ISSUE 83  |  Entertaining: Summer Edition

A Starlit Greenhouse Dinner, Martha’s Vineyard Edition

August 01, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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Lizzie Garrett of Tomboy Style recently clued us in to Beetlebung Farm, a five-acre property in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Chris Fischer, the proprietor, grew up on the family farm and later studied cooking under such chefs as Mario Batali and Keith McNally in New York, London, and Rome before returning home, where he sells his organic produce (current clients include the Obamas) and hosts communal greenhouse dinners.

“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,” Lizzie writes. “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.” For more, see Beetlebung Farm at Tomboy Style.

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

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.

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

Above: The hoop house is set with a long dining table, mismatched chairs, and flowers from the farm. Photograph by Lizzie Garrett of Tomboy Style.

Above: Food is served family style on platters.

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

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

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

Above: Organic produce under cultivation at Beetlebung Farm.

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

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

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.