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Jun 2, 2010 10:05 AM

LA equivalent of Blue Hill at Stone Barns?

Hey, all,

Just wondering if you had any ideas about this:

I've been thinking a lot about Blue Hill at Stone Barns and whether or not LA (and its environs) could claim an equivalent.

The criteria here would be: a place with its own farm (preferably with the restaurant on the grounds) that grows/raises all of its own stuff. Obviously there's Gjelina with its farmers market menu, and of course French Laundry, but what else?

Perhaps we could broaden the criteria to: a very, very farmer's market driven menu?

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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  1. According to Bon Appetit, the Avalon Hotel has a rooftop garden for their restaurant, which I think is about as close to a restaurant with its own farm as you will find in LA! I have not been to this restaurant in its current incarnation however, so I can't report back on the food.

    Beverly Hills
    The basil in the pesto with orecchiette and Manila clams and the arugula in the salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and pine nuts at chef Mirko Paderno's Italian spot come from the rooftop garden.
    Avalon Hotel, 9400 West Olympic Boulevard; 310-277-5221;

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    Avalon Hotel
    9400 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    1. Sigh, I've always wanted to go there. I've been to some equiv. places in Europe. But no, I don't think we have anything similar. Most of the better restaurants in LA get a lot of their produce from farmer's markets. Some source their animals whole or as primals. Oliveto in the Bay Area is also close; they buy whole animals, source local flour, work with local fisherman, etc.

      1. Well, you can take a tour of the large garden at Park Avenue in Stanton, but it isn't Stone Barns by a long shot. There really isn't an equivalent of Blue Hill anywhere except, well, Westchester County.

        Park Avenue Restaurant
        11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA 90680

        1. Not fine dining by any stretch of the imagination, but Monkey Business Cafe in Fullerton is growing many of their own herbs and vegetables.

          1. Cal Poly Pomona is home to The Collins College of Hospitality Management, one of the "Top Three" hospitality programs in the country. The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch is its student-run, real life, teaching laboratory if you will. It is managed by some of the country’s top culinary professionals and educators.

            Cal Poly includes a notable agricultural college that boasts over 700 acres of farm, livestock and poultry facilities as well as an excellent farm store. The Restaurant sources a significant portion of its products through its own facilities. Outside suppliers are also utilized.

            The Restaurant offers a unique dining experience for lunch and dinner with excellent food, superb service and an incredible view. The standard dinner includes a four-course select prix fixe menu. Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream is one of the featured desserts. Closed during Summer. Check their website for schedule and reservations.

            I’ve not yet had the pleasure of dining at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. It’s on my list for my 2011 reunion visit.

            The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
            3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 79
            Pomona, CA 91768
            (909) 869-4700


            Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
            3801 W. Temple Ave, Bldg 79, Pomona, CA 91768