A Farm-To-Table Happening in Cranford

Stage Left Steak in New Brunswick is hosting a special dinner at its longtime farm source, Dreyer Farms.

Farm-to-table is diners’ clarion call these days to restaurants and chefs. Folks expect the restaurants they patronize to procure their ingredients locally and employ seasonal-eating practices year-round.

Dining at a farm is also in the vanguard, as in-the-field feasts are held during peak harvest season all over the country.

A restaurant that actually sets up shop for a night at a farm it patronizes is a rare occurrence—and one not to be missed.

Stage Left Steak, the newly expanded name for the 25-year-old culinary/hospitality innovator in New Brunswick, is doing just that this Friday evening, July 28, at the home of its longtime farm source, Dreyer Farms in Cranford.

The addition of the word steak to the restaurant’s name emphasizes a key component in its repertoire. At their Midsummer Night’s Dinner at Dreyer, diners not only will be eating local, but doing so mere yards from where the ingredients for the dinner were picked hours before.

According to Stage Left Steak’s owners, Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, the menu will be on the “what’s ripe and ready” side of things. There will be, we know, a tomato station serving forth gazpacho, bruschetta and caprese as well as hors d’oeurves that include “pickled stuff,” mini BLTs and cucumber and crab bites.

“The main course will be Wagyu beef on a hot, salt brick,” Pascal and Schott say, but “if you can’t have beef, let us know and we’ll make something work.”

Dessert will be zeppole and fresh fruit topped with sabayon.

A variety of libations will be poured, including a white punch with Hendrick’s Gin and a whisky punch using Monkey Shoulder Scotch. Whisky Smashes and Gin Smashes will be made using local berries and, speaking of local berries, strawberries have been preserved for the occasion in Reyka Vodka. Yes, wines and Jersey brews will be offered at dinner.

Not acquainted with Dreyer Farms? Dreyers have been farming land in the Garden State for 113 years, since Gustav and Henry Dreyer came to the United States. Today, their land in Cranford is farmed by John Dreyer and his oldest daughter, Jess.

Dinner bell rings Friday, July 28 at 7 pm sharp at Dreyer Frams, 831 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The cost for all of the above is $129 per person, not including tax and tip. And, to add to your pleasure, music will be provided by the New Brunswick Jazz Project.

Interested? Act quickly by reaching out to Stage Left Steak at 732-828-4444 or e-mailing [email protected].

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