The Long Table Series Debuts at Topsoil Farm

On a warm and starry August evening, a new Victoria business was born. The new venture called The Long Table Series has been conceived by owners Alana Day and Michelin star trained chef James Day. The ongoing series of dinners are anchored by stunning three 8′ by 3′ tables made from a second growth, red cedar Vancouver Island tree which is put together to create one very long table.  These tables will be brought to local farms and unique settings on the island to host intimate dinners of up to 20 people. Says Alana, “We want to connect our guests with the food they are eating and where it comes from, picking the product and cooking it right in front of them.”

The inaugural dinner was held at Topsoil Farm at Dockside Green off the Galloping Goose Regional Trail in Vic West. Gathered guests enjoyed cocktails by Victoria Distillers before dinner and well-paired Siegerrebe and Pinot Noir wines from Blue Grouse Estate Winery throughout dinner.

The 6-course dinner included beautifully cooked and plated dishes such as Confit Pepper, Cultured Cashew Cream, Red Pepper, Daikon and Wild Rose; Textures of Squash, Arugula Purée with Happy Goat Raw Goat Cheese; and Dellison Farms Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin with Cauliflower, Chard, Kohlrabi and Smoked Beef Juice. Two desserts: Jelly, Earl Grey Nappage, Water Buffalo Yogurt & Carbonated Lime; and Pliable Chocolate Grenache with Raspberry Sorbet were paired with Victoria Distillers Chocolate Liqueur.  Dinner was a masterful expression of Southern Vancouver Island terroir.

The next The Long Table Series will be held at Victoria Distillers on Nov 22. You can buy tickets through their website at thelongtableseries.ca

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Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ...

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