E.A.T., which aptly stands for Extraordinary Artisan Table, is the brainchild of the delightful Leah delyte Di Bernardo. Since she is the founder and president of Slow Food Temecula Valley, it’s no surprise that her catering company is all about “keeping it fresh, real and local.” She strongly believes that by buying local she can not only stimulate our area’s economy, but create conviviality and community. “I come from a big Italian family,” Leah told me. “So, yes, the food is important but it’s also all about the conversation around the table.”
There’s no better way to stimulate a great conversation then when the food being served is at the utmost quality and displayed beautifully. This was definitely the case at E.A.T.’s new Fall Menu Debut this past Sunday. A couple of dozen lucky guests were invited to E.A.T’s storefront and we were treated to a feast for the senses.
After walking in and admiring the beautiful flower arrangements by Vineyard Floral Designs, I headed over to the bar where Leah’s friend (and occasional ToT contributor) Corie Maue poured me a refreshing Mango Mojito. In the spirit of keeping it local, she was also serving beer from Black Market and fantastic wine from Cougar and Palumbo Wineries.
With Mojito in hand, I then made my way among the guests, who were busily enjoying themselves. Everything I tasted was hands-down absolutely delicious. I helped myself to the grilled, prosciutto wrapped back yard figs and lobster tail bites that had been pan fried in butter, chili, sea salt and citron. I also dug into a fabulous array of local-organic farmers market produce and the Quattro Flat Bread Bites which featured heirloom tomato and Fontina cheese covered with Terra Bella Ranch red walnut pesto.
The friendly E.A.T. staff passed around Prime Rib Skewers made with tender, perfectly cooked morsels of meat and a tray of extremely tasty Duck Confit Tartlets. Then to top everything off, they brought out decadently delicious fried Italian donuts and – I truly say this without hyperbole – the most amazing brownie bites I have ever tasted.
Non-alcoholic drinks were delicious cold espresso brew by Roast House Coffee and Gigi Rose Organic Re-Defined Water , both of which were really revitalizing on a very hot day.
I know this all sounds tasty, but you really have to try E.A.T’s amazing food for yourself – and you can do just that on October 1st. On that date E.A.T. will be serving their Farm Harvest Supper at Peltzer Family Farm in Temecula. These farm-to- table dinners “emphasize the important link between landscape, food, farmer and chef,” and are a great opportunity to eat well and have a lot of fun. For more info go here.
EAT Marketplace , 27535 Jefferson Ave. , Temecula CA, 92590
Photos by Johanna Lack