Chef DJ Olsen is always at the Santa Monica farmers market. He's the chef at Lou, the wine bar on Vine (724 Vine St.). He's using the huge variety of potatoes in many different dishes, including roasted, smashed and in a potato tart. The recipe for his potato tart is here.
Juan Asavedo is one of the sellers of Zuckerman Farms asparagus. They bring jumbo asparagus to over 20 markets in the LA-are. Pictures of there stand are here.
Sandor Katz is a self-described "fermentation fetishist." His book is Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods. His website, Wild Fermentation, is an incredible resource for anyone interested in fermenting foods. See his instructional video for fermenting vegetables here.
The Watts Towers were created by artist Sabato Rodia. The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative supports the towers as a cultural landmark. They are honoring the towers and the initiative with a festival: The St. Joseph's Communal Tables on March 18-20. "These tables both commemorate a time when diaspora Italians represented a community in need, and, as a springtime recurrence, they also celebrate abundance." Luisa del Guidice is organizing the event. More about the Catholic tradition of St. Joseph's tables here.
You can view the altar at St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church (10122 Compton Ave., LA): Friday March 18, 3:00 P.M. – 7:30 pm, Saturday March 19, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00pm, Sunday March 20, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 pm.
How a Tarentaise cheese swept the show Americans love cheese. We eat roughly 37 pounds of it every year. At this year’s American Cheese Society conference in Denver, judges assessed a record 2,024 products to determine which one rose to the top. Our contributor Simran Sethi shares her report on the big cheese. Read More
Coming to the table at Slow Food Nations Contributor Simran Sethi reports on the inaugural Slow Foods Nations, a festival “to taste and explore the world of good, clean and fair food for all” that took place this year in Denver, Colorado. Read More