Gratuitous Food Porn: Dinner at the Herb Farm

The Herb FarmEarlier this year, I posted about taking a tour of my company’s elk farm with my boss and two co-workers. We brought the chef, owners and several employees from the Herb Farm with us because they were planning to us some of our elk for their winter menu. These are the types of field trips you get to take when you sell meat for a living! Anyways we had such a fantastic time together that it really motivated me to take a trip to Woodinville to try some of elk when it appeared on their harvest menu.

My husband and I ended up making the trek in early December and it was just as wonderful as we could have hoped. The food was fabulous and meat sourced from my company was scattered throughout the menu — including our rabbit, venison and, of course, elk.

Here’s what the experience was like…

The scenery:

Statues outside of the Herb FarmThe little things that made it extra awesome:

Love the little booklet for the menu!

Love the little booklet for the menu!

Along with the included wine flight, my husband and I also got the "Three Muscat-Tiers," a trio of muscat wines from Australia.

Along with the included wine flight, my husband and I also got the “Three Muscat-Tiers,” a trio of muscat wines from Australia. I couldn’t stop laughing at the pun. Brilliant!

My favorite dishes from the 9-course tasting menu:

Dinner at the Herb Farm

Warm Strudel of Ancient Heritage Juniper Cheese and Smyrna Quince — pickled pie cherry and crushed hazelnuts

Dinner at the Herb Farm

Oregon black truffle agnolotti with veal sweetbreads and winter vegetables

Dinner at the Herb Farm

Douglas Fir Sorbet with cranberry gelee and powder

Dinner at the Herb Farm

Oregon Fallow Venison saddle with hunter’s sausage (made from elk neck meat), corn pudding and red boro beet sauce

The added bonus: The Herb Farm keeps two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, brothers Basil and Borage, on site to help take care of any kitchen scraps. At any point during the four-hour dinner, you can go to the coat check counter and get a small bucket filled with vegetable peelings. After a five-minute walk outside, you’ll find the pair of siblings waiting eagerly for guests to bring them treats. And let me tell you – they were voracious eaters!

Basil from the Herb Farm

Basil from the Herb Farm

Such a little piggie!

Such a little piggie!

All in all, a delightful evening eating some of the finest food in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a good life for sure!

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15 thoughts on “Gratuitous Food Porn: Dinner at the Herb Farm

    • So sweet looking but wow! as soon as they heard us coming, they were jostling each other for a place by the food dish. The servers warned us to dump the bucket from a distance, saying “you don’t want them to mistake a finger for a carrot.” A whole lot of truth in that statement!

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