Last week I went to an Honest Tea Tasting. I got the email, called my husband, and in seconds had the event on my calendar. Honest Tea was all it took. We love Honest Tea in this house – see our review. I had never heard of sweetgreen so I stalked their website a time or two or four in the week leading up to the tasting. I found that they make quality salads with delicious grains added, fresh pressed juices and frozen yogurt.
sweetgreen is about so much more than selling you food. They practice sustainability and farm to table, both things that make me love them before I even stepped foot in the door. In fact, they recently revamped their menu to cut items that weren’t very sustainable. People are drawn not only to the food but also their atmosphere so while they will occasionally cater food they really wish they could take the atmosphere with them too because without it you just don’t get the full picture of who they are as a company and brand.
Music also plays a big role in their business. In fact, they host the sweetlife festival in the summer. Not only do they showcase musical artists but the artists who grow and provide the food that makes it’s way to YOUR salad bowl at sweetgreen. There is nothing better than knowing where your food comes from.
One of my favorite things that sweetgreen does is educate kids on healthy eating. They teach them about local sourcing, composting, recycling, and nutrition with the goal that these kids will carry this information into the future and make our world a bit healthier. Currently they only have this pilot program in the DC area but hopefully they will come to a school near you soon.
There was a small group that night. Seriously every one else’s loss. We had such a tasty evening. Having a small group made it nicer. You had more time to interact and ask questions while enjoying yummy food and drink. So, let’s get started with our tasting.
Appetizer: Spicy Crispy Kale Chips – Crisped in the oven with spices and most
importantly, a dash of sriracha sauce, these crisps keep you coming back for
more. They are a seasonal item so get them now.
Course 1: The Earth Bowl – with warm grains, chicken, cheddar, broccoli and a pesto
vinaigrette, these delicious flavors burst in your mouth and leave you
wanting more, all while you wonder how they snuck grains in there and
made them taste good. This course was paired with Honest Tea’s Classic Green
Tea, a surprisingly delicious tea. I cannot believe how much I liked it.
In between these courses we also tried one of their new soups. They make them fresh themselves, using an immersion blender. We had butternut squash. It was a good soup, though it tasted a little mild for me. I prefer a bold flavorful soup.
Course 2: Kale Caesar – Kale, chicken and parmesan crisps add a nice rounded flavor
to the traditionally simple Caesar salad. The caesar dressing left my mouth
watering for more even the next morning at breakfast. Instead of the creamy
dressing you expect they add a twist of lime that finishes it off perfectly.
Goodbye traditional Caesar, hello Kale Caesar. This salad was paired
perfectly with Honest Tea’s Just Green Tea. A mild green with no sweetener
added, it perfectly showcased the crisp flavors of the salad.We also sampled
curried cauliflower at this point. I love curry and this was no disappointment.
It wasn’t overpowering for those who are “mild curry likers” but still satisfied
the palate of a curry lover like me.
Here is where I realized something truly marvelous to me as a person with tree nut allergies – NO NUTS!! Generally anytime I want to order a salad my options are quite few. Every yummy looking salad tends to have some sort of nut on it. Sure you can ask them to leave the nuts off but it’s a gamble whether it comes the right way or not and it just isn’t worth the hassle most the time. Every new food item they gave me I wold scan the menu to see what the ingredients were. It was so nice to see I could eat every salad they have. Note, I did not see what nut free claims they do or do not make so please still check for yourself.
Course 3: District Cobb – not your average Cobb salad, this salad thrilled even me. With
avocado, chicken, bacon and goat’s cheese peeping out along with the kale,
romaine and several other vegetables, it was finished with a sweet and
tangy agave dijon dressing. The dressing added a hint of apple flavor and
perfectly offset the creamy smoothness of the avocado and egg. The goat’s
cheese added an earthy pungency that made me come back for more. This
course was paired with Honest Tea’s Lemon tea and Just Black tea. Both
were great pairings but I will say I liked the simplicity of the Just Black tea
the most as a complement to the mix of flavors in the District Cobb.
Course 4: Misoba Salad – Made with mesclun, soba noodles, carrots, miso sesame
ginger vinaigrette, sriracha, and several vegetables, this colorful salad is rich
in flavor. Full of different textures and flavors, this salad is not for those
looking for a mild salad. It is bold and packs a punch. To get the full effect
you have to try it. This salad was paired with my favorite Green Dragon Tea.
With a light fruity flavor I can’t get enough of this tea OR salad.
We had a great evening at sweetgreen in Ardmore. Thanks to the crew at Honest Tea and sweetgreen for making it such a success. Now that I reviewed my evening there I am hungry all over again for one of their salads. The problem is…..which one should I get? Try something new or go with one of these? Or should I get it in a wrap? While I am there I definitely want to try out one of their fresh pressed juices and Stonyfield frozen yogurt. Too many choices and all of them healthier but oh so tasty!!
Disclosure: I received free food and production order to do his review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own honest thoughts.