An expatriate of New Orleans – and professional chef – who has lived in Los Angeles since her childhood, blogs about the journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles back to New Orleans, and points along the way.

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The Caterer’s Garden- A Special Project

By on Mar 24, 2009, 12:42 pm in Events, Food and Drink | 0 comments

My good friend Paul called me a few weeks back. Paul and I have known each other for more years than I like to think about. We met in acting class in New York City, and were neighbors- first on Manhattan’s Upper Westside, then in the Hell’s Kitchen section of midtown Manhattan. Somehow we both ended up in Los Angeles, and have moved on to pursue other creative and career pursuits. Of course, you know I am a caterer, and Paul is jump starting his old/new career as a landscape designer.

He called to tell me he had been selected to participate in the L.A. Garden Show-A Festival of Flavors  at the Los Angeles Arboretum. The objective of the show is to explore and celebrate the varied edible plants that can be easily grown in city gardens.

Paul, great friend that he is, wrote in his description that he was inspired by me, and a favorite quote of mine from the inimitable Julia Child: “Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul satisfying and eternal.”

He asked me to design a couple of “kitchen garden” menus using produce which could be harvested only moments or hours before from a terrace garden.

Well, the project is on its way now. Paul just sent pictures (which you can see below) of the planters he and a friend built to house the various fruit, vegetable and herb plants.

Stay tuned for progress updates.

Bon Appetit!

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