Sarah Lopez and Laurence Jossel have something in common – they both work with their spouses on family-owned businesses. Sarah runs Fiesta Farm in Watsonville with her husband, while Laurence manages four restaurants, including Nopa in San Francisco, with his wife. They both know a thing or two about making successful collaborations. Communication is key, and we had the privilege to witness the growth of their partnership for the upcoming Grazing at the Kitchen Table fundraiser.
What would you like to tell each other about your work?
Sarah: We focus on heritage-breed livestock, raising them beyond organic standards. We have 17 acres for broiler chickens and pigs, and 10 acres leased for laying hens. Our pigs have berkshire, old spot, hampshire and red wattle genetics.
Laurence: In our restaurants, we grind our own meat, make our own bacon, and grind our own masa. We try to do everything from scratch. We want to honor the food.
Which dish are you collaborating on for the fundraiser?
Sarah: We’d like a dish using our chicken and/or eggs.
Laurence: We’re thinking of smoked chicken frittata with romesco sauce.
Sarah: That sounds delicious. Our chickens are large this season. Would you like me to control their size?
Laurence: I like bigger chickens. It means they are healthier.
What excites you most about this partnership?
Laurence: Our restaurants are based on relationships with farms. Farmers are the heroes. We want to showcase their skills. We want to push for sustainability and support small farms.
Sarah: We are excited to support Kitchen Table Advisors for all the help they have given us. We are able to pay ourselves this year as a result of working with them.
Grazing at the Kitchen Table takes place from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at Dogpatch WineWorks, San Francisco. Tickets start at $200 and can be purchased here. Click here for more info and follow #GrazeAndGive2015 for updates!