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Join us in May as we celebrate Mexican inspired dishes throughout the month!

Enjoy the tossed and prepared salads such as the Zesty Turkey Taco Salad, Baja Bean & Cilantro, Pepper Verde Potato Salad, and Chipotle, Lime & Cilantro Quinoa.

Our Posole Soup is made with pork and hominy which is a dried corn soaked in a mineral lime bath. Also on the menu are other soups, including  the Albondigas Locas Soup and the Chicken Jalapeno Tortilla Soup. Try the [click to continue…]

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At Garden Fresh restaurants, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, we help our guests “Discover Fresh” by having fresh produce and salads, made-from-scratch soups, hot pastas, freshly baked breads and muffins, desserts, and more. We work closely with growers to ensure guests are only getting the freshest, high-quality vegetables available.

Last week, restaurant general managers and support center representatives from all over the nation
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Happy Mother’s Day to you, your mom, sister, daughter, or whomever that title goes to!

Breakfast in bed is one way to show appreciation on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th. Another way to show appreciation is dining out with the family. Treat them to an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience featuring the freshest vegetables, salads, made-from-scratch soups and muffins. Not only will they be happy from a very satisfying meal, spending family time together will make it special. [click to continue…]

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"Mushroom Gary" of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms

Gary Crouch, co-owner of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms in Escondido, CA gave a tour of the farm to show the beginning of making soil, mushroom growth, harvesting, and off to the cooling zone to be packed for fresh delivery to the Souplantation restaurants.

Gary and his dad bought the farm in 1982. At the time, they had six workers and would harvest 200 pounds a week. Now, with 100 workers, they harvest 120,000 pounds a week! Can you even imagine that many mushrooms? White Button, Almond Tops, Portobello, Crimini, Oysters, Shiitake, and Enoki mushrooms are grown in the buildings.

One of the unique features of Mountain Meadow, aside being 33 family-owned years, is that [click to continue…]

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Martin Gomez: From Tomato Picker to Sweet Tomatoes General Manager

by GFBlog April 7, 2016 Recipes

What’s meant to be will always find a way. Martin Gomez, a seasoned restaurateur, with more than 25 years in the restaurant business, knows what it is like to start from scratch and build your way up. One of his first jobs was in California’s Central Valley where during the day he picked tomatoes and [...]

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‘Nanie’ Zambito Celebrates 102nd Birthday at Souplantation

by GFBlog April 5, 2016 Fun Stuff

While many centenarians have their secrets for that coveted achievement of reaching 100, Lauren DiBiase says her grandmother, Frances Zambito, known as “Nanie,” has her own secret:  Souplantation is one of them. Lauren says, “My Nanie has always said, ‘eating lots of fruits and vegetables’ is what allowed her to live this long with relatively [...]

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What is Delicious and Crispy Tasting plus Perfect for All Your Salads and Soups?

by GFBlog April 5, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

…it’s Wonton Strips! Crunch crunch crunch. Who loves a little bit of crunch on top of their salad? Or in their delicious soup? Wonton strips are delicious toppers you can add to your fresh tasting salad and flavorful soup. Or enjoy the wonton strips already tossed in our famous Wonton Happiness Salad that we have [...]

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Church Brothers Farms Deliver Mouth-Watering Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage for Garden Fresh Restaurant’s April Asian Menu

by GFBlog April 4, 2016 Press Releases

San Diego, CA – April 4, 2016 – Growing and delivering farm-to-table freshness is nothing new for brothers Tom and Steve Church of Salinas, CA, whose fresh Bok Choy and Napa Cabbage is being spotlighted in special salads this month at Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants across the nation. Since their start in 1960, the [...]

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Meet “Mushroom Gary” of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms

by GFBlog April 1, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

 Why did the fungi leave the party? Because there wasn’t “mushroom!” Get it? Growing mushrooms is no easy task. It takes skills, patience, labor, and accuracy. Touring the mushroom “farm” at Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, by co-owner, Gary Crouch, gave a new perspective on how mushrooms are grown. Mushrooms do not grow on the farm as [...]

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“Lettuce” Introduce you to Hank Auza, A Fourth Generation Family Member of Barkley Company of Arizona

by GFBlog March 29, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

At Garden Fresh restaurants, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, we help our guests “Discover Fresh” by having fresh produce and salads, made-from-scratch soups, hot pastas, freshly baked breads and muffins, desserts, and more. Barkley Company of Arizona, based in Yuma, is an example of one of the farms that we receive fresh lettuce from that we [...]

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Discover Fresh Abundance

Let's just say within 24 hours of being in the ground, it's on a refrigerated truck on its way to us. Our food is made from scratch every day. Our salad bar buffet features over 50 fresh ingredients, including specialty tossed and prepared salads. In addition to salads, we server original recipe hot pastas, hand-crafted soups, scratch-made muffins, and Focaccia breads in our hot buffet. Create. Indulge. Enjoy.

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