Food

Happy 85th Birthday Farmer John!

Farmer John is turning 85 and they celebrated by showcasing some terrific recipes using their products at Perch in Downtown Los Angeles. The rooftop lounge at Perch was a spectacular setting to show off the menu, created by Executive Chef Gerardo Benitez.

Lidwina Van Kooten, VP of Marketing at Farmer John and Gerardo Benitez, Executive Chef at Perch

Lidwina Van Kooten, VP of Marketing at Farmer John and Gerardo Benitez, Executive Chef at Perch

We sampled Applewood bacon wrapped scallops, dry-spiced baby back ribs, an all-natural bacon cone, pork loin + pineapple + peach skewers, ham steak & white cheddar sandwiches, pork carnitas tacos, and even a bacon dessert: pot de crème tarts with bacon. Everything was delicious, made not only with Farmer John products, but with locally-sourced fresh ingredients as well.

Farmer John menu items created by Perch Executive Chef Gerardo Benitez

There was even a bacon Old Fashioned signature cocktail served, which was a treat for those bourbon fans in attendance.

Of course, a Farmer John’s menu wouldn’t be complete without a hot dog, and even though this one wasn’t a Dodger Dog, it was still delicious: a beef hot dog on a brioche bun.

Farmer John beef hot dog on brioche bun

The ribs were tender, the contrast between the pork loin and the fruit made a wonderful combination, the pork carnitas tacos were amazingly rich, and the brioche bun made the hot dog a real treat. But if I had to pick a favorite, I would choose the Applewood bacon wrapped scallop. It was truly decadent.

The spectacular view from Perch rooftop to Perch 15th floor and to Pershing Square

The spectacular view from Perch rooftop to Perch 15th floor and to Pershing Square

panorama from the rooftop

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com, and she was a guest of Farmer John for this tasting event.

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