An Evening on Cloverleaf Farm
During the 2014 Art of Catering Food conference presented by Catersource and the International Caterers Association on August 4-6, a few lucky conference attendees, myself included, were invited out to Athens, Georgia to enjoy a night at Cloverleaf Farm – a stunning 19th century horse farm converted into an event venue by Kendall Collier and Teresa Day, founders of Magic Moments and A Divine Event catering company. Only slightly renovated, the facility has maintained its Southern charm while being transformed into a one-of-a-kind venue for a special dining experience known as the Firefly Supper Club.
To begin the evening’s events, guests were escorted onto coach buses that would take us the 80+ miles to the farm. Always the prepared hosts, A Divine Event’s tour guides were well-stocked with specialty snacks, wine and local beer to keep everyone entertained during the hour and a half drive to the beautiful 27-acre estate in Athens.
Upon arrival on the farm, we were greeted on the front lawn with a specialty cocktail called the Blueberry Shrub; a mixture of fresh muddled blueberries and your choice of gin, champagne or vodka. Servers in plaid shirts and cowboy boots passed savory small plates during the pre-dinner cocktail hour as guests wandered throughout the venue, gathering ideas for rustic events and more.
After gushing over the original woodwork, crystal chandeliers, spacious bridal suites and balcony views of pecan groves and an endless pasture, dinner bells were rung, announcing the beginning of the dinner hour.
Heading across the lawn to the horse barn, our dinner entertainment featured an interactive clogging performance by the Southern Belles, followed by an abundance of traditional family-style dishes to share amongst our table. Local ingredients and those produced by the summer harvest were used to create a farm-to-table menu that included Skillet Cream Corn, Summer Squash Casserole and Fried Green Beans.
For dessert, Peach, Blackberry and Blueberry Buckles were dished up in individual skillets and served with your choice of Peach Pie or Blueberry Moonshine for a true Southern country experience!
To put a cap on a blissful evening enjoying the beautiful Georgia countryside, we took advantage of clear skies and participated in a Firefly Launch, sending dozens of Chinese lanterns into the sky before heading back to Atlanta for the beginning of the Art of Catering Food culinary conference. A night at the Firefly Supper Club with some of the top catering professionals in the industry was a wonderful way to experience Georgia and this incredible venue.
eNews August 2014