El Gringo En Fuego
Ben Stanley’s El Gringo en Fuego dinner at Over the Moon Farm was full of fire despite the downpour outside
Fire and rain turned out to be a winning combination not just for James Taylor for but for Ben Stanley as well.
On Saturday, July 21, as downpours soaked Over the Moon Farm in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, guests inside the farm’s barn were cozying up to communal tables and prepping for a feast.
Shaking off their umbrellas, arriving guests were greeted with a welcome cocktail, a margarita to match the Mexican flavors of the evening. Farmer Lyn Garling arrived at the barn and left five minutes later, a dozen-plus diners behind her, for a soggy but enlivening farm tour.
Just as the rain really started to come down, guests took their seats at the communal tables on the second floor of the barn, where the meal was about to begin.
Stanley began in the way so many Mexican meals begin — with chips and salsa. Of course, the unique nature of the bite — a spherized salsa globule quivering atop a mini chip and topped with the tiniest leaflet of cilantro — showed what was in store for the next six courses.
CORN OFF THE COB with sweet corn, fennel, tomato, green onion, and queso fresco
SAUTEED GREEN BEANS with green beans, eggplant, garlic scapes, and onion
TO MARKET TO BUY A FAT PIG with smoked pork, tiger eye beans, lettuce, Hungarian wax chile, tomato, carrot, onion, and field corn
THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG with fire-roasted chicken, cucumber-pickled egg, blueberry, tomato, carrot, and honey
THE CHEESE STANDS… with house-made mozzarella, asparagus leather, rhubarb, and kale chips
APPLE “PIE” A LA MODE with poached apple, goat milk caramel, whole wheat “crust” and house-made cinnamon ice cream
As a “provision” to last guests further into the week, a fire-roasted salsa was presented as a takeaway at the end of the meal.
Ingredients for this dinner were sourced from these local farms and producers:
Ardry Farms, Howard, PA • Beiler Family Farm, Spring Mills, PA • Crystal Hollow Farm, Woodward, PA • Greensleeves, Millville, PA • Hostetler’s Naturals, Milroy, PA • Jade Family Farm, Howard, PA • Meyer Dairy, State College, PA • Moser’s Garden Produce, Centre Hall, PA • Mountainside Produce, Rebersburg, PA • Over the Moon Farm, Rebersburg, PA • Paradise Valley Organics, Milton, PA • Patchwork Farm, Aaronsburg, PA • Sally from the Valley, PA • Small Valley Milling, Halifax, PA • Stone Meadow Farm, Woodward, PA • Way Fruit Farm, Port Matilda, PA
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