The second annual “Good Food Festival” began with food insights and ended with savory delights!
On November 3rd, LACMA hosted the “Good Food Conference” where farmers, chefs, community leaders and foodies of all kinds filled the museum to participate in the “Good Food Revolution”. This movement is dedicated to promote healthy eating and more jobs by encouraging people to buy from local farmers markets, and eat at local restaurants who provide fresh organic foods on their menu.
November 4th was the culmination with “Localicious”, a farm and restaurant pairing held at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. Local farms provided their fresh produce to local restaurants who in turn prepared them into mouthwatering works of art for thrilled patrons. Local breweries and wineries were also featured!
The Pali Wine Company from Santa Barbara and Rosenthal in Malibu had rich red wines while Martian Ranch & Vineyard and Quivira Wineyards had complex Chardonnays. Josh Cellars even had an upbeat and tasty champagne. The Brewery at Abigale in Hermosa Beach, Smog City Brewing, and Monkish brewing proudly showed off their brews, while Caffe Luxxe served up their delicious handmade coffee.
Some of my personal favorites was the vegan soup with German potatoes, cashew crème, pumpkin seed, and blackened escarole from FEED Body & Soul and the Flora Bella Farm, and the fresh poached uni with oyster from the Public Kitchen and Carlsbad Aquafarm. I also cannot leave out the creamy grilled cheese with bacon, butternut squash and truffle cheese with a small crunchy salad on the side from Milo & Olive and Flora Bella Farm which proves that you are never too old for a grilled cheese!
Some of the pairings included the farm Shittake Happens and restaurant Abigaile with their flavorful Taleggio crostini with wild mushrooms, Bar Pintxo & Rutiz Family Farm with a savory paella, and La Botte Restaurant & Life’s a Choke Farms presented the “Cappuccino Al Carciofi” showing off their Glove artichoke with pegorino romane foam and powder mint.
Not to be outdown Tender Greens & Jimenez Family Farms couldn’t seem to hand out their chopped kale salad with apple cider vinegrette fast enough, and I was barely able to get the Inn of Seventh Ray’s “Thai Spiced Guinea Hen” with goat cheese foam and buck wheat cracker before they were swarmed with hungry guests.
Localicious was also prepared to satisfy your sweet tooth! These mouthwatering concoctions included a pumpkin muffin with apples from Akasha & Canyon Fruit Ranch, a fig leaf panna cotta from Lucques & Pudwill Farms, and you can’t forget about the 100% organic ice cream from Beachy Cream.
Profits from “Localicious” benefit FamilyFarmed.org. “FamilyFarmed.org’s mission is to expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities. FamilyFarmed.org is nationally recognized for growing the market for local and sustainable food and works with many of the country’s largest buyers of local and sustainably grown food.”
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