Last week, I followed one of my favorite chefs to the country. Chef Jason Bond of Bondir restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, launched the Whim dinner series at Smolak Farms, a weekly Wednesday night event that places amazing urban chefs in the bucolic setting of a remote country farm.
Imagine green garden soup with fresh summer truffle and strawberry semifreddo with pistachio shortbread enjoyed under a tent in a field by a pond. It couldn’t have been more delicious and, very quickly into the evening, the group of strangers around our shared dinner table became good friends, yapping about our dogs and our desperate need to escape our fast-paced life for something far more civilized, in the woods.
Tickets are still available for this Wednesday night series. If you’d like to know a bit more about what to expect at one of these lovely events, I’ve put together a little photo essay of our evening. I hope you’re able to enjoy a nice meal in a field at some point this summer, whether at Smolak or in your own back yard.
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