Helene Henderson doesn't have a profession chef background, but she's published a cookbook. She also owns a two acre organic farm at her Malibu home, and on a whim one day she started to organize dinner parties, cooking with seasonal ingredients off her property. Completely unplanned, her dinners took off, and she began to cook and host pop-up meals at various Malibu locales. And now, for the next six months, Henderson is planting her Malibu Farm pop-up at the site formerly known as Ruby's out on The Malibu Pier. She's awaiting final inspections this week and if she gets the green light, Malibu Farm could serve as early as this coming Friday.
Henderson and friend/interior designer Vanessa Alexander swapped out Ruby's red vinyl booths for weathered wood tables, industrial metal seats, and boxes of seasonal produce off Henderson's Malibu farm. They're channeling a beachy boho chic aesthetic, which will spill outside the pier cafe with additional al fresco seating.
To start, Malibu Farm will serve breakfast and lunch, and possibly early dinner in the future. The Pier is licensed to serve alcohol, so Henderson is waiting for her permits to pour before later eats kick in. While her precise menu is still tbd, think dishes along the lines of quinoa oatmeal with coconut milk and maple syrup; kale Caesar salad; and Brussels sprouts lavash pizza. Coffee by Caffe Luxxe.
After six months, Malibu Farm could eventually become a permanent fixture at The Pier. Henderson plans to see how the pop-up is received and then decide her next move. [EaterWire]