One of the highlights of my culinary life is the annual International Dutch Oven Spring Gathering (formerly known as the IDOS Spring Convention). This is an evening and day of food and friendship as dutch oven enthusiasts from all over gather to cook and share their love of the black pots. There are demos and classes, and there are vendors and auctions. There’s a camp over the night before with a dutch oven gathering where everyone just kicks back and cooks and shares.
But the part of the event that I love the most is the “Taste of Dutch”. This is where the main area of the pavilion is divided into booths, and each chef or team takes one space. They cook whatever they want, whatever they’ve brought. The doors are opened up to the public, who can browse from booth to booth sampling the fare and interacting with the chefs. Asking questions, swapping ideas, generally having a great time!
Here's what it was like the other years that I went: 2009, and 2008. I also attended in 2010, but (shame on me) I didn’t write it up. Brendon and Jacob were the partners in my booth last year.
It all started for me when Ranes asked me if I wanted to help him in his booth back in 08. We had a great time. I helped him with the Rhodes Rolls that had been donated, and I made biscuits and gravy and a lunch of Masaman curry.
In 2009, I brought a long a friend, Steven Owen, and Brendon made his now famous pizza.
So, I recently got this email from Ranes, about this year’s event:
The Annual IDOS Spring Gathering and Open House (formerly known as the Spring Convention) is on April 8th and 9th at the Legacy Events Center (formerly the Davis County Fairgrounds) in Farmington, Utah.
Information and details about the event can be found on the IDOS forums here
... and on Facebook here
So, you can participate in many different ways. If you’re a dutch oven enthusiast and chef like I am (I’m tagging you, Andy J, and Toni, as well as many others), and you live in, or can get to, northern UT in April, sign up to be a chef in the Taste of Dutch. The more chefs we’ll have, the more variety, and the bigger the event will be!
If you’re someone who loves outdoor cooking and wants to learn more about using dutch ovens, now is your chance to show up and taste a lot of great free food and learn from wonderful people.
Mark your calendars, ‘cause it’ll be a great time!
Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.