Spotlight: Seasonal 56 – 04.04.11

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Congratulations, Andrew. This contest is now closed.

When passion is the driving force behind any venture, it is sure to be a success. In this case one man’s passion, his wife’s encouragement and a dedication to celebrating local have created a fabulous, successful, unique Fraser Valley restaurant called Seasonal 56.

Chef Adrian Beaty is the inspired force behind the menu at Seasonal 56. His career beginnings were centered around business and law, but with encouragement from his wife Shannon, Chef Adrian began exploring his culinary talents and passion. After honing his skills in restaurants and catering, followed by fabulous creative opportunities at Joseph’s, Gatsby Mansion and Piccolo Mondo, he opened The Seasonal Experience in downtown Langley.

In 2009 the growing restaurant venture moved to a larger space in Aldergrove, which is called Seasonal 56. The Seasonal Experience now runs strictly as the catering side of their business. If you’re planning an event where local ingredients and mouthwatering creations are high on your list – theirs is most certainly a menu to explore!

Chef Adrian’s focus is the connection with local food growers and producers, and the seasonal dishes that can be created from the local bounty. He and Shannon explore the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, sourcing out homegrown foods that are tasty, healthy and grown by real people! Their menu is always changing and offers the freshest of seasonal ingredients. We love to visit Seasonal 56 for lunch and highly recommend the mushroom soup! They are open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11AM – 2:30PM and Wednesday through Saturday for dinner, from 5PM. Cooking classes are inspired by whatever is in season – contact Seaonal 56 to find out what’s on the schedule this month.

Chef Adrian’s dedication to local is what inspired their new Gumboot Dinner series. We had the pleasure of attending the first Gumboot Dinner at Seasonal 56 last week and, well, the Fraser Valley now has one more thing to boast about! It was one of the best meals we have had in a very long time. Absolutely delicious and the experience was simply delightful.

The premise of the Gumboot Dinner series is to connect local growers with the diners, educating them and encouraging them to buy local in their everyday lives. Guests are seated salon-style at the restaurant, with the producers and growers mixed amongst the crowd. Dinner is served family-style and conversation with your neighbours is highly encouraged. As appetizers are served, the growers and producers begin to introduce themselves and their individual ventures.

First course of dinner was a simple salad using greens from Glorious Organics. Glorious Organics is a worker’s co-operative that farms about seven acres of Fraser Common Farm Co-op’s twenty acre holding in Aldergrove. It’s mind-blowing as to how flavourful organic greens are compared to what so many folks are used to buying for our salads. Peppery, citrusy, earthy, clean. Divine.

As we dined on succulent pork, we learned about its origins from Gelderman Farms. Since 1978, Jerry and Audrey Gelderman have raised healthy pigs and the pork dish was not like anything you’ve experienced before. Walter Bergen from Six Masters Farm was on hand to introduce his offerings of chickens, rabbits, pigs, ducks, pigeons and other specialty meats. Chef Adrian prepared a special rabbit dish that was a big hit amongst the guests. We also enjoyed a sunchoke puree, mashed potatoes with nettles and desserts that were as pretty as they were heavenly delicious.

Throughout this luscious meal, guests were treated to perfectly paired wines from Mt. Lehman Winery. Winemaker Vern Siemens happily shared his creations with each course. It really was such an honour to enjoy this meal with the people who worked so very hard to create each ingredient.

Gumboot Dinners run monthly at Seasonal 56. You will meet new people, learn about the local food growers and producers, share a few glasses of wine and enjoy a meal that we know you’ll be talking about for days afterwards.

We are thrilled to be able to invite one lucky FVP reader, and their guest, to the next Gumboot Dinner at Seasonal 56 on April 26, 2011. Simply leave a note below to be entered to win. We would love to know which local producers/growers you have visited or hope to visit in the future, or what your favourite locally-produced food products are. We will announce the winner on April 18, 2011.

Seasonal 56
www.seasonal56.ca
201-26730 56 Avenue, Langley
Ring: 604.625.5601



Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie



40 Responses to “Spotlight: Seasonal 56 – 04.04.11”

  1. Cora says:

    What a great concept! Can’t wait to try it out…

  2. Maia Coleman says:

    I grew up in Vancouver, where you can find fabulous restaurants easily, I now live in Abbotsford and need a fabulous dining experience. Hope to see you soon. Cheers

  3. Rachael V says:

    Have eaten Gelderman pork many times – great! Nice to see restaurants focusing on local producers! Would love to join!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Oh my gosh! I live in Langley and never knew this existed. It looks phenomenal.

  5. Tina says:

    Looks like it was a fabulous evening. I’d love to attend.

  6. Susan says:

    I would love to go!

  7. Chrystalyn says:

    I would absolutly love to win this and send my parents!! I think it’s right up their ally and such a cool concept. I’m embarrased to say that I don’t know any local farmers and the only time I know I’m getting local for sure is if I buy it from the Farmers Market or local Markets.

  8. Koreen says:

    I love the big plump blueberries from the Blueberry Junction. I can only imagine what delicious dishes you could incorporate them into! I have driven by the Mt. Lehman winery several times and have never stopped in….I should, and I will! Maybe on my way to the Gumboot Dinner!!

  9. Marilyn says:

    That sounds absolutely wonderful! Would love to try it out. It’s my birthday on April 27th. So a dinner out on the 26th would be perfect. But, even if I’m not one of the lucky winners, I will check out Seasonal 56.

