Meal makes delicious trip from Farm-to-Table


Cocoa restaurant Crush Eleven’s executive chef Josh Eslinger and owner Mona Foy designed the meal and prepared it alongside Chef Eric Anderson, Chef Corey Foy and Chef Nathan St. Dennis. The dinner included champagne toast, five-course dinner, music and libations.

The University of Florida/Brevard County Extension Services, Brevard County, the Brevard County Farmers Market and The Farm at Rockledge Gardens transformed local farm produce and proteins into tasty delights for more than 40 people at the April 19 Spring Farm-To-Table event.

The evening started at Rockledge Gardens at check-in with a champagne toast followed by a tractor ride to The Farm. The dinner was in the garden under an open air structure. Crush Eleven’s executive chef Josh Eslinger created the five-course meal along with other chefs Eric Anderson, Corey Foy and Nathan St. Dennis.

The first course at the fourth Farm-to-Table event included heirloom tomato tartar with acidulated bean trio, radish salad, herb oil, Florida tomme crisp and orange thyme vinaigrette.

The second course consisted of molasses and black pepper rubbed pork belly with braised swiss chard, turnips three ways, and smokey bacon jus.

Shrimp and rope sausage voulevant with white mirepoix and peashoot salad followed, and later hop flower brined chicken leg quarter with olive oil potato silk and raw milk wilted cabbage.

For information on upcoming events, call Mel Morgan-Stowell at 321-633-1702, ext 238.