Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oakland Homesteaders feast with Chef Gregory León

Some Found Fruit members gathered this past weekend at Havenscourt Homestead for a delicious feast prepared by Chef Gregory León and Adrian Noel Castellon. León and Castellon, famously fired from Hibiscus Restaurant in Oakland recently, were interested in meeting with local homesteaders to create a homegrown meal. The result? Amazing.

Chef Gregory León

Adrian Noel Castellon

We all contributed a plethora of items homegrown, raised, foraged, or from CSA. Not all the ingredients were used in the meal, but it was a great selection to pick from. Tina brought meyer lemons and fava greens. Doris brought kale, bib lettuce, and lemons.

Jamie and I brought honey and herbs. Kate brought foraged chantrelles. Kitty provided fresh rabbit, pheasant stock, and homemade apple cider vinegar.


We started with Rabbit Liver Pate made by Kitty and Hummus made by Freya and Colin.

Then we moved onto Rabbit Loin with foraged chantrelles, leeks, onions, fava greens, garlic, fresh herbs, topped with truffle oil and cider vinegar. It was delicious!

The main:

Rabbit braised in homemade pheasant stock, fresh herbs, and mustard sauce. The meat fell right off the bone. Very nice.

The side:

Sauteed kale, fava greens, and spinach with leeks or onions. I eat greens all of the time and these were a real treat.

The libations provided by Freya and Colin were just delicious. I enjoyed a tour of their homebrews which included Honeyweizen, Peach Belgian Tripel, Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Tangerine Wheat, and Ginger Honey Badger Beer. Kitty and Freya made a kick ass Pumpkin Ale as well. Well done.

The meal was delicious. It is always a treat to meet other urban farmers in our community and for us to share our bounty and break bread together. Having that meal prepared by Greg and Adrian? What a treat! Thanks to our host Kitty Sharkey~

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