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Alice invites Bob to dinner, or lunch. Bob is impressed by the excellent cooking, and Alice smugly informs him everything was grown in her very exclusive garden. Interestingly, Alice is usually a villain, either because villains are the ones who tend to have big egos and be obsessed with living "off the grid" somewhere in Waco or because Hitler Was A Vegetarian.

Often (but not always) paired with No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine.



Anime and Manga

  • Mercilessly warped in Umineko: When They Cry during the second tea party. Beato starts bragging about how every dish Rosa is eating was made from her siblings.
    Beato: It's a sweet aperitif of noble rot German-made wine. A wine cocktail made of white wine mixed with a crimson golden drop. If I had to give it a name, I'd call it a Bloody Krauss. Soaked with just a golden drop of your brother's blood that was squeezed out of a compressor.
  • Senshi from Delicious in Dungeon grows vegetables in the backs of golems he's found wandering round the titular dungeon. Team Touden helps him harvest them and then Senshi cooks the vegetables in his usual Food Porn.
  • Played with in one chapter of Oishinbo, where a famous artist provides a meal of vegetables and chicken he raised himself. While one set of guests enthusiastically praises it, Yamaoka dismisses the cooking as simple and provincial, but truly hospitable and displaying great effort and thoughtfulness from the host.
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  • In Last Exile, Mistress Delphine offers some wine to guests while going on about how much water was needed to properly grow the fruit, the implication being that many people in the drought-stricken outer world died so that she could produce the extravagant beverage. For her, part of the decadence of the wine comes from the suffering that its production entails.

Fan Fiction

  • A non-villainous example in A New World, A New Way - Swarm, X offers the changling Nell some Sitrus Berries that his Trevenant Asia's grew inside of her thanks to Harvest. Because of Harvest, Asia's is X's personal garden.

Film — Animated

  • The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible eats with Mirage, Syndrome's Sexy Secretary, who points out how everything on the table was grown on the island, thanks to the rich volcanic soil.

Film — Live Action

  • The Black Hole is the Trope Namer. Reinhart tries to pass off the garden as "tiny" but it was, in fact, huge in order to feed the entire zombified crew.
  • The Big Short has Ben Rickert, a former trader whose cynicism over the state of the financial system has lead him to paranoia and flirting with survivalism. He serves his guests salads grown in his own garden, which they don't have a problem with until he mentions that he's used urine (presumably, his own) to help revitalise the soil without petrochemicals. Depending on your take on the central characters of the film, he's either not a villain, just a guy who helped some old friends make money by betting against the global economy... or he's knowingly profiting from other people's impending misery.
  • Water (1985). The Governor of Cascara has his own private garden of heavy duty herbs.


Live-Action TV

  • Parodied hilariously in Seinfeld:
    Guest (to Kramer): You made this salad?
    Kramer: Yes, I prepared it as I bathed!
  • Horrifying variation in I, Claudius. Livia gets around her husband only eating directly from his fig orchard to avoid poisoning by putting poison on them while they're still on the trees.
    Livia: Don't touch the figs.
  • Sent up in Bottom, when Richie attempts this ("All the ingredients in tonight's main meal have either been grown, found or foraged") despite living in a grotty garden-less upper floor flat in the middle of London:
    Eddie: What's wrong with these beans?
    Richie: What d'you mean wrong? They're fresh. I grew those in the window-box.
    Eddie: They've got black bits all over them.
    Richie: Well it's just a couple of greenfly, for heaven's sake! Well they're dead now, they've been under the grill for ages. Really, I watched them pop.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: The two-parter "Year of Hell" has a No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine scene where Tom Paris gets the opportunity to taste the typical food of alien civilizations that never existed! The Big Bad Annorax has wiped them out of time itself, and keeps the last artifacts of their culture on his ship. Granted, this stuff was not grown by Annorax himself, but at least the access is quite exclusive.
  • Stargate Atlantis plays it for laughs and creeps during a diplomatic meeting between Atlantis and their occasional out-of-necessity Wraith ally "Todd". As vampiric entities feeding on lifeforce, Wraith have no need for "normal" food on their ships; although they can enjoy eating it, they derive no nourishment from it. Also, the entire human population of the Pegasus galaxy is Wraith cattle, hence the trope.
    Sheppard: Fruit bowl - nice touch.
    Todd: (dismissively) Oh, we picked them up during our travels. I thought they would make our discussion a little more comfortable. I hope they prove as delicious as the farmers who grew them...!
  • On an episode of Sanford and Son, Grady serves a dinner with food served from the garden he's been growing. He doesn't realize that marijuna has been growing in the garden and he mixes it in with the salad and invites two cops to have dinner. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Discussed by Eddington regarding Sisko's homecooked meals for the officers in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Eddington is sure that Sisko managed the ingredients by himself, as they were of higher quality than replicated food. In an inversion, Eddington is the villain (well, Anti-Villain) in this scenario, although he saw himself as the hero.
  • Several non-villainous examples from the original Iron Chef. Several challengers owned and ran restaurants that specialised in using ingredients grown in a dedicated garden (either on site or nearby), sometimes supplemented with wild grown ingredients harvested from the local area for those in more remote locations.
  • In the Leverage episode "The Top Hat Job," which features a Corrupt Corporate Executive who's allowing his company to sell frozen dinners contaminated with salmonella, Eliot comments that situations like that are why he grows all of his own food. Given that he follows this by claiming that he makes time to do so by only sleeping ninety minutes a day, he's probably joking... we think.

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