Letter of Thanks at Year’s End

FarmersMarket16As we finish out 2014 and welcome in the new year, La Pampa Grill would like to say thank you for the continued support during our third year in business. 2014 was a year of transition and new partnerships for La Pampa, in which we were able to solidify the foundation of the business moving forward. However, it began with a rocky start primarily due to the bureaucracy that comes with the annual licensing of a mobile food vendor.

After we put forth much energy to be part of the efforts of Synergy Incubators’ innovative business plan for a food business incubator in downtown Dayton in 2013, we were disappointed to see these efforts ended without having been brought to their full potential in only one year of operation. Thus, at year’s end in 2013, La Pampa was in search of a new home.

In the early months of 2014, a new local potential partner emerged: Antioch College. Based right here in Yellow Springs, Antioch College has revived itself with a mix of enduring grit, exceptional talent, and ceaseless efforts by many near and far. When approached by La Pampa Grill to partner as our “commissary kitchen” the college expressed interest and good will. After months of working through the details of a contract, by June La Pampa had a new home base. We are thrilled at this partnership moving forward and very grateful for the insight and forward thinking of Antioch College.

In the midst of this transition, La Pampa was still able to host some wonderful spring evLa Pampa Argentine Grillents with temporary licenses. In April, La Pampa Grill and Emporium Wines in downtown Yellow Springs held the first Chefs Collaborative Earth Dinner. A local, seasonal menu prepared by La Pampa was paired with a selection of featured wines from Ohio and Argentina. After the “tabla de quesos,” a selection of local cheeses from Blue Jacket Dairy, we served local, grass-fed beef grilled right outside in a traditional wood-fired Argentine style by the “parrillero” Mariano. Seasonal greens from Flying Mouse Farms and Patchwork Gardens accompanied the steak. Afterwards each enjoyed an espresso with petits fours made from scratch.

20140816_141002In addition, La Pampa grilled for a series of home games of the Yellow Springs High School baseball team at Gaunt Park, and kicked off another round of its seasonal outdoor grilling parties at Yellow Springs Country Bed and Breakfast and Peifer Orchards. We also returned to the annual Yellow Springs Street Fair in June and October, as well as the Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival in August. At Troy’s Festival of Nations, La Pampa Grill was awarded “Best Food” by the festival committee!

Unfortunately, despite these events La Pampa was not back on the street grilling during the summer, as we were tied up with a lengthy bureaucracy to renew our food vendor license in Greene County. Complying with a new round of regulations and a long wait prior to our inspection, we were finally licensed in the end of September—with summer ended and a brief fall season ahead of us.

La Pampa at the BreweryIt was only during the months of October, November and December that we were able to return to Peifer Orchards with our Argentine classic sub sandwich, the chori-pan, and a new seasonal special of grilled, stuffed acorn squash. We also were back at the Yellow Springs Brewery warming the chilly evenings with the wood-fired grill and portable bonfire.

Finally, our tradition of grilling Thanksgiving turkeys was another successful year. In fact, their popularity has spilled over to the Christmas holidays. La Pampa grilled individual turkeys for families at both holidays, bringing locally raised turkeys grilled for the hour of serving the family meal.

As we welcome in 2015, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone over this past year, and particularly for your patience! Despite the late start in 2014, we are delighted to have strengthened our partnerships and continue to offer the finest seasonal products raised and grown on local farms—our real heroes! Thank you to Anderson Farm, Apple Oak Meadows, Flying Mouse Farm, Morning Sun Farm, Smaller Footprint Farm, Palara Farm, Patchwork Gardens, Peifer Orchards and all our butcher friends!

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Turkeys to order for the Holidays

After another successful Thanksgiving, La Pampa has been asked to grill wood-fired turkeys to order on December 26th. Is your family in town for the holidays? Thinking of how to organize another family meal together?

Each interested family purchases their own local turkey (we’re happy to give suggestions) and brings it the day before to be cooked over the wood-fired grill on the 26th. Families return on the 26th to take their turkey straight home to their dinner table!

SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact us to talk details!

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John Bryan CX bike race this weekend!

483012_459620000750885_179110891_nWe’ll be grilling at the John Bryan Cyclocross Classic Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, from 10am to 3pm!

This awesome bike race is part of the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Championship: “a 14 race series representing the scenes in Cincinnati, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington, Bloomington and Indianapolis region.  Racers accumulate points for participation and placing in series events (best 7 placings) to win the overall championship in 24 categories.” You may read more about it here, or follow the John Bryan CX on Facebook.

The weekend is warming up, and racers are getting ready! Fans are welcome!

For directions to John Bryan State Park, click here.

photo credit: John Bryan CX

Thanksgiving Turkey Tradition

IMG_20130908_183307It’s that time of year again! For the third year now, La Pampa Grill’s tradition of cooking wood-fired turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner returns. Each interested family purchases their own local turkey (Bowman Landes’ turkeys are available to order at Tom’s Market in downtown Yellow Springs) and brings it the day before to be cooked over the wood-fired grill on Thanksgiving Day. Families return to take their turkey straight home to their Thanksgiving table!

