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Lemon, you are our shining star! So many great lemon tastings in July! Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants receive fresh lemons from Limoneira Company and they provide 1.5 million lemons a year to our kitchens to get chopped and spritzed into salads, pastas, and muffins.

Cool off this summer with the zesty flavors at the salad bar with Bleu Cheese & Spiced Pecan Lemon Salad and Lemon Linguine w/ Fresh Basil. Drizzle your customized salad with the Lemon Greek Vinaigrette for an extra kick of lemon.

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A number of Orlando Sweet Tomatoes managers and crew, led by Director of Operations Natalia Pacheco, helped support the community this past Sunday in the “Candlelight Vigil for Orlando” event to help honor and remember those affected by the tragedy.

Natalia told her co-workers gathered at Orlando’s Lake Eola “Thank you for lending a hand and helping pass out 46 cases of water, candles and apples to some of the more than 50,000 people who were at the walk. I am humbled and thank you for joining my family as we come together to support our community.”

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Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., parent company of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants, invites its “farm-to-table” farmers to help share the “Discover Fresh” brand message that is central to the restaurants nearly 40-year tradition of bringing real farm-to-table freshness to guests.

Souplantation invited one of its fresh watermelon farmers to share his unique history as another example of four decades of working with local farmers to truly bring fresh to the table. On June 16, 2016 Mira Mesa Souplantation hosted the event where Arthur Saikhon, a third generation watermelon farmer and owner of Saikhon Company with his family in attendance, spoke with guests about his farm.

Arthur recently began supplying watermelons to Souplantation. For the whole month of June, guests in Southern CA are able to enjoy Arthur’s watermelons. Vegetables, hay and grains are also grown on his approximately 1,800 acre farm in Brawley, CA.

Arthur Saikhon and his family along with Susan Hoffman, Vice President of Fresh Sourcing and Menu Innovation (left) and Megan Herman, Field Marketing Manager (lower center).

Saikhon Company and Souplantation gave free watermelons to guests as part of the “Meet the Watermelon Farmer” experience event. Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. CEO John Morberg accompanied Arthur as they shared their mutual commitment to farm-to-table freshness to guests. Diners from all ages had questions for Arthur. [click to continue…]

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Teamwork, effort, efficiency, and dedication are all components of  what makes work a success. With our awesome team of hard working members, it is possible! A way to say thank you for all their hard work is to host a BBQ.

More than 150 Orlando Sweet Tomatoes crew, management, family and friends attended the Second Annual BBQ at Shadow Bay Park. Managers grilled steak, chicken, and hot dogs during the 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. event.


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Candlelight Vigil for Orlando – Walk Around Lake Eola

by GFBlog June 16, 2016 Events

To help honor and remember those affected by the tragic murders in Orlando this past Sunday morning, a number of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. Sweet Tomato restaurant team members plan to participate in a “Candlelight Vigil for Orlando” event that begins at dusk this coming Father’s Day Sunday at Orlando’s Lake Eola. The participating Sweet [...]

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Happy Father’s Day! Have you Decided What to Do?

by GFBlog June 14, 2016 Recipes

Father’s Day, June 19th is right around the corner, what will you do to commemorate him this Sunday? A visit? A present? Going through photos and videos? Treat Dad out? It’s a time to think about family and be together. Be together, eating and talking with no rush at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants. To [...]

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3rd Generation Local California Watermelon Farmer to Offer First 200 Families Free Watermelons in Mira Mesa

by GFBlog June 14, 2016 Press Releases

 For Immediate Release Media Contacts:    Don Cowan                                            Arthur Saikhon 619.246.7510                                         760.351.2100      Fresh, Free Watermelons Available at Farmer “Meet & Greet” Event  3rd Generation Local California Watermelon Farmer to Offer First 200 Families Free Watermelons in Mira Mesa San Diego, CA – June 14, 2016 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., operator of Souplantation [...]

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“Meet the Watermelon Farmer” Experience is Coming to San Diego!

by GFBlog June 14, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

Arthur Saikhon, a third generation watermelon farmer and owner of Saikhon Company, in Brawley, CA, will be meeting and answering questions diners have at the “Meet the Watermelon Farmer” experience event in San Diego’s Mira Mesa Souplantation restaurant Arthur will be giving away free watermelons from his farm Thursday, June 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m., [...]

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Joan’s Broccoli Madness Salad Kit to the Rescue!

by GFBlog June 9, 2016 Kitchen Cabinet

Ever get stumped on what to make for a meal whether it’s at lunch, dinner, for yourself, or the hungry bellies waiting on you? Remember how you went to Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes restaurant and loved the taste of Joan’s Broccoli Madness® salad? Time to make it easy on yourself and bring that thought to [...]

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Food Photography is an Artform

by GFBlog June 7, 2016 Kitchen Cabinet

“Hang on don’t eat it yet, I have to take a picture of it first!” *grumble goes the person across from you starving and waiting to eat* You know what I’m talking about for all the food photographers out there. We all know when you get that perfect angle, background, and lighting, the food looks [...]

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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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