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Greenhouse Dinner at Plant Land

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Kalispell, Montana | October 2021


Fall was in full swing in the Flathead Valley as we prepared to host our guests in the greenhouse at Plant Land in Kalispell, Montana.


Guests entered a lush, greenery-filled showroom and were greeted with a glass from White Raven Winery. As guests walked through the aisles of plants, they enjoyed oysters with preserved cucumber and lemon, tartlets with lavender cream, and brioche with ricotta and lavender salt. After canapés and cocktails, we made our way to a table set in the greenhouse where a 4-course


The menu featured locally sourced ingredients, carefully selected and prepared by Chef Frank Hanes. We began with a roasted beet salad, followed by a series of main courses, lavender-smoked trout caught in the lake just below, and pork chop with roasted leeks . Each dish was carefully paired with a selection of MontaVino wines, which complemented the flavors perfectly.


The evening concluded with a decadent dessert of honey panna cotta with lavender granita and tarragon-pistchio tuille, providing a sweet end to a memorable night. See more of the delicious details below.




WELCOME


Our hosts and owners of Purple Mountain Lavender, Greg and Deb, welcomed our guests with a tour of their beautiful lavender fields. The sun was shining and wine was flowing as we were educated on the different types of lavender that is growing on the farm.




MENU

WELCOME

Smoked Trout

Sweet Potato Tart

Pimento Cheese Gougere

2016 . zinfandel . north coast, california


FIRST

Mushroom Custard, pickled mushrooms, roasted mushrooms, umami crispies

2019 . marquette . finley point, montana


SECOND

Scallop, pomegranate seeds, celery root puree, brown rice cracker

2020 . sparkling marquette rose . montana


MAIN

New York Strip, roasted squash, radicchio, brown butter emulsion

2017 . cabernet sauvignon . north coast, california


DESSERT

Apple, buttermilk, puff pastry

2019 . leon millot . mulled




WINE PAIRINGS


. Wines from White Raven Winery were the perfect compliment to our menu. We toasted their 2019 Zinfandel and 2020 Infinite Emotions Pinot Noir.
















THE LOCATION: PLANT LAND GREENHOUSE


The greenhouse at Plant Land was the perfect location for a cozy dinner as the temperatures started to drop around the valley. Owned and operated by the Balding family for nearly 40 years, the garden center has eleven greenhouses and a one-acre tree and shrub nursery.



Producers + Partners


Plant Land / host

White Raven Winery / guest wine producer

Flathead Fish + Seafood / guest fisherman

Photos By Kennedy / photographer



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