Living Earth Systems’ Farm To Table Dinner @ Golden Coast Mead ~ Oceanside

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

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.

Golden Coast Mead Cucumber

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.

Golden Coast Mead Brewery tour

Mead brewer Chris kicked off the festivities with insite into the mead making process.

Golden Coast Mead Dinner starts

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).

Golden Coast Mead Max on farming

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.

Golden Coast Mead Salad

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.

Golden Coast Mead Sour

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.

Golden Coast Mead Second course

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.

Golden Coast Mead Third Course

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.

Golden Coast Mead Grass fed beef

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.

Golden Coast Mead dessert

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….

Living Earth Systems Facebook

For more info on Mead visit  Golden Coast Mead




This Weeks Upcoming Food Events ~ Oceanside

Two great food events coming up this week.

First a great Farm to Table Dinner @ Golden Coast Mead

Tickets: ~ Here

gold coast mead farm to table dinner

“We’ve been doing a ton of harvesting for our farm to table dinner this Thursday. All of the vegetables, fruits, honey, and herbs we’ll be using in the meal are grown by us in Fallbrook. Macadamia nuts from an organic farmer friend in vista. Grassfed beef from a fruit orchard 20 minutes from Fallbrook. Olive oil from a local sustainable olive farm. You may not be familiar with Golden Coast Mead – mead is alcohol made simply from honey, and drinks like a sparkling wine. The farm-to-table meal includes mead. The company is owned by Fallbrook resident, Frank Golbeck, and we’ll be serving the entire meal at their tasting room in Oceanside. With the meal we will also be giving a presentation on regenerative farming practices and aquaponics. There are a few tickets left, and we are giving 15% discount for groups of 4 or more people. You can purchase your tickets here:”

No grains because we can’t get them local, and all sugar is from fruits from our trees and honey from our hives :)”

Also, cute animals, live music, wine, and Sushi at Wrench and Rodent Aug. 21st


August Events ~ North County

Lots of great food events coming in August. Here are some of the major ones.

Chefs dinner mock

Tuesday, August 9th at 7PM. Only 12 seats left. call 608 @ 760291-1040 for reservations.

Flying Pig 1 year aug 7th

Flying Pig’s 1 Year anniversary. Starts at 10am Sunday, August 7th.  Vista location.

Culinary surprises will abound, I’m sure.

belching beaver

Belching Beaver’s Oceanside Taproom opens with a limited edition Sour and food. Festivities start at 1pm.

gc mead dinner

Gold Coast mead is hosting a limited seating (20 people) farm to table dinner and mead pairing. Aug 18th @ 6pm.

Wrench and rodent event

Cool stuff at Wrench and Rodent August 21st.


608 Restaurant 

Flying Pig, Vista

Belching Beaver

Golden Coast Mead

Wrench and Rodent

Inaugural Lunch at Cyclops Farms ~Oceanside

By NorthCountyFood, Photos by  Jessamyn Trout, ROAD WEST PHOTOGRAPHY unless noted.

MainStreet Oceanside is hosting the annual conference for the California
Main Street Alliance this year. Downtown managers from all over the state are attending this conference to advance their education and network with their peers. The event consists of two days of workshops and events.
One of the events consists of a tour of Cyclops Farms and lunch, to learn
how downtown Oceanside chefs are partnering locally to give their customers
a “farm to table” experience, and how this benefits the local economy. This tour
will hopefully inspire those attending to help develop partnerships between local
growers and your restaurants in their district.
The lunch was hosted on the newly built event space at Cyclops Farms. the space is a joint venture between Cyclops Farms and North County Food.
Attendees were shuttled in on a double decker bus.
Upon Arrival guests were greeted by farmer Luke Girling and exposed to the great views.
Ooh look; a hawk.
 Luke answering questions at the farm’s produce stand which is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Chefs Samantha Parker of Flying Pig Oceanside, AJ Shiek of Blvd Chinese Kitchen, and Ian Smith of Masters Kitchen and Cocktail provided a gourmet lunch utilizing vegetables picked straight off the farm.
Chef Samantha preparing her Lamb burgers.
Lamb burgers with caramelized fennel and a very literal garden salad with a stinging nettle vinaigrette.
Chefs A.J Shiek along with Ian Smith preping his award winning fish this case salmon with an Asian farm picked slaw.
Guests enjoying their lunch
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Gold Coast Mead provided flight samples of their locally crafted Mead.
While Living Tea Brewery offered two versions of their Kombuchas, Ginger and Acai / Coconut. (Stock photo)
I want to thank everyone involved for making my dream of bringing this project to life ( it only aged me 6 years ).
Please join and follow us on facebook along with Cyclops Farms in order to learn of future events. Eventually we would like to do monthly Chef POP-UP Dinners, “Date Night” on the farm and educational programs.
Special thanks to the volunteers at Mainstreet Oceanside and Green Oceanside for all the help provided to make this happen.