April 20, 2017
Honor Earth Day at these Newport Beach Restaurants
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. What began as a march to raise consciousness about environmental issues evolved into an internationally recognized holiday celebrated each year on April 22nd. Many sustainable, Farm-to-Table and Boat-to-Plate restaurants can be found throughout Newport Beach. Fresh, local food is not only good for the environment, but it tastes better, too. Honor the planet by dining in restaurants known for providing diners with locally sourced ingredients. Mother Earth and your taste buds will thank you!
Grow it Yourself
The ultimate Farm-to-Table experience can be found at a few restaurants in Newport Beach who boast their own garden!
Executive Chef Cathy Pavlos brings California’s Napa Valley to Newport Beach. Provenance’s menu of fresh, flavorful ingredients that change each season, many of which are grown in the restaurant’s own 1,300-square-foot organic raised-bed garden.
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Chef Rich Mead has established a unique and sustainable field-to-fork dining experience at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. The restaurant is nestled on over 6 acres in a garden-like setting, offering the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create a healthy based cuisine. Ingredients that aren’t grown on site are purchased locally, allowing Farmhouse to offer the freshest produce.
Known for offering the freshest fish and North Pacific oysters shucked to order, Gulfstream also has an on-site garden. Blink and you’ll miss it! Located around the perimeter of this popular restaurant is the chef’s garden, where fresh mint, heirloom tomatoes and other ingredients are grown.
Partner with the Responsible Suppliers These restaurants partner with producers who are the crème de la crème. Some even catch their own fare!
Babette’s is a locally sourced, globally inspired farm to table restaurant and bar located in Crystal Cove. Originating in East Hampton, New York in 1995, Babette’s continues the tradition of offering dishes with only the finest ingredients. Babette’s specializes in local, sustainable and organic produce, with a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Known for their “boat to plate” offerings, Slapfish serves the freshest fish and shellfish sourced from well-managed, responsible suppliers of sustainable seafood. Chef Andrew Gruel created this casual seafood eatery with an eco-friendly mission in mind. Slapfish’s renowned Lobster Roll will leave you coming back for more!
Gratitude Newport Beach
Gratitude Newport Beach is an organic vegan restaurant specializing in gourmet raw and cooked cuisine. Café Gratitude supports local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products. The menu promotes consciousness and sustainability for the planet by selecting the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth. Wash down the flavorful corn tacos with their signature “We Got the Heat” cocktail, featuring mezcal espadin, jalapeno mint pineapple juice and served in a copper pineapple.
Bear Flag Fish Co. is a popular spot that has been supplying sustainably sourced seafood, caught right off the company boat, since 2007. Fresh out of the ocean, their ahi poke and panko crusted fish tacos are both a must. Be sure to take some seafood to go; Bear Flag’s fish market is second to none!
Located in Newport Beach’s historic Cannery Village, Bluewater Grill offers seafood prepared classically or with a modern twist. The restaurant maintains close working relationships with industry experts to ensure best-practice standards for sustainable fishing and harvesting. Bluewater Grill also operates their own Swordfish harpoon boat, the Pilikia. You may even see the kitchen staff hauling in their latest catch. It doesn’t get much more sustainable than that!
True Food Kitchen
Fashion Island’s eco-friendly restaurant creates health conscious fare sourced from local farms. Their menu changes with the seasons, allowing guests to experience food at the peak of their freshness. The large outdoor patio features a “living wall” of succulents and a modern firepit, creating the perfect ambiance to enjoy an outdoor meal.