Thursdays in the Kitchen are BACK!

Thursdays in the Kitchen: Exploring the Autumn Harvest classes start this week at the Fullerton Arboretum!
Thursdays in the Kitchen: Exploring the Autumn Harvest classes start this week at the Fullerton Arboretum!

Don’t forget, folks! The Jonathans are back on Thursday nights at the Fullerton Arboretum this fall! Our three part, holiday focused cooking series kicks off this week with an Early Fall Dinner Party. The menu Continue reading “Thursdays in the Kitchen are BACK!”

A Photo Gallery From The Muck’s Summer Farm Dinner, Have A Look!

A beautiful evening, in a beautiful setting. Click through the gallery above for more photos of the Summer Farm Dinner at The Muck. Continue reading “A Photo Gallery From The Muck’s Summer Farm Dinner, Have A Look!”

Thursdays in the Kitchen Class Recap & Recipes: Succulent Summer Fruit at the Fullerton Arboretum

Tonight saw the last class in the summer set of Thursdays in the Kitchen at Fullerton Arboretum. Chefs Jonathan Dye and Jonathan Duffy Davis instructed an excellent menu that included tropical sangria, prosciutto wrapped figs with St. Andre, stuffed pork chops, a stone fruit crostata, and more! Click through to see more pictures of the evening and to find the link to the recipes…

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Thursdays in the Kitchen at Fullerton Arboretum: Cooking with Summer Tomatoes Class Recap and Recipes!

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Tonight’s Cooking with Summer Tomatoes class at the Fullerton Arboretum was so very delicious! Chef Jonathan Dye guided us through a tantalizing menu of tomato preserves on toast, caprese skewers, salmon and melted tomatoes, a tomato cheese tart and more! Check out the recipes from class here: Cooking with Summer Tomatoes, and click through for some more photos from class! Continue reading “Thursdays in the Kitchen at Fullerton Arboretum: Cooking with Summer Tomatoes Class Recap and Recipes!”

Hosting an Outdoor Garden Party Class Recap & Recipe Booklets Announcement!

Class was conducted in The Potting Shed, the Fullerton Arboretum's garden shop.
Class was conducted in The Potting Shed, the Fullerton Arboretum’s garden shop.

Two Thursdays ago (May 16th), the Fullerton Arboretum’s Thursdays in the Kitchen classes took on a new venue… the outdoors! Thursdays in the Kitchen is typically held in the Arboretum’s catering kitchen, but the gorgeous late spring weather coaxed this class into the open air… Continue reading “Hosting an Outdoor Garden Party Class Recap & Recipe Booklets Announcement!”

The Fullerton Foundry Recaps Spring Farm Dinner at the Fullerton Arboretum

The Spring Farm Dinner in full swing.

The good folks at Fullerton Foundry have a great post recapping the food and events of the Fullerton Arboretum’s Spring Farm Dinner. Take a gander at the first paragraph and click through the link to read the rest:

“All across the nation, the locavore generation has been driving the dining experience to a whole new level. Although the seasonal and artisanal mantra rings loud at most respectable restaurants, it’s a lot more enjoyable to eat at the source — especially when that source is in the very field where your dinner was grown. Farm to fork gatherings have been bolstering the relationship between the garden and the food on our plate; celebrating the magnificence of our pastoral scene. At the same time, it has also generated great awareness regarding the importance and vitality of our own agricultural community and the delicious, wholesome and abundant bounty it provides us.

In the vein of Outstanding in the Field and Plate & Pitchfork, the Fullerton Arboretum hosted a Spring Farm Dinner right on their idyllic grounds…. (read more at http://fullertonfoundry.com/2013/04/spring-farm-dinner/ )”

Spring Farm Dinner at Fullerton Arboretum – Heirloom Bean Recipes

Spring Farm Dinner at dusk.
Fullerton Arboretum’s Spring Farm Dinner at dusk.

Last week, the Fullerton Arboretum hosted an exciting local food event, the Spring Farm Dinner. This dinner consisted of a seven course meal, paired with beer and wine, and served al fresco. Every single dish highlighted produce grow right there, in the Arboretum’s own soil. Our Localtopia frequent contributors Jonathan Duffy Davis and Jonathan Dye created and cooked the entire menu. One of the standout Arboretum-grown ingredients of the night was farmer Davis’ heirloom beans. These beans were made first into an pate appetizer and then sauteed to compliment the main course. After a number of earnest requests, Davis agreed to share his bean recipes with the world. Read on for this legume exclusive…  Continue reading “Spring Farm Dinner at Fullerton Arboretum – Heirloom Bean Recipes”

Organic Strawberry Ice Cream: Making the Best of a Seasonal Favorite

Farm fresh strawberry ice cream.
Farm fresh strawberry ice cream.

As winter fades and spring comes into the year with all of the promise and excitement we expect, it was time to take advantage of a special ingredient that won’t be with us for much longer.  Jonathan Davis, the farmer at the Fullerton Arboretum has been tenderly caring for strawberries, and since their season is fading I knew my time was limited to make something really special with as many as I could get my hands on… Continue reading “Organic Strawberry Ice Cream: Making the Best of a Seasonal Favorite”

Making Your Own Preserved Lemons

People who like to eat and to cook are crazy about preserved lemons, but I must confess that before the “Thursdays in the Kitchen: Cooking with Lemon” class at the Fullerton Arboretum,  I had never even eaten them. With a heavy lemon crop on the branches and the need for a subject to film in my kitchen at home, I decided to make this short film. Thanks to Jonathan Dye and Alicia Hitchcock for the inspiration!
Want to make your own batch? It’s easy. Follow these short directions and watch the posted video…

French Bistro Cooking, this Thursday at Fullerton Arboretum

French Bistro CookingGetting excited the upcoming Thursdays in the Kitchen: French Bistro Cooking class at the Fullerton Arboretum. Jonathan Dye will be demonstrating a mouthwatering menu of beloved French classics and Jonathan Davis will be talking to us about what local, seasonal ingredients we can… Continue reading “French Bistro Cooking, this Thursday at Fullerton Arboretum”