    I live in Aldergrove, and have visited many local farms while participating in something called: “Circle Farm Tour”. Some of the farms I have enjoyed visiting, buying food products, and which I would recommend to others are: Krause Berry Farm, Campbell’s Gold Honey farm and Meadery, Vista D’Oro, J.D. Farms Specialty Turkey Store, and
    Neufeld Farms.
    You can look up many others on circlefarmtour.com

  10. Amy Connolly says:

    Awesome, thanks for another great spotlight! We tried out a previous one last week and it was awesome! Can’t wait to try this one out!

  11. Erin says:

    Definitely want to check them out – was so sad that I missed the groupon last month but now they’re on my radar!

  12. Michelle Knowles says:

    This sounds like a really fun thing! I love locally grown produce & try to support those local to me. Being out in Agassiz, there are a lot from which to choose, & I’ve been to the Farm House Cheese many times. I’m looking forward to checking out Limbert Farms this year, a great grower of herbs & other items. There are more as well, but these are the two biggest ones for me. I shop at Agassiz Produce, the owner of which (Jackie Green) is a huge supporter of selling produce from local growers as much as is possible, & I like to shop at different farms within the Fraser Valley whenever possible, or else shop at stores that sell local produce & other local goods as much as possible.

  13. Kelly says:

    Sounds like an AWESOME and unique Restaurant to definitely try. Thank you for showcasing them!!!

  14. Looks like an amazing night out, what a great way to get to know where your food comes from. Local is best!

  15. I’m not available the 26th, although I’d love to go. I want to win the dinner for my parents who would adore the food and the local connections.

  16. Anne Salomon says:

    Seasonal 56 is the best restaurant this side of the Fraser – would love to try the Gumboot dinner.

  17. Dee says:

    I feel the concept of everyone sitting to-gether is great, would love the experience. Evan if I do not win I will certainly visit this restaurant. Thankyou.

  18. KC says:

    Fantastic concept and a great review!

  19. Perry says:

    It would be awesome to connect with more of the local farmers and producers.

  20. Sam says:

    A great restaurant – the food is outstanding. I’d love to try the Gumboot dinner.

  21. Michele says:

    Have eaten here a few times. Waiting for april cooking class. Will try chefs table experience soon!

  22. Sylvia says:

    Sounds delicious. Would love to go to the Gumboot Dinner.

  23. Christy Gunson says:

    Sounds fabulous…would love to check out the restaurant!

  24. DOUGLAS says:

    I dined with them when they were on the Fraser Highway in Langley.
    Haven’t been to the new location but the Gumboot event sounds like one not to be missed!

  25. Sonya says:

    I have yet to visit any Fraser Valley produers at their home locations but purchase local fares at the Farmers’ markets, especially during the peak summer months. I’ve heard of Seasonal 56 for years and would love to take in a cooking class but alas, I seem to always be just that little bit too late to make the registration.

  26. Wendy says:

    Love the idea. Would love to win!

  27. Green Zebra says:

    Their eats are delicious! And if you have a copy of 2011 Green Zebra guide for Lower Mainland sustainable businesses, you’ll save up to $75 there including free lunch/dinner entrees. Visit http://www.greenzebraguide.ca/Buy.php for where to get the guide.

  28. Kerry says:

    Seasonal 56 serves some tasty grub — and their pastry chef is exceptionally talented. I’m hoping to visit Agassiz Farm House Cheese soon, I read they have fresh cheese curds, YUM!

  29. Marilyn Linnegar says:

    A friend and I have taken cooking classes at Seasonal Experience and it is thanks to Chef Adrian that I discovered the many local producers in the Fraser Valley. We haven’t gone to any Gumboot dinner but would love to.

  30. Jan says:

    WOW! Fresh local food in a fun setting…sign me up!

  31. Andrew says:

    Hi,

    I would like to enter the Gumboot Series Contest for April 26th

  32. Pat says:

    Count me in too! Just a short 5min drive from our home but it would be a welcome escape with great food for the wife and I

  33. Stella Purdy says:

    Would love a chance to come to a “Gumboot dinner”

  34. Conny says:

    I’m excited to see there is a Groupon For Seasonal 56 on right now. What a great way to try a new restaurant. I love to use local products with the produce from my own vegetable garden. Fruits and Greens in Mission is a great local source. Nothing beats fresh and local.

  35. Natasha says:

    My husband and I love trying local products! One of our favourites is Honeyview Farms in Agassiz. We discovered them while doing the Chilliwack Circle Farm tour and absolutely fell in love with their honey/fruit mixes.

  36. Erin says:

    I love to visit the Surrey Central Farmers Market and buy my veggies local!

  37. Helen says:

    Looks delicious! And another great way to support our amazing local farmers!

  38. Joan B says:

    I love food so I guess this qualifies me to enter haha :)…looks and sounds delicious

  39. Christine says:

    I always look forward to one of Adrian’s meals!
    It is a pleasure and so comfortable.

  40. Amanda M. says:

    I have just moved back after living in Australia for four years where I shopped at farmer’s markets often to buy local products. They had several near where I lived so there were plenty of options. I haven’t yet found much near Chilliwack, although I have yet to get out to Agassiz since arriving back home. I would love to find out more about local producers and growers around the Fraser Valley so I can start shopping locally! The gumboot series sounds like a wonderful, delicious way to introduce people in our communities to what products are available in our area.