Her plan is pretty cool. The invitation that she sent out to her guests sets the scene:
It’s exciting because I’ve realized how this project is shaping up to
reflect several of the things that are really important to me: environmental
sustainability, recycled products, local artisans, aesthetics and design... what
I value even more than those things are community engagement and good food! and soooo, I’ve decided to hold a two-part party. Part I will be *pre-reno.* It will
be a catered affair ...and will showcase the skills of a wonderful personal
chef/foodie/founder of Slow Food Hamilton, Karen Burson, who was recently (just yesterday!) featured in the Hamilton Spectator http://www.thespec.com/article/392895 . She will be incorporating local and/or organic products, producers and food from community gardens into her offerings for the evening.
Our very busy day started with a trip to Simpler Thyme Organic Farm (documented in photos shown a few entries below this one). The hostess arranged for a friend to be both DJ and photographer that night, so that Ruth could concentrate on entertaining her guests, which proved fortunate for me: all photos taken while the party was in progress are by Tala Strauss. Thank you, Tala! And I really like your photographic style!
Thanks most of all to an Ruth for inviting me to cook for her friends -- Ruth, you are an incredibly attentive, kind and caring hostess. I always appreciate your support and encouragement as I do my best to demonstrate how tasty and exciting local cuisine can be.