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zook Mar 30, 2013 06:10 PM

Has anyone been to their Sunday lunches? We're signed up for the lunch next Sunday and was wondering what to expect.

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  1. CFByrne Apr 9, 2013 01:12 PM

    How was it?

    I know they are now done for the season... but there's always next fall/winter!

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      zook Apr 10, 2013 05:04 AM

      The short answer is that it was a very enjoyable afternoon.
      The longer answer is in the details. Upon arrival at noon, we and our fellow guests (approximately 150 people), were treated to a welcome carrot mimosa with herbs and a thin celery straw. There were mini sausage sandwiches with pickled baby onions on a very good parkerhouse roll passed around. There was live music (sort of a Dave Matthews vibe). During this first half hour or so, we were free to wander the farm and enjoy our drinks and sandwich bites. The owners of the farm and chefs du jour were introduced and spoke briefly. They then opened up a station with several interesting small bites, from a Thai shrimp spoon, chicken heart crostini, small fresh salad, and a few others I can't recall now. We were then given an opportunity to tour the hydroponic nursery with the owners or mingle or wander the fields before being seated at three very long nicely decorated tables under a tent. We were served unlimited water, Pellegrino, and white and red wines throughout the afternoon. There was a really delicious basket of rolls served. The first course was a cauliflower soup obviously made with farm fresh veggies followed by a simple salad. The salad and final three courses were served family style. There was a beautiful whole red fish (don't remember the exact type), served with fresh sautéed veggies, followed by a sliced, very well seasoned, although fatty, ribeye. This was served with a platter of assorted interesting, gorgeous barely roasted vegetables, which sadly, looked delicious, but were too rock hard to eat for the most part. Dessert was an almond beet galette with two sides of honeyed creme fraiche and candied carrots and beets. Unbelievably, we were not stuffed after this four and a half hour eating extravaganza. The guests appeared to be mostly in the 30-60 age bracket and all appeared to have a great time. I think it was worth the $150 price tag per person. I would definitely recommend it. I hope to attend another one next year with different chefs. We were extremely lucky with the weather, as you will get wet if it rains. The only other down side is there are a lot (and I do mean a lot) of flies.

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        CFByrne Apr 10, 2013 06:08 AM

        Thanks Zook.

        Some of the details are added in this article...

        http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/entertainment/dining/a-genuine-lunch-feast-at-swank-farm/nXF9n/

        And it looks like the full menu is listed here:

        http://thegenuinekitchen.com/2013/03/...

    2. CFByrne Sep 15, 2013 08:24 AM

      Excited to hear from Darrin and Jodi that they're finalizing this season's line up very soon.

      In fact, just last night I got it on *very* good authority that "resident chef" Lindsay Autry is meeting with them today to wrap up final details. :-)

      http://www.swankspecialtyproduce.com/

      1. CFByrne Dec 28, 2013 05:44 AM

        If you haven't heard, the Winter lineup has been announced:

        January 15 looks tempting...

        Lindsay Autry - Resident Chef
        Richard Hales - Sakaya / Blackbrick
        Aaron Brooks - Edge
        Huma Nagi -3030 Ocean
        Nick Morofogen - 32 East

        http://www.swankspecialtyproduce.com/

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          zook Dec 28, 2013 07:25 AM

          I signed up for the January lunch months ago when they first announced the line-up as it seemed the most interesting to me.

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            CFByrne Dec 28, 2013 10:43 AM

            Zook - look forward to meeting you there!

            When Paula DaSilva and team recently cooked at The James Beard House in NYC, Huma Nagi apparently headed up the dessert team...

            And rumor has it she's going to recreate that night's dish for this event.

            http://www.jamesbeard.org/events/chef...

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              zook Dec 28, 2013 09:15 PM

              Since I love sweets, I'm sure that whatever she serves will be great! I'll see you (and another 150 people) there soon!

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                erica Dec 31, 2013 06:53 AM

                Would love an update on where I can buy Swank produce in Palm Beach County (I am based this winter in the Boynton area, and have been shopping at Bedner's on 441, and The Boys on MIlitary). Last year my go-to for fish was Capt Franks near I-95 in Boynton but have not been there yet this season....

                Any help for me as far as good local produce, and local meats (??) will be welcomed with open arms!

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                  CFByrne Dec 31, 2013 07:09 AM

                  Your best bet for Swank produce, as far as I know, is Saturday morning at WPB Greenmarket.

                  Jodi is there herself with all sorts of terrific goodies.

                  And there are a ton of other vendors. For tomatoes, Farmhouse is terrific. They are kind of hidden off to the side.

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                    erica Dec 31, 2013 10:26 AM

                    Thanks,will make a plan to go on an upcoming Saturday....looking forward to it!

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                      CFByrne Dec 31, 2013 12:07 PM

                      So go to Swank and gets some great greens etc from Jodi. You can also ask her if there's any retail elsewhere during the week, but I think not. She leaves the roots on her greens and I've had them last a looong time in my frig.

                      Then hit Farmhouse for some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. It is over on the street that runs EW, NORTH of the grassy market area.

                      And then stop by and say hi to Vito Volpe, the main man at Mozarrita himself! You'll want some fresh mozz or better yet burrata (at a nice discount from what it goes for at Whole Foods).

                      That should keep you in good shape for a few days!

                      There's also a grass fed meat stand, and several fish vendors although I am not crazy about the fish I have seen, I'd feel much better going to Capt Franks, my go to place as well, for that.

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                        CFByrne Jan 2, 2014 05:42 PM

                        If you get tomatoes from Farmhouse...

                        You can get some ready to eat... and ask for others not yet ripe.

                        Then you'll have some for say Sat and Sun, and others you can use maybe Mon - Wed...

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                    CFByrne Jan 2, 2014 05:39 PM

                    *** SPOILER ALERT *** *** SPOILER ALERT *** *** SPOILER ALERT ***

                    Here's the menu for Sunday Jan 15.

                     
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                      zook Jan 3, 2014 03:01 PM

                      Sounds yummy! Can't wait!

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