Museum serves ‘local-source’ dinner to 25 special guests

  • Written by Woodinville Heritage Society

The Woodinville Heritage Society hosted 25 special guests for dinner March 29 at the DeYoung House Museum, serving an Herbfarm-inspired dinner and Chateau Ste. Michelle wines.

“The dinner was the first of our special fund-raising events, and it was a success beyond our expectations,” said Society board president Rick Chatterton. “Our guests enjoyed a warm evening of community-building, historical vignettes and food inspired by our local Herbfarm Restaurant and chef Jerry Traunfeld.”

Chatterton said the event aided the Heritage Society’s goal of raising $10,000 annually to continue operating the museum and providing exhibits and tours.

Chatterton and fellow committee members Terry Straka, Kay Taylor, Kevin Stadler, Lindsay Sullivan, Lucy DeYoung and Steven Franz prepared and served the gourmet dinner in the museum parlor. Chateau Ste. Michelle contributed wines coordinated with the five-course menu.

The menu included such delicacies as tomato and basil crostini, Herbfarm garden salad, tomato and fennel soup, herb-braised short ribs or braised chicken breast, mashed potatoes with lavender and rosemary, and special shortcakes topped with Snoqualmie ice cream.

Local sources for the menu ingredients included 21 Acres, The French Bakery and Woodinville Lavender Farm.
The guests included two Woodinville City Council members, one King County Council member, the Woodinville Chamber executive director and several members of the Woodinville Heritage Society. One council member texted later: “…a wonderful evening … great food, old friends, new friends. Fun to be part of the Heritage Society.”

Each menu handed to the guests featured a different historical picture on the cover, designed to spark conversation. One of the ensuing conversations featured local author Elsie Mann, who shared her memories of John and Ellen DeYoung and their Dutch Colonial home, now the home of the museum and the site of the dinner itself. The 33 sepia-toned photos were produced by Heritage Society member Jim Kraft.

A favorite was the photo depicting a special dinner hosted by Hollywood Dairy Farm owner Frederick Stimson some 85 years ago. His event was staged in the farm’s milking barn, with a formal table running down the center and Holstein cows flanking the seated guests on both sides.

The Woodinville Museum is open the first Sunday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. and currently features a special exhibit on Hollywood Farm curated by Heritage Society member Claudia Cordes. The next opening is Sunday, May 4. After Memorial Day, the museum begins summer hours and is open every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. The museum is located at 14121 NE 171st St, just uphill from KFC.

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