In The Restaurants

Farm(ers Market) Right to Your Table: Brunch at Stella Barra

Farm(ers Market) Right to Your Table: Brunch at Stella Barra

May 17, 2018

Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin (Summer House Santa Monica, Stella Barra Pizzeria and Do-Rite Donuts) knows a thing or two about fresh produce at its peak season. After all, he hosted Farmers Market Flip on the Cooking Channel and is a born and bred Californian that’s trained in some of the country’s most esteemed kitchens.

Those lucky enough to be in Southern California on May 20 can learn from the pro himself at the Farm-To-Table Brunch at Stella Barra in Hollywood! Jeff will share his tips and tricks on navigating a farmers market like an expert and demo how to prepare Balsamic Strawberries with ricotta cream, while guests sip on mimosas and Kombucha cocktails and snack on housemade bread and Asparagus & Jack Cheese Frittatas. The Farm-To-Table brunch is priced at $25 per person at the Hollywood location and reservations can be made by emailing Marni at mfishbain@leye.com

Host Jeff Mahin at the Pasadena Farmers Market, as seen on Farmer’s Market Flip, Season 1.

Don’t fret if you can’t make it to California! Jeff spills on what he’s most excited about at the farmers market right now, and the proper way to pick and prepare them.

Morel Mushrooms

“Morels are a little tricky and hard to clean but well worth it and will impress your friends! Why are morels specifically rad, you ask? They aren’t farmed, meaning someone had to travel far and wide – likely by foot or traversing the terrains – to carry back a handful of these tasty ‘shrooms –JM

image of several morel mushrooms on top of a white towel

How to buy: Fresh morels should have a woodsy aroma and is damp and spongy but not too wet. Avoid any that show signs of shriveling.

Prep tips: Do not ear raw morels! To clean, place morels in a bowl. Run cool water over and allow to soak for 2-3 minutes. Remove morels and discard water; place in a clean bowl and fill with water. Repeat this process until the morels no longer leave sediment on the bottom of the bowl. Place on a paper towel to dry. Pro tip: Cook a couple to taste, ensuring no sediment remains.

Let’s Cook! Morels are so versatile! It can be thrown on top of toast, served with some polenta as the main star, or alongside roasted chicken or really any protein.

MORELS

Ingredients
1 cup morel mushrooms
2 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. chicken stock
Lemon juice
Salt
Pepper

Method
1. Place mushrooms, butter and chicken stock in a pan over low-medium heat.
2. Add a squirt of lemon and continue to stir/swirl gently
3. Allow the sauce to reduce to a glaze
4. Add salt and pepper to taste

English Peas

“Nothing says spring more to me than English peas. They’re sweet and vibrant green in color, and while they are a labor of love to prepare, it’s worth every minute!” –JM

How to buy: Look for pods that are intact, bright in color and without blemishes. Pods that are split open means the peas are overripe!

Prep tips: “The best method I’ve ever seen for shucking English peas is to set a couple kids in front of a TV with two bowls, instructing them to peel the pods and put the peas in one bowl and shells in the other as they tune out to the ‘toons,” says Jeff Mahin. Option #2: peel the string from the end of the pod and use your thumb to pop it open and remove the peas.

Let’s cook! Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil and place peas in a strainer. Place strainer in boiling water for 10 seconds (max!) then blanch in ice water.

JEFF’S FAVORITE MASHED PEAS (served hot or cold)

Ingredients
1 cup blanched peas
4 Tbsp. chicken or parmesan stock
1 Tbsp. butter
Sea salt
Lemon Zest
Mint sprig (6-7 leaves attached)

Method
1. Place stock and peas into a small pot and bring to a boil
2. Pulse using an immersion blender
3. Remove from heat and pulse butter in
4. Stir in salt, lemon zest and mint. Cover for 5 minutes
5. Remove mint and stir

Asparagus

“I’m lazy when I cook at home. I don’t peel my vegetables or like the hassle of too much advance prep work. Lucky for me, asparagus is in season. Wood-grilled with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper–that’s the way to my heart!” –JM

Image of purple asparagus

How to buy: Look for bright green or violet-hued spears that have firm stems and no blemishes. Tips should also be tight and moist ends – give the bunch a gentle squeeze as it should not squeak. Tips should also have

Prep tips: Asparagus one of the easiest prep veggies out there! Give it a quick wash and dry. Remove the fibrous part of the asparagus by simple snapping the end off where it naturally breaks. Voila!

