An evening with the trust

The Shoals hosted this year's annual Alabama Trust conference this week.  Thursday night was a magical evening.  Bo Osborne and Emily Tease, showcased the best of the shoals with this farm to table event.  Master chef Alan Phillips did his thing, this time with wild game.  My history with wild game has not been memorable.  Thursday night Alan pulled it off, amazingly. 

An evening with the trust, Alabama trust, oneal farm, florence al
  • quail and jalapeno tartlets
  • roast fig and curried duck
  • pheasant quesadilla bits with salsa verde
  • pickled peach and herbed chevre (sorry i forgot what the heck chevre is) on sweet potato biscuit
  • Venison medallion paired with wild turkey meatloaf, with local veggies, sauted greens ++
  • green tomato cheese grits
  • pecan pesto and blackberry cumberland sauce
  • white chocolate mousse tartlests with berries
The venison was amazing, as well as the entire evening.

The venison was amazing, as well as the entire evening.

the menu went on and on with more of these small bite sized desserts arriving regularly.  It was all really wonderful.  The Venison was the best (by far) i've had.  Cooked perfectly. 

Many of the guests were with the trust from around the state but lot's of locals as well.  Lot's of fun at our table with David and Nannette Cassady, John Locker (who also pulled off an amazing farm to table event a couple of months ago), Tracey Marcu, Judy and David Hood (yup, one of our own Muscle Shoals Swampers, Rusy and Lisa Alexander (just within shouting distance).

My gosh, I almost forgot the best part.  Nancy O'neal's farm.  My first visit and it's heavenly.  The dream began just as we pulled off of Gunterford Road at a little sign that said "Dinner".  Beautiful rolling hills, beautiful cows, quite special. 

These bad pics were taken with my iphone (dropped my good camera a few weeks ago).  I borrowed Nannette's camera and took more just as we were leaving.  I'm hoping to find a few pics of the end of the event to share.

Robin Wade