Celebrating and Serving Wild Beauty at Bowman’s Hill

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

Pearl S. Buck

One of the harbingers of  Spring in Bucks County is the annual Wildflower Gala at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in Washington Crossing, PA which occured this past Saturday.  We love seeing our friends and neighbors showing out in their black tie, gowns and muck boots for this unique event.  Like the wildflowers we come to celebrate, our community always shows a combination of grit and grace.  The spectacular Gala event is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of talented and committed people such as  co-chairs of this year’s event Deborah Agnew and Susan Vigilante along with designer Rusty Thomas and Director Miles Arnott

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The setting for the annual tented event at Bowman’s Hill is spectacular.

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Max always enjoys meeting friends and neighbors at this fantastic community event. Pictured here are Evelyn and Ted Inoue of Bucks County.

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Guests enjoy antipasti and passed hors d’oeuvres while perusing the auction items.

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What makes this event so special is the creativity and volunteerism of so many talented friends and neighbors. From left to right: Tony La Salle, Rob Maggio, Rusty Thomas and Gala co-chair, Susan Vigilante.

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Cucumber Crab Roll Ups: Thin Seedless Cucumbers, Very thin slices wrapped around Crab Salad, Crème Fraiche, Ketchup, Brandy & Tarragon.

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Beautiful colors of spring are the theme of the Bowman’s Wildflower Preserve Gala.

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Blue Moon Acres amazing Baby Gem Head Lettuces are being served this evening at their annual Gala!!! Such perfect delicious lettuces!

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Refreshing Chardonnay

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Crispy Fried Beet Chips, Goat Cheese Mousse, Crispy Beet “Hay”

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Beef Rossini: Filet Mignon, Foie Gras Mousse, Challah Crisp, Solebury Orchards Apple Butter, Aged Balsamic Syrup, Blue Moon Acres Micro Greens.

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Exquisite table settings…

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Blackberry and Triple Cream Brie Skewer with Fresh Herbs.

 

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In the kitchen tent just before serving… (Max Hansen Caterer)

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Ciao!

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Precisely poured glasses of red wine await the guests (and vice versa!)

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Bowman’s Hill Wildflower preserve Director Miles Arnott and Max Hansen take a moment to enjoy all their hard work!

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These fine gentlemen…

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The pavilion at Bowman’s Hill makes for a fine bar.

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Flower arrangements by Rusty Thomas Designs.

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Plating food for 400 guests requires complete focus of the entire kitchen staff. It’s beautiful to see…

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Just prior to service the Max Hansen Caterer kitchen staff is focused and relaxed with just a hint of anticipation.

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Spring Vegetable Bundle Wrapped in Swiss Chard over Wild Mushroom and Corn Griddle Cakes . Tomato Broth . Creamy Roasted Garlic (Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Option)

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Spring Vegetable Bundle Wrapped in Swiss Chard over Wild Mushroom and Corn Griddle Cakes

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Pan Seared French Trimmed Organic Free Range Chicken Breast . Oyster Chianti Mushroom Ragout WITH Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Crab Meat Creamy Polenta • Parmesan Cheese • Castle Valley Mill Stone Ground Organic Polenta • Sweet Butter

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Pan Seared French Trimmed Organic Free Range Chicken Breast . Oyster Chianti Mushroom Ragout WITH Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Crab Meat Creamy Polenta • Parmesan Cheese • Castle Valley Mill Stone Ground Organic Polenta • Sweet Butter

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Dessert Station with Brownie Diamonds, Salted Caramel Butterscotch Italian Budino, Lemon Curd Shooters, Fresh Raspberries, Chambord Raspberry Coulis, Mini Cheesecakes & Blueberry Compote.

 

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Evening falls on the gala’s revelers.

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