Let’s Cook! Do not overcook the asparagus! The stalks should be soft, but not limp.

WOOD-GRILLED ASPARAGUS

Ingredients
Asparagus
Olive oil
Salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Chili flakes

Method
1. Toss all ingredients until asparagus is evenly coated
2. Fire up your grill and place asparagus on the grill
3. Remove asparagus and place back in the bowl used to season them. Taste and add season as needed. Top with additional lemon zest

In search of other spring dishes? Take a gander at all of our brightest dishes this season!


You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
Feb 13, 2019

Finding gluten-free friendly restaurants has gotten a lot easier than it used to be. At Lettuce…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour
Feb 8, 2019

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Here are all the happy hour deals at select Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Jan 25, 2019

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Brunch this Weekend
Jan 24, 2019

If you're anything like us, you plan your weekend around brunch. Here is your guide to all of our…

read more >
In The Restaurants
8 Food Trends We’re Looking Forward To In 2019
Jan 20, 2019

Just like fashion, food is always trending and it’s up to the experts to decide what’s “in”…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Vegetarian Comfort Food
Jan 15, 2019

A New Year's resolution that we are making is to incorporate more veggies into our diet, but it's…

read more >
How To
Already Fell Off the Healthy New Year’s Resolution Wagon? Let’s Eat.
Jan 13, 2019

"New Year, Same Me" more your speed? Well, we're right there with you. Celebrate one of our favorite…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Cheers for Mocktails
Jan 8, 2019

If you're doing Dry January, mocktails are the perfect way to enjoy Happy Hour without the alcohol.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities
Jan 2, 2019

You've been to the zoo, the beach, the pool... the kids are starting to get stir crazy. We've got…

read more >
How To
How To Make the Perfect Game Day Dip
Dec 20, 2018

A staple for your Big Game Sunday spread is a delicious dip! In case you need some inspiration, we…

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Gift Guide for the Food Lover in Your Life
Dec 5, 2018

Whether a birthday, graduation or any other of the countless holidays, we're here to make selecting…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Griddled Turkey Breakfast Sandwich
Nov 23, 2018

The day after Thanksgiving it’s inevitable there will be leftover turkey. According to our Chef…

read more >
How To
A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Thanksgiving Wines
Nov 15, 2018

Fact: wine stores are intimidating. More truth: we're here to help! We've tapped the minds of our…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Fall Harvest’s Best Dishes
Nov 1, 2018

The bounty of fall harvest comes at a time in the year when we are craving the comfort of cool…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Pancakes with Cranberry Relish and Orange Zest
Oct 31, 2018

The morning after Thanksgiving leaves a lot of leftovers to be transformed. Jeff Mahin, Chef/…

read more >
In The Restaurants
All Pumpkin, Everything
Oct 20, 2018

'Tis the season for everyone's favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin. Whether you're preparing pumpkin…

read more >
In The Restaurants
It’s Apple Season: Where To Eat ‘Em
Oct 16, 2018

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall…

read more >
In The Restaurants
New Detroit-Style Pan Pizza Rises at Stella Barra Hollywood
Sep 20, 2018

The Detroit-style pan pizza craze has swept the Midwest for years, and now, it has reached the West…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Guide to Game Day Grub 2018
Sep 14, 2018

Fall is the kick-off to football season and no matter what team you are rootin' for, several of our…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Food For Thought: What Our Chefs Cook Their Kids
Sep 12, 2018

School is back in session and our chefs are cookin' up a storm...but this time for the kiddos. We…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Fall Foliage on the Horizon: Five Ways to Enjoy the Season
Aug 28, 2018

As summer dwindles down, our days are getting chillier and the leaves are starting to turn. Fall is…

read more >
In The Restaurants
The Best Time of the Year: Patio Season
Aug 10, 2018

Warm weather is here, which means al fresco dining is too! We've rounded up the best patios at…

read more >
How To
All the Ways to Rosé this Summer
Aug 6, 2018

Let’s face it, rosé is welcome all day, every day. We’re here to help you navigate your way…

read more >
In The Restaurants
One of Our Favorite Things About Summer: Heirloom Tomatoes
Aug 1, 2018

As we savor the last months of the summer season, our chefs are just getting ready to add heirloom…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce Life: Meet Avril Zayas, Senior Designer
Jul 30, 2018

Welcome to Lettuce Life, a behind the scenes look at what makes Lettuce Entertain You special: our…

read more >
How To
This Summer, Grill Like A Chef. Here’s How
Jul 19, 2018

Executive Chef Justin Diglia of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in Chicago and his…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Summer Ice Cream Checklist
Jul 19, 2018

