The Gardens at 1844 House in early summer

Summer has finally arrived and our gardens are beginning to flourish.  With the addition of The Guest House at 1844 last year, we were also able to expand our gardens an extra half acre this year.  Now our restaurant and Inn guests can wander through the gardens in the evenings while enjoying one of our refreshing summer cocktails, a cool craft beer, or a glass of wine from our Wine Spectator Award winning wine list.

Our gardens are designed to help supply our restaurant with small amounts of many different foods; though we still rely on our local farms to supply us with the bulk of our needs.  Our gardens are for our guest enjoyment and to create a perfect “Farm to Table” venue for special theme dinners in the garden, weddings, rehearsal dinners, reunions, and private parties.

We hope you will take a moment to wander through our gardens and see what we are growing during your next visit.  There are many great changes happening at 1844 House, come on out and see whats new.  We look forward to seeing you.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

Shiitake Mushroom Garden

This is the newest addition to The Gardens at 1844 House.

I would like to extend a big thank you to Bob Wagner who generously spent his morning here on the bank of our new pond to give Barry and I a class on mushroom farming.  It was a lot of fun and surprisingly easy when you have your mise en place in order.  Unfortunately, it will be next summer before we get our first crop. Luckily we will be able to purchase fresh mushrooms from Bob’s garden to use this summer as they begin to bloom.

We will be posting Bob’s contact information on our web site so that you can contact him if you would like to start your own mushroom garden, buy some fresh mushrooms, or attend one of his Local Living Venture classes.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

Beef Carpaccio

Beef CarpaccioWhen purchasing local beef, the challenge to the chef is to create dishes that help utilize the entire animal, not just the major cuts like filet mignon, rib eye’s, and NY strip steaks.  Donahue’s Farm is raising some delicious Angus beef, and we serve it here in several ways.  For this dish I selected the eye round.  This is typically a very difficult piece of meat to use; as it lacks any marbling and can be very chewy when cooked.  It is perfect for this dish for two reasons….the first, is that I can get it fresh from Tri-town the day after it is processed and freshness is very important when you are consuming raw meat.  The second, is that this meat has great beef flavor and serving it so thinly sliced allows it to have a good texture for this dish.

This dish is great for a warm summer day when a salad is your choice for a satisfying meal.

Beef Carpaccio
Thinly sliced Donahue’s Farm beef, baby arugula, shaved Reggiano cheese, Italian herb pesto, truffle oil, sea salt, fresh ground pepper.

It’s simple, elegant, and delicious!

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

 

Tuna Nicoise Salad

The hot weather of summer is here, and the local mixed greens are plentiful.  Time for composite salad season….Tuna Nicoise Salad

For this salad, we were able to incorporate many products produced by our local farmers.  Some of them are German butterball potatoes from Drumlins End Farm, fresh eggs from M&M Eggs, & fresh greens from Red Wagon Farm.

Tuna Nicoise Salad
Seared Ahi Tuna on a bed of fresh greens with boiled potatoes, haricot vert, olives, hard cooked eggs,  & tomatoes with a fresh herb vinaigrette.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian