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September 13, 2011

WW: The Farm Fresh Tour Kick-Off

This past weekend I met my friend, Katie in the town of Carmel by the Sea for quite an amazing event  she was overseeing for a client of her firm, Know a California Farmer. Know a California Farmer invited six California food and or mom bloggers to tour a couple of family farms located in the Carmel and Salinas area who were eager to learn more about how our food is grown and how it gets from farm to fork. 

Friday afternoon, I arrived to meet Katie at 4 p.m. in Carmel and after settling in we met the rest of her colleagues at a fun little bar in downtown Carmel, A.W. Shucks Oyster and Cocktail Bar.  Being so close to the ocean and farmlands at the same time, it is a real treat when visiting a restaurant, especially if you're from North Dakota like Katie is.  We enjoyed deliciously fresh prawn cocktail, scrumptious calamari and a delicious artichoke appetizer.

To wash it all down, I enjoyed my first ever Moscow Mule cocktail.  It's made with ginger beer, vodka and fresh lime.  I'll be making these at home for sure, it was so refreshing.

Later in the evening, to kick off the Farm Fresh Tour participant meet-up, we all met at Grasing's Restaurant roof top patio for a gorgeous locally grown, fresh dinner.
Owner/Chef Kurt Grasing is known for using fresh seasonal ingredients in his dishes which he has ample access to from California's Carmel coast and the central valley.

My dinner began with the soup du jour, carrot and ginger soup and it was oh, so creamy.
Then a little surf and turf, flat iron steak topped with prawns and chimichurri.

One of the fun things about dining with food bloggers is their ability to converse and photograph and eat all at the same time.  Here is Irvin from Eat the Love taking a snapshot of his entree.

The Sea Bass looked scrumptious as well.

The white peach and berry cobbler topped with toasted oats and  a scoop of vanilla ice cream  for dessert was my choice.
Another dessert choice {there were three in total} was the apple caramel bread pudding, served warm with vanilla ice cream and cider glaze.....a tough choice!

Preview for tomorrow:  Guess what Jay Baer is doing.

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TexWisGirl said...

love that y'all are drinking, eating, conversing and snapping all at the same time. :)

alicia said...

I wanna tag along next time. Looks like an amazing experience. Happy WW! Thanks so much for linkin up!

An Authentic Life said...

I just had my first Moscow Mule in a copper mug on Saturday night. Loved it!
Looks fab!

Michelle said...

Looks like a great time with all of those bloggers together. Might have to try that cocktail.

Leontien said...

haha it looked like you had a great evening!

And it is good to hear that they do the "mommy" blogger visit farm thing in other states!

Hugs from Indiana

Teresa said...

This looks like such a great event!

Grandma Bonnie said...

I just love your last photo. The surf and turf looks amazing. New follower, stopping by from WW. Hope you stop by for a visit and follow if you like.

JC said...

Looks like a fun time :)

Ott, A. said...

Wow those look like some amazing plates of food.