Ewe Are Special
“Some are fancy on the outside. Some are fancy on the inside. Everybody’s fancy. Everybody’s fine.” — Everybody’s Fancy, Fred Rogers
I love a fancy affair. I love a fancy affair even more when it is supporting a good cause. The Ewe Are Special event at Jamison Farms did just that — with proceeds benefiting the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe. The Center focuses on early learning and children’s media, true to Fred Rogers’ ideals of putting children first. If you have a chance to swing by the Saint Vincent College campus, be sure to check out the Center. There are fun exhibits featuring those famous sweaters and Neighborhood puppets (like Daniel Tiger and his wristwatch!).
Ewe Are Special showcased one of the hidden gems of Mister Rogers’ real neighborhood, Latrobe — the Jamison Farm. Even as a native Latrobian (and that’s Lay-trobe, not La-trobe, people!), I had never seen the farm which claims to have the “world’s greatest” lamb. Bold? Sure. True? Quite possibly. This visit proved that the picturesque farm is worth the drive.
Take note: In summer months you can order your lamb and pick it up at the farm. Start planning your summer 2013 lamb dinner meals now!
We started off our evening with lamb tartare on a crisp pasta chip. If you know anything about me, you know that I am seriously freaked out by raw meat, and I’m not exactly outdoorsy. But there I was, in a field, eating uncooked lamb. And, as it turns out, this little bite proved to be my favorite thing of the evening. Take that meat phobia!
After chatting with Mrs. Rogers (what a lovely lady!), we were treated to several chefs’ creative takes on lamb. The line-up included: Greg Andrews, The Supper Club in Greensburg; Donato Coluccio, Donato’s Restaurant in Pittsburgh; Anne Hutchinson, Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington DC; Michael Bompiani of Saint Vincent College; Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia in Atlanta; and Eliza Jamison and Edgardo Ortiz of Jamison.
I left the Farm with a full stomach, but also a full heart. It is crazy cool that an organization like the Fred Rogers Center is continuing a legacy. Now, if you know what is good for you, click here right now for a little dose of happy (make sure to watch the video on the side — makes me all misty eyed!).
“You are my friend
You are special
You are my friend
You’re special to me.” – You Are Special, Mister Rogers
Thanks a million to the Fred Rogers Center for inviting us to a great evening!