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Mirabelle restaurant’s garden

By Jenn Harris
LAmag.com,
October 19, 2009

Just feet from the 110 freeway’s Academy exit and behind a tall iron gate, a garden oasis is hiding. The Solano Community Garden in Angelino Heights is home to Mirabelle restaurant’s new edible garden, where the West Hollywood establishment grows 100 percent organic produce on a four-and-a-half-acre plot.

The garden is full of lush produce and bright green herbs: red and yellow tomatoes, white and orange pumpkins, chile peppers, chives, Thai basil, lemongrass, and tall sugarcane. It’s easy to fantasize about the tender haricots verts alongside a piece of grilled fish at Mirabelle, and in fact, restaurant employees visit the garden regularly to pick the pesticide-free produce and transport it back to the restaurant, where it’s used in soups, salads, and entrees.

According to Mirabelle general manager Michael Duddie, the garden is the key component in what’s known as restaurant-supported agriculture, a program that launched in April to reduce Mirabelle’s carbon footprint and use fresher ingredients. He believes the garden, which is saving the restaurant $200 to $300 a month, is the beginning of a larger industry movement. He’s already recruited Larchmont Grill and Square One to join him.

Video

“Come along as Mirabelle general manager Michael Duddie gives us a tour of the restaurant’s garden, shares his philosophy on restaurant-supported agriculture, and introduces us to the art of composting.” Watch two videos about the garden here.

Mirabelle website here.