Ivan Marquez’s Ever Evolving Pastries at Short Cake

Pastry Spread

If you haven’t been to Short Cake at The Original Farmer’s Market for some breakfast pastries and Verve coffee, you’re definitely missing out. I recently visited head baker Ivan Marquez, who has been there for a year now, for a run-down on what’s been going on.

The pastries are almost like a weather vane, revealing what’s seasonal, and what’s available from our local farms – but the most important thing is they’re all always delicious. The bear claw, the danish, the tart, Pan Suisse, crostata, and almost everything else change every single day. Of course, he uses only the best quality ingredients with organic dairy and farmers market produce in all his baking.

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Fritzi Dog by Neal Fraser Brings Top Dogs to The Original Farmer’s Market

Memphis BBQ Dog – Porker Dog, grilled peppers, crushed paprika chips

What happens when you take an iconic, American food known for consisting of meat trimmings, fat and preservatives and reinvent it utilizing top notch ingredients and dress them up with imaginative combinations – before framing it all in a delicious bun?

You get Fritzi Dog, now at its first outpost in The Original Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax, serving up awesome dogs and sausages made with prime cuts sourced from veggie-fed, humanely treated animals. What you won’t find are snouts, tails, antibiotics, added nitrates nor mechanically separated meat. “You’ll find the same quality of ingredients [at Fritzi Dog] as you’ve found at [my other restaurants] Grace or BLD,” Neal states. Continue reading

The 2nd Annual Taste of Farmer’s Market

Photo credit to da90027 on Flickr

This post is a quickie because this event will be sure to sell out soon – the event is tomorrow. Last year marked the celebration of 75 years of the Farmer’s Market at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax – and it proved so successful that they’ve decided to bring it back. Purchase your advance, $50, $30 or $25 ticket for tomorrow night and enjoy a little bit of everything the historic marketplace has to offer.

VIP will get you Express event entrance, unlimited food sampling at all participating merchants, 4 beer/wine tickets, Farmers Market tote bag, Farmers Market coupon book, a complimentary all-day parking pass for use during a future visit and even a signed copy of L.A.’s Original Farmers Market History Book or L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook - a $22.95 value by itself.

The $30 price point will still let you have unlimited tastes and the coupon book but allot 2 beer/wine tickets and the $25 price point will give you access to the food along with the same coupon book. Seems to me the additional $5 is a steal for two drinks to wash your food down with – but VIP will enjoy the most perks by far.

So don’t delay – get your ticket. And enjoy Loteria!, Mr. Marcel Pain du Fromage, Moishes, Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar, Du-Par’s, Banana Leaf, The Gumbo Pot and more. Personally, this will be a farewell to the neighborhood since I’m moving east in about a month – but the Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax will always be a huge part of my Mid-City West experience!! Don’t miss it.

P.S. – Nancy Silverton and Amy Pressman will be previewing a burger from their upcoming Short Order stand to open at The Farmer’s Market in 2011. Trust me – that’s reason enough!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

5 – 9 PM

Tickets and website

Taste of Farmer’s Market
6333 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036

MasterChef Casting Call: Revised Date, Judges Revealed

Imagine Gordon Ramsay with the demeanor of a young lamb

Credit to Babble.com

If you remember the casting call back in December, then you may have been waiting for this. As Squid Ink at LA Weekly reported today, the casting call for MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay’s new cooking show, will be at Sur la Table at Farmer’s Market this Sunday, January 31 from 10 AM – 4 PM [revised from January 30]. The U.K. and Australian import will be on America’s shores via FOX and Sunday, certain Los Angeles know-it-alls will be there to judge just who is amateurish enough to represent our city.

Joan Cianciulli, Neal Fraser, Lucy Lean
Matt Molina (credit LATimes)

Judges will be JoAnn Cianciulli (L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook, MasterChef supervising producer), Neal Fraser (Grace, BLD), Lucy Lean (editor of Edible Los Angeles) and now Matt Molina (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza).

You must be 18 years of age and not a professional chef in a professional kitchen. Read below to see what exactly you’ll be expected to do:

“All casting call applicants MUST bring one prepared dish to be served at room temperature. You will be able to plate your dish at the given casting location. You will be responsible to bring any utensils or other materials you may need.”

So. Who will be at 3rd and Fairfax with their creations on Sunday?

MasterChef Casting Website

Sunday, January 31, 2010

10 AM – 4 PM

Sur la Table
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA‎ 90036
323.954.9190‎

mastercheflosangeles [at] yahoo [dot] com