"Localicious" in Santa Monica Review- Farm To Fork At Its Finest

The 2nd annual “Localicious, a wine and food extravaganza, paired 30 of LA’s leading chefs with 30 farmers from the Santa Monica Farmers Markets. The event, part of the Good Food Festival & Conference which benefitted FamilyFarmed.org, took place on Sunday, November 4, 2012 on a moonlit night at the Annenberg Community Beach House along the sandy beach in beautiful Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Farmers Markets are committed to promoting healthy eating and sustainable agriculture in California by providing fresh products direct from small farms to city customers. FamilyFarmed.org is nationally recognized for growing the market for local and sustainable food and collaborates with many of the nation’s largest buyers of local food. FamilyFarmed.org has helped launch three operating food hubs that aggregate and sell produce from local farmers to wholesale buyers. The organization is also leading a national effort to improve food safety on small farms with the On-Farm Safety Project.

Localicious at Annenberg Community Beach House - photo courtesy of Grant Kessler

Annenberg Community Beach House

Sponsors who contributed to this wonderful culinary extravaganza included the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Farmers Markets, LACMA, Whole Food Markets, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The California Endowment, Nature’s Path Organic and of course, the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach. Media Sponsors and Friends of the Festival included Edible Westside, LA Weekly, Santa Monica Mirror, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and KCRW Radio.

Localicious Sponsors

Guests enjoyed the freshest and best of the season with signature dishes prepared by the participating chefs, accompanied by some wonderful wines and spirits. Some of the chef/restaurant & farm pairings included Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, paired with Weiser Family Farms, Evan Funke paired with Windrose Farm, Christina Olufson of Lucques and AOC paired with Pudwill Farm, Salvatore Marino of il Grano paired with Windrose Farm and John Carlos Kuramoto of Michaels was paired with Coleman Farm. There were many more chef/farm pairings but I can't list all of them in the article. If you’re a foodie like me, you died and went to restaurant heaven. There was a cornucopia of savory dishes including turkey albondiga soup with squash blossom salad, paella, crab cakes, oysters, smoked albacore, assorted pork and beef dishes and for you “sweetaholics,” there was panna cotta and apple flavored mini cakes with cream icing. Decadent and oh so delightful. A foodie's paradise. 

Mary Sue Milliken from Border Grill Cafe - Turkey Albondiga (meatball) soup with squash blossom salad - photo courtesy of Grant Kessler

Team Evan Funke - photo courtesy of Grant Kessler

Christina Olufson - Lucques,AOC with Pudwell Farm - panna cotta dessert - photo courtesy of Grant Kessler

Some of the participating wine and spirit vendors included Rosenthal,The Malibu Estate, Pali Wine Co., Bonny Doon Vineyards, Monkish Brewing Co., Sean Minor, Quivira Vineyards and Winery, Smog City Brewing Co. (coffee flavored beer), Martian Ranch & Vineyard and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits featuring Prosecco (Champagne’s sexy Italian cousin). There was a fine selection of cabernets, merlots, red blends, syrahs, chardonnays and sauvignon blancs. Some dry, some sweet. All easy on the palate.

Jason Hayes of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits with his Prosecco (Champagne's sexy Italian cousin)

Smog City Beer - coffee flavored

Three hours later and five pounds heavier (there’s no way to keep a diet here), it was time to leave. My guest and I were fully satiated and I would highly recommend it. So, put this fabulous charity event on your 2013 calendar. It’s not to be missed. And….. bring your appetite!!

The author at Localicious


 For more information, please go to: http://www.goodfoodfestivals.com/la



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