If you are looking for one of the most unique dining experiences in Orange County, you will find it at Future Foods Farms in Brea.
Future Foods Farms is the brain-child of award-winning Chef and urban-garden innovator Adam Navidi. One Saturday a month, Adam hosts a “farm to table” dinner and farm tour of his organic, sustainable aquaponic farm.
Aquaponic farms are on-site food production systems, combining aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water without soil). The fish waste provides food for the plants and the plants naturally filter the water the fish live in, in a symbiotic, closed-loop system.
From the time I first met Adam while writing an article for OC Metro back in January, I wanted to attend one of his farm-to-table dinners. Finally, this past weekend, we made it happen. “Wow”, is all I can say. The experience truly exceeded my expectations.
When we arrived at the farm and entered the first greenhouse, we were greeted with champagne and a welcoming family-style table.
Once all the guests arrived (courtesy of the farm’s white shuttle van), Adam greeted us and took us on a tour of the farm.
On the tour, Adam provided great detail about his aquaponic growing systems and sustainability initiatives. From the reclaimed items used to build the farm, to the multiple-bed gravity flow system and state-of-the-art recirculation system that require little water or energy to operate, Future Foods Farms is truly sustainable from source material to end product. The farm uses no insecticides, pesticides, or chemical sprays. A methane power plant supplies what little energy the farm needs, and a team of 300 goats provide weed abatement.
It is exciting to see how truly passionate Adam is about sustainable, organic food. With a goal of changing the face of agriculture in America, Adam believes “Someday great chefs will be known not only by the recipes and methods they cook their food with, but by the recipes and methods they grow their food with.”
The passion Adam has for growing food is matched by his passion for preparing it. After the farm tour, we were in for the real treat of the night – a six-course meal prepared using food from the farm. Anything that can not be found on the farm (like the meats) is sustainably sourced from other local farmers.
Every course was a work of art that tasted as good as it looked. You can actually taste the creativity and dedication Chef Adam puts into the food in each bite. The salad in the large photo below, was honestly the best salad I have ever had in my life and I am not exaggerating. It was creative, different, and absolutely delicious.
We went with some friends who are big time foodies, and we all agreed, it was one of the best meals we have had in recent memory.
If you are interesting in experiencing this one-of-a-kind dinner, either on a date, with friends, or even for a group, here are some of the details:
Farm-To-Table Organic Farm Tours & Tastings are generally one Saturday a month. The next one is scheduled for November 16th. You can check for other upcoming dates here.
Tour begins at 5 pm in Fall and Winter due to the early sunset.
Cost is $95 per person and is all-inclusive (tour, dinner, gratuity & tax). Groups of up to 40 can be accommodated.
You can bring your favorite bottle of wine or beer (no corkage fee) to pair with your tasting. A glass of champagne and non-alcoholic beverages are provided – the lemon-grass water is delicious.
Wear comfortable, low shoes and bring a sweater or light jacket. Although there is a heater in the greenhouse, it cools off pretty quickly when the sun goes down.
Click here to reserve your date today. You will not be disappointed!