As one of the city’s standout female chefs, Mariana Gabilondo has been slaying it ever since she took on the role of executive chef at La Mezcaleria roughly three years ago.
The Mexico City native oversees both locations (Gastown and the Drive). She’ll soon be bringing authentic Mexican flavours to an altogether different setting: the pastoral Home Farm Gardens on Bowen Island for one night only.
A first for the 150-acre, family-run, organic, heritage farm called Endswell, the long-table dinner takes place this Saturday (July 20).
The event is called a feria, the word referring to gatherings that take place in small towns all over Mexico every year. They’re mainly just an excuse to get together, sing, tell stories, and enjoy heaps of good food.
On Bowen Island, Gabilondo will be joined by La Mezcaleria chefs Jose Mujica and Yessica Garcia. The team will be camping out on-site, using as many farm-fresh ingredients as possible, and cooking over flames for a four-course meal.
Home Farm has a market garden, sheep, chickens, and pigs.
Among the dishes on the family-style menu are pulled pickled duck-salad tostadas (say that 10 times fast); onion-and-dandelion-stuffed corn masa cakes; ash-roasted vegetables; and banana leaf-wrapped corn tamal stuffed with chicken eggs, borage, and dandelion.
Then there’s lamb roasted in a hay-rosemary-and-cedar blanket.
Add in pico de gallo, cinnamon churros, a Tequila bar, a mariachi band, and a piñata for adults to smash, and you’ve got a veritable farm fiesta.
The dinner runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person.