Eat Dirt: Busy Philipps Shares a Veggie Platter with Edible ‘Soil’

03/24/2014 at 12:32 PM ET

Busy Philipps Edible Garden
Courtesy Busy Philipps; Inset: Startraks

Proving that the veggie platter doesn’t have to be the most boring part of a party: Busy Philipps, who Instagrammed this photo of rows of baby vegetables and greens “planted” in a clear tabletop box.

“I’ve NEVER seen a cuter crudité display! The dirt is edible!!!” the Cougar Town actress captioned the shot, taken at the Hollygrove Norma Jean Gala charity event she hosted recently in L.A.

Clearly, we had to get the dirt on this dirt.

Chef Kathleen Schaffer of Schaffer’s Genuine Foods in L.A., who catered the event, reassured us the ‘garden’ was 100% edible. To create the soil, she combined pulverized dehydrated black olives and toasted panko (Japanese bread crumbs) with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, thyme and oregano. To finish, she sprinkled fried wild rice on top to look like grub, calling the crunchy mixture “really delicious.”

She then lined up rows of veggies, including peppers, pattypan squash, jicama, blanched potatoes, radishes and baby jewel lettuce heads, all locally sourced from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard, California.

Our favorite part: Waiters even wore gardening gloves and used mini shovels and spades to serve the spread!

Philipps couldn’t get over the display. “This is my favorite ever!” she wrote.

Love it or not, it certainly gives “down-to-earth” a new meaning.

—Nancy Mattia

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Dina on

Bleached blondes are really that s t u p i d,,, Cavallari, Simpson, Cyrus, Gaga, etc etc, the list is long, I am so tired of this morons talking about health, vegans, and organic, I will wait till they are 50, if they do !!! and see how they look, they all sound pathetic.

Dinastop. on

@Dina why are you being so rude? She’s taking pride in something healthy that she made for her child.

Guest on

She just posted a picture of the crudite platter that the caterers made… She didn’t make it. It says in the article how the caterer made it. She wasn’t promoting health or vegan anything. She just said it was cute how they arranged the veggies. Jeez.

Hanna on

Sounds like one too many blondes stole one too many of Dina’s boyfriends.

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