I had the pleasure of working with Martha Almy of Bantam Feast recently. A couple years ago, Martha created Bantam as a way to bring together people from her community so they can get to know each other over a regionally sourced, family-style dinner. I love her belief that the best time to connect with others is around the dinner table. Bantam works with local farms, fishermen, and artisanal food providers to create their delicious, seasonal, and simple menus.
This feast was set in an old farmhouse on a beautiful property in Essex, MA. The menu consisted of Maplebrook Burrata with Basil Oil, Local Tomatoes, Fresh Bread from A&J King, and Lettuce Cups to start. The specialty drink was a refreshing Prosecco Punch with Basil & Blood Orange. Dinner began with Grilled John Crow Farm Sausage, Corn on the Cob, and Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad.
The finale was the beautiful Boullebaise with Lobster, Sea Bass, Clams, & Mussels with Garlic Croutons and Aioli. It was pure heaven. For desert, some Fresh Local Fruit & Chocolate Dipped Lemon Peel.
The whole event was laid back and gorgeous, complete with plating by camp lantern!
If you're interested in learning more about Martha's dinners, which are put together once a month, visit the Bantam Feast website.