On Saturday Jenn planned a wonderful belated birthday celebration for me. She had to wait a couple months for the event but she knew this was the perfect gift. After an hour drive from San Jose, we arrived at Live Earth Farm (http://www.liveearthfarm.com/) in Watsonville.
So began a wonderful evening dining under the stars in the middle of a farm. You can’t get any better than this. All the produce, grown with care by Thom Broz, was picked the same day from the very field we were dining in. The pig we were fortunate enough to eat was raised by Jim Dunlop only a few miles from our dinner. The food was expertly prepared by Chef Justin Severino who is soon to open his own restaurant Ol’ Factory Cafe in Sand City.
The evening was absolutely spectacular. It was invigorating and relaxing at the same time. Words can’t put into perspective the feeling of enjoying the earth’s bounty from soil to table. As such, I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
Also check out Tana Butler’s great blog, I Heart Farms for a wealth of information on sustainable farming and chefs. She also has a post on the dinner as well, “To Die For: Outstanding Dinner with a Terrific Pig.”
Glasses awaiting wine from Alfaro Family Vineyards:
Salumi – The produce of Jim and Justin’s hard work:
Chef Justin Severino:
Thom Broz of Live Earth Farm with Jim Denevan in the background:
Jim Dunlop of TLC Ranch:
Chardonnay-braised pig’s feet manicotti:
Pinot noir and fennel porchetta:
Ruby beet-rasperry marmalade and Bravo Farm Silver Mountain White Cheddar:
Strawberry soup and herbed goat cheese purses:
The valley as the fog began to roll in: