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06 June 2010

dinner at Dog Mountain Farm

would you like to join us for dinner here

Would you like to eat dinner here?

Imagine late-afternoon light, rows of these picnic tables covered in white tablecloths with wine glasses and silverware glinting in the sun, hungry laughing people on all sides of you, warm air on your skin...

and Danny's food coming to the table. Food created from the fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy, herbs, and meats produced by this farm. 5 courses in all.

All of it gluten-free.

Would you like to join us?

with this view of the Cascades

Would you like to eat a farm-t0-table dinner where the food travels about 40 feet from field to kitchen to your plate?

All the while looking at the Cascade Mountains?

You can, on June 26th.

farmers at work

This is Dog Mountain Farm, an idyllic spot tucked away on a dirt road just outside of Duvall. Run by passionate and down-to-earth farmers, David and Cindy Krepky, Dog Mountain Farm feels a world away from the city, even though it's only a 40-minute drive from downtown Seattle. The whole feel of the farm is rustic and warm. Plants and trees flourish everywhere. On the hill, behind the fields, are two white horses. (You can give them carrots, if you want.) This place feels like magic.

David and Cindy are no rubes, however. Sophisticated, smart, and eager to share the joys of local produce and good food with people who appreciate both, they run these farm dinners every summer. Guests arrive about 3 for a tour of the farm, with a glass of the bubbly in hand. By 4:30, diners are seated and waiting for the first course. Slow and savoring, the meal is meant to celebrate what is in season that moment, as well as the chef's skills. There will also be wine pairings — our menu will be paired with wines from Tefft Cellars, a family-owned winery from the Yakima Valley. By the time dessert is done, the sunset may be starting.

This is an amazing experience.

On June 26th, Danny and I will be cooking the Dog Mountain Farm dinner.

Lu was amazed by the place

Oh, who am I kidding? Danny's cooking the dinner. I'll be the sous chef, guest speaker, and the one chasing after a toddler running through the apple orchards.

This is Danny's night.

He would love to feed you. We would love to meet you.

inside the greenhouse

We don't know what the menu is yet. Danny will be making it up in the next couple of weeks, based on his creative ideas while cooking and the list Cindy will be sending him of exactly what is growing and should be ready for eating by the 26th.

He's so excited.

Just standing in their greenhouse a few weeks ago, when we went for a visit, I could feel the plants growing in the warm air.

we'll probably have some tomatoes

It's pretty safe to say that we'll have tomatoes at this dinner.


These seedlings will be full-grown plants by the time we are gathered together.

geese at Dog Mountain Farm

Of course, there are more than fruits and vegetables at Dog Mountain Farm.

These are the geese (with our friend Jenise in the background). They are quite entertaining.

We won't be eating these.

mother and baby goats

This mother and baby goat were so sweet and lovely the day we visited.

(We won't be eating these, either. These are milk goats. It's possible there might be goat on the menu, however.)

beautiful farm

I can't tell you how excited Danny and I am to be part of the farm dinner series at Dog Mountain Farm. This will be a singular experience.

We hope you can join us on June 26th.

Dog Mountain Farm Dinners
7026 Tolt Highlands Road NE
Carnation, WA

Make your reservation here.


At 7:03 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Oh, If only I could come. Sigh!!! Please bring one to the Midwest!! Everything is in season here too. It looks like it will be awesome. Please tell us all how it was so we can be envious.

At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks said...

Wow, what a beautiful setting and a wonderful opportunity! I wish I lived near you, I would snap up a reservation in a minute.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger jeanette from everton terrace said...

My daughter is in Seattle for school and has announced she will staying up there for the summer and NOW THIS! I think Seattle is calling me to get out of the Phoenix heat for the summer...sounds like an enchanting evening to me.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger I Am Gluten Free said...

What a lovely setting! If I lived nearby, I'd be there in a heartbeat!

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Meg said...

Oh my goodness! This sounds like such a wonderful experience - not only is everything fresh and local, but I would love to try something you and Danny have cooked!! And I am so close by, too (I live in Olympia). If I weren't limited to a student budget, I would absolutely be making a reservation right now. I hope the evening goes beautifully!

