1 Here I am with my friend, the legendary Sal Gilbertie.
2 It was indeed, one magical night of great food & wine.
3 Sal and I are joined by Lori Cochran-Dougall, the Market Director, who is responsible for bringing product from Connecticut's finest farms and purveyors for the community to enjoy.
4 The event was held in Sal's large greenhouse, which is also the winter home of the Westport Farmers' Market.
6 Wonderful hassocks for sitting
7 This is Chef Michel Nischan with his team - Lori and Jon.
8 Michel served crispy pork belly with a soft poached egg and sunchoke mustard, plus warm roasted beets with storage onions and whipped yogurt.
9 Michel Nischan - Crispy pork belly
10 My plate with crispy pork belly with warm roasted beets - yum!
11 This is Matt Storch of Match, who had an amazing selection.
12 Matt Storch - Naked Ravioli: ricotta and herb gnudi rolled in brown butter on charred Wave Hill Bread
13 Matt Storch - Ahi Blocks: raw tuna rolled in blood orange, jalapeño, basil with a dot of black truffle
14 Matt Storch - Short rib nugget with feta, za'taar, and pomegranate
15 Matt Storch - Veggie Banh Mai: micro cilantro, carrot, cucumber, hoisin, and rice noodles topped with spicy aioli
16 Posing with Bill Taibe
17 I love eating at Bill's leFarm restaurant and I cannot wait to try his latest venture, The Whelk.
18 Bill's lovely wife, Rachel
19 Bill Taibe - Foie gras terrine coupled with marmalade served on winter squash toast
20 Bill is masterful at roasting vegetables.
21 Bill Taibe - Roasted beets and carrots partnered with Beltane goat cheese dip
22 Bill also served smoked bluefish paté with ham on Parker House rolls and Greyledge beef chili.
23 Music was provided by Jay Stollman Entertainment
24 One great prize at the Live Auction was to have Sal Gilbertie, himself, come to your home and design a kitchen garden just for you, including a $500 gift certificate to Gilbertie's Herb Gardens for materials.
25 Enjoying a taste at Tim LaBant's station - Tim served sushi grade fluke dressed with citrus, pink pepper & micro-nasturtium. Plus, braised leeks with soft egg atop Wave Hill toast, Pleasant cow cheese and a grain of paradise.
26 Tim LaBant - Sweet potato, pork crumble, and watercress served in an eggshell
27 Tim LaBant - Bacon lollipop
28 Wine parings were provided by Fountainhead Wines & Distillations and Fountainhead Selections.
29 It didn't take long for a large crowd to gather at this sold out event.
30 The lines were long at each station.
32 And with my producer of special events, Judy Morris and her husband, Jim. Judy is very active with the farmers' market and was on the design committee of Fork it Over.
34 With Michael and Debbie Lonsdale - Debbie worked in my catering business many years ago.
35 Even though Sal Gilbertie's Westport greenhouse is closed for the season, the retail business is still open for business. Sal also has a large wholesale greenhouse operation in Easton, CT.
36 Beautiful topiaries and garden ornaments
37 A table filled with lovely begonias, one of my favorite plants
38 There were several very interesting items to bid on in the silent auction. A month of unlimited yoga classes sounds good to me!
39 And so does a relaxing acupuncture session at Arogya Holistic Healing of Westport! I used to go there when I lived in Westport.
40 So does fly fishing on the beautiful Housatonic River in Cornwall Bridge in northern CT!
41 And so does a butcher class at the fabulous new Craft Butcher in Westport.
42 With John Barricelli of The Sono Baking Company & Cafe
43 John, of course, provided all the gorgeous and delicious deserts for the evening.
44 John Barricelli - Caramel whipped cream with apple pizza
45 John Barricelli - Lemon meringue and chocolate tartelettes
46 Yes, that is a gold leaf garnish!
47 John Barricelli - Assorted cookies
48 John Barricelli - More tartelettes and pecan sticky bars
49 John Barricelli - Tiramisù
50 John Barricelli - Beet and carrot cake with goat cheese frosting