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EatBeat: Have a Slow Food Lunch on Farm with Swanks Produce and Dean Max

January 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Swank Farm in Loxahatchee

This Sunday, Chef Dean Max of 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale will team up with Loxahatchee produce farmers Jodi and Darrin Swank to offer a Farm Tour and Lunch on the Farm. Chef Ana of 32 East will provide desserts.

The Swank Farm Tour sponsored by Slow Foods Glades to Coast chapter will showcase the hydroponic, all natural farm where the Swanks grow 200 varieties of lettuces, herbs, edible flowers and vegetables such as peppers, beans, peas, eggplant and tomatoes. “We have 20 acres, but we grow everything on 1-1/2 acres,” Jodi said.

What’s growing now? “Right now we have sugar snap peas, sweet June shelling peas, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, carrots, beets, in addition to the many lettuces, microgreens, herbs and more. We use two types of hydrooonic growning techniques and the guests will see that, hear an explanation about our natural disease and pest control.”

Jodi said visitors to the 20 acre farm can expectto see two shade houses and their full-sun station. “We’ll have tasting stations inside the tents so people can sample the farm-fresh produce. We have a great duo playing music, then the luncheon starts. Dean (Max) has taken care of all the foods and is bringing his whole kitchen team. Ana, of 32 East will be doing desserts -it’s going to be a great afternoon.”

Chef Dean Max’s six-course menu will be served family style. The tentative menu is:

  • Heirloom tomato and burrata salad
  • Grilled marinated cauliflower steaks with pine nut currant vinaigrette
  • Grilled local wahoo with wilted greens and red romaine
  • Local Sen-Chi Organic Brown Rice salad with Royal Red shrimp
  • Deep Creek Ranch beef sliders
  • Palmetto Ranch pork chops and more

Chef Ana from 32 East in Delray will provide a dessert selection. Adam Fine of Fresh Beer will have craft brews to match foods, including Native Brews, Holy Mackerel and Monk in the Trunk.

Jennie Benzie of Pour, Sip and Savor will offer wine selections and talk about the wines.

“We’d like to do others like this if all goes great,” Swank said. “We really believe in Slow Foods and what the organization is trying to do. One of their projects is schoolyard vegetable gardens – we can’t help enough with that. It’s a shame most kids today don’t realize where their foods come from. We’ve got to change that – Slow Food is working to do just that.”

Swank Farms Tour and Luncheon with Dean Max

When: Sunday, Jan. 23, noon-end

Where: Swank Specialty Produce Farm, 14311 North Road, Loxahatchee

Cost: $100 per person, plus tax (adults only). A portion of tickets goes to Slow Foods Glades to Coast.

For tickets and information: www.swankspecialtyproduce.com

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  • 1 Stephanie Dunn // Jan 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Sounds like a tasty local event. Especially if what’s on the dessert menu is half as delicious as the main menu sounds…

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