Foodies Delight at Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner
2013-10-15 · By Barbara Holbrook
On Sunday, local foodies had the rare opportunity to dine al fresco in an urban garden at The Long Beach Farm Dinner. The event was a fundraiser for The Growing Experience in Carmelitos.
Eight local chefs prepared a multi-course meal for the Long Beach Farm Dinner showcasing seasonal flavors and ingredients harvested fresh from the urban farm. Participating chefs included: Paul Buchanan and Brad Neumann of Primal Alchemy; Michael Poompan, Executive Chef at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel; Kenji; Sam Goldman from The StillRoom; Craig Brady, Chef de Cuisine at Haven Gastropub; Paddy Glennon and Rich Mead from Europa Sausages; Art Gonzalez of Roe; David Baker.
(All photos by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach)
The Growing Experience is a seven-acre urban farm and and eco-friendly community resource located in North Long Beach within the Carmelitos Housing Development. It’s a working and teaching farm operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, that includes a paid job-training program that gives participates the valuable skills to join the “growing” green industry.
In addition to providing skills development, The Growing Experience Urban Farm provides affordable, nutritious produce to low-income families, grown using environmentally-sustainable practices. The urban farm grows vegetables and fruits year-round using sustainable methods, with no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Food from The Growing Experience is made available to the community through a local produce delivery service, and at several Long Beach restaurants.
The Long Beach Farm Dinner and reception opens up the garden each Fall for an annual fundraiser, allowing visitors to experience the farm first-hand and enjoy the bounty of locally-grown produce.
The Growing Experience is located at 750 E. Via Carmelitos in Long Beach, CA 90805. For more information the urban farm, contact Jimmy Ng by calling (562) 984-2917 or send an email to Jimmy.Ng@lacdc.org.