While Dave and Andrea provided a lovely location and a perfectly retro playlist, we all brought food to share and collectively created a beautiful meal.
Keeley brought her delicious washed rind cheeses which were great on their own and amazing on top of our steaks during dinner.
Dave grilled up some massive steaks
I brought salt potatoes tossed in garlic (thanks again, Maggie!), olive oil and local basil, and sauteed collard greens from our weekly share at Early Morning Farm.
Dinner was simple and delicious. But dessert was a chocolate lover's dream.
From the top...
Pain au chocolat (my favorite pastry of all time) made the right way by Keeley's husband, Alan, who apprenticed at a bakery in his native Ireland, and really ought to get one going here.
He also whipped up some buttery raisin scones (my second all time favorite)...
And this decadent chocolate cake made with spelt flour and merlot!
And to top it all off, Katie served up her grandmother's chocolate zucchini cake (you want this recipe).
And of course, a bottle of Treleaven Dry Rose was the perfect accompaniment to all of that chocolate.
Even the flowers were local!
Dinners like these are such a great way to celebrate the season and all of the local goodness that comes with it. With all of the hustle and bustle of daily life (running small businesses, managing small children, etc., etc, etc) it's nice to spend some time reconnecting with old friends and making a few new ones. Especially when food and wine are involved!