A farm to table lunch reminded us all why local is better. On Saturday 100 Elites were welcomed to Wilshire in Santa Monica. They were greeted with an open bar: flowing wine, cocktails and an antipasti bar featuring fresh veggies, fruits and a lovely meat and cheese selection.
Chef Nyesha of Top Chef came out to personally greet the group and talk about her inspiration for the days lunch. The seasons and the local farmers market directly influence what ends up coming out of Nyesha's kitchen. Christina K shares, "Kudos to the Top Chef alum Nyesha Arrington! The fresh produce and ingredients were really inspiring. I'm glad I got to let her know how beautiful the veggie tray at the bar was before people dug into it. The presentation of the dishes were appealing and thoughtful."
After the appetizers, Elites were directed to the beautiful outdoor patio for a sitdown, family-style luncheon. Cynthia A shares what was on the 3 course menu: "The beet salad was delicious...I had two servings. The beets were beautiful and complemented the salad very well. Chicken was tender and the skin was crispy, I enjoyed it. Salmon was cooked to perfection, just melted in my mouth. Brussels sprouts with pecans and cranberries...Yum! Definitely my favorite dish of the day. Mascarpone polenta was creamy and oh so tasty... I wanted more but I had to share!"
And we can't forget dessert, Alice H's favorite course: "Dessert was a chocolate bread pudding served in a pool of a caramel and chocolate sauce. I love bitter dark chocolate so this was just awesome. The bread pudding technique gives the cake a moist texture in the middle, almost like a lava cake. The caramel sauce was not sweet at all and complemented the bread pudding well."
A special thanks to The Pink Shutter for providing a photobooth and to the staff at Wilshire who made this event extra special!
Until next time,
The Skinny Critic