Hello, dear readers. Have you ever walked into your living room to find a house full to the brim of nine to eleven punks and six dogs? Have you ever come back from a post office errand to walk into your house during a homemade tattoo party? Have you ever taken a break from harvesting tomatoes to find yourself in the middle of an epic colored water balloon war? Have you ever done a podcast in the back of a van while drinking moscato straight from the bottle? Have you ever partied hard with so many of your closest friends all the while hosting three epic food events in one week? Then, my friend, you have not experienced the true Such and Such Farm. This has been our past month. This is our life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. #sorrynotsorry
It all started a few weeks ago when Morgan’s buddies came into town to visit. We had a lot of work coming up in the next three weeks and it just so happened that they were killing time until they started some work up in Minnesota in three weeks. It was great timing on everyone’s part! From that night on, we had homemade tattoo parties, big family dinners, a lot of old school Nintendo games and nightly dice/card games. And we were able to get a lot of work done in the garden and the developing pig pasture. It worked out perfectly!
All of this happy fun time and productive time aside, we were getting ready for a very busy week of events. On a Saturday/Sunday, we hosted an industry hog roast for our friends and family. Our dear, friend and chef, Josh Poletti had planned this epic hog roast backyard BBQ for our clients and guests. Josh brought our the rotisserie that Dave made for our last Outstanding in the Field dinner. Let me rephrase that… he brought THE rotisserie, as it’s been come to be known. Because it’s awesome. It’s a show stopping beauty and damn, it makes some damn good slow roasted pork! Saturday night, Josh and our fellow chef buddies deboned two pigs and rolled them each into a giant porchetta. Also quite impressive.
Saturday night was topped off with beers and a bonfire by the swimming hole with a small group of new and familiar friends. Sunday morning, the circus came into town… but in a good way! Our whole farm was buzzing with wonderful company and wonderful food. Shout out to everyone who brought me rose and moscato wine, you are all my favorites. Shout out to Six Mile Bridge Brewing Co. who brought some AMAZING brews that I can’t stop craving ever since. Our friends and their friends came armed with homemade bread, Asian chicken wings, raw cole slaw, fancy meats and cheeses, blueberry mead, you name it! Throughout the day, I did a few live facebook feeds as everyone swam, played with the dogs and drooled over the slowly revolving pork cylinders. Throughout the day we educated our friends on the
At the end of the day, it felt like Dave and I had just gotten married all over again. A big crowd full of friends and family, people that we love and… amazing food. Also, we were so busy hosting that we barely got to hang out with each other OR eat. Just like our wedding! But for real, we hope this will be the first of many industry hog roasts we’ll have out here at the farm. We should make a habit out of it. At the end of the day, I stopped into Corey and Wes’ van to record a Strangehouse Podcast episode while swigging down some moscato straight out of the bottle. That should be an interesting episode. Here’s some snapshot of the day; just try to imagine the smell of slow roasted pork and the sound of laughter and dogs splashing into the water.
Smash cut to… Wednesday. This day, we were getting ready to host a pop-up dinner at our other labor of love project, Saint Liborius. Our great buddies, Bob, Ryan, Hanna and Corey… you may also know them as the creative geniuses behind the highly anticipated new Chinese restaurant, Good Fortune. They approached us about hosting Good Fortune’s first pop up dinner and since both projects vibes together well, it seemed like a match made in DIY heaven. Pretty much, the Good Fortune crew kicked ass, we just cleaned up the sanctuary and helped set up tables and chairs. We can’t take too much credit, we just provided the venue.
Oh, what’s this sanctuary venue you ask? Long story short, it’s a historic Catholic church in North St. Louis that we acquired a few years ago. With nothing but blood and sweat equity we’ve been attempting to turn this abandoned cathedral into an epic DIY maker space/art center. More about that later.. but that’s enough to wet your appetite.
Speaking of appetite, here’s some photos of the Saint Fortune pop-up dinner we held at the church. Rockwell Beer Co. partnered with us for the event and even brewed a custom Liborius beer for the event! Photo credit to all of the Good Fortune people.
And…. finally. On Saturday. Saturday was the day of “castle fest.” A housewarming party at a German castle like estate in rural Missouri. We recruited our buddies Poletti and Max to help us roast not one, not two, but three hogs for the event. But it didn’t stop there. They decided to roast each pig a different way. One on a La Caja China roaster, the second on the rotisserie and the last was a South American cross style. That was an all weekend affair. After prepping the pigs the night before, roasting all day on Saturday, Sunday was needed for recovery and clean up.
Somehow, we fit all of these epic food events into one jam packed week. Our bodies were tired but our bellies were full. And our head was full of ideas for the future. Our hearts were and still are grateful for our friends… both our chef friends and new/familiar crusty farm family. All lovable weirdos. How us weirdos found those weirdos? I’m not sure. I’m just so lucky that we can all be wonderful, lovable weirdos together.