Indigo House Front Porch Dinners

Dear Food Folks: There are only 6 more weekends to enjoy my fall history cuisine series at Indigo House. Welcome and enjoy the front porch of my farmstead home where you will hear the rush of the river, enjoy the greenery, and eat some great food at a table for two, in company with another table for two a social distance away!  Please bring the beer or wine or cider of your choice – Indigo House will offer coffee or tea. Dinners are Friday and Saturday evenings.

Dinner Time: 6 -7:30 pm. $85. Reservations at www.indigohouse.us

Friday, Oct 2 Two tables open

A Southern Sunday Dinner at the Farm

Old folk tradition has it that if the preacher was invited to Sunday supper the children, who were last to be served, always ended up with only the neck bone of the sacrificed chicken. A far more historically important reality of those Sunday dinners and the traditional dishes associated with them was in the 20th century when women and men cooked Fricasseed Chicken and other favorites with love and served them to the Civil Rights workers across the south. Georgia Gilmore’s homebased restaurant The Club from Nowhere, Leah Chase in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, and countless others reached out to feed the workers and leaders of the movement. Come share iconic dishes that fueled body and soul in turbulent times. Make your reservation at indigohouse.us  

Menu:

‘Pot Likker’ Soup, Hot Cornbread, Homemade Butter, Sorghum Syrup; Fricassee Chicken w/ Gravy, Macaroni Pie, Collards; Vi’s Pickles; Sweet Potato Tarts w/ Whipped Cream; Sweet Tea

 

Friday, Oct 9 One table for two open & Saturday, Oct 10 Two tables open

Dining with the Aztecs

Our meal takes us on an excursion of the market places of pre-Columbian Mexico which were wonders to behold. There were turkeys and vast heaps of multi-colored dried and fresh chilies. Market sellers offered tomatoes and dry beans in striking colors cooked in beautifully painted clay pots. Maize of all shapes and colors was made into masa, tortillas, and tamales. We finish our meal with the most iconic of Aztec food – CHOCOLATE. Make your reservation at indigohouse.us  

Menu: (Luscious and Gluten-free)

Jicama Salad w/ Lime; Turkey Mole, Pinto Beans; Fresh Tortillas & Fresh Salsa & Jalapenos en Escabeche; Handcrafted Mexican HOT CHOCOLATE

 

Friday, Oct 16 & Saturday, Oct 17 All tables open

Mary Randolph’s Richmond Dining Table – 1810

The ingredients in the recipes for tonight’s dinner tells the story of voyages to Africa, the Spice Islands of SE Asia, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, even China. In Randolph’s kitchen the cooks used exotic foodstuffs for the Curry Chicken and as well as foods grown locally on Virginia plantations.  Make your reservation at indigohouse.us  

Menu:

Ochra Soup; Tarragon Salad, Caveach of Fish; Dish of Curry Chicken w/ Rice, Honeyed Carrot & Parsnip; Pound Cake with Peach Sauce and Whipped Cream/or Apple Compote

 

Friday, Oct 23 &Saturday, Oct 24 All tables open

A Southern Sunday Dinner at the Farm

Old folk tradition has it that if the preacher was invited to Sunday supper the children, who were last to be served, always ended up with only the neck bone of the sacrificed chicken. A far more historically important reality of those Sunday dinners and the traditional dishes associated with them was in the 20th century when women and men cooked Fricasseed Chicken and other favorites with love and served them to the civil rights workers across the south. Georgia Gilmore’s homebased restaurant The Club from Nowhere, Leah Chase in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, and countless others reached out to feed the workers and leaders of the movement. Come share iconic dishes that fueled body and soul in turbulent times. Make your reservation at indigohouse.us  

Menu:

‘Pot Likker’ Soup, Hot Cornbread, Homemade Butter, Sorghum; Fricassee Chicken w/ Gravy, Macaroni Pie, Collards; Vi’s Pickles; Sweet Potato Tarts w/ Whipped Cream; Sweet Tea

 

Friday, Oct 30 & Saturday, Oct 31  All tables open

3 Centuries of Southern Women Chefs

Our dinner will introduce you to women in a 1770s kitchen and to the cooks in Mary Randolph’s 1810 Richmond kitchen and a savory main course of Roasted Pork. Melinda Russell wrote a cookbook to document her Civil War era culinary career while in San Francisco Abby Fisher won prizes for her sauces; part of our meal comes from their recipes. Our meal closes with a recipe by Chef Edna Lewis whose 1976 cookbook helped launch the farm to food movement. Our 4 course meal will satisfy your appetite and your curiosity.  Make your reservation at indigohouse.us  

Menu:

Harriet Horry 1770 Tomato Soup; Mary Randolph 1824 Tarragon Salad; Melinda Russell 1866 Fricassee Catfish; Mary Randolph 1824 Barbeque Pork Shote, Carolina Gold Rice, Broccoli, w/ Indigo House Applesauce, Abby Fisher 1905 Game Sauce; Edna Lewis 1976 Bread Pudding w/ Whipped Cream

 

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