Farm-to-table is defined as: describing or relating to fresh, locally sourced food, sold to local consumers or restaurants.
Intended as a more thoughtful, way to accomplish the transfer of high-quality fresh produce, meats, and vegetables to the consumer while being responsible for its purity by purchasing from trusted sources.
The farm to table movement advocates for local, seasonal, fresh, and organically-produced foods and has been promoted by both farmers and chefs as a means to connect consumers to the source of the ingredients in their meals. Do you know where your food came from? We do!
How does farm to table work in Tyler Texas?
We work to source the best and most local of all of our ingredients but sometimes the best organic, pasture raised chicken can’t be found in East Texas. In this event, we may choose to source our chicken from San Antonio or even another state. It is extremely difficult to be 100% farm to table, especially here in Tyler, so are we a true farm to table restaurant? Strictly speaking, no we are not. But we try our best and are happy to tell you exactly where your food came from.
If farm to table is so difficult, why bother?
We believe that our family and our customers deserve a choice. They deserve the option to go out, have a great time with friends, and not worry about pesticides and hormones in their food. We believe that shopping local supports the community in which we live. We believe in sustainable food options that are as eco-friendly as possible. We believe that making the items on our menu from scratch tastes much better. Come see for yourself.
Can you explain how grass fed, free range impact the quality of the menu?
We believe in the health benefits of hormone-free, grass fed, and free-range meat and to us, it simply tastes better. Our executive chef creates unique pairings with the freshest organic produce and without a needing to hide the true flavor of the meat in a bath of gravy. Sourcing these thoughtfully selected ingredients makes all of the food we serve taste like it was just picked from the garden, and in most cases, it was.
What is the meaning of scratch kitchen?
Technically, scratch cooking uses food that has “undergone no significant modification, including being heated, marinated, assembled or a combination of those procedures.”
To us, a Scratch kitchen means you won’t find giant cans of green beans or five-gallon buckets of peas in our kitchen. Our food is prepared with original fresh ingredients which are carefully combined into natural creations by our executive chef with the intent of communicating his unique vision of that dish. There are no premixed packages of mixed vegetables to thaw and microwave, only the freshest ingredients waiting to be prepared just for you.
Why does your menu change so often?
Becuase we follow the guidelines listed above as best we can, we are at the mercy of what our farmers and vendors have available. We also value our relationships with every one of them, so to help them help us, we work hand in hand. For instance, if winter lasts longer than expected, it may mean the ground is not ready to properly produce certain ingredients in the Spring. It also may mean that the long winter produced more of a particular item than normal. So we will work to use that item more, in our menu because that is the freshest item available. If we have the opportunity to acquire a great batch of tomatoes, you will see the menu change to reflect this bounty. As nature provides – we will constantly adapt our menu. This is one of the many advantages of having a talented executive chef on staff who knows how to choose the freshest ingredients at any time of year.