posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

The Plated Landscape Adventure

You may have seen this picture in the private dining room at Spice Kitchen + Bar…

A room of their own.

A room of their own.

It’s a Plated Landscape dinner, circa Mackenzie Creamery, Spring 2012. This shot actually turned out much better than the previous year, which had us scrambling for a rain plan. We packed into Jean’s charming farmhouse, and were rewarded for our temporary inconvenience during third course.

Oooohs and aaaaahs all around.

Oooohs and aaaaahs all around.

There’s always a story to be made at a Plated Landscapes event.

Open-toed adventure.

A rain plan hoop house.

A walk in the gardens.

A walk in the gardens.

We’ve been throwing these farm parties for seven years now to celebrate the growing season.

A shot of summer in every glass.

Grill season, Spice style.

Grill season, Spice style.

It’s also a chance for guests to get to know the farmers, and learn about their land.

...and special visitors.

…and special visitors.

Once seated, guests settle in. Surrounded by the richness of the landscape, they toast with strangers, dine under the sunset, then finish the last bite by lantern light.

Not quite twilight.

Not quite twilight.

We hope you’ll join us for our 2013 season, when we’ll feature a collection of six of the region’s most well-planted farms, hand picked for culinary adventure.

We could be here...

We could be here…

...or here

…or here

...or here

…or here

...or here.

…or here.

We’ll announce 2013 Plated Landscapes locations to our mailing list on the first day of Spring, March 20th. Or, look for the schedule on our website during the first week of April.

Regulars – and those who’d like to be – please call us anytime to hear about our Plated Landscape season pass!

We can tell you that we’re switching it up this year, complete with new possibilities to explore. And maybe a scavenger hunt or two. As usual, the menus will be a surprise, planned only a few weeks in advance to coincide with what will be growing in our dining room that evening. We also have a fresh music line up for your listening enjoyment.

We hope you’ll join us! Stay tuned for the 2013 schedule and reservation instructions via email or website.

At the end of the day, there are few things more fun than dozens of well-fed folks laughing under the stars.

Dinner at dusk.

Dinner at dusk.

Read more about Plated Landscapes over the years.

“The food was extraordinary, the setting charming, the spirit friendly, and when darkness wrapped itself around our gathering something kind of magical took hold.”
Laura Taxel, Cleveland Magazine

“Wide cracks in the plank siding barely keep the chilly winds at bay as guests warm themselves with sips of hot cider spiked with dark rum and French ginger liqueur.”
Michael O’Malley, The Plain Dealer

“Fueled by kinship, boozy cocktails, wholesome foods, and the fading summer sun, guests seem to loll about in a blissed-out stupor.” –Doug Trattner, Scene Magazine

Editor’s note:
Special thanks to these photographers for capturing our memories…
the illustrious Paul Lender
the awesomeness Keith Berr
the totally terrific David Hornek

the ever-great Christina Bright
the uber-talented Tess Smith
the visionary Kayla Westfall
the guy-with-a-great-eye Mr. Borcherds

 

 

 

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