Good Earth / Great Chefs

The Good Earth / Great Chefs series was founded by Milane Christiansen (founder of The Book Works in Del Mar) and Nina MacConnel (of The Chino Farm) in 2011. After The Book Works closed its doors, Ms. Christiansen wanted to continue her tradition of successful chef book signings, and Ms. MacConnel thought that the farm would be an ideal venue for these “pleine air” events. Beginning with Nancy Silverton and Alice Waters in November and December of 2011, the experiment proved enormously successful, with an unprecedented number of books sold at each event, and a series was launched.

Rounding out the team is Adele Irwin and Jennifer de la Fuente, both former Book Works employees and lovers of all book/food related San Diego happenings.

Ms. Christiansen was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and died in April of 2013.

The Chino Farm

Chino Farm is a family-owned farm, established in 1946 on 50 acres of river-bottom land in Rancho Santa Fe, California. In 1975, Chino Farm, which specializes in heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, gained widespread recognition when Alice Waters began using their vegetables at her world-renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse. Today, Chino corn, green beans, watermelon, berries, and other delicious and rare items can be found on restaurant menus all over Southern California. The stand, open 6 days a week year-round, is a mainstay for food lovers in the area, and a ritual stop for foodies visiting the San Diego area.

You can read more about Chino Farms in a long profile from The New Yorker here, and a write up from Saveur here. There was a recent profile of the farm by Reuters, which you can read here.

You can follow Chino Farms on Facebook here and on Instagram @chinofarms. The web site for the farm can be found here.