From Heidi Tunnell’s Barn Dinners website:
“Wine glasses clinking, forks tapping plates, conversation buzzing, laughter… Those sounds are foodies, farmers and winemakers all dining together in the 19th century restored barn on Furrer Farms. The food for this meal was just pulled from the ground from a farm right down the road. And the wine in those glasses was handcrafted by one of the many talented winemakers right here in Oregon.
This isn’t just a meal. This is a celebration of local food, the people who grow it and those who craft it into something wonderful. We believe that the best meals are prepared using the freshest products available kept simple. Food that is fresh, local and straight from the farm needn’t be tampered with too much, we like to let the food speak for itself. For that reason our food is picked just before being prepared and served to you, our guest.
The menu for the evenings dinner is not posted too soon before the dinner because we don’t know what we’ll be cooking with. Yes, we know what each of the farmers grow, but it’s not until the day we need the food do we know what looks best.
Dinners are three courses, served family style and each course is paired with a wine from the featured winemaker. They are prepared by Heidi Tunnell a local girl raised in the Willamette Valley with a passion for using the best, freshest products. A graduate of the Cuilnary Institute of America in 2002, Heidi has experience working with small, local farmers in places such as New York and Indiana. After returning back to the Willamette Valley she decided to return to her roots and start the Barn Dinners on her family’s farm in Creswell. More information about Heidi and her catering company can be found at her website, heiditunnellcatering.com.
Each dinner we will bring a local winemaker to the farm and pair their wine with local food from local growers. As well, each dinner may include another artisan such as a cheesemaker or beekeeper. The artisan/farmer and the winemaker will be at the dinner to talk about what they do and answer any questions you may have about the products they produce. The dinners will hopefully make people more aware of local growers and producers and possibly inspire diners to use more locally produced items.”
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