Disclosure: I was not paid for this post, however, I was a guest of Michael’s Restaurants on the tour and tasting and I did receive a cookbook.
I love to eat good meals, cook from interesting recipes and learn about food. Next week, I’m thrilled to say, I’ll be able to do at least 2 of those things. If all the stars align (no sick kids) I’m going to Michael’s Meetup at Michael’s Restaurant in Santa Monica.
Owner and chef Michael McCarty and Executive Chef Mikey Stern will take a group to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Third Street Promenade to talk to farmers and find ingredients to make a meal. This is the second month of the meetup and the chosen theme is parsnips. The chefs will show the group how to pick the best parsnips and then walk back to the Michael’s restaurant to try seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with Parsnip Puree, Bloomsdale Spinach, Mangalitsa Pork Belly Lardons, and Chives, and Braised Short Ribs with Parsnip-Fuji Apple Mash and Glazed Baby Carots.
This is fantastic because I’ve never cooked with parsnips and wouldn’t know what to do with them. This is the second month of the meetup and last month’s ingredient was Kabocha Squash.
Here’s more information about the Meetup. Hope to see you there.
Michael’s Market Meet-Ups are a monthly event featuring a seasonal ingredient of the month. Each month, attendees will meet Executive Chef Mikey Stern and Chef-Owner Michael McCarty at Michael’s Restaurant just off Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. After cappuccinos and house-made cinnamon buns at 8:30 a.m., attendees will join Chefs Michael and Mikey in a tour of the market. They will meet the farmers, discuss other uses for the month’s ingredient, and learn how to pick out the best of that season’s bounty. After the market tour, the group will walk back to Michael’s and sit down for a tasting of the featured ingredient as well as sips of wine from Michael’s list.
The light breakfast, tasting and Farmer’s Market Tour is $60 per person and includes a personalized, signed copy of Chef Michael McCarty’s latest book, Welcome to Michael’s: Great Food, Great People, Great Party!
Wednesday, November 10th,and monthly, TBD, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
RSVP to Michael’s Restaurant (310) 451-0843