Summer Feast On Suzie’s Farm
On Saturday, July 30th, Suzie’s Farm and Farm Fresh To You hosted another wonderful Summer Feast on the Farm. The meal was prepared farm-to-fork style by Jeff Rossman of Terra American Bistro. We were treated to beverages provided by Benchmark Brewing Company, Golden Coast Mead and Vinavanti Urban Winery as well as cold brew coffee from Pachamama Coffee Farmers. We were surrounded by beauty as we wandered around the farm and learned about exactly where our meal came from.
The farm location was the perfect setting to meet new people and chat with Suzie’s Farm owners Lucila de Alejandro and Robin Taylor. We enjoyed the selection of cold beer and mead as well as flavorful wine while dining on Chef Jeff’s delicious appetizers. The tray-passed appetizers included Heirloom Tomato Flatbread, BBQ Pulled Pork Bao Bon, Bahn Mi Sandwiches and Beet & Feta Empanadas. Yum!
We were treated to a talk from Farm Fresh To You owner Thaddeus Barsotti and a Q & A with the very passionate Lucila de Alejandro, owner of Suzie’s Farm. We were then seated for our 4-course family style meal that began with a first course of Freekah Salad with Thai basil, kumquats, toasted hazelnuts, arugula and lemon vinaigrette. Our main courses consisted of Dukkah Crusted Fish with fennel orzo and Smoked Pork Tenderloin with a corn salad. We then capped off the meal with a fabulous Roasted Strawberry Tart with ricotta-thyme crema and white balsamic syrup.
One of the best things about this entire experience was that it benefited a great cause. Part of the proceeds from this wonderful 4-course meal were donated to the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The Director of Corporate & Community Partnerships from the Food Bank, Sandra Rabourne, was in attendance at the event as well and spoke about the many ways in which our local food bank helps provide meals to those in need. I’m excited to announce that I will be working with the San Diego Food Bank on many more upcoming events including the San Diego Blues Festival in September!
This experience was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about exactly where our food comes from. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a similar Farm Fresh To You event, I would highly encourage going! You will walk away educated, inspired and moved by the passion involved in planning and preparing a meal like this from start to finish. You will also leave with a greater understanding of why it’s so important that we put the right foods into our bodies and those of our children.
If you are interested in learning more about Farm Fresh To You, please read my Farm Fresh To You Overview. It was written a couple of years ago when we first joined, but the premise is still the same! If you decide to give their service a try, even just for one box, just visit their website and use code JENN1663 and enjoy $10 off the first box as my thank you for visiting Stylishly Social! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the farm fresh produce deliveries on your doorstep as much as we do and I hope to see you at one of their events soon!
I received 2 complimentary tickets to Summer Feast on the Farm in exchange for this post.