Down on the Farm

Here’s an idea we love: brunch al fresco on a real live farm. Here. That’s right,here, as in just up the road in Loxahatchee. And that is exactly what is happening December 11 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Swank Farms. The Ritz-Carlton-Palm Beach chef Ryan Artim will serve a multi-course meal based on Swank Farms-grown veggies and the other locally sourced foods. Everything on the menu—meats, fish, eggs—will be from local Florida farms, giving a whole new immediacy to the idea of farm-to-table dining.

The organic Paradise Farm in Homestead has been hosting artisanal farm dinners for a few years now—the legendary “Dinner in Paradise” series—and they are a very big deal in Miami’s foodie circles; to my knowledge, this is the first time anyone up this way has tried it. At any rate, you cannot go wrong. I just tried Chef’s seasonal menu at the Ritz, which was sublime—from the braised short ribs to the lamb tenderloin, cheese rolls, desserts—and, as usual, I was knocked out. The idea of him whipping up brunch from freshly harvested Swank veggies and other local foods right then and there is irresistible. Chef is a longtime fan of Swank Farms and uses their produce at the Ritz; it promises to be a memorable Sunday brunch. Jodi Swank said they still have a few places left; the cost is $134 per person and covers wines, tax, gratuity, the works. Visit to make your reservation.