A Starlit Greenhouse Dinner, Martha's Vineyard Edition by

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · July 31, 2013

A Starlit Greenhouse Dinner, Martha's Vineyard Edition

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · July 31, 2013

Spotted on Lizzie Garrett's Tomboy Style, a communal dinner in a greenhouse at Beetlebung Farm on the southwestern edge of Martha's Vineyard.

Beetlebung Farm is a five-acre property in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Chris Fischer, who grew up on the family farm and studied cooking under such chefs as Mario Batali and Keith McNally in New York, London, and Rome before returning home, sells his organic produce (current clients include the Obamas) and hosts communal greenhouse dinners. We must say the experience sounds magical.

Says Lizzie Garrett: "We were served by friendly barefoot hosts on a dirt floor sitting on wood benches and rusted metal chairs under a roof of stars and a garland of Jerusalem artichoke leaves. The aroma of the farm vegetables lingering with the salty Atlantic air was almost as intoxicating as the burrata, the kale salad served over a fried egg, the sugary sweet perfect tomatoes with squid, the pork tossed with pasta and basil..." Read on for the dessert:

Photography by Gabriela Herman for Beetlebung Farm (except where noted).

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: Chris Fischer, the 12th generation of his family to live on the Vineyard, serves just-grown, fresh-picked food (prepared simply) in a greenhouse transformed into a dining room. Photograph by Lizzie Garrett of Tomboy Style.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: Burrata bruschetta. Photograph by Lizzie Garrett of Tomboy Style.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: The farm isn't an official restaurant; dinners are by invitation only. 

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: Recent greenhouse dinner guests have included actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Seth Meyers.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: A large bluefish stuffed with herbs and grilled over an open fire.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: The hoop house is set with a long dining table, mismatched chairs, and flowers from the farm. 

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: Organic produce under cultivation at Beetlebung Farm.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: A shed to keep cold frames warm.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: Beetlebung chef Chris Fischer is a descendant of Albert Osborne Fischer, who bought the farm in 1961.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: Makeshift lamps and strings of lights. Photograph by Lizzie Garrett of Tomboy Style.

Dinner at Beetlebung Farm, Gardenista

Above: And for dessert? "A buttery slice of cantaloupe," says Lizzie Garrett. "A simple and perfect dessert."

For more ideas for dining under the stars, see Into the Field: A Dinner in a Greenhouse in Oslo.



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