Whim: A Dinner Party at Smolak Farms

by Maggie Battista on July 5, 2011

in Chefs, Entertaining, Events, Main Courses

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

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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Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Whim Dinner at Smolak Farms - Eat Boutique

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • the roman nose

    Sign me up for the next one! Looks like a lovely event!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      It was so lovely, we made so many new friends, and bumped into some old ones.

  • Kari Geltemeyer

    Maggie, this looks amazing! And your photos are gorgeous.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      KARI! 1. I miss ya. 2. Coming from you, that’s the highest compliment and I’ll be on cloud 9 all day, lady. Hope to see you in NYC soon.

  • Mandy

    I’ve been looking at this event regularly, and your post just put me over the top! Tickets purchased for August.

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com wearenotmartha

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I grew up in Andover, so I know Smolak well. I guess I NEED to make it to one of these events :)

    Sues

  • Karen K

    Im drooling! I so wish this event was on a weekend..

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