February 5, 2012
This past Sunday the weather was so perfect here in Winter Park, warm sun, slight breeze, perfect mid-70′s. I had received an invitation to Pam Brandon’s home several weeks earlier to be a part of a photo shoot for the Spring Issue of Edible Orlando. We were nominated for the best local artisan food find!!! The winner’s have not been announced yet, but we were so honored to be nominated and included in such a wonderful round up of hard working artisans. I had been wanting to meet Tony of Big Wheel Provisions and there he was in the flesh, grilling up fabulous shrimp, onion greens and a lamb donated by Trish at Deep Creek Ranch. He is so dedicated and passionate about what he does, and the food that he cooked was spectacular.
Pam (editor), Katie Farmand (editor) and Kendra Lott (Publisher) of Edible Orlando organized and put together this beautiful table and event! Breadsticks and Boule were provided by Olde Hearth Bread Company. Heirloom tomatoes were provided by Melanie and Roger of Waterkist Farms, you can read a bit about them here: Waterkist Farms. Melanie and Roger are my next door neighbors at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, and it was such a pleasure to see them socially and so relaxed!!! Raw Blue Cheese was provided by David and Dawn of Winter Park Dairy. Here is a picture of Dawn with one of her twin girls!
And, of course, Fresh fruit jams were provided by our company. Here is a photo below of our Raspberry Pepper Jam and Florida Grape Tomato Jam paired with a slab of Raw Blue Cheese.
Again, my heartfelt thanks goes out to both Pam and her husband for opening up their gorgeous home to us and for the entire team for putting together such a beautiful event and afternoon. I love feeling and being a part of this community. Pam, her daughter Katie and Heather McPherson are currently working on publishing a Florida Farm to Table Cookbook that I can’t wait to purchase too!