Are you ready to be jealous?

Like, insanely jealous?

Okay…the next time you hear me complain about anything farm-related, remind me that the farm got me invited to this amazing culinary roundtable event.

See, Lean Cuisine invited myself, two other cool farmers, three top style bloggers, and six world-renowned chefs to spend the day playing together. Inspiring each other with the latest food and fashion trends.

Yes, that’s right. I got to play in the kitchen with chefs Michelle Berstein, Brad Farmerie, Anita Lo, Paul Kahan, Lior Lev Sercarz & Lucien Vendome.

Then we all sat down at tables, styled by Liz Stanley, Jenny Komenda & Jessie Artigue.

And then we all ate huge meal cooked by all those incredible chefs.

Can you imagine what it would cost to have a private dinner cooked, served, and eaten by those chefs?

You have permission to hate me a little.

Just a little.

Below are some pics and video of our day together. It was wonderful.

Here’s a video showing some of what we got to do:


This photo is from Jessie’s blog about the day, Style & Pepper:

And here are some photos from  Jenny’s blog about the day, Little Green Notebook. Jenny was on my “team,” along with Brad Farmerie and Michelle Bernstein. Yeah. I know. Dream Team, right?

Here’s Jenny’s table setting. She bought that white tureen and then, on the spot, fancied it up with red porcelain paint. Smart, right? Great Scandinavian rustic look.

You can see more of Jenny’s photos here.

Style blogger Liz Stanley wrote about the day on her blog, Say Yes To Hoboken. Here’s one of her photos of the table setting she created:

Aren’t those name card holders made from carrot tops amazing?

I wish we had more photos of the food. But we were all pretty much just…well…scarfing.

You can get three of the recipes here.

Here’s a photo of the meal from Say Yes To Hoboken:

It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime meal.

But that won’t stop me from hoping it happens again.

by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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OMG, that’s AWESOME!!! But I could never hate you even a little, no matter how spoiled you are, because you earned it!! How many people in the world can experience all the things the two of you have gotten to do?? You guys earned every bit of it, but I am still SO JEALOUS!


Thank you for including my photo! Was great to meet you (albeit very briefly), and I’m only sorry I didn’t get to know you better throughout the course of the day. 🙂 Great recap, and maybe we’ll get to chat more next time! 🙂

Suzanne Koba

What a great honor.Being a farmer and including your past job certainly made this possible. Congratulations

Kate's Daughter

The food looks amazing. The table? Not so much! 😀 It surely does look like it was a wonderful experience, cooking with all those fabulous chefs. Thanks for sharing the day with us!

Marie Chilcote

How does one get an invitation to something like this? What a wonderful meal!

Sandy S.

I wasn’t going to be EXTREMELY jealous since I’m vegan-ish, but then I watched the video and it looked like it was all vegetarian and DELICIOUS! What an incredible perk, you lucky duck!


Looks like an incredible (and delicious) experience. Congratulations! And yes, a little jealous…


Looks like that was an amazing meal Josh! So wonderful that you got to participate in that.