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM...we all know the drill so let's get to the good stuff. July is National Ice…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Jeff Mahin’s Grilled Peaches & Burrata
Jul 19, 2018

Nothing screams summer more than ripe, sweet peaches! Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin of Stella…

read more >
In The Restaurants
4th of July 2018
Jul 3, 2018

It's that time of year to don your red, white and blue, fire up the grill and, of course, celebrate…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Be Your Summer Cookout’s Hero
Jul 2, 2018

It's 4th of July weekend and we know you don't want to show up empty-handed to your BBQ. We're here…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Somm Picks: Top Bottles Under $50
Jun 26, 2018

Searching through wine lists can be a daunting task. Thumbing through dozens of pages filled with…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Rich Says You’ve Gotta Try: Stella Barra Pizzeria
Jun 13, 2018

Summer time is typically synonymous with (trying to) eat lighter but what if we told you that what…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Unconventional Wine Regions of the World
May 24, 2018

Everyone loves a great Napa Cab or Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, but lately, our LEYE Wine…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Here’s How to Make Pesto
May 21, 2018

Summer is upon us and one of our favorite seasonal condiments is pesto! You can make pesto with…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Farm(ers Market) Right to Your Table: Brunch at Stella Barra
May 17, 2018

Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin (Summer House Santa Monica, Stella Barra Pizzeria and Do-Rite Donuts)…

read more >
In The Restaurants
21 Dishes for Celiac Awareness Month
May 7, 2018

May is Celiac Awareness Month, so we've rounded up our favorite gluten-free dishes that you have to…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Guide to the 26 Best Burgers to Try During National Burger Month
Apr 30, 2018

Burgers deserve a full month of celebrations which is why May has been declared National Burger…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Trending Now: Matcha
Apr 10, 2018

For all those who are matcha obsessed our chefs and mixologists have incorporated this…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Make Way for the New Fleet Of Thin Sin Pizzas at Stella Barra
Mar 30, 2018

Stella Barra Pizzeria  just introduced a new fleet of thin sin pizzas at all locations and trust us…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Dishes and Drinks with the Color of the Year: Ultra Violet
Mar 30, 2018

Every year, Pantone, the creator of colors, announces their choice in what the Color of the Year is…

read more >

Recent Posts

In The Restaurants
4 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Wedding at Osteria Via Stato
Feb 15, 2019

He popped the question, you popped the champagne and voila, you’re engaged!  Now, it’s time to…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Video: The 2019 Windy City Smokeout Is Back with a Star-Studded Lineup & NEW Location
Feb 15, 2019

Get fired up, Chicago! The Windy City Smokeout is back (July 12 – 14, 2019) with another year of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 Reasons to Say “I Do” at The Dalcy
Feb 15, 2019

The holiday season is filled with family time, friends, too much food and engagements! Dubbed the…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Wildfire’s Top 5 Winter Wine Picks to Stay Warm
Feb 14, 2019

Whether you’re bundled up on the couch for a Netflix and Chill kind of night or heading out to…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
Feb 13, 2019

Finding gluten-free friendly restaurants has gotten a lot easier than it used to be. At Lettuce…

read more >
How To
Cooking with Wine: Top 5 White Wine Picks From RPM’s Richard Hanauer
Feb 11, 2019

Cooking with wine may seem straightforward. Deglaze here, add in a splash there (take a sip,…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Elope in Style at Eiffel Tower Restaurant For Valentine’s! Because, Why Not?
Feb 10, 2019

Planning a wedding is not only stressful but also $$$! This Valentine's Day, we invite you to elope…

read more >
How To
Healthy Cooking Hacks from Our Test Kitchen Chef
Feb 10, 2019

Lettuce Entertain You’s Corporate Chef Rita Dever knows the science behind a recipe's success and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Weekly Bub City Calendar! Spoiler Alert: There’s A $5 Deal Every Night
Feb 9, 2019

We're here to make sure you never miss a beat and also help you plan your social calendar around…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Best Spots for Group Dining
Feb 9, 2019

You finally got the whole crew to agree on the same day and time, now you just have to find the…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour
Feb 8, 2019

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Here are all the happy hour deals at select Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
In The Restaurants
These Dishes & Drinks are Perfect to Share
Feb 8, 2019

The way to one's heart is through the stomach, so how about sharing one of our favorite dishes or…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!