Open Farm Community (OFC) is Spa Esprit Group’s initiative in spearheading local farming, connecting the community to nature, and celebrating local spirit. Sitting on a 35,000sqft of green-land, OFC unites local farmers, creative chefs and an innovative spirit in a first-of-its-kind dining concept in Singapore.
Originally from Devizes, Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom, Ryan Clift was immediately drawn to the high energy and atmosphere of the kitchen. After graduating from culinary school, he worked in the restaurant at Claridge’s, London’s most prestigious Hotel. Over the course of his 23-year career, Clift has worked with some of the world’s best chefs, including Marco-Pierre White, Peter Gordon, Emmanuel Renaut, Shannon Bennett and Raymond Capaldi. In 1999, he moved to Melbourne as Head Chef of Vue de Monde, one of the Australia’s most acclaimed restaurants.
Clift moved to Singapore in 2008 to start his own venture, determined to take modern food and cocktail pairing to a new level. Within a few years of opening, Tippling Club was named one of Singapore’s top restaurants, earning a place in the annual Miele Guide compilations of Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, Tippling Club and its team were honoured with five top awards by World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence including Restaurant of the Year, Bar of the Year and Finalist Chef of the Year. This year, Tippling Club debuted at #23 in the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
In the open-concept kitchen and restaurant, Chef Ryan focuses on locally sourced, seasonal and innovative dishes. Every month, curated farmer’s markets allow guests to deepen the pleasures of simple, freshly harvested ingredients that is both nourishing and a visual feast.
“Our vision is to bring to life, the impact of urban farming in Singapore, and in doing so, strengthen our understanding and respect for food and its origins. Our children, in particular, have been too segregated from nature. OFC is an ideological and physical reaction to this,”
“We want to provide a platform where families can come together and explore the many facets of food together through art, tours of the vegetable and fruit orchards, talks, gardening workshops, and of course, eating. Their layered experiences will also strengthen inter-generational relationships through quality time spent together.”
- Cynthia Chua, Founder of Spa Esprit
Edible Garden City
Edible Garden City champions the "Grow Your Own Food" movement
in land-scarce and import-dependent Singapore.
The company encourages growing food at under-utilized spaces like rooftops and sidewalks, and believes that growing food re-connects urbanites to nature, conserves natural resources, and cultivates a sense of community.Edible Gardens City designs, builds and maintains food gardens in tropical urban Singapore, which include restaurants, hotels, schools, residences, and more.The team has more than 15 years of farming, award-winning design and construction experience. The company uses sustainable natural growing methods, resource recycling and waste minimisation.Edible Gardens City believes in the mantra that Beautiful gardens should be productive too.
From farming to food with creative and inspired interpretations of produce, and a big outdoor recreation space promoting balanced living, OFC emphasises on the importance of education by helping children and families expand their mind through farming workshops, events and activities, all for the love of growing our relationship with food.