Sunday, January 10, 2016

Winter Workshop + Secret Supper 2016

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Last month I held a winter workshop & supper here in the pacific northwest. We found a beautiful renovated barn in Washougal on an old-growth Christmas tree farm and decorated it with our little touches. We had a wonderful group of women join us from all over the country for the workshop, and started off with my photography session, then the lovely Stacey Clark taught the styling portion, and Christiann went over social media and the business side of the industry. The incredibly talented catering duo Mona and Jaret of Foster's Craft Cooking prepared our lunch; we enjoyed awonderful whole roasted cauliflower with an Oregon hazelnut romanesco, a treviso & parsley leaf salad with shaved celery, manchego, and a sherry vinaigrette, and a clam, chorizo, and white bean stew which was prepared in an epic paella pan over an open fire outside. We then mulled around taking photos and chatting before more folks arrived for the supper. Mona and Jaret outdid theselves once again, and I have the full menu below. It was absolutely incredible, and I can't thank the two of them enough for their hard work and passion. A huge thanks also goes out to Danielle, Zhanna, Colleen, Sarah, Renae, and Verena for helping bring the event together, and to all of our guests for joining us on for this wonderful wintery celebration, and to all of our sponsors listed below who donated their wares to make the gathering possible.

I've had many questions asking about the next Secret Supper in the Portland area, and I am so SO happy to announce that we have four suppers planned for 2016, one for each season, and each one with a unique theme.

The first supper of the year is Fire & Ice, and will take place on Saturday, February 27th. Every course from this 5-course supper will be prepared over an open fire filled with smoldering wood and glowing coals. We've found a magical location tucked away in the woods and would love for you to join us. You can register via the link below, we also have a season pass available for a short time which allows you to pre-book for all four suppers this year (the dates for each one are on the Secret Supper site). Hope to see you soon!


Vermont Creamery @vermontcreamery - Goat cheeses, cultured butter, creme fraiche
Sheldon Ceramics @sheldonceramics - Handmade ceramic platter
Amity Vineyards  @amityvineyards - 2013 WV Pinot Noir, 2014 WV Riesling, 2014 WV Pinot Blanc
Foster’s Craft Cooking @pdxoystersocial - Lunch & Dinner Catering
Treehouse Chocolate @treehousechocolate - Hot cocoa mix for each attendee
notPerfect Linen @notperfectlinen - Linen aprons for each attendee
Mountain Rose Herbs @mountainroseherbs - Vanilla English Breakfast + Chai Tea
Fran’s Chocolate @franschocolates - Salted caramel chocolates for each attendee
Heirloomed Collection @heirloomedcollection - Linen tea towels for each attendee
Heart Coffee @heartroasters - Delicious fresh-brewed coffee with each meal
Marley and Lockyer @marleyandlockyer - Ceramic star ornaments for each attendee
Hatchery Box @hatchery - Subscription box for each attendee
Krista’s Baking Co. @kristasbakingco - Cookie mixes for each attendee
Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery @getyourhotcakes - Molten fudge cakes for each attendee
Alma Chocolate @almachocolate - Melted hot chocolate for supper
Commonwealth Rentals @commonwealthpdx - Benches, flatware, salad dishes
Westward Whiskey @westwardwhiskey - Whiskey for cocktails
Felt + Fat @feltandfat - Handmade ceramics
Green State Sugaring - Maple syrup
Grand Central Bakery - Puff pastry

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking


Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

I have the menu for the winter gathering below, please feel free to use it an inspiration for planning your own small winter gathering with family and close friends. Nothing quite like warm food, great company, and good drinks on a cold winter evening!

Menu

AMUSE BOUCHE

Netarts Bay Oysters on the half shell with Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
2014 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc
Late Autumn Crudites with Bagna Cauda

STARTER

Wild Mushroom Tartlets with Sherry, Cream & Thyme
2014 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Riesling 

SALAD

Mixed Chicories Salad with Shaved Fennel and Pomegranate with Banyuls Vinaigrette
2014 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Riesling 

MAIN

Short Ribs Braised with Fennel, Red Wine & Prunes
Celeriac Puree
Braised Root Vegetables & Chestnuts
2013 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Mulled Wine

DESSERT

Maple Panna Cotta with Bourbon Chantilly Cream
Served with Westward Whiskey spiked Alma Hot Chocolate

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Winter Workshop + Supper by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, as always!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  2. Goodness me the photos just keep coming. This looks divine, the food the setting, the cooking outdoors! I love all of it!

    I've never been so jealous about not being somewhere :-)

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  3. Wish I could go, some day, on a meeting like this. I would be happy.
    Everything is perfect...

    Cláudia (from Portugal) :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Claudia! Hopeful someday you can come to Portland and join ;)

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  4. Gorgeous! This looks like it was an amazing gathering filled with inspiration and talent! I'd love to be at the next one!

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    1. Thank you so much Tori!! We'd love to have you come! :D

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  5. Looks truly amazing, inspiring, brilliant <3

    I would love to come to the next one..! :)

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    1. Thank you dear Kendall! I'd love to have you join us :)

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  6. So, I want to buy a ticket but I have a question. None of the tickets say there is a photographer section with you. The Fire and Ice workshop says it education will be in terms of learning the science of pairing food and wine. Which ticket means I get to learn photography tips from you?

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    1. Hi Christina! The workshop we are offering is just on pairing food and wine with tastings and then the 5-course supper will be afterwards. I do offer photography workshops, though, and would love to have you come to one! You can see the current and upcoming ones at www.firstweeat.co, there is one here in the US in June that I am very excited about and will be opening registration for that soon :)

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  7. That room though!!! Also, your food looks mouth-watering delicious, and your photography beyond beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much Erika! It was such a perfect location <3

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  8. I had a great time at the workshop and Brian & I both loved the dinner! All of it was beyond expectation and would highly recommend it. Thank you so much for making it all magical.

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    1. Thank you so, so much for coming Carol! I has such a great time getting to know you and am so happy you made the trip down with Brian. Jeremy and I loved talking with the two of you, hope to see you again the next time you come to Portland <3

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  9. It's beautiful what you do, I'd love to join you, because I love the atmosphere and the sense of sharing. But I live in France and Portland is not next door ..... I am also culinary blogger and I'd love to organize meetings like this, but here in France, are very different mindsets of yours.
    In any case, I congratulate you, Bravo !!!!
    Hugs to Provence France

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  10. This looks gorgeous. I wish I could be in the PNW just for these dinners. I'll just have to work on my own instead.

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  11. Hey Eva,
    Amazing photos! I can sense the atmosphere from here! It is worth doing it I am sure.

    Regards,
    Natalija

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  12. Beautiful photos Eva! I hope I can make it to one of your workshops and see you do your magic, would love to meet you! :-)

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  14. Thanks for mentioning Grand Central Bakery and for the inspired use of our puff pastry in those gorgeous wild mushroom tartlets. What a beautiful meal Jaret & Mona prepared!

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  15. Fantastic blog! You are amazing, thank you a lot for sharing your experience with us, you are such an inspiration to me!

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