Recently Gwyneth Paltrow cooked an intimate dinner for 60 people (yes, she ACTUALLY did the cooking).  The guest list included Mario Batali, Ruth Reichl, Blythe Danner (Gwyneth’s mom) Michael Stipe, Martha Stewart, Tina White (the editor of Epicurious), Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz, Ed Burns and his wife Christy Turlington, April Bloomfield (the chef from the acclaimed Spotted Pig), Gabrielle Hamilton (the chef from Prune), and…Brent and Josh.

How crazy is that?!?! Yeah, we were shocked too. How on earth did we get invited?

Gwyneth writes a popular blog called GOOP and she has featured The Bucolic Plague as well as the Blaak Onion Jam on the list of her ‘finds”.   She’s also growing the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable as part of our World’s Largest ‘Community’ Garden Project with Williams-Sonoma.  Yes…she is one of the 10,000 gardeners just like you!

This is just another one of those weird things that happens to us that we’re really grateful for. Pardon our excitement, but we like to share the strange things that happen to us with you. Hope you don’t mind.

Here are some of the (kinda surreal) conversations we had:

the Art of Farming auction with Ruth.

goat milk cheese with Mario.

the merits of the banjo with Michael Stipe.

sheep sheering with Martha.

and gardening with Gwyneth

We really didn’t have much to say to Cameran Diaz or A-Rod, but they sure looked pretty.

The menu included  roasted peppers with anchovies (seen in the picture below with Martha), duck ragu, spicy raab, berry sabayon brulee, and Italian wedding cookies (made with pecans, not almonds.)  Because the dinner was served by candlelight, we couldn’t get any great shots of the dishes. But trust us, they were delicious.

Here are some photos from the evening.

We’re pretty picky when it comes to cookbooks.  We devote one shelf in the pantry to cookbooks, and adding one means that another must come out.  When we got home and looked through Gwyneth’s book, My Father’s Daughter, we weren’t sure what we would find. But we already have three recipes we’re trying out over Easter. The book is a beautiful homage to her father, Bruce.  In the book Paltrow shares her favorite family recipes along with personal stories of growing up with her father.  She discusses how he influenced her in the food she loves, how she involves her kids in cooking, and how she balances healthy food with homemade treats. It’s an interesting look into Paltrow’s personal life…and it was interesting to discover that she shares a lot of the same communal values that we (and you) do here at Beekman 1802.

There are over 100 recipes and our three favorites, the  lemon pasta, layered potato cake & bitter greens salad alone are worth adding the book to your collection.

We hope she likes our first cook book (Heirloom Recipes from Beekman 1802) just as much when it comes out in October. We’re a little shy about inviting her to dinner to celebrate when it launches, though. What do you think? Who should our guest list be?

by Josh and Brent

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Skip Haughay

Your guest list should include Skip and Abel.

LOL.

In all seriousness, what an impressive dinner list. Do you guys get star struck at all? It seems to me that the business of celebrity is really just a person who has chosen another cool job. Unless its Martha; in which case its a demigod in taken human form.

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Sabino

GOOD things happen to GOOD people, like you guys!

because, GOOD people do GOOD things…………..

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Kristen

I think you should invite The Fabulous Sharon Springs Groupies….not being partial or anything…

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Dani

I agree with Erin & Lori that both Julia Roberts and Bette Midler are must have guests for your cookbook launch dinner.

Seriously, what you've done for promoting a positive lifestyle and doing what you love is inspiring.

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Lori

Sounds like a great party. I'll have to try out the book. Gwyneth seems to enjoying a very busy renaissance. Good for her.

Oh, and couldn't you have spoken to Mr. A-Rod about popcorn? Or would that have been too tacky for polite company. Speaking of popcorn, what about growing and selling gourmet types at the Beekman?

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Jennifer Tompkins

It is funny and charming how the two of you don't realize what a huge impact that you two have on the country and the way people are thinking about farming and gardening! I'm not surprised at all that you were invited to the dinner!! You should feel very confident to invite her as well as anyone else you like to your cookbook launch.

You're wonderful men and you deserve all the respect and notoriety you are receiving, CONGRATS!!!

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Maleah

You both are super stars and continue to make me smile. Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes pics and memories of each guest.

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Lori

That sounds like an amazing evening. What a beautiful tribute, the book is to her father.

Now, for potential guest at Beekman, who is known for her work with community gardens (among other things) Bette Midler would certainly be fascinating and fabulous. ~ Enjoy this wonderful life!

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Jenn D

Are you single-handedly trying to re-envigorate central NY? You boys are becoming quite the movers and shakers. I'm so glad you have settled here. Keep up the great work.

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Erin

That is so cool that she included you. Clearly she is a fan and I'm sure she would be thrilled if you invited her. I saw her on "Who Do you Think You Are" too – it was really interesting. Besides Gwyneth, you should invite Julia Roberts – I've heard that she is really into composting and green living and she seems like a good time!

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Carolyn

I can't even imagine how overwhelmingly amazing that group of people must have been. Not to mention the food!!

I'm such a fan of GOOP…and the two of you!

I can't wait to add My Father's Daughter and your cookbook to my collection.

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teri tighe

How cool is that? So glad you two were invited and that she's one of the Beekman growers. I feel a kinship, already.

I've seen a number of her movies and recently saw her on Who Do You Think You Are, which is one of my favorite shows. She seems like such a down to earth person and her family lineage, on her dad's side was very impression and heartfelt.

I think you should invite Gwyneth and anyone else you think would enjoy the recipes, as well as your own recipes and would appreciate the evening, all around. Maybe a dinner party that's more cozy?

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