Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa

if you’re looking for a great healthy restaurant in Orange County that offers food choices that feature the freshest organic ingredients available, then Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa is an excellent choice. the Greenleaf organic restaurant aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by providing an affordable, fast-casual dining experience. Greenleaf serves made-to-order salads, wraps and sandwiches using flame-grilled proteins and organic, locally-grown produce. by working with local farmers and food purveyors, as well as using produce grown in the restaurants on-location garden, Greenleaf brings fresh, gourmet ingredients to it’s menu items.

i’ve been visiting Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop for a while now, and love the freshness of their food and unique decor and feel of their restaurant space. i stopped in the other night to check out the new kids menu that is now available, and also to taste some of their yummy menu items.

my favorite by far was the Mini Turkey Burgers. i’ve never had such a wonderful turkey burger before….so sweet and juicy, and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients.

i also tasted the Organic Chicken Nugget kids meal, which is served with my kids’ favorite…sweet potato fries.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop also has a great selection of made to oder sandwiches including this Vegetable Panini.

i absolutely love the thin crust pizzas. my favorite is the Wild Mushroom and Truffle, or this Spicy Turkey Sausage and Fennel pizza.

and check out these mini burgers on pretzel buns!

Greenleaf Chopshop also offers so many more great healthy options as well as easy grab n’ go items and fresh dressings that you can bring home. it also has a full service juice and coffee bar!

here is the new kids menu the Greenleaf Chopshop offers…

and be sure to check my friend Pattie of Living Mi Vida Loca’s review of Greenleaf Chopshop. her family eats vegetarian and Greenleaf offers many great options for them.

thanks Greenleaf Chopshop for providing our community with healthy and tasty food options!

{ this is not a sponsored post. i was invited by Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop to try out the new items to facilitate my review. all thoughts and opinions remain my own. }

Pumpkin Carving Party at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa is celebrating everyone’s favorite, candy-filled holiday with a special pumpkin carving party on Saturday, October 20th at 10:00 a.m. this event is hosted by Mike Saraylian of Harvest to Home, who planted and maintains Greenleaf’s onsite gardens.
cost to join in on the fun is $20 per pumpkin, and comes with a carving kit and Mike’s priceless instructions on how to design the ultimate jack-o’-lantern. the best pumpkin will win a $40 gift certificate to Greenleaf – a treat both parents and kids can enjoy!

click here for more info on Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop.

Gardening Classes for Kids

do you have a kiddie interested in gardening? or are you interested in starting your own organic garden? Harvest to Home Garden Delivery Service, has began a series of classes for children this summer that teach kids about gardening and focus on the benefit of growing and eating organic food.

Harvest to Home is a Newport Beach-based garden service that installs custom organic garden boxes and raised bed gardens. boxes and beds can be replanted seasonally and may contain a self-watering feature, making them virtually maintenance free. 

classes take place at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa, who has several raised bed and container gardens installed and maintained by Harvest to Home. the gardening classes are recommended for kids 7-13. i took baby to the class because my older boys were off camping. he was much too young…but he did okay…and i got to learn some great tips.
“Our goal is to get the kids in the dirt, potting their own plants, and seeing first-hand how enjoyable the experience of growing your own food can be,” says Mike Saraylian, owner of HTH. “We take the kids on a tour of the gardens, showing them the different ways vegetables and herbs grow, then let them transplant one to take home and care for.” 
in the class, we smelled different herbs….
we learned about garden beds…
we got to go into the restaurants garden and harvest vegetables for the chefs.
and the kiddies learned first hand the difference between an organic vegetable and conventionally grown vegetable looks and tastes like. the cucumber on the left is organic….the skin is thin and not waxy.

here we learned how to transfer our plants to their home containers….
and to properly pot it. 
we then got to take home our new plants.

The classes are slated to last for one hour, although Mike is willing to chat with kids as long as they have questions. “We definitely want every child to leave here satisfied that they’ve learned something as well as encourage them to think about ways they can act organically in the future. Growing their own food and choosing restaurants that focus on serving organic offerings are a great start for their life of healthy eating.”

after the garden class, we stopped inside Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop to enjoy a lunch bite. the Mushroom and Truffle Pizza was delish. they are known throughout the greater L.A. area for their specialty salads and wraps, and offer the finest fresh organic produce grown on-site.
and baby enjoyed the decor.

wanna go? here’s the info…..
Harvest to Home Garden Classes
saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
234 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa.
parents are welcome to join in on the tour for free and if they also wish to take home a plant, there will be an additional charge. classes will be held every Saturday throughout summer.  classes are suitable for Girl Scout and Cub Scout badge work as well as for families who wish to learn together. if groups are larger than ten participants, accommodations can be made for two separate classes on the same day. 
{disclosure: we were invited to a complimentary garden class by Harvest to Home. of course all opinions expressed are mine. thanks Harvest to Home for having us….we are excited to start our new gardens}