Hello again!

I bet, at one point in our lives, we have all wanted to open a hamburger stand. My dream was to open the carry out across from my alma mater, Wichita High School North. It’s been available for sale several times in the past and the thoughts go through my head every time (although now it's Jack’s North Hi Donuts and popular with the school kids!) I’ve already settled on a business model for it. I’d go into partnership with my good friend, Joe Stumpe. You all probably know Joe, he’s a foodie, a singer/songwriter and a resident of north Riverside; just a short distance from North High. We'd call it Smok’n Joe’s, serve the best Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger around and serve up milkshakes just like Squeezer's Palace did back in high school. In the winter months, we’d add Pork Chile Verde stew to the menu.

One roadblock in the process is Carrie, Joe’s wife. She has threatened me within an inch of my life if I ever mention it again to Joe! This may or may not be my last attempt :).

To help fulfill my dreams of offering up my Chile Verde at a restaurant, I'll be serving up samples of my 'famous' Pork Chile Verde at Iron ChileHead, this Saturday from noon until 4pm (or until it runs out!) We're fire roasting green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico, and boy are they special. I've made this particular recipe with green chiles dozens of times, and it's one I keep on hand. It's delicious to serve by itself, as well as over eggs, potatoes, hamburgers, baked beans and countless other things.

I've actually made it on camera, if you're interested in learning how. It's really quite easy. And the recipe is on our website as well.

At this point, Smok’n Joe’s is a dream, and I know that a restaurant is hard work. Instead, I hope to serve you a bite of Pork Green Chile Verde this Saturday at Iron ChileHead!


Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center

P.S. - Iron ChileHead tickets may sell out before Saturday, so if you'd like to sample the chile beer, please don't wait to buy your ticket! If you're not drinking, it's free to attend. We appreciate our designated drivers!