4 Dishes from Chino Farm to Try Now

The Editors | August 20, 2019 | Food & Drink


Mille Fleurs' Persimmon Salad
Chef Sean McCart’s persimmon salad—fuyu persimmon, purslane, orange, blood orange, avocado and shaved hazelnut—is the perfect example of California’s undying devotion to fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. When diners want the best, they go to Mille Fleurs, and when McCart wants the best, he goes to Chino. And because Chino does not ship or deliver, you are guaranteed garden-fresh goodness in every bite. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.3085


Mister A’s Tomato Gazpacho
While a 1992 article in the New Yorker put Chino Farm on the map nationally, it is dishes like chef Stephane Voitzwinkler’s tomato gazpacho that shine a spotlight on the nonnegotiable importance of quality ingredients. The perfect symphony of teardrop tomatoes, green onion, white balsamic, Persian cucumbers, nasturtium leaves, basil leaves and burrata pearls, it is a summer staple among diners. 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, 619.239.1377


Nine-Ten’s Pan-Roasted Alaskan Halibut
Executive chef Jason Knibb says, “Chino Farm is the only local provider where the product is picked the same day—it goes from the ground to the plate within a matter of hours. I’m there three to four days each week.” His pan-roasted Alaskan halibut is served with snap peas, English peas, artichoke puree, radishes, onion flower and an onion vinaigrette. “The ingredients are a true representation of what you can find this time of year,” says Knibb. 910 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.964.5400


Veladora’s Wild King Salmon
If you have been to Rancho Valencia’s touted restaurant, Veladora, you known it is celebrated for its fresh-from-the-farm Mediterranean-inspired fare. And where better to source ingredients than the local (internationally revered, mind you) farm stand? The wild king salmon is served with chino carrots, citrus buttermilk yogurt, nasturtium millet, pearl onions and ramp salsita—the quintessential mouthwatering example of coastal ranch cuisine. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.759.6216


Photography by: clockwise from top: sam well | rancho valencia | nine-ten | center photo by sam wells