I have always wanted to check out Eden East. I love that it’s not even really a farm-to-table restaurant. It’s basically farm-to-farm. As in, we grew all this stuff on the farm, now come sit outside on the farm and let us cook it for you and you will eat it. (Should I pitch that to them as a new slogan?) I remember scoping out their teaser menus on Facebook before they even opened. Somehow, though, life gets in the way or whatever, and I never made it out to the ol’ Eden. UNTIL NOW.
Prevention Magazine is holding their second R3 Summit here in Austin next month, and they invited a bunch of local food bloggers and media to a big dinner at Eden East to meet their team and learn more about the event. I happily accepted my invite, of course.
Eden East is as cute as I dreamed it would be. I knew the whole dining experience was outside, but I didn’t realize everything was actually served out of a big trailer thing. That’s pretty intense. Because the dinner is all served out of the trailer, and it’s a fixed multi-course menu, you should plan on spending the majority of your evening at EE when you come for dinner. It’s definitely not a place to grab a hurried bite. (And if you’re paying for this nice meal, I feel like you shouldn’t be in a rush anyway… enjoy these gorgeous surroundings.)
Speaking of enjoyment, I immensely enjoyed my meal. The company was fantastic – loved all the Prevention peeps as well as the guests – the food was flavorful yet fresh and light, and the wine was perfectly paired. I raved about every single glass, and I can be kind of picky about white wine especially. (I mean I’ll always drink cheap white wine if that’s what’s available, but when I’m at a high-class restaurant I’m disappointed if the wine doesn’t live up to the atmosphere and food quality, you know?)
It was a little tough to take photos as the evening darkened – we were literally eating by lamplight, which was awesome but not exactly Pinterest-friendly. Hopefully these give you some idea of the graceful menu…
I think my favorite two courses of the night were the fire roasted butternut squash and the pear spoon cake – which is a little out of character as I am not a big dessert person and don’t love pear flavored things. But this cake was THAT GOOD.
Huge thanks to Prevention for treating us to such a delightful evening. I definitely want to make another visit to Eden East… and this time I won’t wait another year+ to do so. If you’re interested in learning more about the Summit, you can get tons of info here. You can also get $20 off registration by using the code “R3VIB” – don’t say I never gave you anything.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to go dream about that pear cake again…