Partnering for Blue Bell Farm's Feast for the Senses
We had been admiring Blue Bell Farms over a year, tirelessly dreaming of one day throwing an event in the space — so we were thrilled to be invited to partner up with Blue Bell Farms, Peachtree Catering, and Rustic Supper for their Feast for the Senses dinner!
Blue Bell Farm’s Feast for the Senses Dinner Series
This year, Blue Bell Farms has been hosting “multi-sensory experiences designed to immerse guests in the transformative nature of food” — and this month’s was “Scent.” It was our first time out to the farm, and while we had been gushing over Instagram photos for months, experiencing the space in person took our love for Blue Bell to a whole new level.
It was clear that every detail of the experience had been meticulously thought out, from the menu to the interactive decor and every course in our meal. The property itself was beautiful, welcoming our arrival with a quaint path that twisted around a couple of ornate, white houses to lead us to the beautiful barn. Walking in, we were graced with a sense of magic and splendor that folded us into this sensory experience while the rest of the world melted away for a few hours.
About the Scent Feast Food
Our talented guest chef for the September dinner will be Columbia native and local food champion, Amanda Elliott. Chef Amanda is the Chef at Peachtree Catering Inc, and also the Author of RusticSupper.com. Over her years as a world traveler, she’s developed an incredible love for community and local agriculture. While Chef Elliott doesn’t consider herself to have a particular “style,” she’s become known for her eclectic taste and immaculately irregular and eye-catching style of plating and technical execution. Meals prepared by Chef Amanda are immersive, thought-provoking experiences. She considers Scent to be the most intriguing of the senses. Olfactory surprises await... —Blue Bell Farms
About Hempsley’s Role
Since this dinner was all about scent, we were asked to enhance the sensory experience with some extra herbs. We collaborated with Peachtree Catering and Rustic Supper weeks leading up to the event to enhance the meal by pairing various courses with an added aroma experience.
Since we’re all about understanding the science behind why smell works the way it does, we took this opportunity to think through what terpenes would pair best for each part of the meal and how we could use the experience to educate guests about those terpenes. Working off of Amanda’s menu, we seamlessly guided guests through experiencing our 4 major terpenes.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the compounds that give plants their smell and flavor. Terpenes have many therapeutic properties that support our endocannabinoid system, the system in our bodies responsible for keeping all of our other systems in balance with one another as we encounter stress throughout our daily life.
When you catch a whiff of a terpene, your olfactory bulb transmits signals to the brain to release chemicals like serotonin & endorphins, causing you to feel a certain way — like really stressed out and anxious, or calm and refreshed.
When you begin learning what terpenes your body likes, you can choose herbs and plants to best support your wellbeing.
Read on to see how we chose terpenes to pair with this meal!
We had a small display explaining terpenes and their therapeutic properties. In addition, every jar labeled what was inside along with the dominant terpene in that blend and what course of the meal it paired with.
To start, we paired the appetizer, a Chicken Liver Mousse with Citrus on a Seeded Cracker, with limonene. This rejuvenating terpene, abundant in citrus fruits, was selected to pair with the citrus in the food and refresh guests as they arrived and became immersed in this sensory experience. We designed a mist with orange essential oil to be sprayed on servers as they walked around with this appetizer, distributing the light aroma throughout the entire room.
Peppermint Pour Over
We then paired the grilled pea salad with chili and mint with the herb peppermint, which is rich in pinene, a stimulating plant terpene. Ben at Peachtree Catering created long, shallow troughs out of cedar for each table, and inside was sprinkled some dried peppermint. As the pea salad was being served, hot water was poured over the peppermint to release its aroma. Pinene is also known to sharpen the senses and increase alertness, making it the perfect choice to subtly enhance guests’ awareness as they started into their meal.
Finally, we created an incense blend to pair with the dessert, a chocolate soaked date cake with whipped caramelized marshmallow. A blend of tobacco, cedar (from the creation of the troughs!), peppermint, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, all spice, ginger, & mullein, this mixture was rich in linalool & myrcene, two calming plant terpenes to help wrap guests in a feeling of warmth and comfort as they finished their sensory experience.
For this pairing, servers walked around with the troughs that used to hold peppermint with hot incense coals underneath a pile of this blend, wafting the smoke around the room as guests enjoyed their decadent dessert.
Interested in this incense blend?
The original plan was to have all of the guests gather around the fire at the end of the evening and throw a handful of this mixture on as we all breathed in the aroma and connected with one another for a final few moments, but due to rain, the dinner had to be moved inside — leaving us with a bunch of extra incense blend!
If you’re interested in purchasing this blend, we have 10 16oz tins available for $35 each. Contact us here if you’d like one!
Thank you so much to Blue Bell Farms for inviting us to be a part of this beautiful event and for giving us the opportunity to educate more people in our community about the healing benefits of terpenes. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many incredible local businesses!