On April 11th we enjoyed the fourth installment of our Kitchen Garden Dinner Series of 2012. This series brings top Maine chefs to our own Kitchen Garden Café for sumptuous multi-course meals. The guest chefs have the opportunity to showcase their favorite seasonal offerings in the intimate setting of the Cafe at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

The April dinner featured Wing’s Hill Inn & Restaurant owner/chef Christopher Anderson, who offered up an evening of culinary delights. The wonderful play between flavors and textures was consistent throughout the meal, and the plating was colorful and creative. Although all courses were delicious, my favorite was the foie gras starter because of the wonderful blending of flavors between the mushrooms, bread, foie gras, and the balsamic reduction sauce. The fish from the second course was flavorful; however the sauce was the star – it made me want to run off into the garden with a baguette and a bowl of it and sit like a happy chipmunk devouring every morsel.

Wing’s Hill Inn & Restaurant is located in Belgrade Lakes on Rt. 27. It’s a charming country inn, with an award-winning restaurant. They also have a bakery for specialty cakes to order. To book reservations, call (207) 495-2400 or toll free (866) 495-2400.

Our next dinner is on May 16th with Chef Rich Hanson from Cleonice in Ellsworth. The dinner is sold out, but we are taking names for the waiting list. Check out our Kitchen Garden Dinner Series page for the full 2012 schedule. Tickets are available to the public for all of our Kitchen Garden Series Dinners; call (207) 633-4333, ext.101 to reserve your seats. Be sure to book your reservations early this summer, as all of our chefs are sure to be a hit!

~ Frank Merrill, Rental Coordinator