By Bill Albrecht
1 large beautiful Texas Hill Country backdrop
11 foodies excited about spending the day with other foodies from across the country for a culinary adventure
5 local spots offering fresh, locally produced fare
1 Sibby Barrett, Hill Country food guru and proprietor of
Onion Creek Kitchens’ cooking classes (juniperhillsfarm.com)
Mix all ingredients in a 15 passenger van and shake for 6–7 hours, allow for lunch and frequent stops. Return to prep kitchen (Junipers Hills Farm, home of Sibby) and brainstorm an exciting variety of entrées to create using treasures procured on journey. Enjoy fare around a big table with your newfound friends, marinating often with your favorite beverage.
Hill Country Excursion and Random Acts of Cooking is just one of the classes offered by Sibby Barrett, owner of Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm.
The excursion is to discover what local vendors have to offer and pick out what looks good. The random part is deciding what to do with all those fresh ingredients. Gathering in Sibby’s kitchen, everyone gets in on the act, throws out ideas and shares stories of similar things they’ve cooked or would like to try.
Sibby explains: “I’m at most a guide. I don’t tell anyone what to make. I will make suggestions if we’re coming up with really similar entrées, ways to make them different. I do talk a bit about having a well-stocked pantry, things on hand that can make working with what’s in season locally easy to make into a great meal.”
Destinations for this excursion:
Bella Vista Ranch, Olive Trees and Vineyard, Wimberley
Mandola Estate Winery, Driftwood
Texas Specialty Cut Flowers, Arnosky Family Farms, Blanco County
Hill Country Lavender, Blanco on the Square
CKC Farms, Blanco