- Meg @ Gluten-Free Boulangerie

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Would love, love to go, if only I lived closer. I posted this to my facebook wall, though, so my local friends would see it.

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing looking farm! We will be checking the calendar, it would be so much fun to be at a dinner like this. And Fiona and Katie could help chase Lu!

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Mariesa said...

If only I lived closer! Sounds amazing.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

If I had a spare $100 I'd totally do it but too expensive for this unemployed girl. :(

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Jules said...

Good grief, woman! What are you trying to do to me. With your come hither and eat this language it's all I could do not to check out flights! I live in in England! Could you two (three) do some kind of world tour?
Hope it is a brilliant success. Can you get someone tofilma littleof it? I'd love to live vicariously on this one.

At 1:26 PM, Blogger 365 sonrisas said...

uauuuuuuuuuu!!! i would like to!!! i wish i wasn´t so far away

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Dana said...

Well, you know Randy and I would be there in a heartbeat. The only thing keeping us from it is that we will be celebrating my birthday in Paris that very night. I will be sure to remember to send good food vibes your way that night.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

That sounds lovely, wish it wasn't on the other side of the country from me!

I gave you an award! Stop by my blog to read about it! :-)

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Cove Girl said...

O I wish I could go. Alas I will be on an airplane coming back from DC on the 26th. Hopefully this can become a semi-regular occurrence. I'm currently negotiating my food issues with the people running the conference that I am going to. On the menu: Pizza, Chinese, Italian, and Sandwiches for lunch. Talk about a nightmare! Wish me luck

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Tracy Chastain said...

Oh man! Kim and I so wish we could be there to attend this. Sounds like a fantastic afternoon and evening. We'd so be there.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Rebecca Tien said...

Sigh. If I still lived in Seattle I'd be there in an instant. It would be so great to meet you both in person after reading your blog for so long. I bet it will be a fantastic evening and I look forward to reading stories about it on your blog. Have fun!

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Georgia Pellegrini said...

I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening. Wish I could be there!

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Tara Barker said...

What an amazing opportunity for you two! I can only imagine how magical and breathtaking it will be for your lucky diners. I wish I wasn't on the other side of the continent - I'd be there in a heartbeat!

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous stacie said...

Oh rats! We are leaving the NW on June 26...have a grand time and I absolutely love the word rube...must use that in SOMETHING I write this week!

At 4:58 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

You should have a giveaway for your international readers LOl! Would love to come yes please! Sigh just a tiny problem of distance

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Sho said...


This post has motivated me to look for outdoor farm dinners in Virginia, and I think I found one.

Take care,


At 11:59 AM, Blogger Tianna said...

Aw, just a few days after our 1 yr anniversary! We began our relationship over a multi-course, especially for the gluten-free community - meal made at Maggianos last year. It was fantastic, and my first occasion eating out safely since my Celiac diagnosis. How awesome it would be to round out a great year with my honey over an even better meal made by your and the Chef's thoughtful hands! Unfortunately, the budget just can't take it this year. Good luck with the menu, it's going to be a very special nite!

At 7:56 PM, Blogger A New Leaf said...

Augh! One day too late! I would be there on the 25th, but am committed to what I am SURE is a non-gluten-free summer camp on the 26th! Arrrrrgh!

At 3:22 AM, Blogger Gretchen said...

I was just reading about Dog Mountain Farm in this month's Living Without and was planning a visit. This looks like a perfect opportunity, but unfortunately it's a few days earlier than our planned trip to Carnation. Have a great time!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger SKIP TO MALOU said...

wow i'm pretty sure it's gong to be a wonderful experience... i wish i could be there to join you... so jealous haha! but yeah i'm comforted with the fact that i will be enjoying your upcoming posts when you write about the special event. you have the gift of putting the right words together and it will make me feel as if i was there with you.



At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Hi Shauna,

My husband and I will be there! We're looking forward to meeting you, seeing the farm, eating the dinner (can't wait) and, on the whole, enjoying the evening. Is it Saturday yet?

Take Care,


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