August 06, 2014

Tender Greens Hollywood Beer Garden & Whole Animal Roast

photo courtesy of Zagat.

Tender Greens strives to serve "slow food, done fast." What does that mean?  It means the innovative chefs and their TG team create dishes that embrace the farm-to-fork culture.  It means you get to sample delicious food cooked and prepared from some of the freshest ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, and artisans without breaking the bank.  It means casual, fast-food dining gone healthy without compromising taste.  Basically, it means you win.

Speaking of winning, at its Hollywood location, on every third Sunday from May-October, Tender Greens serves up a special treat for beer-drinking carnivores -- hello, Hollywood Beer Garden and Whole Animal Roast! Neither being a carnivore nor a beer drinker is a prerequisite (there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly sides and non-alcoholic beverages), but as you can see below, appreciating both will only enhance the outdoor barbecue experience courtesy of our friends at Tender Greens.  I was fortunate to check out last month's event featuring a whole-roasted lamb from ReRide Ranch and brewskis from El Segundo Brew Co.




Casual, intimate outdoor patio dining with buffet-style set-up.

Whole baby lamb, brined for nearly 48 hours and marinated with rosemary, thyme, and other herbs, and roasted in a La Caja China box.

Cast-Iron Braised Greek Cheese with Lemon.

Eggplant Caponata.

Butter Lettuce and Frisee with Shaved Summer Squash, Carrots, and Champagne Vinaigrette.

Lamb Meatballs with Smoked Tomato and Parmesan.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Greek Lemon and Oregano.

Tabbouleh.

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad with dill.

El Segundo Brew Co.'s Beer Guys.

Bon Appetit! 



The lamb was very tender and the greens complimented the meat quite well.  But the real highlight of the night were the desserts.  They were as delicious as they were beautiful -- I just wish I had saved more room in my stomach!

Traditional Baklava with Pistachios.

Mini Apricot Galettes.

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake.

Apricot Trifle with Greek Yogurt, Lavender Honey, and Shaved Almonds.


Peach Cobbler.

A healthy sampling. ;)

There are three more Beer Garden events remaining this summer! August: Boar; Strand Brewing Co.  September: Turkey/ Goose; Bootlegger's Brewery; October: Oktoberfest-themed Pig; Smog City Brewing.  

If you want Tender Greens to bring the beer garden barbecue celebration to you or need them to cater your upcoming special event, they'll do so gladly.  [link]  Lastly, if the ticket price are out of your budget and you don't plan on throwing your own backyard beer garden, just visit the Tender Greens restaurant (with its many locations) for you quick, easy, but still healthy lunch or dinner.  You won't be disappointed.



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cuisine: American
location(s): Multiple, but the Beer Garden is hosted in Hollywood
hours: Event starts at 5pm.
where: Back patio of the restaurant.
websites: { TG | yelp | facebook | twitter | instagram }
parking: Street meters
attire: Casual
cost: $45/ person for unlimited food and beer (or until they run out)
RSVP: email christina.wong@tendergreens.com. Limited to 50 spots, so reserve your ticket soon!

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