Swank Farmhouse Cooking Show with Chef Dean James Max

Join Chef Dean James Max for a fun and flavorful cooking demonstration, followed by a three-course meal.

We are offering 12 classes in the month of June (dates and menus detailed below).

$130.00 per person


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Farmhouse Rules

Choose Your Date and Menu

Wednesday June 2, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Crop Inspiration: Heirloom Carrots

  • Heirloom Carrot Ginger Soup, crispy soft shell crab, coconut foam
  • Roasted snapper, brown butter carrot cumin puree, pickled carrot and kale, rosemary potato
  • Carrot chia seed pudding, vanilla cream, pistachio

Gluten in crab dish; guest can have soup only


Thursday June 3, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Crop Inspiration: Garden Eggplant

  • Sautéed local shrimp, crostini, charred feta eggplant puree, cucumber salad
  • Half roasted lemon chicken, heirloom eggplant confit, warm arugula, parmesan
  • Blueberry cobbler, vanilla whipped cream

Gluten in crostini (can be left out); Cobbler has gluten


Friday June 4, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Crop Inspiration: Summer Tomatoes

  • Cherry tomato and goat cheese tart, radish micro green salad
  • Seared wahoo, grilled crostini, spinach, dill roasted heirloom tomatoes, gribiche
  • Sweet tomato vanilla panna, port balsamic syrup

Tart has gluten. Entre crostini can be left out


Wednesday June 9, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Crop Inspiration: Florida Corn

  • Curried Corn chowder, summer lobster salad
  • Roasted Salmon, sweet corn pancakes, grilled Bibb, basil sauce
  • Sweet corn cake, summer berry compote, sweet cream

Corn pancake and sweet corn cake have gluten


Thursday June 10, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Crop Inspiration: Sweet Beets

  • Beer Cured Salmon, crispy potato, pickled beets, chive creme fraiche, lemon oil
  • Honey thyme glazed grouper, beet potato stoemp, grilled green onion salsa
  • Lemon beet granita, cardamom whipped cream, crispy meringue 

Gluten free


Friday June 11, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Crop Inspiration: Summer Squash

  • Zucchini noodle salad, almonds, basil, mint, manchego shards, lemon oil
  • Grilled Sesame green onion Skirt Steak, zucchini eggplant cake, cilantro aioli
  • Lavender creme brûlée  

Gluten free


Wednesday June 16, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cultural Inspiration: Barcelona Nights

  • Garden gazpacho, crab salad
  • Florida seafood paella
  • Classic flan

Gazpacho has gluten


Thursday June 17, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cultural Inspiration: Tuscan Summer

  • Ahi tuna crudo, pickled peaches, white balsamic, swank herbs
  • Cavatelli, braised short rib, broccoli, sweet onion, pecorino, herb ricotta
  • Roasted peach with almond ladyfingers, sweet cream

Pasta and ladyfingers have gluten


Friday June 18, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cultural Inspiration: French Riviera 

  • Beef tartar, pickled swank farm veggies, summer gribiche
  • Mixed seafood bouillabaisse
  • Dark chocolate mousse

Gluten free


Wednesday June 23, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cultural Inspiration: Mumbai Nights

  • Crispy pani puri, summer vegetable salad, jalapeño mint jus
  • Curry chicken, cardamom rice, herb yogurt
  • Cardamom rice pudding, coconut

Gluten free


Thursday June 24, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cultural Inspiration: Mendoza Mountains

  • Zucchini shavings, almonds, basil, mint, manchego shards, lemon oil
  • Grilled Sesame Skirt Steak, smashed seared purple potatoes, red pepper, chimichurri 
  • Sticky toffee pudding, dulce de leche 

Gluten free


Friday June 25, 2021 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Cultural Inspiration: Eastern Mediterranean

  • Perfect hummus, assorted swank farm vegetables
  • Grilled lamb chops, stuffed grape leaves, saffron rice, garlic eggplant yogurt, mint chutney
  • Honey roasted strawberries, phyllo, pistachio, meringue 

Phyllo has gluten



6:30pm to 7:00pm – Welcome bite and Welcome drink (non-alcoholic)
7:00pm – Guests are seated in Swank Farmhouse Kitchen
7:15 – 9:30pm – 3 courses made by Dean James Max


Swank Specialty Produce • 14311 North Road • Loxahatchee, FL 33470 • 561.202.5648

Enter through the South Gate (marked Vendors). Free parking at the Swank Farmhouse.

Farmhouse Rules

Class Held Rain or Shine

Tickets are non-refundable

Transfer to another cooking class during the month of June only; $25.00 per person

Ages 14 and up welcome

Groups welcome

Maximum capacity: 24 guests

No menu substitutions

Any allergies, let us know 72 hours prior to class

No vegan requests unless a vegan class is offered.

Gluten free dishes noted on the menu

No pets allowed (only certified service animals) 

About Chef Dean James Max

Chef Dean James Max

Dean James Max is the chef and president of DJM restaurants, a company that specializes in restaurant concept development and ongoing management, and has been an established leader in the culinary world for many years now. He has celebrated the launch of numerous destination restaurants all over the world and is based out of Deerfield Beach, Florida. The company has launched and operated farm to table concepts in many hotel brands such as Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Renaissance hotels as well as a variety of independent restaurants and modern fast casuals.

Max’s career started working for Michelin star chefs and he developed his farm to table skills in the slow food movement of Italy when he lived in Florence. He moved up the ranks in Ritz Carlton kitchens in Atlanta and Washington before refining his cooking as a chef in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 90s. All the DJM locations have seen great success with many awards for food and beverage excellence. Currently the company operates the Brasserie complex in Grand Cayman consisting of an up scale restaurant, market, juice bar, BBQ concept, bakery and event space. In addition, DJM runs the namesake restaurant James Republic in California and multiple concepts such as Asador and Arbor kithen in Texas and owns and operates a unique fast casual hybrid called Cultivar in Oklahoma City. The company has worked on reinventing the food and beverage program at Pink Sands Resort in Harbor Island Bahamas and most recently opened a chain of poke restaurants under his label. Blue Ocean Poke based out of Deerfield Beach, Florida. The newest venture is chef Dean’s return to his flagship city with the opening of a unique seafood concept called Even Keel Fish and Oyster with two of his longest running chefs. DJM has created brands like the award winning 3030 Ocean restaurant in Fort Lauderdale: Latitude 41, AMP 150, Parallel Post, Watertable, and reinvented the Cheeca Lodge Resort in Islamorada. The restaurants are all based around farm to table concepts and are deeply involved in grass roots marketing programs that develop them as destination locations.

Chef Max has a laundry list of accomplishments from multiple James Beard nominations for Best Chef, crowned King of American Seafood in 2010, wrote an amazing seafood cookbook in 2006 called “A Life by the Sea,” and holds many restaurant accolades from multiple properties. For an extended bio, please email deanjamesmax@yahoo.com

Cover image by Heike Georg from Pixabay