Jul 25 2012
LA’s New Rooftop Garden @ Playa

Announcing Cielo Verde, Playa‘s new vertical rooftop garden! 

 Having researched the most advanced methods for small-space, sustainable urban propagation, Chef John Sedlar and Partner Bill Chait decided to create an aeroponic system based on 35 compact, drip-irrigated towers and situate it on the restaurant’s rooftop for a new kind of “rooftop-to-plate” experience. Harvesting unique and rare edibles, the garden features wild arugula, pac choi, Tuscan black kale, Great White tomatoes, Black Cherry tomatoes, Peaches and Cream corn, Manar cucumbers, Padrón peppers, borage flowers, Swiss chard, and fresh black garbanzos, among others. Chef de Cuisine Kevin Luzande and the entire Playa kitchen brigade join Chef Sedlar on a daily basis in tending to Cielo Verde.


From John Sedlar’s blog: The results of our dedicated labors have begun to shape the new menu at Playa—not just our food, from appetizers through desserts, but also our mixology program—and they will continue to drive our homegrown rooftop-to-table Urban Latin cuisine. Read more…


The New Menu

Freshly harvested produce from Cielo Verde is incorporated into select dishes; view the menu here


More Details 

Time lapse video of the hydroponic tower garden on the roof at Chef John Sedlar’s Playa Restaurant in Los Angeles. This was shot over the course of 2 months with a GoPro and captures tower setup through harvest. www.playarivera.com
Edited by Gene Fama.
Music: “Celeste” by Les Enfants.
Can be found on Playa’s website here

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