Learn, Feast and Enjoy at Hyatt Carmel Highlands It's Final 2012 "Meet the Farmer" Lunch Series of 2012

Top Quote Save the Date to Meet Dick and Bonnie Swanks from Swank Farms on Saturday, September 22nd at 12:00 p.m. End Quote
  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) July 10, 2012 - Meet the farmer, learn about a key local ingredients from the farmer, and learn how to prepare a dish by Chef Matt Bolton. Sip a glass of wine, take in the view and savor a three course lunch! This farm to fork experience is sure to take attendees on a culinary excursion.

    Chef Matt Bolton believes in cooking local and using fresh seasonal ingredients from Monterey County's best artisan farmers and purveyors. Do you know where your food comes from? Enjoy Hyatt Carmel Highlands third "Meet the Farmer" lunch of 2012 on Saturday, September 22nd from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Pacific's Edge legendary wine room and learn about what grows at Swank Farms.

    At 12:00 p.m., meet Dick and Bonnie Swank from Swank Farms! Sip a glass of wine. Listen to the farmers talk about all Swank Farms has to offer including sweet yellow corn, heirloom tomatoes, fava beans, English peas, garlic, onions, jalapeno, baby lettuces- red leaf, butter lettuce and more!

    At 12:45 p.m. enjoy a three course lunch of fresh local early Fall harvest produce delights paired with wines. The farmer and the Chef will join attendees for each course of the lunch for a lively round table discussion on fresh produce.

    Chef Matt and the culinary team at Hyatt Carmel Highlands believe what you eat matters! "Meet the Farmer" Swank Farms event cost $75 per person plus tax and gratuity and include take home recipe cards from Chef Matt and the Farmer. Reservations are required. Please contact Pacific's Edge at (831) 622-5445 or visit www.pacificsedge.com.

    Background on Pacific's Edge:
    Pacific's Edge is an award winning, glass-walled restaurant with spectacular ocean vistas. Our "California Coastal" cuisine provides the freshest local ingredients, meats and seafood, with dishes that meld a seasonal focus with sophisticated comfort food in a convivial ambiance that makes it appealing for everyday dining or any special occasion. Pacific's Edge has received AAA 4 Diamond awards year after year, and has been named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the United States by Zagat and one of the Top Ten Restaurants with a View by USA Today. Wine Spectator has lauded our wine list throughout the years with both Grand and Best of Award of Excellence awards.

    Executive Chef Matt Bolton
    Matt Bolton began his culinary arts career 21 years ago. Quickly drawn to the kitchen's precision and intensity, he continued his education at various restaurants. Joining the Bernardus Lodge Marinus Restaurant in 2000, Bolton advanced during his six-year tenure and departed as the Marinus Restaurant Sous Chef.

    In late 2009, Bolton joined the Pacific's Edge team at Hyatt Carmel Highlands as Executive Sous Chef, and rose to Executive Chef overseeing all Hyatt Carmel Highlands overlooking Big Sur Coast culinary operations in the Spring of 2010. In his post, he manages daily operations for Pacific's Edge, banquets functions and staff management.

    Bolton proudly supports many local charities by participating in events such as Chef's Holidays at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Harvest Carmel and Cooking For Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    Background on Swank Farms:
    Throughout the year we grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals. We sell these products in a number of different ways; at Farmers Markets, restaurants, direct to independent grocery stores, on the wholesale market, and from produce stand and country market.

    We sell most of our produce at local Farmers Markets. This gives us the opportunity to provide some of the nearby communities with our delicious fresh produce and to communicate with our customers.

    In the past we have had several fruit stands where we sold our produce. We know people miss it, so in 2008 we built a farm stand and country market at 2600 San Felipe Road next to the airport in Hollister. There we sell fresh local produce along with our fresh homemade fudge and other goodies.

    For many years Swank Farms has grown and sold beautiful pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn. The "Maze" has become a perfect place to sell these beauties locally. Since the year 2000 we have had a pumpkin patch along with our corn maze. Growing 21 varieties of pumpkins, our patches have been a great place to display our "Cinderella's", "Baby Boo's", "Sugar Pies" and "Jardales", just to name a few. Offering several varieties of gourds and Indian corn, we were able to provide our community with a choice of ornamentals that are not readily available. Make us your destination this fall season. Remember Swank Farms when shopping for produce, ornamentals and fun!

    Press Contact: Marci Bracco (831) 747-7455

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