I have heard many a bride ooh and ahh over the Barn at Flanagan Farm these past few months and have been looking forward to seeing the new venue. Gail Landry, who owns the Barn on Walnut Hill, purchased the new property in Buxton, Maine. I am a big fan of the local food scene, so when I found out that she and her daughter, Alex, were hosting a series of farm-to-table dinners there this spring, I was eager to check it out.
The dinner series kicked off in March with chef Masa Miyake. Although a different Maine chef is featured each month, the principle is the same: to create a delicious multiple-course meal using as many fresh local ingredients as possible. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner benefits the Maine Farmland Trust.
I was fortunate to document May's event, featuring the talented husband-and-wife team Ravin Nakjaroen and Paula Palakawong from Long Grain, a Thai restaurant in Camden. I arrived early to photograph the kitchen prep and table set up. At 6p, guests began trickling in. They were free to mingle and wander the property while sipping wine and local beer. The evening was beautiful and sunlight streamed through the open barn door. After enjoying their aperitifs, guests were welcomed to the table. Alex gave a short welcome and the five course meal commenced.
The schedule of upcoming dinners can be found here. In addition, the Barn at Flanagan Farm will be hosting many weddings. It is typically booked a year in advance. During the high season (May through October) the barn and house are rented together for 4 nights, Wednesday through Sunday. The wonderful mother-and-daughter team, Gail and Alex, co-manage the weddings. If you're curious, you can find out more information about renting the barn on their website.
We look forward to photographing a wedding here this summer!
photography: Megan, emilie inc. photography • table design: Maine Seasons Events • flowers: Judy Bourgeois, Flora Fauna • food: Long Grain, Camden • beer: Oxbow • wine: Old Port Wine and Cigar • aprons: South Street Linen