Over the past 18 years, SEE-LA – Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles – has built the Hollywood Farmer’s Market into a Sunday juggernaut that generates nearly as much excitement as its Santa Monica counterpart. As part of the market’s evolution, SEE-LA opened The Farmer’s Kitchen over the summer, but they didn’t have an official grand opening until October 8. Mary Macvean of The Daily Dish was there, and she noted the presence of Council President Eric Garcetti. Instead of a ribbon-cutting, they had a ceremonial salad chopping.
The Farmer’s Kitchen is run by Pompea Smith’s non-profit organization in an effort to help build community, support local farmers, can and bottle leftover produce, teach nutrition to low-income families and provide on-the-job training to restaurant industry hopefuls.
The seasons dictate what you’ll find on the menu at The Farmer’s Ktichen, but to give you an idea of what to expect, the current SAMPLE MENU lists options like a Roasted Italian Eggplant salad ($9) with caramelized onions, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette; Grilled Chicken Sausage sandwich ($9) with grilled sweet onions & peppers and marinara sauce on a baguette; and Chicken Croquettes ($9) with yellow heirloom marinara sauce and a mixed green salad.
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