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Eat Retreat!

Eat Retreat was a different experience for me this year. Since I was totally knocked out by a fever, it was a challenge to be fully present and engaged, and I didn’t get the warm fuzzies that I walked away with last year. Kind of a bummer, but the circumstances were out of my hands, and I’m convinced that in the long run there was a purpose that isn’t obvious just yet.

Welcome table

Welcome table

I still met a wonderful group of new folks and instead of some intense bonding over shots of Malort and keg stands with farm interns (I drove home to sleep on the second night – for the best!), I’ll have to track this year’s Eat Retreaters down individually for some serious QT over food in the coming year. Eat Retreat last year for me was all about the friendships that developed. I’ve got faith that the same will be true this year, only they’ll develop a little differently. Perhaps a little more slowly.

Lamb butchery demo

Lamb butchery

Andrew demonstrates how to break down a lamb, which became part of our Friday supper.

Friday night in the kitchen

Friday night crew busting a move in the kitchen. Nate puts the finishing touches on some amazing grilled lamb.

Kitchen times

Mike Lee prepping his ridiculous sichuan lamb. These were probably the two most delicious lamb dishes that I have ever eaten. Tender, succulent flavor for miles.

Neil, talkin

Traditional Native American salmon smoking

Neil shares how to smoke salmon as Native Americans did

On Saturday, Neil shared how salmon are traditionally smoked by the Chinook.

Olive Oil tasting and workshop

An olive oil tasting and workshop, where I learned that the spicy burn on the back of your throat is a good thing! (Polyphenols, which are good for you.)

Heather and the guanciale she brought from the farm where she

Heather preps the gorgeous guanciale she brought to share from the farm where she’s been apprenticing for most of this year.


Just barely beginning to get a little nuts in the kitchen.


I left just as the cocktails started. For the best.


And then I came back for brunch and goodbyes the next day! Mirit’s genius frushi.


The whole gang.

  • Ashley - What an experience! So sorry you were under the weather for it.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Lovely photos, excellent attitude! I’m sure you’re right: there’s some kind of purpose in your experience. I believe there always is, whenever (if ever!) it is revealed to us.ReplyCancel

  • thecitygourmand - Wow, this looks like it would have been quite the experience and you’ve captured it beautifully. Hope you feel better too :)ReplyCancel

  • sweet road - Now that looks like a good time!ReplyCancel

  • SG - Sorry to hear you were sick! Ugh! The event looks like it was awesome and your photo of Andrew and Lamb is captivating. xoReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - There are no words… love these shots.ReplyCancel

  • sara - hope you are feeling better now! the pics are still fabulous, fever or not.ReplyCancel

  • Daniel - It never ceases to amaze me how food can bring people together. No matter where you are from or what the situation is, food will always be a good connector and ice breaker.ReplyCancel

  • ileana - Hope you’re feeling all better by now. From these photos, it looks like you enjoyed everything.ReplyCancel

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