Here is the menu for the June 23 Homage to Local Producers dinner. Please buy Black Sheep Creamery cheeses at DeLaurenti, Beecher’s or the Bellevue Whole Foods. The Gregory family has been rebuilding after their farm was flooded on Dec. 5, 2007.
$45 prix fixe; $20 wine pairings
Homage to Local Producers
June 23, 2008
Black Sheep Creamery
Cream of Quinoa
cocoa nib, preserved lemon, fromage mousse
Toasted pine nuts, sheep’s milk cheese, fennel vinaigrette
Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast
potato gnocchi, peas, pecorino cheese fondue
Bay Leaf Panna Cotta
vanilla caramel, hazelnuts, bay leaf tempura
About Black Sheep Creamery:
Brad and Meg Gregory operate this farmstead creamery with their three sons. The farm had been in the Tramm family for 100 before the Gregorys purchased it in 1992. They promised to be stewards of the hallowed ground. The Gregorys originally purchased sheep to produce milk for one of their sons, who had a cow’s milk intolerance. Eventually, there was too much milk for the family to drink and making cheese was a natural progression. In December 2007, the creamery was flooded by the overflowing Chehalis River. The Gregorys made it to safety, but they lost 75 percent of their flock, including all of their rams. As a result of having to rebuild the farm and the flock, Black Sheep is producing mainly fresh cheeses this season. The full selection will be available again in 2009.
* Consuming raw or undercooked foods may increase your risk of food-borne illness.
Please note there is no organic certification for “wild” foods. Food items that are underlined may contain an ingredient that is not certified organic.