Thursday, October 11, 2018

Live-fire cooking events at Saratoga community farm

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A pair of live-fire cooking harvest events is scheduled for this Saturday and next Tuesday at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm.

The "Family Fire Feast," at which farm-to-table foods are prepared by the next generation of local chefs, will be offered Saturday as part of a day of activities for children -- horse-drawn wagon rides, kite flying, games, hands-on activities for all ages, and demonstrations by mounted Saratoga Springs police officers. Musicians Corry Loveday and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard will perform.

The main "Fire Feast" on Tuesday will feature meals cooked in fire pits by six teams of chefs from local restaurants, with bartenders serving specialty cocktails.

"Pit crews have been assembled by John Sconzo, the anesthesiologist-turned-gastronaut who, with long-time friend Charles Grabitzy, has launched Rascal & Thorn, turning their long-time passion for diverse gastronomic experiences into a business," according to a news release.

Two signature items are on the menu.

Chef Justin Carlisle will be supplying 60 pounds of grass-fed beef from the Wisconsin ranch his father still operates. Carlisle is the pit master who, using Wisconsin cheese, will cook Beef with Bandaged Cheddar and Cauliflower, the release said.

Dave Arnold and Don Lee of Existing Conditions, the Greenwich Village cocktail bar, will serve their Saratoga Paloma, a blending of tequila, grapefruit, lime, and water sourced from Hathorn Spring #3 in Spa State Park.

Big Stone Gap and Fenimore Blues will perform, and a silent auction will offer a range of items.

For information about the farm and to order tickets, go to the farm website.

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