Mark your calendars now for Sustainability Weekend May 30 – June 1, presented by the Arkansas Craft School. Activities for the weekend include classes in craft, foodways, and sustainable agriculture, artisan lunches, a farm-to-table candlelight dinner, and concert. All activities will take place at Tomahawk Creek Farm in beautiful rural Stone County, 10 miles southeast of Mountain View. Participants must pre-register, and may choose from various components to create a fun and enlightening weekend.
Artisan lunches will be prepared all three days by one of the county’s favorite cooks – Kayt Matheson Fossler, who has dreamed up some delicious noonday meals. In addition, Patricia Stewart will be preparing the Saturday night meal, a complete farm-to-table dinner. Cost for lunch is $12.00 each day, and will be served from 12:00 – 1:00; the Saturday night dinner is $25.00, and will be served from 5:00 – 6:30. You do not need to be enrolled in classes to share a meal with us, but you will need to purchase meals at least three days in advance, to allow our cooks to obtain supplies. A reminder: meals are not included in the cost of a workshop.
Friday’s lunch menu will consist of Pasta with Bacon and Prosciutto, a Salad of Mixed Baby Greens served with home crafted salad dressings, Garlic Cheese Biscuits, and Gala Apple Torte – made with Gala apples, walnuts and honey on a wheat germ crust. On Saturday, Kayt will be preparing Jalapeno Cherry Pork Loin, Waldorf Slaw, Fresh Green Beans sautéed with garlic and panko breadcrumbs, Smashed Red-Skinned Potatoes with fresh herbs and bacon salt, and individual Cherry Key Lime Cheesecakes. Sunday lunch/brunch, includes a choice of Tomato, Basil, Feta Cheese Quiche or Green Chili Quiche, Spinach Salad, topped with grapes and blue cheese drizzled with a warm honey dressing, and Fresh Strawberries in a Sweet Balsamic.
Lunches are $12.00 each, and include iced tea, plain or sweet, and coffee, regular or decaffeinated.
Saturday night’s Candlelight Farm-to-Table Dinner features Trish’s Natural Pasture Raised Beef Cube Steak served with a French Onion Sauce, Herb Roasted Vegetables, Home Grown Skillet Corn, Creamy Honey Coleslaw, Deviled Country Eggs, Homemade Wheat Rolls served with Honey Maple Butter, and the grand finale – Wild Blackberry Fried Pie served with Goat Milk Ice Cream. All items on the dinner menu are naturally grown, naturally raised, and lovingly prepared by Patricia Stewart from Star Gap Farm in Mountain View, AR. The $25.00 dinner includes a wine tasting along with choices of ice tea and coffee; and immediately precedes the concert.
Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, www.arkansascraftschool.org for more information on Sustainability Weekend classes, meals, and the concert during the weekend, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. You may also sign up for classes, or purchase meals or concert tickets by calling the Craft School at (870) 269-8397. The Arkansas Craft School, located in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy. The Craft School partners with Ozarka College and Pulaski Technical College, who offer Continuing Education credits for all of its courses. Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts.