We've loved Manassero Farms for years, growing goodness next to Irvine Valley College off of Jeffery & at several other OC locations. And when Phyllis Ann Marshall of FoodPower invited us to enjoy Breakfast in the Barn w/ "The Farmer's Wife & The French Chef" we jumped in w/ verve.
And Invitation to beauty in the barn
Anne Manassero & Chef Pascal Olhats created a Saturday morning dining event that delivered both flavor and ambiance, with farmer Dan Manassero manning the BBQ. The barn is a charmingly executed puzzle of vintage doors and windows (and even a giant working fan), arranged to take advantage of the morning sun and cool breezes as well as protecting from the heat of the day and renegade winds.
The barn all ready for guests
We learned that the barn came together in its autumnal glory just the day before and that we were among the first group to dine al fresco-ish in the expanded & artfully appointed space.
Chef Pascal & Anne Manaserro enlightening the crowd
As we chose our seats and met our new neighbors in an impromptu barn meet and greet we treated ourselves to sweet pound cakes, hot coffee & Anne's butternut squash butter. We watched as the first course was plated & garnished w/ its fine French finishing touches and Anne & Pascal began to give us a tutorial of the entire menu prepared for us that morning.
Light & rich salmon terrine
And then w/ warm hearted precision meal service began.
A perfectly paired entree of gentle crustless quiche, mushrooms, watercress & farm sausage
Flavors, colors & textures, Oh My! We knew room must be saved for dessert.
Wee sugar pumpkins filled w/ sweet creme brulee, cranberry compote &
crisp cookie & crumbs
All eyes twinkled as we lingered over dessert, looked out onto the farm on that perfect So Cal autumn Saturday morning and counted our blessings. A beautiful breakfast, out of doors, at a farm, are among the sublime pleasures of life.
Chef Pascal Olhats shows Chef Mark Cleveland the bounty in his
heirloom vegetable jardin
But there was more to come, Phyllis, always the conversationalist encouraged Anne to catch us up on the upcoming holiday events at Manaserro Farms and Pascal took us on a tour of Pascal's Jardin, a collaborative garden where much of the produce served at his restaurants is grown.
Sweet, savory, charming and fresh in the gift shop & farm stand
We made sure to tour the farm stand and gift shop too. They have an eye for charming decor.
The vegetable bounty of Manassero Farms
And we took advantage of the 10% discount on our farm purchases that came w/ our ticket to The Breakfast In The Barn. Avanti salutes The Farmer's Wife & The French Chef. There is an amazing community of environmentalists, real food foodies & folks that value a great clean & welcoming outdoors for us to enjoy and preserve.
Fun under the So Cali autumn sun w/ Phyllis, Mark, Nollie, Anne, Pascal &
all the other guests & visitors
Make sure to visit Manassero Farms soon, shop for produce & gifts and make a reservation for an upcoming breakfast or lunch. You can also book the entire tent for your private events & make a date to have Pascal & Anne come to your house and cook up a French affair in your own kitchen. C'est un fete incroyable!
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Blog post by Chef Mark Cleveland
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