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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.
201-26730 56 Avenue, Langley