LA’s edibles rooftop

August 15, 2012 | By | Comments (6)
Cielo Verde, the rooftop garden at Playa restaurant

Photographs by Ryan Tanaka

When direct from the farm wasn’t fresh enough for Chef John Sedlar of LA’s Playa, he decided to grow their own–on the roof.

Bok Choi on Cielo Verde, Playa's rooftop garden

They settled on 35 compact, drip-irrigated towers to cultivate pac choi (also referred to as bok choi), rare tomato varieties, manar cucumbers, borage flowers, and fresh black garbanzo beans (so amazing when eaten fresh! I grew them long ago for the One Block project).

Find out more about Cielo Verde on Chef Sedlar’s blog.

Chef John Sedlar on Cielo Verde, Playa's rooftop garden

Chef John Sedlar

100 percent Cielo Verde salad at Playa

A salad of micro greens, pac choi, arugula, and spinach made only with produce from the rooftop garden.


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  2. Shirley Darby

    Love a green roof! This takes that idea to a different dimension.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:53 am
  3. Born & Raised in L.A.

    It’s a good idea and makes great use of roof top space, but I hope they really soak and wash everything well before it’s served with all the Los Angeles smog/acid rain.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm
  4. Janeen Bacal

    I believe those are the “Tower Gardens” that are sold by Juice Plus+! I can tell you first hand that the towers are amazing! What a great idea for this gentleman’s restaurant! Good call!

    August 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm
  5. Richard H

    There is no substitute for fresh. I hope all that luscious greenery makes its way to the menu. Savor a mi!

    August 16, 2012 at 7:49 am
  6. Nurse Frugal

    That salad looks so delicious 😉 What a lovely idea! Their mini-garden looks awesome!

    August 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

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