Local Chefs and Artisans Gather to Benefit the Growing Experience

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farm-farm-2An Autumn Harvest celebration on Long Beach’s urban farm

Driving through the streets of north Long Beach, it is hard to imagine a plot of land that provides the community with fresh, sustainable produce, hands-on education and job training. Hidden amongst the chaos of city life, the 7-acres of The Growing Experience Urban Farm provide an outdoor oasis where the community can gather to temporarily escape the pressures of urban life. On Saturday, October 23, 2010, local chefs and artisans will gather to benefit this urban oasis with a unique culinary celebration showcasing the seasonal bounty of the Autumn Harvest, providing guests with an alfresco dining experience on Long Beach’s community farm.

Under the full moon and surrounded by the sustainable and drought tolerant gardens of the farm, guests will be treated to a five course dinner consisting of a cornucopia of robust Autumn flavors that will dazzle the taste buds. These savory dishes will be masterfully created by local chefs using only the freshest local ingredients. Renowned for their sustainable practices in the kitchen, the culinary geniuses providing this Autumn feast will be:

  • Chef Paul Buchanan – Primal Alchemy Catering
  • Chef Michael Poompan – sip at the Renaissance
  • Chef Justina Fenton – Shortnin Bread
  • Chefs Andrew Gruel and Dave Anderson – The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future

The fun at the farm doesn’t stop with the food. Artist Karen Wall Garrison will capture the event live with her paint brush and later auction it off to the guests. Meanwhile, indie-folk band Alyssandra and the Daymakers and DJ Bill Child will keep the guests grooving as they explore the farm and mingle with fellow urban farm fans to discover why this community gem is so vital to the citizens of Long Beach.

Join The Growing Experience, local chefs and artisans for an Autumn celebration of fresh food, art and music to support the farm, which in turn supports the Long Beach community. The dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at The Growing Experience Urban Farm, 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach, CA 90805. The cost is $65 for individuals or $475 for a table of 8. All proceeds will go to The Growing Experience. For reservations, send a check and email address to: Primal Alchemy, 3819 East 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804. No payment will be accepted the evening of the event.

The Growing Experience is a 7 acre Urban Farm located in north Long Beach. A joint collaboration between the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), the farm provides Long Beach with fresh produce, educational and employment training programs, and a gathering place for events.

Primal Alchemy is a full-service caterer serving the Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County areas. With renowned Chef Paul Buchanan at the helm, the catering company uses only the freshest food that is in season and locally grown whenever possible. For more information contact Chef Paul Buchanan at chefpaul@primalalchemy.com /(562)400-5659.


One Response to “Local Chefs and Artisans Gather to Benefit the Growing Experience”
  1. I can’t wait for this event. Its bringing the professional culinary world together in our community and giving back to the sustainable produce movement. We, together, make a difference. So sign up today. See ya there! Culinary Enterprises, Owner/Chef foodiscool.com