Part dinner event, part biology and science class, living Earth System’s farm to table dinner proved different than any other event dinner I have previously attended (and I have attended quite a few).
Living Earth Systems specializes in sustainable farm design. Their goal is to educate and inspire people to create a lifestyle that is both good for them as well as the planet. Teaching composting, aquaponics, and farming, living Earth Sytems is headed up by Eddy and Sam. Both of them have impressive backgrounds in sustainable farm design.
Eddy, Grew up on Molokai and Maui, Eddy has over 30 years of experience living off-grid. His deep connection to nature has taught him fundamental truths that are woven into Living Earth Systems. Observation, Consistency, and Stewardship.
Sam, graduated from the University of Michigan in Physics and Environmental Science, Sam received her Permaculture Design Certification in 2012 before apprenticing for 2 years in Regenerative Systems Design with Maui New Earth.
Sam is also heads up marketing for Golden Coast Mead in Oceanside. Golden Coast Mead is the only maker of mead in Southern California, with tasting rooms in Oceanside and Julian. you can read more about them here.
Golden Coast Mead 4089 Oceanside Blvd. Suite H Oceanside, Ca. (soon to be moving to Suite G in the building facing the main parking lot.)
The night started out with some refreshing mead and an introduction to the process of mead production.
I started off with something that was not going to be served at the dinner, a cucumber-infused mead. The base was their orange blossom mead. It had a light refreshing taste.
Mead brewer Chris kicked off the festivities with insite into the mead making process.
Making our way across the way into the, soon to be opened, new tasting room, everybody settled in. I was lucky enough to sit across from an interesting, intelligent young woman, who showed up with a box of beetles for the farm. (+10,000 ” I want to talk to this person” bonus points).
Eddy, in between courses, explained many aspects of truly self-sustainable farming. Here he talks about aquaponics, and the micro eco-system they create and function off of.
A lot of the people at the dinner were home farmers themselves. When I say home farmers, I mean the type of home based farmers that have 1500 sq. foot greenhouses at their home in Vista. This made the dinner an interactive classroom.
Before I start going over dishes, I want to say that Eddy and Sam are not professional chefs. They are extremely talented cooks with a lot of passion and access to great ingredients. Everything came from their farm with the exception of the grass fed beef, which came from neighboring farm Eden Tropics in Fallbrook and olive oil that was sourced from Temecula Olive Oil Company. Because they do not grow any on their land, none of the dishes contained any grains. truthfully the food was better and more interesting than a lot of Chef’s dinners (with professional Chefs) that I have attended.
Farm Salad ~ Arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, lambsquarter (aka goosefoot or pigs weed), and a home-made ginger beer herb vinaigrette with rosemary and marjoram.
A great light start to the meal. You could taste the earth in the greens and tomatoes.
The 1st course was paired with Golden Coast Meads Brett Sour. I loved this mead, I’m big into sour anything right now, meads, beers, patch kids.
Potatoes ~ Swiss chard, lemon grass-pesto, sweet peppers, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, macadamias, and Hawaiian salt.
Another great dish, with a nice bite from the garlic. This was paired with a non-alcoholic soda of cantaloupe, blood orange, and stevia.
Play on Vegetarian Lasagna ~ Baked eggplant, butternut squash, goat cheese mozzarella, goat cheese brie, homemade tomato sauce, and things in my notes I could not make out.
Though the dish had a lot of ingredients it all worked very well together. Another hit. Paired with an interesting Herbs-de-Provence mead.
Grass Fed Beef ~ Brisket and tenderloin (cooked low and slow for 10 hours), carrots, potatoes, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and fennel flowers.
Melt in your mouth beef, flavor full broth, and perfectly cooked vegetables, enough said.
This was Paired with a very good and unique Chocolate and chipotle mead. There was just a hint of chocolate with the chipotle coming through in the finish.
Dessert ~ Tartlet with a macadamia nut base, honey, fig, with raw cows milk whip cream. Macadamia nuts, and fresh local honeycomb.
Great way to finish a spectacular meal and interesting evening.
There was a lot of information passed along, too much for me to relay here. I would highly suggest checking out Living Earth Systems website and facebook page. Below I am going to include a few pics of things they are doing I think are cool (out of the hundreds).
Their living biological swimming pool. No chlorine or other chemicals.
Vetiver grass nature’s erosion killer and a cornerstone in creating mineral rich natural soil.
To see future events and learn tons more about what they do and can help you do, please visit them on their sites here….
For more info on Mead visit Golden Coast Mead