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And the Leeks Shall Inherit the Earth

By Ryan Sutton - 2013-08-29T11:08:51Z

Photograph by Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg

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Bespoke Farming

A growing number of America's priciest restaurants are steering clear of traditional luxuries such as white truffle, foie gras and Japanese Kobe. Instead, as Bloomberg Pursuits magazine reports in its Autumn 2013 issue, venues like Meadowood in California's Napa Valley and Manresa in Los Gatos are charging top dollar for heirloom grains and bespoke vegetables, grown by exclusive purveyors -- Cynthia Sandberg's Love Apple Farms among them. And while these establishments haven't sworn off red meat like L'Arpege in Paris famously did in 2001, their chefs often use animal proteins more as seasonings rather than stars of the plate. This isn't about separate vegetarian tasting menus like at Per Se or Daniel. This is about restaurants where just about everyone eats more greens.

Click here to read more about haute vegetables in the Autumn 2013 issue of Bloomberg Pursuits.