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A Wonderful Market Meet-Up Write-Up By LA Blogger Yvonne

November 24, 2010

Yvonne's favorite part of the tasting: pork belly lardons with parsnip puree and wilted spinach.

Yvonne, of the respected Yvonne in LA blog, came to our recent parsnip edition of the monthly Michael’s Santa Monica Market Meet-Ups and wrote a glowing recap for her readers. Thank you so much, Yvonne!  We had a great time, too. Local and seasonal eating is our passion, so getting to share it with the neighborhood is really satisfying  Check out the following excerpt from Yvonne’s observations (and read her whole account here):

The legendary Michael McCarty, chef and owner of Michael’s Restaurant in Santa Monica, took a group of about 16 people on a tour of the market. It was a gorgeous, clear day as we walked with Michael and watched him pick out parsnips, crab apples, and Bloomsdale spinach. He told us which vendor sold the best pears for Tart Tartin in the Fall (Briar Patch), who had the best berries (Pudwill Berry Farms), and who to buy melons from in the summer (Rocky Canyon). We ran into Mark Peel from Campanile as he bought mushrooms and listened as Michael chatted up other local chefs making the rounds for fruits and vegetables.

Looking forward to next month’s Market Meet-Up! We’ll let you know as soon as we settle on an ingredient and decide the tasting menu. Keep checking in here so you won’t miss your chance to join in this fantastic event.

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