Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A foodie's guide to navigating SCP's Spring Garden Show

Beginning Thursday, April 22 and continuing through the weekend, South Coast Plaza brings back the ever popular garden show to the home store wing (Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and so forth). While my favorite thing to do is wander the display gardens and live vicariously thru them - I noticed a few of their Speaker Series topics were worth checking out. Below are their descriptions. Note: All presentations will take place on Level 1, Suite 102.

**Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm
Chef Lulu's Insights on Shopping the Farmers Market
Executive Chef Lauren "Lulu" De Rouen of Pinot Provence will share her passion for farmers market seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs, and give tips on how to best incorporate them into home menus.
** (4/20) This description is not listed on the website. However, I verified that Chef Lulu is still scheduled to speak.

Friday, 2:30-3:30pm
Food Preservation-Making Food Last Longer After Harvesting
Delilah Snell, owner of The Road Less Traveled store, a locally-based certified green business and Master Food Preserver will demonstrate the various methods of making food last longer after harvesting. Learn about the history of food preservation, cultural significance and how it celebrates flavor and tradition. Tasting samples will also be available.

Saturday, 11:15-12:15pm
Growing Summer Vegetables: The Organic Way
Pat Welsh, Emmy Award winning garden guru, TV host, magazine editor, columnist and author of Pat Welsh's Southern California Organic Gardening, Month by Month explains how to choose, plant, harvest and grow all the best-known summer veggies and control pests and diseases without synthetic fertilizers or dangerous pesticides. Spectacular photographs demonstrate growing summer crops in raised beds or the ground. Loaded with tips, hints, garden timing, free fertilizers new techniques and old time secrets culled from a lifetime of growing edible crops.
(Book signing following the presentation)

Sunday, 11:30-12:30pm
Backyard Bees: Keeping Them Alive
Janet Andrews and Kelly Yrarrazaval, founders of Backyard Bees, started beekeeping as a hobby and realized the urgent public need to provide an alternative to honeybee extermination and now rescue bees from the most unusual places. They are bee advocates and enthusiasts who keep hives alive, actively pollinating and producing honey in local, lush Orange county gardens. Janet and Kelly will also discuss the importance the honeybees in our food system.

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