NEW ULM - Jim Thomas and his crew will be bearing pitchforks in the "American Gothic" style, ready to cook steaks using their own customized fondue vat and "secret ingredients" for the first Lind House Association Pitchfork Fondue Steak Fry held on Friday, September 7, from 4 to 7 pm at Hermann Heights Park.
When cooking for large groups, Jim keeps a couple four-tine forks busy; each tine holds four steaks at a time. It takes three minutes to reach medium rare once the steaks are plunged beneath the surface in a spit of smoke. The hot oil completely sears the outside and locks in the juices resulting in a very tender and tasty steak. And Jim assures us, the pitchforks are immaculately clean.
In addition to steaks, the menu also features corn on the cob, Jim's special baked beans, a beverage and Dairy Queen ice cream treats.
Pictured here in a parody of Grant Wood’s iconic 1930 painting “American Gothic” are Roger and Jo Norman, co-chairs of the upcoming Pitchfork Fondue Steak Fry hosted by the Lind House Association Board.
Board Director Kathleen Berg was first introduced to the Pitchfork Fondue concept when she attended an event in Medora, N.D. Pitchfork Fondue has long been associated with a tradition that originated with the cowboys in the American West. Cowboys had to be out on the range all day and were unable to come in to have a meal. The idea was born to have a pot of oil boiling outside where pieces of meat could be quickly cooked and fed to the cowboys as they got the opportunity for a break.
Proceeds from this event will be used to fund the remodeling of the Lind House handicap accessible restroom. Community support is gratefully appreciated.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the New Ulm Chamber, Hy-Vee, Cash Wise Foods, or contact Jo and Roger at 354-2393. Take-outs will be available.