Part of every Shaker’s day was the family meal where the brothers and sisters all gathered at the same time to enjoy hearty and delicious fare. In keeping with tradition, it is Raven Hill Orchard’s goal to recreate this feeling of warmth and camaraderie. A typical Shaker meal might consist of soup, meat, bread, several kinds of vegetables, and at least one dessert. Pie and applesauce were often part of every meal.
In keeping with the Shaker Spirit, on July 31st and August 1st The New England Farm 2 Fork Project and Shaker Chef Sebastian Carosi will offer a multiple course Shaker Supper composed of sustainable local ingredients harvested at their peak.Â The evening will kick off with a New England artisan and farmstead cheese social (Grafton classic cheddar, Pineland Farms jack, Vermont chevre) then take diners on a five course meal accompanied by traditional Shaker spiced concord grape drink and Shaker squash rolls with whipped local creamery butter.Â Â There will be crisp local buttermilk soaked Maine barnyard chicken livers on toast with oak aged black vinegar cream, young rocket (arugula) and pickled orchard apple salad, country fried American bourbon red turkey breast with sour cream mashed potatoes, creamed corn misaquatash (and no, we don’t exactly know what that is), orchard smoked mountain trout, low bush blueberries, sabbathday heirloom herb rubbed Berkshire pork tenderloin with bacon fat spinach, chow chow, smoked ham hock, stewed heirloom Maine white beans, and some sugar therapy.Â $45.Â For reservations and directions, call 207-459-4271, or log on to www.thenewenglandfarm2forkproject.com.Â Raven Hill Orchard is located at 255 Ossipee Hill Road in East Waterboro, Maine.