Superstition Farm to host locavore dinner series

Superstition Farm

Superstition Farm, a working dairy farm in southeast Mesa, is hosting a series of monthly dinners featuring locally produced meats, vegetables, eggs, milk and other foods.

The idea, according to farm co-owner Casey Stechnij, is to take the public’s growing interest in local foods to the next step.

“There’s a little bit of a disconnect once that food gets into a bag and gets into people’s home,” he says. “Everyone’s into local food, but when they get that bag of food they don’t know what to do with it.”

Stechnij is calling the series “Chef du Moo” and has signed up Valley chef Lou Swartz (Michael’s at the Citadel, The Phoenician Resort and the Westin Kierland Resort) for the kickoff dinner Feb. 13.

Swartz will be working with wide range of ingredients, including pork from The Meat Shop in Phoenix, eggs from Hickman’s Family Farms in Buckeye, produce from Love Grows Farms in Mesa and dairy products from Superstition Farm.

The cost will be $65 per person, or $80 per person with wine pairings. The dinners will be held outdoors near the farm’s tour barn, and there will be live entertainment.

Subsequent dinners will be held on the second Saturday of each month through June.

It’s not the first locavore dinner for Stechnij, who hosted a 125-person dinner last April (pictured above) prepared by then-Tapino (now Petite Maison) chef James Porter.

Superstition Farm is located off Elliot Road, between Sossaman Road and the Loop 202. Info: (602) 432-6865 or

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1 Response to Superstition Farm to host locavore dinner series

  1. Donna Clarkson says:

    We attended this event last night and it was WONDERFUL! Chef Lou Swartz did a fantistic job at creating a 3 course a breakfast (poached eggs over a potato hash and covered with Superstition Farm cheese) lunch (pulled pork with a side of slaw) and dinner (pork shank with a tasty farm fresh salad) Dessert was a masterpiece by Chef Jennifer Johnson from Udder Delights. Her Fennel-Lime cheese cake was the star of the show.
    All foods were locally grown and so tasty. The tomatoes on the salad actually tasted like….a tomato!
    There was a full house last night and we really enjoyed meeting many new people. We will definately be attending the dinner series. It is difficult to think that they can top the event that they held last night.

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