By now y’all know how much I love Patachou and the work that the Patachou Foundation does to educate and feed kids in the Indianapolis community, but I had to share photos from a wonderful night at their First Friday on the Farm. This was the first of four opportunities to experience a locally sourced four-course dinner on the deck of Public Greens.
Indy’s most famous beekeeper, Kate Franzman, was on hand to tell us more about her work with Bee Public and how she cares for the bees on the Public Greens farm. I’ve never been stung by a bee, so I feel better knowing that they won’t come after you unless they’re provoked. We wouldn’t have chocolate or coffee without bees, so passionate beekeepers like Kate are vital to our happiness.
We also heard from Patachou’s head chef, Tyler Herald, who provided an overview of where our food for the night came from. The carrots in our salad were from the farm located just feet away from the dinner table. The cherries used in the cocktail and appetizer were from an Amish farm in Jasper. Tyler mentioned that they receive honey in gallon size mason jars every week from a local farmer. Everything tastes better in a mason jar.
The chicken was from Gunthorp Farms and it was juiciest bone-in chicken I’ve ever eaten. This is the same chicken that will be used for Martha Hoover’s next endeavor – Crispy Bird, located across from the Napolese on 49th and Penn. I’d say she has another instant hit on her hands because I could eat that chicken everyday.
The pastry chef made the angel food cake and it brought back memories of eating it all the time as a kid in the summertime. While store bought is fine, his version was light and airy – just like it should be. The strawberries on top were perfectly ripe with a light syrup – not overly sweet.
I always looked forward to Tyler’s creation at Dig IN’s Taste of Indiana every year and while Dig IN is taking a year off, it’s important for Hoosiers to still support local farms and chefs that work hard to create menus utilizing the local ingredients available to them. We may not be hosting a food festival for 4,000 people this year, but get out there and explore what Indiana has to offer. You can read more on this topic via the IBJ. That explainer is for another blog post.
If you’re interested in attending a First Friday on the Farm, you have three more opportunities: July 7, August 4, and September 1. Each ticket purchased funds 20 meals for food-insecure kids in Indianapolis. Not only is it a fun and informative night, but you will feel really good knowing that your support will help the Patachou Foundation continue their mission.
Have a great weekend!