Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blue Hill Stone Barns + A Wedding

In June my younger sister took off to NYC for a whirlwind weekend to celebrate the marriage of one of her good friends from college. It was so cool to hear about this wedding when she got back because it was so atypical and so beautiful. In a lot of ways, this wedding was super special to her because she and her boyfriend were just 2 of about 50 people who got the pleasure of celebrating with her friends, but also, the setting was to die for and the dinner was out of this world.

The friends -- Rebecca and David -- are huge foodies. Rebecca works in public policy, specifically food & agriculture policy and David is very well-known in the coffee industry (he MC's world barista cups as one of the perks of being a coffee genius and super charismatic). In addition to guests from all over the states, there were quite a few continents represented through the coffee world. One of the things that I love about this wedding is that Rebecca and David chose to focus on the dinner and celebration rather than the "normal" hoopla of a wedding that so often takes the attention.

So what do you get when you combine great friends, a Rockefeller property, a dinner at one of Food and Wine Magazine's 10 life-changing restaurants, and amazing coffee from all over the world? I'm not sure an answer could do it justice.

Entering in to the main courtyard. BHSB is about 45-minutes outside of the city but it feels like a different world.

Usually diners sit on the patio for outdoor meals, however, the majority was occupied by the wedding guests.

I'm told Rhubarb Collins were enjoyed here while this picture was taken. Rebecca is a sweet-talker because that drink is so good, it's usually not made en masse for functions. She is very persuasive.

From the pastures, looking back towards the restaurant.

Yes, her boyfriend is on his phone, but only to take pictures for himself -- it was that pretty.

I love this fencing that weaves throughout the property.

Isn't this amazing? They don't call it "Stone Barn" for nothing.

Another view of the inner courtyard from the outside. You can see the great beds that sprinkle the space -- my favorite mix of order and chaos in a garden.

Those clerestory windows add such a great mix of rustic with this more industrial edge. It's a working property and a working farm after all -- not all things can be rustic when it comes to needing function. Get a load of those doors.

Overlooking the valley, you can see some of the hothouses that grow all the amazing produce and keep the farm going. It's a center for food and agriculture so aside from the restaurant, the 80-acres creates a lot of harvest.

Their menu for the evening -- which doesn't even capture the amazingness they say.

There is so much more I could say about the concept behind BHSB and how amazing the idea of sustainable agriculture is when combined with a restaurant, but it's been said before by people much more informed than I. You can read more about BHSB and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture on their websites and the additional links provided on them.

1 comment:

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Looks like an amazing setting and quite a menu! I also love that they chose German wines - that takes more creativity to choose those instead of the usual french/italian/california choices! I'm jealous as a foodie myself - sounds like an amazing experience!

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