The highlight of outdoor dining in BC the 8th Annual Longtable Dinner was held on Sunday August 19, 2018 again in the fields of North Arm Farm at Pemberton British Columbia. It is usually set under the clear bright blue high sky surrounded by majestic mountains of this unique location. However this year presently there are so many active wildfires throughout BC displacing thousands from their homes which has resulted in a state of emergency declaration. There were no fires at the dinner except for the BBQ but there was a thick pall of smoke over the whole region. You couldn’t see the mountains and only the outline of the sun was visible through the hazy conditions. Nonetheless though Mother Nature was different the event again was a memorable event of high quality food and wine matching. Under the direction of Executive Chef James Walt and Restaurant Director Neil Henderson the family-style food platters were prepared by three Toptable Group chefs of Araxi’s Quang Dang, Il Caminetto’s Brad Masciotra, Bar Oso’s Jorge Munoz Santos and brigade. The beverage side was well taken care of by Bar Oso’s Bar Manager Jason Redmond (fun cocktail “Stop Calling Me Shirley” using Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin) at the barn-side reception together with Wine Director Jason Kawaguchi serving LaStella “Vivace” Pinot Grigio & Arrowleaf Rose. Service throughout was so admirable being attentive, personable, and friendly. Your scribe wrote up here on September 7, 2015 a more detailed review of this special event that year. Also the menu from last year is attached here where the grilled Octopus was such a big hit and so in demand that it just had to be repeated this year. What a course! The reception too showed to advantage the local just-picked produce in hors d’oeuvre ranging from arancini of sweet corn with roasted red pepper agrodolce, citrus marinated cucumber, local gem tomatoes, beets, shiso, to fresh figs. Back to clear sunny conditions hoped for next year.
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