Farm-to-table is a phrase that can mean different things to different people. At its heart, farm-to-table means that the food on the table came directly from a specific farm, without going through a store, market, or distributor along the way.
Long Beach is a “Foodies” playground and we love supporting local Farm to Table businesses in their goal of serving locally sourced or produced food. Here are our top four picks.
3506 E. Broadway – Long Beach, California – 90803 (562) 433-1000
Owners and founders, Erin O’Hagan and Laurie Semon, opened the doors to Taste in August of 2015. Their dream was to create one of Long Beach’s best restaurants with the help of Chef Brad Newumann together they produce elegant, rustic and honest food that allows people to challenge their dining experience. They are also the owners of Olives Gourmet Grocer, voted Long Beach’s best caterer. Olives specializes in boutique brands, wine tastings, cooking class, and if you need to something for dinner they have that too.
2714 California Ave, 90755
The ultimate or literal farm to table experience. They are a non-profit organization founded by Sasha Kanro to teach food and farming to Long Beach. Farmstand 59 is a fresh market located on Farm Lot 59. They offer the best of what’s in season, open year round. They also support local farmers, crafters, bakers, authors, and chefs. Visit the farm for fun events, food, and education. They are also proud to support local ranchers and fisherman.
301 The Promenade N #1
A new downtown American Biso serving tasty food with a good vibe. They use only the freshest and natural ingredients and homemade recipes. We specialize in handcrafted wood-fired pizzas that keep customers returning after their first visit. They offer a wide variety of delicious appetizers, or small plates, as well as reinventing our dishes into shareable portions, Table 301 menu is big on flavors and perfect for leisurely get-togethers. Not for the faint of appetite, our meaty masterpieces are packed with flavor ranging from gourmet burgers to ribeyes and don’t forget to pair with one of our refreshing salads!
2708 E. 4th Street in Long Beach | tel. 562.439.8822
As of writing this, they are temporarily closed. Situated on Retro Row, it is a modern restaurant serving New American cuisine. They work closely with Farm Lot 59 and other local purveyors. The menus are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on what is in season. Many options are served family style intended for sharing. They also offer craft beer on draft and in bottles/cans from across the US. Their interesting wine list highlights small producers from California and other unique wine growing regions. The warm and inviting atmosphere encourages you to stay and hang out with your friends.
We’re excited for them to re-open their doors soon.
Farm to Table Recipe: Bruschetta Al Pomodoro
An antipasto from Italy
Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. So it is only fitting the smells of this simple dish conjure the thoughts of the Tuscan countryside.
1 small loaf of rustic Italian bread
8 seeded, chopped Roma (plum) tomatoes
1 small bunch of basil gently hand torn
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat the broiler.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, oregano, red pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Use more olive oil, if necessary, to coat the entire mixture. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
3. Slice the bread. On a baking sheet, arrange the slices in a single layer. Brown both sides of the bread slightly in the oven. Remove the slices from the oven. Spread the tomato mixture on the slices. Broil 2 to 3 minutes, or until the mixture is hot but not cooked.
Pair this appetizer with your favorite glass of Syrah. It is perfect for any summer occasion.