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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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Vancouver Sweet Tomatoes Serves Up Protein with a Cause; Proceeds to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

by GFBlog March 24, 2016 Events

If you are in the Vancouver, WA area, take note that Wednesday, March 30, you can dine free and taste the unveiling of new protein options with a suggested donation to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The protein options include meatloaf, roast beef, salmon, and a variety of toasted sandwiches. All donations raised at [...]

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A Taste From Across the Pacific Ocean with April Asian Month

by GFBlog March 24, 2016 Health & Nutrition

We are stirring up the kitchen to bring you exciting new dishes! Try all the Asian-inspired dishes and explore the taste of April Asian Month at the salad bar, the soup bar, and bakery. Each day begins FRESH. And fresh begins HERE. Using fresh ingredients, we have a variety of hot and cold recipes prepared [...]

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Souplantation, Sweet Tomatoes Shatter Goal, Raise $300,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to Fight Childhood Cancer, Other Life-Threatening Diseases

by GFBlog March 24, 2016 Press Releases

                       Media Contacts: Jeanie Torchio                                                                                          Don Cowan ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital                                       Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. 901-572-4929; 571-275-4443 cell                                   [...]

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Thank You in Helping Raise $300,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

by GFBlog March 17, 2016 Company News

Smashing the campaign goal by raising twice as much as targeted, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes guests, team members, farmers and suppliers have raised $300,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® battle to help kids beat cancer and other serious diseases. Marking the first time the restaurants and St. Jude partnered together on a national [...]

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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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