How’s that for dinner with a view? I was lucky enough to eat here (well, technically the table next to this one) on a visit to Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. As a preview to their new culinary package that launches THIS MONTH, I enjoyed fresh coastal-inspired meals with Chef Bernard Ibarra, a behind-the-scenes garden tour, interactive foodie workshops, more incredible meals, and an amazing sommelier-led dessert and liquor pairing. Oh, did I mention the FOOD?! Here’s a sampling of the deliciousness:
Every meal was locally-sourced and delicious but the greatest part was hearing from the motorcycle-with-side-car-driving chef. Chef Ibarra is walking the walk of the farm to table movement, he helps in the expansive garden on property, keeps bees for honey, and makes amazing sea salt.
But let me tell you about the sea salt! The water surrounding Terranea is prime for making sea salt (something about kelp beds and water purity that create sea salt higher in important minerals such as magnesium and potassium).
Here’s how they make it:
Step 1: Chef and the kitchen staff, wearing their white coats and swim trunks, wade into the sea with buckets to collect water (Are you picturing this? I LOVE this mental image!).
Step 2: Let the water evaporate. Spread out the wet salt to dry further.
Step 3: Flavor or smoke the salt as needed and use it in the Terranea restaurants and salt scrub spa treatments.
During my visit they made about 20 pounds of salt per month, but they are unveiling their new Sea Salt Conservatory this Earth Day (April 22) which will give them the ability to make more like 200 pounds of sea salt per month. When they hit that level of production I encourage you to try to get your hands on some of the salt to try. And if you’re feeling a twinge of jealousy about this trip, book your own Land to Sea Culinary Immersion Package here!