South Florida's farm season is coming to a close, and now is the time to get your greens while the getting is good. At Love & Vegetables' pop-up dinner at Earth N' Us Farms this Saturday, you can dig into kale, collard greens, purslane, and lots of other good-for-you stuff grown right onsite.
The event is by donation, and they're suggesting $50 per person or four hours of volunteer time. Pulling weeds in a garden is well worth a dinner this delicious.
"Our garden is overflowing with collard greens, a couple kinds of kale, there's perslane growing, we have fresh papayas on the farm," chef Keith Kalmanowicz says. "It's the season right now. In South Florida, there's only about a month left with a lot of the greens, so we want to use them all up."
Kalmanowicz and co-chef Avril Johnnidis have been hosting the vegan pop-ups for a couple years, but this is the first one in 2014. While past dinners have been attended by up to 90 people, they're planning to keep this one a bit smaller. All events are hosted on the farm's breezy back deck.
"We're keeping it simple, more intimate," Kalmanowicz says.
The dinner will consist of a multi-course tasting menu, says Kalmanowicz, and each course will include at least one raw item.
"One thing I want to try in this meal is to add cooling effects to the dinner. A lot of people have a lot of fire in their bodies. I do -- I'm hot and sweaty and very acidic. Everything I try to do in my diet is to balance that by eating more cooling food, more raw foods, so I'm not running around like a sweat ball," he laughs.
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Diners will have energy afterward, he adds. "It will be really fresh, really green, really cooling in its purpose."
To snag tickets for Saturday's event, sign up for the Love & Vegetables mailing list and you'll get email instructions. You can also check out the Facebook event for details and visit the Love & Vegetables website . The dinner kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. at Earth N' Us Farms in Little Haiti.
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