For a while now I’ve seen, read and heard about events put on by Hill & Holler. [Check out this gorgeous recap!] With the tagline “a modern configuration of the farm table,” Hill & Holler configures farm dinner events at different locations featuring local food and chefs. Each event benefits a non-profit organization. I finally figured out how to buy a ticket before they sell out (=fast!) and couldn’t wait to enjoy my first dinner on Sunday night.
The evening was supporting Beyond The Flavor, an amazing food blog here in Cville, and creators Sarah and Andrea were the guests of honor. Expect a beautiful recap on the event on BTF!
I asked my friends if anyone wanted to be my date for the evening and Genevieve joined me!
I was thrilled that my friend Brett and her husband Nathanial were able to come too.
We began the evening smack in the middle of the downtown mall with music by Red & The Romantics and Potter’s Craft Cider.
The passed apps were great, and this artichoke spread with olives, peppers, pickles and parmesan was my favorite
We moved inside for the main meal where two long tables were dressed to the nines
Old Metropolitan Hall is a brand new venue downtown and it was fun to step inside after watching construction for months. The inside is classic and fancy but was decorated perfectly with burlap and flowers for this evening’s event.
Pollak is one of my favorite local vineyards, so I was thrilled with the wine selection!!
Chef Dean Maupin of C&O Restaurant was the mastermind behind the menu, and everything was incredible – great use of herbs and contrasting textures!!
We had to Google “sottocenere” and figured out that the puddle of white was a melty “fondue” sauce. I loved the sausage buried inside from Sausage Craft. This might have been my favorite course, but it was hard to choose!
The second, third and fourth courses were all served family style, which I loved! A compromise between buffet and plated dinner. Family-style food is so beautiful!
First, rose. LOVED this! It was just like aged summer strawberries.
Duck tortellini and French lentils
The salad was tender and seasoned with plenty of grainy mustard dressing
My favorite food of the night was the bread. Surprise, surprise! I don’t even like leeks, but this leek + tarragon ciabatta was out of this world. The bottom was crusty almost like toffee and there was a hint of cinnamon that we couldn’t figure out – perhaps the tarragon?
The main course…
Loved the herby gremolata on top
And finally….the Silky Cow Milk + Brown Sugar Pie was outstanding!!! The base crust was sticky toffee and the top layers smooth as can be. The recipe is actually on Beyond The Flavor!
Dessert wine and Shenandoah Joe coffee concluded the meal.
What an amazing foodie experience. I hope to dine with Hill & Holler again soon!