We got lost on our way to Eigensinn. That's okay. We took the scenic route.
A neighbour's mailbox
We made it! The Liberator is in the rear-view mirror.
The provincial flags wait patiently to go up.
The topless man directing traffic is Adam Colquhoun from Oyster Boy.
Michael Stadtlander gives the opening address.
Future dish pit
Michael Stadtlander's opening remarks.
Our diningroom, complete with pallet & skid furniture.
The smudge at the opening ceremony
Scott McDonough is excited by fire
Ontario Team - Ross & Simon Fraser from the Fraser Cafe in Ottawa
Slow roasted Berkshire Pork Shoulder with Niagara Peach BBQ Sauce and Fresh Horseradish
Bison hump and Saskatoonberry perogie with spruce shoot and calendula creme fraiche
Prairie Chowder with Smoked Pike and Puffed Wild Rice - my favourite dish of the night!
Jennifer Thorne, Sous from Atlantica, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
The Newfoundland team
Doing up cod cheek and cod tongue! Yum!
Jeremy Charles from Atlantica, Portugal Cove, NL.
Coffee and Cardamom rubbed Bison Striploin with cranberries and wild juniper: from Carson Schiffkorn's team from the Yukon
Carson Schiffkorn of Inn on the Lake, Whitehorse, Yukon
Pierre LePage (I believe) of L'Heritage Restaurant, Yellowknife, NWT
In the foreground tray & bowl, Muskox tartare; behind that Wild Arctic Char Gravlax
Great Slave Lake Whitefish Caviar with Wasabi on Cucumber Rounds
The Nunavut team - He is slicing small cubes of whale blubber that we ate out of oyster shells.
That's whale blubber he's dicing and serving in oyster shells.
We got to try the whale blubber in soy and also au naturel
A terrible shot of the Muskox and Tuk-tu with wild cherry sauce and woodland fallen apple onion jam. Plus a little shrimp shell & eyeballs there.
We used the same wooden cutlery all day, and to some extent, the same plates making for messy photos.
The registration desk. Sign your media waiver form here.
Gordon Bailey of Lot 30's Brittled PEI Scallops with Colville Bay Oyster Nectar.
Yummy potato chips
The mighty dishwashers
not Nobuyo Stadtlander! Sorry whoever you are!
Vikram Vij's creation, Curried Lamb Chops
Lobster and Goat Cheese Risotto from Craig Flinn of Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax, NS.
Rabbit turds. City folk find this kind of stuff fascinating.
A diningroom in the middle of a forest
The mother oven
Unlike some of the guys I met, Mr McDonough here was happy to get up close and personal with the mother oven.
Another clearing, another diningroom
The Pig grill
Another forest diningroom
Scott breaks into song
Someone's been cooking here
Poor Bacchus, couldn't they have found a double magnum or a Methuselah?
I don't remember if she had a name
The Human Nest
Pottery by Steve the Potter, I think. This is a broken plate forgotten in the Treehouse
Tim, Anne Martin's husband & his friend
The only picture of me at the event + my new friend Jennifer
Top-rightish, my other new friend, Carlos Fuenmayor of Sabrosito.
Mark Cutrara of Cowbell
I took about 40 pictures of Mark. It must be the goatee.
The fire is lit
The man in the black hat is Michael Stadtlander
Too many bonfire pictures, I know.
Hey! That's Elia!
Ivy from Fat Cat Wine Bar
I heard this was Kevin Hearns from BNL fame.
I tried to photograph this guy about 15 times before he stopped hiding. Sort of.
Direct from Giligan's Island, a wheat-grinder
Inside the teepee
Geese and Ducks
Free range chicken
Free range piglet
Entrance to the house
Entrance to the "restaurant"
Fencing around the house
Solar electrical deer fence
Box from an old cube van, now someone's residence
Windows from a trailer
The roof's frame is an old canoe
A hidden goddess
Beautiful day for the top down
Yes, that grill is a manure spreader. Or was. I hope.
Good-bye Eigensinn Farm!!
Uh, who can resist a truck with testicles. We're back in the city, baby.