An OFR as of July 2, 2015
San Diego, CA 92101
From Tender Greens
Establishing partnerships with local ranchers and purveyors is an important hallmark for Tender Greens. Most of our produce comes fresh picked daily from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard, an investor in Tender Greens, who provides the restaurants with fresh-picked produce daily in reusable eco-friendly containers. When we have to buy produce that Scarborough doesn’t offer, we work with a handful of small local farms that use sustainable farming practices. We use organic ingredients wherever we can.
Some of our other farm partners include Carlsbad Aquafarm for our San Diego locations, Fallon Hills Ranch for Walnut Creek, as well as ReRide Ranch, Cedar Farms and Mary’s Free Ranch Chicken for Los Angeles area restaurants. Whether in the course of pursuing their own culinary passion projects or while on the quest for particular ingredients, our executive chefs also build their own relationships with local farmers.
Tender Greens is slow food done fast. Our restaurants serve fresh, healthy, chef-inspired, farmer’s market sensible dishes at an affordable price in a relaxed environment. By working with small local farmers, ranchers, artisans, boutique wineries, breweries and coffee roasters, we are able to provide the best quality ingredients and products for our guests.
We believe there should be a conscious connection between the one who eats the food and the source of that sustenance. Our beef comes from grain-fed hormone/antibiotic free cows. Our chickens are raised on the range in Northern California, not in cages. They are given grain instead of hormone-rich feed. Our tuna is sustainably line caught from the Pacific.
Our dedication to using only the finest ingredients extends not only to the raw products but to everything else we use in our recipes – cold pressed olive oils, mustards, vinegars, cheeses and wonderful nuts and ground spices all help bring you the best dishes we can make. Likewise, we look for local boutique wineries, cool microbreweries and organic tea blenders to provide beverages that reflect the same commitment and care.
Breads are made fresh daily by artisan bakeries who, like us, are dedicated to using the finest ingredients available for their products. Our desserts are baked at the restaurants every day.
Our restaurants offer a relaxed, laid back atmosphere, outdoor patios and modern interior design made, whenever possible, from recycled materials and environmentally friendly products. Each location features custom artwork by local artists who create pieces that capture the feel of their respective communities. These include Hollywood’s pop art by Kii Arens, our homage to Pasadena by Chris Reccardi and Irvine’s custom art by 123 Klan. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is comfortably urban yet cool enough for a date and relaxed enough for a bite before a movie.
We incorporate eco-friendly design consisting mostly of reclaimed, recycled and environmentally friendly materials with much of it FSC and LEED certified. New restaurants make use of timber from the old spaces which are transformed into tables and countertops to reduce waste. The indoor and outdoor spaces are bright and relaxed with comfy, modern furnishings and accents.