Tomi Ott and Kathy Hanson wanted to show people where their food comes from. What better way then to offer a meal in the field or orchard that food comes from?
The Richland Farmer’s Market veterans are gearing up for the latest dinner from their new venture, Plow to Plate with T&K, on Aug. 8.
The five-course meals, offered at an undisclosed Mid-Columbia farm, are the pair’s effort to better educate people about agriculture and how food is produced, while also offering something delicious.
“We feel that getting people out on the farm, feeling the dirt underfoot, and breaking bread with the farmer can only produce positive results,” Ott said.
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All the meals, which are prepared by guest chefs, are made from ingredients purchased at the farmer’s market, Ott said. And while the locations of the meals are never revealed beforehand, he said the first two included Hanson’s own farm, where the crowd dined in a peach orchard. The latest dinner, on July 8, was amongst walnut trees at Davis Nuts in Benton County.
Individual tickets for the dinners go for $100 and only for those 21 and older. But the ticket includes the full meal along with beer and wine and cover transportation to and from the event’s venue. Guests also may get a tour of that meal’s location and a brief presentation from the farmer.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.plowtoplatewithtandk.com/#about. Five more dinners will be offered between late August and late October.
One of Kennewick’s newest bakeries is finding there’s quite a demand for its niche of gluten-free products.
Margo Abbott and one of her daughters opened The Wooden Spoon on June 8.
“We found ourselves unemployed at the same time earlier this year and decided now is the time,” Abbott said.
Abbott has been baking much of her life and the mother-daughter pair graduated together from a Seattle culinary school in 2012. But the impetus behind the bakery’s large line of gluten-free products stems from her older daughter.
“She’s wheat-intolerant and she complained about not being able to find tasty treats that are gluten-free,” Abbott said.
Along with offering gluten-free bread at about $5 a loaf, there are also large $2 cookies and other sweets. The bakery will also do custom gluten-free cakes which have varying prices.
And if you’re a first-timer wanting to try something at the bakery, Abbott recommends her gluten-free lemon bars.
“The gluten-free lemon bars are so much better-tasting than regular lemon bars that I stopped making the regular ones,” she said.
The bakery is located at 5215 Clearwater Ave. in Suite 105 of the Marineland shopping center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.