Sunday Dinner: Dine In Irene

Before we started this blog, or even talked about starting this blog, we daydreamed of hosting a "supper club." While we hadn't really worked out the details, we knew it would be a great opportunity to entertain more without going broke and good practice presuming we ever open a small restaurant. We talked endlessly about possible ways to create a unique experience for our guests- maybe integrating Jake's art work or collaborating with our friend Kelly, the BLager- but we were still in the brainstorming stages.

When we read about Dine I
n Irene, organized by GrowNYC and Bloggers without Borders, we knew we'd found our excuse to really dive in and try it out. The event's brief represented everything behind our blog and the way we live our lives; advocating for local food and economies, communities and the stories that support them. By shopping almost exclusively at the Green Market, we were already doing our small part in helping a handful of vendors who were hurt by the flooding. But what about those farms who were so devastated that they had nothing left to sell? We wanted to do something bigger and this was a great opportunity. 

On Monday we quickly put together an approximate menu, a description of the cause, and the details of the evening. After setting the limit at 12, we sent the invite out to about 30 people and within two hours we had said yes to 16 people with more requests coming in. Suddenly it hit us- we had never cooked dinner for 18 people. Where would people sit? How would we cook that much food in our small, hot kitchen? Did we even have enough plates? Would everyone get along or keep to themselves in awkward social circles around the apartment?

Well, we're pleased to announce that we pulled it off! We cooked and shopped for two days, shifting the menu as the ingredients did or did not show up at the market. We shared the kitchen without killing one another and nothing was burnt! The food was great, everyone got along perfectly, and we raised over $400.

None, and we mean none, of this could have happened without the help our of incredibly supportive group of friends- both those who were there and those who couldn't make it. We were so proud to gather and raise a glass in gratitude for the many dedicated farmers who make meals like this possible.

So now that we're seasoned professionals (ha!), we'll be hosting dinners like this a lot more often. If you're interested in joining our mailing list for our events, please send us an email at cutandbake@gmail.com
with the subject "mailing list." We can't wait to see you here!


Pork Butt Braised in Hard Cider
Pork Butt- Fleisher’s Meats
Pork Shoulder- Flying Pigs Farm
Rustica Hard Cider- Eve’s Cidery
Mustard- A. Bauer’s Mustard (Eataly)
Leeks and Parsnips- Migliorelli Farm

Nappa Cabbage and Jalapeno- Queen’s Farm
Honey- Berkshire Berries
Carrots- Migliorelli Farm
Apple Cider Vinegar- Race Farm

Roasted Squash
Delectica and Butter Cup Squashes- Sycamore Farm
Butternut Squashes, Sage, Rosemary and Garlic- Keith’s Farm
Maple Syrup- Jake’s Back Yard

Sauteed Kale with Bacon
Kale- Migliorelli Farm
Bacon- Flying Pig Farm
Sunflower Oil- Cayuga Pure Organics

Buttermilk Biscuits
Buttermilk- Tonje’s Family Dairy
Butter- Ronnybrook Dairy
All-Purpose Flour- Cayuga Pure Organics

Apple Pie
Mutsu and Jonathan Apples- Locust Grove Farms
Cream Cheese- Ben’s Cream Cheese (Eataly)

Pear and Raspbery Pie
Bartlett Pears- Breezy Hill Orchards
Raspberries- Berried Treasures

Buttermilk Ice Cream
Buttermilk- Tonje’s Family Dairy
Heavy Cream- Milk Thistle Organic Dairy
Eggs- Flying Pig Farm


  1. It was a special night. We're so happy we could take part as your neighbors and friends. Can't wait to see what else you guys cook up!

  2. What a wonderful idea! The party looks smashing.

  3. This looks great, I sooo need to try this soon! Thanks

  4. Thanks so much to both of you.