Swank Farm hosts cooking classes from celebrity chefs
Swank Farm, which hosts popular gastronomic events during the growing season, kicks off a series of on-farm cooking classes by one of South Florida’s most influential chefs.
Starting Friday, farmers Jodi and Darrin Swank will open their custom farmhouse kitchen at Loxahatchee Groves to celebrity chef Dean James Max, who will host the series of cooking classes throughout the month of June.
The kitchens of Max restaurants have produced notable South Florida chefs including Jeremy Ford (Stubborn Seed, Miami), Niven Patel (Ghee Indian Kitchen, Miami), Pushkar Marathi (Stage, Palm Beach Gardens), Paula DaSilva (Burlock Coast, Fort Lauderdale) and Adrienne Grenier (formerly of 3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale).
Max, a Virginia farm boy raised in Stuart, has restoration projects in Dallas, Long Beach, Grand Cayman, and Harbor Island and has created a mix of dining concepts that include 3800 Ocean at Singer Island.
At Swank Farm, he will be inspired by the vegetables and fruits that grow just steps from the farm shop.
“We have this huge house with this serious culinary cuisine. We were like, “Why don’t we open it up and take these courses?” ”Says Jodi Swank, who is more used to hosting dozens of farm-to-table enthusiasts at the farm barn, the location of her seasonal“ Swank Table ”dinners, brunches and Saturday farmer’s market.
Friday’s live-action cooking show, as described by Swank, will feature Swank tomatoes in dishes including a Spanish-style pan con tomate, cherry tomato and goat cheese pie, seared wahoo with roasted heirloom tomatoes with dill and a sweet tomato and vanilla panna cotta.
On Wednesday, June 9, Max’s class is inspired by Florida corn. The evening menu includes a curried corn chowder, a summer lobster salad, roast salmon with sweet corn pancakes and for dessert a sweet corn cake with a summer berry compote and sweet cream. .
(For the full schedule, visit SwankSpecialtyProduce.com and click on the “cooking show” tab.)
Swank says Max, a farm enthusiast, was a natural headliner for farm lessons.
“He’s passionate about teaching,” she says. “And Dean started our first farm lunch 10 years ago. He helped pave the way to where we are now. I thought, “Who better?”
Cooking Class at Swank Farm
What: A series of cooking classes by chef Dean James Max
Or: Swank’s Farm Kitchen, 14311 North Rd., Loxahatchee Groves, 561-202-5648
When: Classes start on Friday June 4 and run throughout the month of June.
Tickets: Admission is $ 130 per person, with classes limited to 24 guests. Tickets are available online at SwankSpecialtyProduce.com, where the full course schedule is listed.