At Waxlander we teamed up with Chef Charles Dale of Terra at Encantado Resort once again to bring everyone a Celtic-themed evening complete with food, music, and kilts!
Our menu was inspired by the Celtic story of the Salmon of Knowledge. The tale tells the story of Cormac, the son of Art, who ruled Ireland.
As princes tend to do, Cormac overspent his riches and, in looking for a way to feed his merry men, began to covet his neighbor’s bountiful lands. Knowing his neighbor was wise and fond of his lands, Cormac went to a Druid for guidance. The druid advised the prince to seek a salmon in the enchanted waters of the western lands, which, if caught and eaten, would give such wisdom and good fortune to the eater that he would be successful in all his endeavors.
And so Cormac lost no time in setting out to find this lucky fish. He discovered the dark, deep pool where the salmon was said to reside and found it full of fish. He and his men caught fish after fish, broiling them on the nearby stones, and yet Cormac became not a wit wiser and very sick of fish.
They caught so many fish that Cormac could not taste them all, and so began to throw back those he deemed to small or sickly to be the salmon of knowledge. One evening a poor spent fish was caught and thrown on the banks of the river to wriggle its way back into the waters.
The fish was spied by a boy in the prince’s party who thought it would make a fine dinner, spent or not. The boy built a fire and tossed the fish on to broil. Before long he noticed a swelling blister forming on the fish’s side. Not wanting its nutritious juices to go to waste, the boy popped the blister with his finger and then stuck the finger in his mouth to cool it off. The instant his finger went in his mouth he was overcome with wisdom. All of his future glories, all the failures of his foes, and all of his own achievements flashed before his eyes. He saw that Ireland would ring with his fame, and he stepped into his destiny.
Chef Charles, inspired by this fable, recreated the salmon of knowledge for the Edible Art Tour. Participants ate to the tune of traditional Celtic songs, and our staff completed the theme with kilts and Celtic-inspired attire.
Friday was a fabled night at Waxlander. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to share the in the fun and in the Salmon of Knowledge! We greatly enjoyed celebrating Phyllis at the artist luncheon on Sunday and we love being a part of such a worthy, and successful event!