out on a school night with farm & fable

farm&fableI got a chance to join another great group of boston bloggers on monday night at farm & fable - a relatively new shop in the south end of boston. the event details said we were going to make mulling spices. I was sold on the 'make' part and honestly had no idea what the evening would entail but in true kate & alison form, I knew I could expect great company and a new experience. bookshelvesfarm & fable is the dream of abby reutgers, a former lawyer-turned-flour bakery employee with an incredible eye and a dream for her own space. situated on the corner of shawmut avenue and milford street is the intimate and bright shop where upstairs you'll find an incredible collection of vintage cookbooks, carefully curated new cookbooks and something abby likes to call 'heirloom quality' new kitchen wares mixed in with vintage finds. but downstairs is equally surprising - a full classroom kitchen where abby holds her monthly potluck cookbook book club meetings. genius right? this whole thing is right up my sister's alley and I can't wait to take her by next time she's in town.

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it was great to see some familiar faces and to meet new ones. we caught up over phenomenal food from other south end vendors snap top market, formaggio and flour bakery with a great cava thanks to urban grape (you know how I feel about urban grape). av-and-eh

L to R: erin? (help - I can't remember your name!), liz, alison and jill

after making our introductions and hearing the inspiration behind abby's venture we moved downstairs to learn about mulled wine (aka warm sangria) and how to make our own mulled spices.

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mulled wine was originally called glow wine which comes from the original way of heating up the fruit and spice mixture by using a hot poker (which was glowing). abby explained the differences between a white mulled wine using brandy or Pear William and a traditional red mulled wine made with port. both contain a variety of fresh or dried fruits, cardamom pods, cloves, and even pomanders.  the two we sampled were adapted from the recipe her parents use and from the general federation of women's clubs cookbook: america cooks (you can find this title on amazon but I highly suggest stopping in at farm & fable instead)

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thank you, abby, for hosting us. these events are like field trips for grownups and I look forward to each announcement boston bloggers puts out there. (truth? you need to set a calendar alarm to go online and get your tickets. they typically sell out in less than three minutes) I love getting to check out new to me places in boston AND meeting new to me people.  (below: thank you janee and ana for posing for me)

janee-and-analogothe next time you're in the south end make sure to stop in farm & fable and definitely 'like' their facebook page to learn more about the cookbook book club.

PS - check out these photos from kate's post , ana's post, and janee's post PPS - here's a great writeup when farm & fable opened late last year