Mar 21, 2012
01:50 PM
Weekender

Living off the land

Living off the land

Each spring Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford post the menus and schedule for their increasingly popular Farm Table Dinners. On many an occasion, the reservations are scooped up within days for the outstanding experience to dine on the 400 acre sustainable farm that Lisa and Linda lease out in Depew.

I have written about The Living Kitchen  in the past – for both the dinners and the community supported agriculture these lovely ladies offer at the farmers’ market each summer – but never have I been so excited about a schedule of events like I am for this year’s Farm Table Dinner lineup!

Also this year is the addition of a few "Guest Chef" dinners, featuring Oklahoma City chefs Cali Johnson and Kathryn Mathis of Big Truck Tacos, as well as Tulsa’s favorite cheese wench, Amanda Simcoe. I highly suggest that you look this list over immediately, for these dinners are guaranteed to book up quickly. For the last several years every dinner has sold out!

Read more about Lisa, Linda and The Living Kitchen on their website, www.livingkitchenfarmanddairy.com.

FARM TABLE DINNER SCHEDULE 2012

APRIL

Found and Foraged

Garden, field, pond and forest…all great places to find “WILD FOODS.” This dinner is a chef’s pure delight!

For many years in the spring, Jackie Dill of Oklahoma Wildcrafting has led a spring walk teaching others what Oklahoma has to offer when it comes to wild edibles, herbs and mushrooms.   What an honor it is to be blessed with our own personal stroll through the gardens, fields, ponds and forests of our 400 acre farm with master forager herself Jackie Dill (okwildcrafting.com) foraging for our dinner.  The menus won’t be chosen until the harvest begins, but this dinner promises to be full of surprises and culinary excitement. 

Cost: $60 per person.

Dates: 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 (with Jackie Dill present)
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14

The Asparagus Dinner with Three Springs Farm

This dinner is the celebration of the almighty asparagus! Inspired by Mike Appel and Emily Oakley of Three Springs Farm, who happen to grow the most fantastic asparagus. This six-course vegetarian dinner is an exploration of the delicate and extreme sides of asparagus.

Cost: $60 per person

Dates: 7 p.m. Friday, April 20
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21

MAY

The Strawberry Dinner

Love homegrown, sweet, ripe strawberries? The season is short in Oklahoma and we never seem to get enough. This dinner was Emily Oakley’s suggestion.  She and partner Mike, of Three Springs Farm, have been growing sweet, delicious, organic strawberries for this dinner. The menu will feature dishes which use foods from the farm, paired and combined with Mike and Emily’s strawberries for a 6-course strawberry menu!

Cost: $60 per person

Dates: 7 p.m. Friday, May 11
6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Guest Chef Dinner featuring Kamala Gamble of Kam’s Kookery and Guilford Gardens

Oklahoma City chef/gardener extraordinaire Kamala Gamble left the banking industry many years ago to follow a passion for cooking. After working with celebrity chef Rick Bayless at his famed Chicago restaurant Frontera Grill, she came back to Oklahoma and started Kam’s Cookery. Read this article about Kam in Southern Living Magazine and you’ll get an idea why she is so special . In many ways, Kam’s Kookery and Guilford Gardens is like a miniature version of Living Kitchen. Kam and her husband Lance have turned a double lot into an urban farm adding more land and growing more and more each year. Kam teaches cooking classes, caters, and offers a CSA.  She is truly a gifted chef and we are so excited to have her as our guest! For more information about Kamala, click here.

Cost: $60 per person

Date: 7 p.m. Friday, May 18

JUNE

The Lavender Feast- Featuring Clear Creek Lavender Farm

This dinner is the pride and joy of the entire year.  Lavender has always been prized for its aromatic uses in oils and soaps but there is another side to lavender you must discover. Lavender possesses delicate and amazing culinary uses, so prepare yourself for a treat of the senses.  This dinner always sells out fast, so please don’t wait to make your reservation. 

Cost: $60 per person

Dates: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16
7 p.m. Friday, June 22
6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23

JULY

Heirloom Tomato Feast

If this isn’t indulgent, I don’t know what is! Six courses of farm-grown, ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes paired with our farmstead cheeses and other farm delicacies.

Cost: $60 per person

Dates: 7 p.m. Friday, July 13
6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14
7 p.m. Friday, July 20

Guest Chef Dinner Featuring Big Truck Tacos Divas

Guest chefs Cali Johnson and Kathryn Mathis of the famed Big Truck Tacos in Oklahoma City will be on hand to have a little farm fun. Remember: lots of tomatoes, eggplant and peppers should be at the peak of freshness. Don’t wait to make your reservation. You know this dinner will sell out fast!

Cost: $60 per person

Date: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21

AUGUST

No dinners this month. Farm Table staff will be preserving, canning and freezing the great offerings of the summer for later use.

SEPTEMBER

Late Summer’s Harvest Dinner

Truly the best Oklahoma meal, celebrating and honoring American Native traditional foods.

Cost: $60 per person

Dates: 7 p.m. Friday, September 7
6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 8
6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 15

Guest Chef Dinner Featuring The Cheese Wench -Amanda Simcoe

Most Tulsans know Chef Amanda Simcoe as the Cheese Wench who has a thing for bacon. We’re not sure exactly what’s on this night’s 6-course menu, but we are raising a pig just for this dinner so plan on pork and lots of bacon.

Cost: $60 per person

Date: 7 p.m. Friday, September 14

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