Paradise Catering To Hold Luncheon With All Proceeds Benefiting The Food Bank of Monterey County. Celebrating “From Farm to Flavor” For More Than 25 Years
CARMEL VALLEY, CA — For the last quarter century Paradise Catering has created memorable culinary experiences using the finest fresh ingredients available. Co-owners Jon Kasky and Nancy Rohan set a high standard in the catering world, growing most of the produce they use on their 1-acre farm in Carmel Valley Village.
Paradise Catering has more than 500 tomato plants flourishing on its 1 acre farm. On Sunday, October 14th Paradise Catering with be celebrating the tomato and holding a fundraiser for The Food Bank For Monterey County.
• Tour the Paradise Catering Farm
• Receive a tote bog to fill with tomatoes to enjoy at home
• Enjoy a cheese pulling demo by Chef Brandon Miller
• Paradise Catering Owners Jon and Nancy will personally prepare a four course family style lunch
• Sip local wines
Enjoy Sunday lunch on the farm. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited to 10 people only. Cost is $100 per person and 100 percent of the ticket price goes to The Food Bank For Monterey County. Reservations required. Call 831-659-3417.
Donations allowed without your presence. A certified Feeding America food bank, it is the largest supplier of emergency food in Monterey County, serving 1 in 5 low-income Monterey County residents (90,000 different people) with 6 million pounds of food annually. The national image of our area is one of wealth and beauty. Yet poverty and food insecurity exist in the “Salad Bowl of the World.” The challenge is great and the Food Bank strives to meet it on a daily basis.
Background on Paradise Catering:
On the Paradise Catering farm in Carmel Valley, Jon and Nancy embrace the seasons and grow unusual and heirloom vegetables, including:
- Tomatoes, squash, peppers and beans (from seeds purchased in their travels)
- Various lettuces grown to color
- Herbs including Absynthe
- Greens and garnishes ettavers to decorate their presentations
- 100 Zinfandel vines, to make their own wine
- 10 varieties of citrus trees (have you ever seen a Buddha’s hand?)
Their farm also houses a few fanciful touches, including unusual succulents (Monsters and Crests), giant Staghorn ferns, the infamous “Pink Apples” recovered from Earthbound Farm, working greenhouses, and an adult tree house.
Jon and Nancy love to buy rare seeds wherever they travel, growing them in their greenhouses to bring rare specialties to their clients. For example, Jon found Orchidea Cicoria (orchid-colored radicchio) during a trip to Umbria, Italy, in 2009. Also, heirloom tomatoes are an ongoing passion: They always participated in the Carmel TomatoFest and love to seek out unusual tomatoes not found in markets. This years, “Indigo Rose” has blue foliage!
The kitchen at Paradise Catering generates a lot of compost, which it uses to enhance the farm’s soil.” If you think about it, that’s a huge plus. It means that we peel and process tons of vegetables and fruits,” said Jon. “We believe this says loads about our focus on serving fresh, unprocessed foods, as well as our commitment to minimizing our footprint.”
Over the span of their careers, Jon and Nancy have cooked intimate dinners for two or at large festivals for 2,000 people. “At Paradise Catering we know the value of good food and its importance in your event,” said Nancy. “We can cater your event in any type of venue, from indoor to outdoor; and in any style, from plated to buffet to family style.”
At Paradise Catering, there are no set menus. Instead, Jon and Nancy meet personally with each client to plan a unique menu for any event.
For more information about Paradise Catering, go to www.paradisecater.com or call 831-659-3417. Follow Paradise Catering on Facebook for monthly contests and promotions http://www.facebook.com/