SPACE IS LIMITED. We are only able to cook five turkeys this year, and two have already been ordered! To place an order and arrange details, email La Pampa at: gitanorios77@gmail.com

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YS Brewery & Peifer Orchards Oct 23-26

20140804_183037Here’s La Pampa Grill’s upcoming schedule:

Thursday, October 23rd, we’re grilling at Yellow Springs Brewery starting at 4pm. Our classic Argentine sub sandwich and stuffed, seasonal acorn squash is on the menu!

Friday, the 24th, at Peifer Orchards the grill will be hot for lunch, from 11:30am – 2pm.

Sunday, the 26th, we’re back at Peifer Orchards all day from 11:30am until closing at 5pm.

The pumpkins and apples are in full season at Peifer’s, with a huge variety to choose from. Looking forward to seeing you there!

For directions to Peifer’s, click here.

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Oct 17-19 at Peifer Orchards and Beavercreek Library

20141012_154634La Pampa is thrilled to be back out at Peifer Orchards this month! With our renewed license, we’re back to regular weekends at Peifer’s. Friday, October 17 La Pampa will be grilling from noon until 5pm. Saturday, October 18, the grill will be hot for lunch from 11am until 2:30pm. Peifer’s locally grown apples, pumpkins and apple cider are in full season!

For directions to Peifer Orchards, click here.

Sunday, October 19, La Pampa Grill will be giving a presentation at the Beavercreek branch of the Greene County Public Library from 1:30-3pm. Free and open to the public, Mariano will be grilling whole chickens and discussing the slow, hardwood grilling style of traditional Argentine cooking. Guest speaker, Sidra McNeely is the Dayton area chapter leadeFarmersMarket06r for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is a stay at home mother of two in Beavercreek who is passionate about nutritional food, health, and her community.

On behalf of the Foundation, the chapter strives to educate our community about traditional cooking techniques using nutrient-dense foods. It also serves as a connection to the local farmers who are dedicated to producing pasture-raised animal products and produce that is free of pesticides and GMOs.

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Grilling at YS Brewery Sat Oct 11th

20140816_141002 This Saturday, October 11th, during the Yellow Springs Street Fair, La Pampa Grill will be at the Yellow Springs Brewery. Come out for a seasonal craft beer and our seasonal menu from 1pm until late!

The menu will include our Argentine Sub (‘chori-pan’) with grilled local pork sausage on a baguette with chimichurri sauce; chicken; and stuffed acorn squash. As alw20140816_141056ays, La Pampa will be grilling “from farm to street” over an Argentine custom-built wood-fired grill.

For Directions and a list of what’s on tap, check out the Yellow Springs Brewery at: http://yellowspringsbrewery.com/

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Grand Opening of YS Wellness Center

La Pampa Grill looks forward to being part of the grand opening of the Yellow Springs Wellness Center at Antioch College on Saturday, September 6th, from 12 noon – 4pm.

“To commemorate the opening, the College will host a grand opening community celebration on September 6, 2014, from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m., with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting scheduled at 12:00 p.m. The community is invited to come together for a day of celebration, including activities such as basketball, volleyball, pickleball and tennis, plus healthy cuisine from several area food trucks (KineticThe Shakery Juice BarLa Pampa Grill). Wellness Center memberships will be available for purchase during the event.” Read more…

We are delighted to be a part of the success of the college and continued collaboration with the Yellow Springs community.

Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival Aug 29

La Pampa Grill will return to our favorite small town festival of the year—The Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. We’ll be grilling Friday, August 29th, from 4pm – 11pm. The festival continues on Saturday from 10am-10pm with Bella Sorella wood-fired pizzas replacing La Pampa Grill (we will be off-site cooking for a wedding). Check out this year’s great music line-up on the Festival’s website, here. And free activities for kids!

La Pampa will be serving our Argentine Sub sandwich: local pork sausage hardwood grilled with grilled onions on organic baguette bread with chimichurri sauce. We also hope to add local sweet corn to the Festival menu! See you there!

 

La Pampa Party at Peifer Orchards July 26

IMG_20130908_183331La Pampa’s next family picnic-style party parrillada will be Saturday, July 26th! Now a tradition, we’re bringing traditional, slow hardwood fired, Argentine grilling to our friends in Yellow Springs and across southwest Ohio. After a brief hiatus (we recently moved), we’re back for summer with a party at Peifer Orchards. For directions to Peifer’s, click here.

Local, grass-fed beef (asado al asador) will be on the grill along with our chorizo sausage and seasonal vegetables. The menu is being finalized, but we can trust that it will be the freshest products that the local area farmers are offering this month inspired by the cook.

IMG_20130914_195533Remember to bring your own sides and salads as well as drinks (wine, etc). We will provide a “wine reception” for a toast and welcome. We encourage everyone to bring picnic blankets and/or chairs to spread out and enjoy the evening.

We’ve currently closed reservations for this event. Check back with La Pampa soon for the next one!

Contact us with questions here.

Thanks!