I spent a delightful afternoon at Carmel Valley Ranch after a very busy Saturday morning. The event was a showcase of sustainable, local foods and featured a guest speaker from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sustainable Foods Institute.
The head gardener told engaging stories about coping with the drought and deer as we toured the gardens. They grow golden roses, hops, herbs, heirloom red italian onions, fennel, and tomatoes: all for the restaurant.
I'll describe the buffet as a flawless presentation of honey guacamole, early summer vegetables, and, of course, perfectly roasted Kurobuta pork.
A special thanks to Julio and Dawn for the mouthwatering photos.
The highlights of the evening were the beauty of the garden, our pork featured in the buffet, and the people. It was a relaxed time to enjoy good food and get to know interesting people. It made my day.