A special shout out to the staff of EL AZTEC who gave us all a great sampling of Mexican cuisine, Daniel Johnnes for his wine selection for the event, Pul Brewing of Brooklyn for the wonderful beer, Annie and the 4 H club of New Paltz who ran a fantastic kids’ program, Christopher for making the most beautiful pinata, Paul Akward of Hudson Valley Harvest for being by Ray’s side always, and to Carrie for capturing it all with her photos. To Ray’s fan base, old and new – this would not happen without you. We are still waiting for Mary Quandt, the Win Your Weight in Tomatoes raffle winner to contact us! More photos coming, but here’s a start.
We lucked out with beautiful weather, lots of first time visitors to the farm, and a wonderful meal.
Jean Luc and Jennifer of Picnic outdid themselves with a menu that included chicken liver mouse, a tomato mozzarella salad, eggs benny, brioche french toast, duck confit and an omelete with Ray’s bacon and breakfast sausage as sides . Finish off with a plum tart and sorbet, all while Ray was serving up raytinis, prosecco and sorbet, and our favorite home brew from Pul Brewing of Brooklyn.
Some of the amazing selections above, and some of the amazing guests ( a great showing of some special Cornell alum, class of 2011 ) below!
The 2nd Annual Bouley/Bradley Farm Dinner Came in Like a Lion and Went Out in a Valrhona Chocolate Dome
Despite the rough start- the windstorm that hit at start time and soaked our tables, broke our stem ware and scattered the carefully construed placards, the GPS that sent Chef David Bouley in every direction but the right one, our good natured guests plus the amazing home made brew of Pull Brewing that started us off, the captivating show and tell wine presentation of Kevin Zraly helped us hit the reset button and enjoy a wonderful afternoon, and a brilliant 6 course menu:
Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes with Tristar Organic Strawberries,Balinese Pepper and Hyssop
Butter-Sugar Corn Soup withth a Corn Ravioli
Filled with Jasper Hill Farm Sheep,La Jeune Autize
and Tomme de Fontenay Cheese
Wild Salmon with Mint Pesto,Shisito Peppers, Fava Beans, Spigarello Kale Purée
Long Island Duck Roasted Whole with Frenchch Réglisse,
Stone Crushed Polenta, Organic Cherries, Kumquat, Celery Purée
Wild Blueberry and Bulgar Wheat Soup
Valrhona Chocolate Dome on a Cloud of Black Mission Figs
Photos by Etienne Frossard, and more to come!
Lots of buzz that this could have been the best one yet!
Here’s Dom’s complicated, but elegant menu:
“Hacked” Day-Boat Scallop with Miso and Citrus
Eggplant Caviar in Piquillo Pepper
Ray’s Poached Egg on a Blini,
Parsley Coulis and Tobiko
White Gazpacho and Honeyed Confit of Rabbit
Seared Black Bass over Pistou of Summer Vegetables
Braised Bradley Pork “en Mojo Boriqueño”
Pickled Ginger Swiss Chard
Coconut Cake with Glazed Lime Chiboust
“Blanco y Negro” Anise Hyssop Ice Milk and “Finca Rosa Blanca” Granita
The meal thrilled everyone ( how do you perfectly poach 60 eggs????), and even the major rainstorm did not “dampen”the spirits of the diners, chefs and helpers. Jean Luc Le Du of LeDu Wines offered outstanding wines. Once again, thanks to everyone – to family, friends, customers and neighbors for attending the dinner, to Chef Dom for taking on this task during his well deserved vacation from CIA, and a special shout out to the volunteer helpers, without whom we could not pull these off:
Lillian for her love and support
Jean Luc and Jennifer for skipping out of their restaurant Picnic to come up and help
Sam for leaving Bywater Bistro to help out
John and Risa, Marlene, Kendra and Liz – you are the best wait staff ever!
Heather and Brad reunited in the kitchen
Paul who stands by Ray in the kitchen for every dinner thus far,
and Etienne whose photos make everyone feel like they were there!
It takes a village to pull this off, and somehow we do it every time!!!!
Here’s to the next dinner August 5th! The bar has been set very high!
Chef Dom and Ray
Photos by Etienne Frossard
Photos taken by Etienne Frossard
more coming plus the complete menu!
Hurricane Irene caused severe flooding when the Walkill river put all of Springtown road, including Bradley Farm, under water. Ray was able tor rescue all the animals, except for a few chickens. Unfortunately, all 18 cultivated acres were flooded, along with the barn and kitchen. Miraculously, the farm never lost power, so everything in the freezer and walk in was spared.
Ray surveyed the land from a canoe and neighbors traveled by kayak to assess the damage, here are some photos of the farm after the storm: