Look Who’s in the Kitchen Too

Feast of Bergen 2013 is getting closer! August 31 is not far off and plans are in full swing.

We have a wonderful chef again this year, Andrew Hewson. He’s going to be ably assisted in the kitchen by Darl Hobsbawn.

Darl Hobsbawn comes by his passion for food honestly — with both a mother and a brother in the industry, he grew up very food-conscious.

Darl Hobsbawn

After finishing his Red Seal in 2011, he started the Calgary faction of SFYN, the Slow Food Youth Network, with whom he cooked at the Food Film Festival in Amsterdam, and which holds regular events in and around Calgary. He works full-time at NOtaBLE the Restaurant.

Slow Food Youth Network

Almost Done

Here it is — the Bergen Hall, the setting for Feast of Bergen.

Shelley spent part of yesterday counting all the place settings and cutlery. Today she washed it. Thank heaven for dishwashers.

The Bergen Hall has only 2 stoves, a rather limited space when you’re cooking for 80 people. So it’s a large BBQ to the rescue — Gerry & Bob picked it up this morning and unloaded it near the kitchen door.

In addition to the great meal that has been planned, we’re also showcasing some of the creative people who live in Bergen — artists, musicians, writers, publishers, photographers, a luthier, a beader, quilters — it’s a talented group.

Today much of the focus was on the table settings. Gerald Ingeveld of Double N Ranch and Judy Bargholz lay the tablecloths. Laurie and Jamie Syer came to help setting the tables in between chores at the farm.

So what does the hall look like now that we’ve finished decorating? That’s all under wraps until the guests arrive tomorrow night. 🙂

Meanwhile we still have some work to do Saturday morning. Tomorrow is also the last day of the Bergen Farmers’ Market for this season. Drop by to see us, buy some great local produce and view the outdoor decorations.

Cleaning Day

A gorgeous day in the country today — lots of sun and blue sky and the promise of more for our big event on Saturday.

The “Clean Team” arrived at the Bergen Hall mid-morning to wash floors and walls, hang more drapery and set up the art display.

Janet, a member of the Bergen Community Association, dropped by to give Chef Greg van Poppel a quick lesson on the Hall’s dishwasher.

Greg was already in the kitchen when the rest of us arrived and great smells drifted through the hall as we began work. 

Meanwhile, in the main part of the hall, clean up was well underway.

Some of us got to wield an iron instead of a mop. I think I got the easy job.

Lookin’ good! Judy Bargholz, our decorator extraordinaire, has so many ideas to make the hall look special. She shared some of them with Sandy Easterbrook and Bob Griebel who offered to work on the entrance way.

Sandy and Bob own Kettle Crossing Farm. They’re one of the producers providing food for the Feast — including golden beets, Friesette Cheese for the salad, minted cows’ milk yogurt with the meat course, and assorted cheeses for after dinner.

Shelley Ingeveld got the task of counting all the plates and cups and saucers and cutlery to make sure we have enough. Shelley and her husband, Gerald, own Double N Ranch which is supplying the beef for the meat course.

And some special news from Jamie Syer today: “We will have two of Palliser’s best cooking for us on Saturday! Just announced: Chef van Poppel will be assisted by Executive Sous Chef Sukant Dakua.”

It just keeps getting better. 🙂