For farm-to-table enthusiasts like us, we love hearing about and sharing information on this thriving movement. Whether hiring a caterer or dining out, farm-to-table is always worth traveling the extra distance for a fresher more flavorful experience. Enjoy this article by Epicurios!
The Top 10 Farm-to-Table Restaurants
The most dedicated locavore eateries in the U.S.A. By Joanne Camas
In case you haven’t heard: After years of importing ingredients from all over the world, chefs are going back to basics and staying local. The goal is to limit the human impact on the environment—less flying, driving, and fuel consumption (all of which leaves a smaller “eco-footprint”). Farm-fresh fare is also packed with nutrients, doesn’t have to be sprayed with chemicals to protect it for the long haul to the restaurant, and just plain tastes good. Everybody wins, from farmer to chef to diner.
Thinking globally and sourcing locally is not just politically correct; it’s also personally rewarding for the farmer. Cynthia Sandberg, the owner of Love Apple Farm, near Santa Cruz, California, supplies the fruit and vegetables for Los Gatos’s Manresa restaurant. “It’s a very special feeling to see something on a plate prepared by a world-famous chef and be able to recognize the exact vegetable that I picked for him earlier that day,” she says.
Sourcing products from local purveyors is not exactly new, of course: Chefs like Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), Peter Hoffman (Savoy), and Dan Barber (Blue Hill) were all pioneers in the locavore movement. But the phenomenon is finally national in scope and impact. Here follows a selection of some of the lesser-known and more interesting farm-to-table restaurants around the country, all of which promote locally grown or raised animals, vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
Note: All restaurant information subject to change without notice. Please contact the restaurant for the most current information. Pictured: Chef Brian Scheehser of Trellis restaurant.