Bay Area Consumers and Buyers Co-Mingle with Farm to Table Mangoes
“The experience of being alongside consumers in this format was so rewarding. It wasn’t about selling or being sold to, so it was natural and easy. Everyone was there to enjoy food (heavily featuring mangoes in all different ways, some obvious and some creative.) I found the conversation was comfortable because everyone has the common experience of great food, drinks and company. Loved the evening and the excitement it created. The “party favor”, a case of Crespo Organic Mangoes was the perfect send-off to keep the evening fresh in mind.” Maroka Kawamura, Produce/Floral Program and Category Manager New Leaf Community Market
This past Sunday, July 31st , the Bay Area got to join in on a -truly- farm to table experience, as Crespo Organic Mangoes teamed up with Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center’s Sunday Supper Club in Bolinas, California.
Ger-Nis’ Sunday Supper club, an educational eating experience, happening once per season, featuring a decadent multi course meal, staring local, organic, sustainable and fairtrade farmers, showcased mangoes and Mexico, for their 2018 summer’ shindig, “A Celebration of Mexico,” highlighted Crespo Organic mangoes and the culinary prowess of the Crespo Organic Kitchen. A fully mango-centric menu gave 45 mango consumers and retail buyers from all over the Bay Area a taste of Mexico, as told through a unique mango eating and drinking experience.
The meal called attention tothe last of Crespo’s sweet and spicy Ataulfo (#DontCallMeHoney) mangoes, as well as the succulent, deep orange hued kents. Both varietals offer nearly fiberless flesh and thus a bevy of velvety sweet and spicy sauces were an obvious menu addition, including crowd favorites Crespo Sinaloa Sauce & Mango Turmeric Tabasco Sauce. A fresh organic fruit Margarita and Agua Fresca Bar highlighted not only a few different mango options, but all the organic fruit flavors were sweetened by the Crespo Kitchen’s genius recipe – Mango Pit Margarita Mixer, which not only gives the answer for what to do with the fleshy pits, but gives a perfectly perfumed and slightly tropical alternative to the common “coolaide” type sweetener or mixer.
Guests took home all the recipes as well as cases of fresh mangoes. A lucky raffle winner departed with 2 bronze mango forks and a few party goers are sporting new SF Giants colored Crespo mango tree hats.
The event was a great success, constructed to showcase and celebrate Crespo Organic Mangoes and the Mexican farmers and culture they come from. Ger-Nis and the Crespo Kitchen fused traditional Mexican dishes like mole and ceviche with Mexican and locally grown organic produce and few modern twists. All in all, the menu was a wild success and it gave both buyers and consumers a fresh perspective on mango consumption. Happiness was abundant and folks left the event excited about both mangoes and Mexico.
The Crespo Organic Kitchen, whose mission is to educate, engage, excite and entice consumers on all things mango, through a bevy of useful and relevant how to information, recipes, as well as unique mango experiences, aims to incorporate more of these unique food events into future seasons in conjunction with regional retailers and distributors nationwide. Not only do these experiences educate consumers and excite buyers, but they truly help encourage authentic consumption of mangoes, with a unique view into and connection with the farm and farmers who grow them. Consumers and buyers experiencing a – truly- farm to table experience side by side.
Here is a look at this weekend’s menu, The Crespo Kitchen is hard at work with the final recipe edits and all will all be posted to the website soon!
Ger-Nis Sunday Supper Club, Bolinas, California
“A Celebration of Mexico” Featuring Crespo Organic Mangoes
100% organic local and Mexican produce
Margarita & Agua Fresca Bar
- Mango Lemon Verbena
- Mango & Peach
- Strawberry Black Pepper
- Blackberry Sage
- Yellow Orchid Watermelon
*Margarita & Agua Fresca Extras: Citrus Chili Salt, Spicy Jalapeno Pesto
- Green-Tea, Fresh Herb Mango Lemonade
- Mango-Piña Coladas
- Agua Chili de Cameron; Shrimp, Cucumber, Red Onion, Fresh Mango-Tumeric Tabasco
- Spanish Mackerel Ceviche (Ceviche de Sierra); Carrots, Cucumbers, Serrano Peppers, Oregano, Lime, Tostadas
- Topical Mango Ceviche, Halibut, Avocado, Mango, Red Chili, Cilantro, Lime, Orange
- Chips & Tostadas
Buffet Style Dinner
- Blackberry- Ginger Pork Mole
- Carrot & Mango Mole Chicken
- Grilled Summer Squash and Poblano Peppers with Charred Chili Epazote Pesto
- Stewed Black beans with Charred Chilies and Mango Crema
- Brown Rice with Herbs
- Mexican Little Gem Salad Red Cabbage, Shaved Radish & Baby Beets Red Carrot Ribbons, Fresh Herbs Leaves, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Avocado, Toasted Pepitas, Mango Buttermilk Ranch
- Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes; Green-Chili Pesto
- Elote (Grilled Sweet Corn with Cotija, Cilantro and Mango Corn Crema)
- Handmade Tortillas; Corn, Flour and Cassava Root
- Crespo Sinaloa Sauce
- Tomatillo Sauce
- Smoky Fiery Red Chili Sauce
- Mango Crema
- Red Onion & Cilantro Pico
- Crumbled Cotija
- Mango Guacamole
- Warm Mango & Peach Hand Pies (Empanadas)
- Mango Tres Leches Cake: Strawberry Ginger Compote, Mango Compote, Whipped Cream Frosting
If you are interested in co-hosting a Crespo Kitchen/Ger-Nis Supper Club event in your region, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The rest is easy.