Weiser and friends throw a farm feast; Melisse honors mentors

Russ Parsons
The California Cook
An all-star chef lineup cooks in Tehachapi; a star chef honors his mentors in Santa Monica

Alex Weiser and his family have been farmers market standouts almost since farmers markets started. And so when the Weisers decide to throw a farm dinner, you know it’s going to be good. But this good?

“Feast at the Farm” will be held at the Weiser family farm in Tehachapi Sept. 13 from 3 to 10 p.m. There will be farm tours and music. And a few of the Weisers' biggest fans will be cooking.

Check out this lineup: Evan Funke from Bucato, Jeremy Fox from Rustic Canyon, Brian Dunsmore from Ladies Gunboat Society, Dan Mattern and Roxanna Jullpat from Cook’s County, Jessica Koslow from Sqirl, Erin Eastland from Milo & Olive and desserts from Zoe Nathan, Laurel Almerinda and Shiho Yoshikawa from Huckleberry, Milo & Olive and Sweet Rose.

Pouring beers will be Rob Croxall and Tom Kelley from El Segundo Brewing and Jonathan and Laurie Porter of Smog City Brewing.

Tickets are $200 per person, including service fee, and can be ordered online.

Weiser Family Farms, 19247 Highland Road, Tehachapi,

When you reach a certain point, it’s always nice to look back and say thank you to the folks who helped get you where you are. So as part of Melisse restaurant’s ongoing 15th anniversary celebration, chef Josiah Citrin is throwing a mentor’s dinner, paying tribute to the two chefs he says helped him the most when he was getting started – Wolfgang Puck and Joachim Splichal.

The specifics of the six-course menu are still being worked out, but the dinner will cost $185 per person, before beverages, tax and tip. Seatings begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the restaurant.

Melisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881,

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