Tired of the city? Looking for an adventure? We have a good one for you. Four times a year, Park Hyatt Washington will host Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine, a seasonal culinary and beverage experience at different locations around the DC metro area. Most recently, the experience took place at Chapel’s Country Creamery in Easton, Maryland, where cheese-lovers joined Blue Duck Tavern’s Chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy and Cheese Specialist Sophie Slesinger for a tour of the creamery followed by a lesson on the different styles of cheese with wine pairings. After the tour and lesson, attendees enjoyed a family-style lunch prepared by Chef Deboy.
Having gone on this trip, I can tell you, this was no ordinary visit to the farm. First of all, we boarded a limo bus which drove us out to the farm. Then, we got to meet the charming owners of Chapel’s Country Creamery, and their assistants. The family-run farm welcomes visitors, noting that “people should know where their food comes from!”
A tour of the farm followed, complete with a chance to meet the cows, horses, and other farm animals.
Then, the really fun part: the opportunity to taste 5 different cheeses, each paired with a wine from BDT’s sommelier. BDT accompaniments like housemade mustard, the sweetest apple jam you have ever had, pickled veggies, and crackers were served with the cheese.
Next was a hearty lunch with a shaved Brussel sprouts salad, a pear and blue cheese salad, toasted bread…all seasonal delicious dishes you want to eat while seated outdoors in the middle of a rustic farm in rural Maryland. Desserts were of course the final highlight: apple pie and chocolate tarts and macaroons and more.
This day trip was priced at $150 per person, which includes round-trip transportation and the Masters of Food & Wine cookbook. Contact Park Hyatt to find out what the next Masters of Food & Wine culinary adventure will be!