A new chapter in the book of MIHO opened last night. The Vetted Table held a pop-up dinner at El Take It Easy in North Park, greeting guests at the entirely re-styled entry, complete with vintage love seats and service staff looking impeccable. (photo above by MIHO)
The Vetted Table crew brought in collaborators from the weddings & special events they cater to transform EZ into a one night Vetted Table experience. Mother Sponge was honored to be asked to develop the brand for The Vetted Table – and we were stoked with the results. Take a look over here at some of our design work for MIHO’s newest brand.
Cheers to the successful launch and a bright future for The Vetted Table!
One of my clients (El Take It Easy) is hosting a special dinner each month in collaboration with local cultural notables who are also vegan. The series is aptly named “Veganized.”
I got to help out with this month’s dinner, which will be hosted by the prolific artist Acamonchi (who painted the pedicab in the photo above). The artist will share some of his latest paintings, and join the rest of us in enjoying a three-course meal featuring produce from Suzie’s Farm. El Take It Easy also has phenomenal cocktails and an extensive list of mezcals.
The dinner is tonight, Wed. 1/11 at 5pm. Hope you can make it!
A COUPLE FACTS:
- San Diego County leads the nation in small family farms practicing organic methods.
- Apparently, the Seeds@City program at San Diego City College is the only high learning institution in San Diego County offering a degree in sustainable agriculture.
Seeds@City wants to add more staff to manage already available land, offer more classes, grow the program, and in-turn educate more future farmers and food entrepreneurs. But with recent cuts in education funding, the program must become more self-sufficient.
Become a nursery for urban food producers.
Seeds@City aims to build a greenhouse that will generate ongoing revenue through a CSA-style (Community Supported Agriculture) program producing plant starters for urban farmers across the city. With some collective investment from the community, Seeds@City will be able to build the greenhouse and gain more financial independence by which to grow the program.
You can support this project at any level, whether you are growing tomatoes at home, selling pickles at a farmers market, or running a restaurant featuring local food. Check out their Kickstarter page to get on board.
A couple of our clients racked up a lot of votes in the latest 2011 Readers Poll from San Diego Citybeat, so I thought we could honor them here for their hard work and great food!
MIHO Gastrotruck won Best Food Truck for the second straight year! Juan and Kevin deserve this – they work damn hard to deliver top quality local/organic food at fair prices. And you can’t deny the ability of their inventive & tasty menus to build a big following around San Diego.
Chef Max Bonacci received an honorable mention for Best San Diego Chef for his fine work at The Linkery and El Take It Easy.
The Linkery also received an honorable mention for the Best Contemporary Cuisine category (another nod to Bonacci’s talent).
El Take It Easy received an honorable mention in the Best Margarita category – a good tip of the hat for their extensive cocktail program. Speaking of the EZ, don’t miss their second pop-up dinner with chef Gavin Schmidt this Wednesday!
Congratulations to all the hard working people in both the front and back of the house who make these fine food operations come to life and inspire local eaters to vote for them!
A fine selection of photos from the Autumnal Equinox Dinner held in a sunflower maze at Suzie’s Farm, courtesy of El Take It Easy. Wish we could have been there to delight in Chef Gavin Schmidt’s creations!