When Stars’n’Bars first surrounded its port terrace with a vegetable garden three years ago, it was the first time a restaurant had set up its own organic garden within Monaco.
During the summer season, it harvests more than 120 meters of tomatoes, courgettes, lettuce, peppers, eggplants and a myriad of herbs including basil, mint, thyme and parsley.
The vegetables and herbs are used by its kitchen in various traditional homemade dishes from burgers to chips and salsa but also for new vegan specialities. The mint and basil are used in cocktails.
The restaurant is now in the process of planting a winter garden to include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips and cauliflower.
Stars’n’Bars manages its own seeding, maintenance and harvesting but, according to Didier Rubiolo, co-founder of the restaurant with Kate Powers, “We wanted also to show our customers how easy it is to grow vegetables for themselves and how much better it is for their health to eat fresh, organic products.
“So we were delighted when Annabelle Jaeger of My Little Potager offered to give courses on gardening at the restaurant for adults and families with children.”
The third of three 1.5 hour workshops takes place October 21, at 10:30 am, as Annabelle shows how to grow an urban vegetable crop while covering basic gardening skills, including how to use wood chips, hay and soil on a balcony or terrace. Participants should bring a large shopping bag or bin, gardening gloves, and wear clothes and shoes that they don’t mind getting dirty.
Cost: €40 for 1 adult, 1 child or €45 for 1 adult and 2 children; reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.