Copper Kitchen is a full-service catering company located in Maryland. They specialize in preparing seasonal and sustainable food with ingredients from local farmers and markets. Last week, I joined other local food bloggers and influencers for a Farm-To-Table Honey Harvest Dinner at Piedmont Learning Center in Gwynn Oak, Maryland. They couldn’t have chosen a more gorgeous evening to host an outdoor dinner. The weather (no rain), décor, cocktails and food were un-bee-lievably perfect.
We arrived to the smokey smells of the chefs grilling vegetables, chicken and sausage. Copper Kitchen has an on-site 160 year old smokehouse where they smoke their meats. The set-up included four long tables with seating for 17 each and tiki torches surrounding the tables. The napkins were the star of the show because everyone loved them and mentioned how they gave the table a pop of color.
Guests were treated to wine, rose’ and pre-dinner craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients such as mint, lavender and peach puree. My drink of choice was the Peach Fizz because Bourbon is always a good idea. Keeping with the fresh ingredient theme, the jams and preserves featured on the cheese table were made scratch, Cooper Kitchen also does their own pickling.
Piedmont Learning Center has six beehives on the premises and a few brave souls volunteered to put on the protective gear and get up close and personal with the bees. Myself and a few other guests chose the other educational option – scraping the honey comb and sampling the fresh honey. I’ve never had honey that fresh and straight from the frame, it sweet and sticky. After tasting the fresh honey, I don’t want my honey any other way!
Once guests were seated at the dinner table, we were greeted by Chef Kevin Miller of Copper Kitchen and he gave us the origins and details of the food preparation. He explained how all the food was local, field to table and named some of the farms that provided the food, farms such as One Straw Farm, Star Bright Farm , and Charlottetown Farm. The menu consisted of Herb Roasted Chicken, Summer Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Sausage, Apple Cider Rolls and Roasted Corn, Tomatoes and Kale. The condiments were exceptional, everyone at my table loved the chimichurri and peach butter.
Everything was delicious! Seriously, no need to waste space on the blog describing everything…it was all really good. I wouldn’t expect anything else from farm fresh ingredients. I will say that the chicken was my favorite, tender and flavorful I wanted to make a sandwich…slap some chicken on a roll and add the peach butter. Everyone also received a swag bag with Copper Kitchen’s House Made Peach Preserves.. Yummm!
The Piedmont Learning Center was the perfect place for this beautiful outdoor dinner. In partnership with Copper Kitchen, they also host weddings and other events there. The learning center is dedicated to teaching youth about beekeeping, gardening, healthy eating, outdoor and environmental education – as a foodie this is learning I can truly appreciate.
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