Farm Fresh

Taking root within Roger’s Gardens, Farmhouse reflects warm country charm  

 

As told to Susan Irby      

Photos courtesy of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Al fresco dining at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Al fresco dining at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Although influenced by the city, farms and farmers who share his culinary “pursuit of excellence” also touch popular local chef Rich Mead. With over 35 years of experience in successful restaurants such as Sage, Sage on the Coast and Canyon, chef Mead is no stranger to palate pleasing dishes, like those on the menu at the recently opened Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens.

Locals know Roger’s Gardens as a lush, plant-filled mecca of outdoor living in the heart of Newport Beach. So when Farmhouse, an al fresco cafe, opened there last fall, patrons flocked to the new dining establishment. Here, chef Mead reveals why a fresh experience on the plate starts with a trip to the “farm.” 

Chef Rich Mead

Chef Rich Mead

Who has been the most influential person in your culinary journey?

My mom inspired me with her Chinese cooking. Early in my career, I was fortunate to open a restaurant in Sherman Oaks called Stanley’s. The owners allowed me the freedom to create dishes and influence the menu with continuously changing specials. Also, my friend, Joe Miller, who owned Joe’s Restaurant in Venice, has been a big influence [on] my culinary style and in business.

Farmhouse exudes “field to fork.” How did that become important to you?

I grew up in the city, yet was drawn to learning about farms and the role of vegetables in my cooking while at Stanley’s. Then, while working at a restaurant in Santa Monica, some local farmers came to the back door with lettuces. Through meeting them and exploring farmers’ markets, I began to recognize the importance of working with and sourcing foods from local farmers; people like-minded in their pursuit of culinary excellence.

Talk about “sourcing locally.” 

Working with local farmers inspires me through the changing seasons. Weekly trips to farmers’ markets create an opportunity to look and think about food in a different light… [how] the colors, tastes and textures translate to the plate. I enjoy supporting culinary artisans who have a commitment to the environment. 

What unique approach are you taking at Farmhouse? How has the menu evolved? 

Because of the restaurant size and the environment, I simplify the food with an emphasis on freshness. Our kitchen is small; we focus on keeping dishes simple in terms of preparation and plating. Simplicity with a touch of elegance.

What are your three must-have ingredients? 

Fresh seasonable vegetables, citrus and vinegars.

Grilled Citrus Glazed Salmon Salad

Grilled Citrus Glazed Salmon Salad

One of the most popular Farmhouse dishes is the House Cured Salmon. Any secrets to how it’s prepared? 

We cure the salmon in salt, sugar and fresh herbs for 48 hours and then “paint” the salmon with a pastrami-type mixture we make in-house.

What is special to you about Farmhouse?

The venue is spectacular and a perfect fit for what we are doing. 

What can diners look forward to on the menu this spring? 

With spring, you will see asparagus, strawberries, stone fruit and spring onion.

 

FARMHOUSE 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, CA

949.640.1415, FarmhouseRG.com

 

Inspired Design

Lifestyle and home décor brand Serena & Lily lands at Lido Marina Village  

 

Written by Beth Fhaner        Photos courtesy of Serena & Lily

The Newport Beach Design Shop features outdoor living

The Newport Beach Design Shop features outdoor living

Seeking to refresh your home décor this spring? Serena & Lily’s Newport Beach Design Shop, which opened at Lido Marina Village in late October, is the place to find home, design and art inspiration. The Sausalito-based company’s fifth retail location features the brand’s signature bedding, textiles, wallpaper, rug and paint collections, as well as a curated selection of furniture, lighting, outdoor living, décor and gift items. Founded in 2003 by Serena Dugan, an independent artist and textile designer, and Lily Kanter, an executive-turned-entrepreneur, the innovative brand takes a creative, hands-on approach to interior design. As for its quaint shop at Lido—its second Southern California locale—the vibrant space boasts a nautical vibe with a swatch wall displaying more than 300 original Serena & Lily textile designs, rotating art displays featuring original works, a complimentary design service, and a workspace for interior designers. Additionally, Serena & Lily bikes are available for purchase, so you can pedal around the marina in style. “What we really love about Lido Marina Village is the rich history of the marina and the thoughtfulness that has gone into the planning to create a wonderful gathering place for family and friends that celebrates the beauty of Southern California,” says CEO Lori Greeley. The result is, of course, a very beautiful life for local design enthusiasts. 

3636 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA ~ 949.287.5674, SerenaAndLily.com

Designer workspace

Designer workspace

Living room decor

Living room decor

Bath accessories

Bath accessories

A Sea of Denim

Photos courtesy of Mathew Martinez & Global Genes

Amid the sweep of a cool California breeze, over 150 philanthropists and community members gathered together at The Resort at Pelican Hill for the inaugural Denim and Diamonds Fashion Show. The scene was picturesque, with the whole property aglow in soft lighting and steeped in the sound of waves gently crashing onto to the shore. Guests made their way to the resort’s elegantly appointed Mar Vista Estate for a night to remember. Once inside, a sumptuous meal satiated their appetites, while a grand fashion show displaying the season’s latest trends instantly captivated and inspired. With fashion and philanthropy governing the evening, the show, produced by Newport Coast rare disease parent advocate Perla Portillo, honored World RARE Disease Day and raised funds for Global Genes. As festivities came to a close, guests took their leave with lights from the fashion show still shimmering in the background, shining as bright as a diamond itself.

Scout Compton, Dylan Lujano

Scout Compton, Dylan Lujano

Shawni McDonald, Brianna Myricks, Perla Portillo

Shawni McDonald, Brianna Myricks, Perla Portillo

Curtis Fox, Kirk Pereira, Andrew Hinek, Julia Graham, Derek Graham

Curtis Fox, Kirk Pereira, Andrew Hinek, Julia Graham, Derek Graham

Vivien Liu, Jenny Shen, Wenying Guo

Vivien Liu, Jenny Shen, Wenying Guo

Novel Ideas

Curated by Jenn Thornton

A bibliophile's lit picks for your library

Van Gogh’s Ear by Bernadette Murphy

In 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut his ear, an act that cemented him as a troubled talent never appreciated during his time. Now, in this engaging book, author Bernadette Murphy reshapes the defining event, reconstructing it with contents lost to forgotten archives. The author’s sleuthing brings to light incident specifics, and the intricacies and circles of van Gogh’s world, with references to his devoted brother Theo and fellow Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin. 

$27.00, US.Macmillan.com