The Santa Monica’s Farmers Market celebrated its 30th anniversary today by kicking off a multi-day food fest. The four day celebration commenced this morning at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Arizona where local chefs were paired with farmers for cooking demos using seasonal fruits and veg.
Cook County (the new eatery replacing Bistro LQ) pastry chef Roxana Jullapat prepared apple fritters with produce from Mike Cirone’s farm, and Amelia Saltsman, author of Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook, grilled up fennel courtesy of grower Jerry Rutiz. But the highlight of the show was watching Lindy & Grundy butcherettes Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura disassemble a 40-pound lamb and, staying sustainable, offer tips on how to eat each part.
The cooking demos were part of the inagural Good Food Festival & Conference, which runs through September 18, and showcases a lot of learning and even more eating through various gatherings throughout the city.
The five-day festival includes street fairs, speaker panels, a food-focused art show, plus a food preserver workshops for all things pickled and preserved. For some food for mind, the documentary “The Harvest/La Cosecha,” produced by Eva Longoria, premieres tonight at 7:30PM at the Aero Theatre and examines child and migrant labor in the U.S. food system.
Friday night’s Localicious Gala is all about the big 3-0. The tasting event pairs 30 of L.A.’s top chefs with 30 market farmers for a 30-course menu on the waterfront at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The cost is $125 per guest or $215 for VIP tickets that grant gala-goers a behind-the-scenes preview.
For more information and tickets check out GoodFoodFestivals.com.
— Jamie Wetherbe