New Moon Farm Dinners

Cheese and Honey

Get out your calendars and your table cloths! This summer, I’m teaming up with High Street in Philadelphia for three outdoor dinners with local cheesemakers. We’ve scheduled them on weekends of the new moon (full disclosure: we were calling these “full moon” dinners until I realized that I read the dark circles on my calendar as full moons instead of new moons. Call me astrologically challenged.)

Each dinner will begin with a cheese board presented by the cheesemaker and yours truly. Then there will be a gorgeous family-style meal, prepared by Chef Eli Kulp and the staff at High Street. The idea here is to celebrate regional, seasonal foods on the land where the ingredients were grown and raised. You’ll also get a chance to tour the farm, meet the animals, and maybe even peer into a cheese cave.

Sue Miller with Cows

The dinners ($85) are BYO and will be served family style. We’re asking that you bring your own place setting (plates, cups, silverware, napkins). Bonus for the person with the most creative table setting: High Street will offer a gift certificate and a pound of cheese!

Below are the dates, farms, and links for directions. These are going to be very special nights — I hope you can join us!  Note: each dinner is limited to 25. We expect these to book quickly.

New Moon Dinner Dates

For reservations: 215.625.0988

Friday, June 27: Meadowset Farm & Apiary, Landenberg, PA 7 pm
This beautiful sheep farm located near Longwood Gardens is as picturesque as it gets. Cheesemaker Tom Schaer is a Swiss native who works as a veterinarian by day. He makes two sheep’s milk cheeses, Camel’s Back and Last Straw, and harvests his own honey. For this special dinner, Tom has invited a local winemaker from nearby Va La Vineyards to join the feast. Chef Eli Kulp will prepare a local lamb dinner.

Saturday, July 26: Cherry Grove Farm, (pork) Lawrenceville, NJ 7 pm
Cherry Grove Farm produces a range of rustic raw-milk cheeses at its sustainable dairy in Lawrenceville. If you’re a fan of Buttercup Brie or Herdsman, two of their best known cheeses, you’re in for a glorious evening with cheesemakers Jamie Png and Paul Lawler. Check out the farm store, roam the organic pastures, and visit the “lovely ladies” who supply all the milk. Chef Eli Kulp will prepare a local pork dinner.

Saturday, August 23: Birchrun Hills Farm, (veal) Chester Springs, PA 7 pm
This dinner marks the official kick-off for Sue Miller’s Kickstarter campaign to build a cheese cave on her farm. Sue is a fixture at Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market and a wonderful hostess at Chester County Cheese Artisan events. When you visit her farm, you’ll meet her whole family (including some very friendly Holsteins), taste her raw-milk stinkers and blues, and enjoy a scenic drive through Chester County. This meal will feature the farm’s veal.

Tom Schaer in his kitchen at Meadowset Dairy

Tom Schaer in his kitchen at Meadowset Dairy

The cheese cave at Meadowset

The cheese cave at Meadowset

Note: This series is an extension of the monthly cheesemaker dinners hosted by High Street this spring. A big thanks to Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin for their support of local cheese. 




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5 Responses to “New Moon Farm Dinners”
  1. Wish I could come (rather a long way!)

  2. Carl Finkbeiner says:

    Tenaya, has anyone caught your mistake that the dates you picked are actually new moon dates, not full moon (which are 2 weeks earlier)? I think your idea is a wonderful one, but you might need to change the name to “New Moon Farm Dinners” if you cannot change the dates now.

  3. Amanda says:

    We will be there! These sound amazing!

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