"That was really good, really inspiring." - The late, great Anthony Bourdain, on his visit to Lost Creek Farm for CNN's Parts Unknown.
In the rolling hills of Harrison County, West Virginia, the waters of Lost Creek meander slowly through open grassy meadows, past round bales of fresh-cut hay and a small herd of rust-colored Hereford cattle. Plots of storied Appalachian heirlooms--Bloody Butcher corn, Logan Giant Pole Beans, Homer Fike's Yellow Oxheart Tomatoes--are perched in gardens overlooking the valley below. In front of a white 1880s-era farmhouse, an open fire crackles under a skillet of garden-fresh greens, while quartered portions of cornmeal-dusted rabbit fry to a golden brown, and venison loins sizzle to a perfect char. On a dark walnut table, warm slices of salt rising bread are arranged with jars of wild apple butter, chow chow, pickled beets, and sorghum syrup. With the table set, it's suppertime at Lost Creek Farm.
Perhaps one day, guests will dine at this historic property. For now, as the farm is being reconstructed after decades of abandonment, native West Virginians Mike Costello and Amy Dawson are taking their heritage-inspired, story-rich mountain cuisine on the road through their unique traveling kitchen.
Their cooking, inspired by the depth and complexity of Appalachia's rich cultural heritage, has taken the Lost Creek Farm traveling kitchen across the Eastern United States, producing the elements of a region's story that deserves to be told at the dinner table. Please check the Lost Creek Farm event calendar for information about public "popup dinner" events near you, or contact us to inquire about our private dinner services.
Up next for the Lost Creek Farm traveling kitchen:
July 14: Pittsburgh, PA - Breaking Bread: A Storytelling Dinner with CRAFT at Chatham University
July 21: Lewisburg, WV - Farm to Table Cider Pairing with Hawk Knob Cidery and Meadery
July 28: Private Event
August 11: Townsend, TN - Bacon at the Bear with Dancing Bear Lodge
August 14: Knoxville, TN - Farm and Forage dinner at The Central Collective