us.