|Burning Man photo courtesy Wikipedia|
|Our arrival with gear|
Finally, July 15th arrived. We packed up our chairs, wine and beer (we like options) and our picnic table and set out on our trek to Arlington (only an hour + north of Seattle, but it felt like forever). Thankfully we had cell service in the middle of no where, therefore our GPS worked and with every turn we kept thinking, "where the heck are we?"
|Ro and FloJo with the Beast|
We finally arrived at Smoke Farm, which is at the end of-- get this-- Smokes Road (a marketer's dream). We were immediately taken in by the scene before us. It was unlike anything we'd ever seen. A gaggle of people and camp chairs all haphazardly situated in an inner circle with rows of make-shift kitchens (of which most of them were emanating smoke indicating something was a cookin') around the outer perimeter. Center ring was a not to be overlooked imposing, giant, statuesque elk (we suspect) made from scraps of wood. This imposing statue stood tall, presiding over the event and was lovingly referred to as the Beast. We later learned the Beast was going to be set on fire at sun down. A sacrificial offering to the food and weather gods, perhaps? Or simply, just because we all love lighting things on fire.
After our bow and curtsies to the Beast, we set out and started checking out the various food stations. As our journey was under way, we immediately bumped into our friend, Zephyr Paquette, owner of Skelly and the Bean. Her station was lamb and we noticed that she was roasting one leg with coffee beans set over the fire (pictured below left) to provide a java flavored smoke (nice Seattle touch ZP). We also noticed that she was having some fun while cooking (pictured below right), which is very important or else why do it? It reminded Ro of Aunty Marialani's Cooking Show (if you're from Hawai'i, you'll know who "she" is).
After we visited with her for a hot minute, we continued our casual station hopping. Rookie BBV mistake, we later learned that the vets eye each offering and prioritize a list of what to eat first (knowing that you can't possibly try everything). We also learned by seeing our Burning Beast veteran friend's set-up (way to bring it Dan and Opie that we could make improvements for next year.
|Dylan Giordan, Bin on the Lake - Chicken|
|Adam Hoffman, Adam's Northwest Bistro and Brewery - Duck|
|Brandon Karrow, Staple and Fancy - Salmon|
|Chalres Walpole, Blind Pig Bistro - Sheep|
|Ron Jones - Pig|
|Ron Jones - Pig|
|Lindsay Herschlip, Maria Hines, Tilth/Golden Beetle - Cow|
|Jon Rowley, Taylor Shellfish - Oysters|
|Matt Lewis, Where Ya at Matt - Lamb|
|Mike Easton, Il Corvo - Goat|
|Aaron Matson, The Copper Hog - Bison|
|Linda Di Lello Morton & Tamara Murphy (Burning Beast Founder), Terra Plata - Beef heart with Inca Cola|
|Oyster aftermath at the shucking table|
|Freshly shucked oysters with our wheat beer|
|Clockwise: Beef heart skewer, bison sausage, bison meat and Inca Kola|
|Clockwise: Lamb, ram skewer, goat|
|Try and guess what's what|
In our third and final round, we threw our slow pace out the window and held nothing back as our eating went into high gear (we've coined it "Getting into Beast mode"). We hit up as many stations as our limited plates would allow. You name it, we got it - cow, salmon, chicken, lamb, lamb balls, salted pork, chicken, sheep and corn on the cob. The only thing we missed out on, but were dead set on trying, was the duck (we must have been in a protein coma). It was a devastating miss (not really). We washed down what we could with a spin-off of a Dark and Stormy (a drink FloJo learned to make while working in Bermuda) with pork infused vodka, grilled pineapple and maple syrup from BathTub Gin. It was pretty amazing that even the drinks incorporated meat. We couldn't taste the pork, but the drink was delicious. We topped off this feast of carne with FloJo's favorite item of the night made by Trophy Cupcakes. A chocolate cupcake that was topped with a nugget straight from heaven, a bourbon infused piece of candied bacon.
|FloJo with the Dark and Stormy spin-off|
We really enjoyed ourselves at our inaugural Burning Beast and are making plans for next year's event where we will be BBV's no more. We're even considering camping overnight because it was a drag driving back to the city and getting up for work the next morning. Anyone have a trailer for sale by any chance?
Aloha and good cooking. May the Beast be with you. Live life with flavor and fun!