We’re cooking up something special this week at the Yamashiro Farmers Market. Join us this Thursday August 22nd as Chef Matt Poley of HeirloomLA and Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm, team up to offer an incredible summer cooking demo using the freshest local produce from McGrath Family Farm.
GET TO KNOW HEIRLOOM LA:
In May of 2009 Matt Poley and Tara Maxey zipped up a pasta machine into a backpack and ventured out to set-up shop in the off hours of various commerical kitchens around town… basically wherever would have them. Whether it be the result of delirium or just a quirky culinary vision, the Lasagna CupcakeTM was born bringing comfort food into the palm of your hand. As caterings followed and work became busier, they hired friends and called themselves Heirloom LA.
Classically trained by Gino Angelini, Matt was eventually sent off to Italy to intern at a three star restaurant in Civitella del Lago outside of Orvieto. Centrally based on a small farm and completely self-contained, it is here where he learned the value of “farm to plate” in which all the pigs and chickens and rabbits ate vegetable scraps from the kitchen and then were left free to roam the property where they were eventually butchered and fabricated making use of the entire animal. Matt carries on this tradition for us at Heirloom-LA as he painstakingly seeks out small farms that respectfully and humanely raise their livestock so that you can taste the quality that is not offered in commercial meats raised and processed to maximize profit rather than flavor and integrity.
Conversely Tara was a strict vegetarian for ten years. She continues to explore creative protein alternatives that do not include processed substitutions but focus rather on whole grains, nuts, and legumes which she incorporates into desserts when requested. Initally trained by Suzanne Griswold of Spago, Tara went on to work with Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey Bakery where she learned how to perfect classic recipes so that we can offer a beautiful finish to your meal.
Find out more about Heirloom LA’s special events, catering and food truck HERE
GET TO KNOW McGRATH FAMILY FARM:
Farming on the coast of Southern California for 5 generations is the finest blessing this Irish American farm family could ever hope for- the deepest topsoil and the best climate produces a utopian garden farm. McGrath Family Farm is a sustainable farm that grows a high diversity of year-round organic fruits and vegetables for the community.
In March of 2008 McGrath Family Farm opened their Farm Center which includes a seven day per week farmers market, restaurant deliveries throughout southern California, a Community Supported Agriculture program and much more. This is the heart of their farm and education is a priority as they work to preserve our farmland through agricultural education. Stop by for a farm tour and a taste of what local produce is all about.
Get to know more about Phil McGrath, what he grows and the History of McGrath Family Farm HERE