Our club members celebrated the Spring season on Sunday at the annual LMR Corral Club event with terrific BBQ, music, and sunshine. Members came from across Northern California, but many others travelled distances as far away as Charlotte, North Carolina (for example, "Downtown" Jeffrey Brown, my former partner).
With an unexpected break in the weather, Laddie, Chris, and I enjoyed greeting club members on the "front porch" of the winery.
Sheamus Feeley (the executive chef at our new Farmstead Restaurant) prepared a delicious spread featuring LMR Grass-fed Highland Beef burgers and hot dogs, along with housemade condiments of ketchup, sauerkraut, mayonnaise, and pickled hard boiled eggs with beets (my childhood favorite!).
Guests had the opportunity to spend time with winemaker Ashley Heisey in the winery while others enjoyed playing horse shoes or taking a short "pony ride" with Sara Bertoli out front.
We made several excursions up to the cattle barn in the Swiss Army Pinzgauer to visit the remaining sale animals from Saturday's successful Annual Highland Cattle Sale.
The highlight of the afternoon was the ice cream bar where we featured ice cream made with our own Prato Lungo extra virgin olive oil. The taste and texture are divine and many guests drizzled an additional dollop of olive oil over their ice cream. Olive oil and ice cream? Sounds unusual, I know, but you will never forget the elegant flavors once you have tried it.
Laddie and Mario opened LMR Rutherford Gardens for the day so that club members could shop for fresh produce and beef in addition to the wine and olive oil available at the winery.
Each member received a coupon for a free London Broil. We saw many members headed down the hill to stop in Rutherford to pick up their bounty before heading home.
We were left pleased with having had such a nice turnout and enjoyed renewing our connection with so many of our longstanding club members. I was also very tired from a long day of meeting and greeting. Still, we are already looking forward to next year's event.