When I got the invite to head to the gorgeous South Pond Farms for lunch, I was so excited I called my mom. To be fair I call her about a lot of blog things - but this was my first day trip as a blogger and I was so very excited!
I love Toronto, but I miss the country. And a day surrounded by nothing but fields (and other bloggers) was exactly what I needed.
Located less than two hours outside of Toronto, South Pond Farms is a rustic lover's dream! As soon as we started exploring, I wanted to get married there. It's stunning, and the staff are so kind it made me love it even more.
Danielle, the beautiful mind behind South Ponds, has contagious enthusiasm and, I've realized, is living my dream life! She makes wedding dreams happen - all while using local flowers and food which is such a special (and practical) touch.
Now, the food.
To get a little personal: I have a lot of food allergies and just bad stomach issues to the point that I don't eat out at all - so I was an anxious mess going into this lunch!
This was the first time in months that I ate happily and without being sick at all after, which would be no fault of anyone's, and that made this day so much better.
I was also so thankful to Chef Kevin because it was all nut-free and they were so accommodating, which really made me feel welcome - and I would 100% trust them with any menu choices for an event.
Anyway, get ready to be hungry!
Chef Kevin Mckenna is a food god, I'll just say it!
We started out outside at the pizza oven with a signature cocktail (Hotter Than Hades Strawberry Mojito) and then the From the Garden & Oven Canapés (above!).
This included Stinging Nettle Chevre Truffle, BBQ Shades of Gray Rabbit Rilette (my fave!) and Wild Leek Pide. All local, all fresh, all amazing.
Then Vicki (of Florals + Teacups fame, aka my newfound blogging bestie/ blog mom) and I took off into the field to explore where you can have your ceremony.
I spotted Danielle up at the farm waving her arms and I knew it was about to go down: it was lunch time.
The set-up is picture perfect, and I love barns.
The plates and chairs were mismatched which adds the perfect home touch.
First was the salad course:
Lunar Rhythms baby lettuce, Heirloom carrot, farm herbs, Carlyle's honey and pumpkin vinaigrette.
Then From the Fire:
Maple Smoked Beef Brisket (totally melt-in-your-mouth amazing) with Silo BBQ Sauce, Jessica's Asparagus, Wild Rice "Risotto," Vegan Parm, Cold-Pressed Canola Oil, Hempseed Rocket & Maple Champagne.
Love that Chef doesn't use dairy when it's not needed - totally appreciate this as a lactose intolerant individual! Why add cheese when it's just taking away from the bigger flavours?
Finally, the dessert.
How I wish I could have this right now!
Rhubarb Strawberry Shortcake, Sumac Chantilly, Garden Peppermint Sugar. Heaven.
We headed off to the second property, which is equally as stunning but not quite ready as a venue yet - and I'm so excited for when it is! Ironhorse Ranch is perfect for weddings, retreats, and they were even filming a movie while we were there.
And, of course, the shots from my phone!
Thank you so much for having me, South Pond family, especially Danielle & Christine! Hopefully I'll return one day, but at least I have the yummy honey until then!