29 Jun Farm to Table and Farm to Fork: Why Fresh and Local is Best
Here at Tall Guy and A Grill, we consistently hear how fresh our food tastes. This is a direct result of our farm to table / farm-to-fork approach, which means we: source local, take the time to make food from scratch, and use the best ingredients we have access to. This effort takes a lot of time and hard work, but – to us – it is the right thing to do for you and for our local farms.
“The farm to table initiative means that we’re eating with a conscience. We want our food to be traceable and transparent. We’re shortening the distance our food travels and removing the middleman while supporting the local economy and fostering a sense of community, well-being, and social responsibility.” – Tall Guy Executive Chef, Dana Spandet
With the addition of our newest team member and local chef, Dana Spandet, we now have more time to continue building relationships with local business owners. We walk the fields with farmers, finding out how to obtain products, what can be grown, when it’s available and in season, and how it can be mutually cost effective. These relationships – these stories behind the food – give me knowledge and inspiration for our Tall Guy menu.
Whenever possible, the protein on our menu consists of grass-fed beef, cage free fed chicken, and cage free organic eggs. We aim to make sure that any meat products used are as minimally processed and as chemical free as possible. And, we always hear about the difference in quality and taste from our customers – which makes our hard work pay off.
An excellent, smart way for everyone to participate in the farm to table lifestyle is to shift a portion (even if it’s a small portion!) of your protein purchasing to locally owned butchers, like Kettle Range Meats and Bunzels. Often times, the person who butchers your proteins will be behind the deli counter. They are more than happy to answer questions and offer cooking suggestions so you can be the hero of your next back yard barbecue.
If you can, do your best to dine at restaurants that source their food locally and ask questions of your servers to learn more about the source of your food (10 questions to ask). You can also grow your own produce, participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and/or support the numbers of amazing farmer’s markets in the city (2016 full listing).
“I try to spend my summer hitting up as many different markets and meeting as many local folks and farmers as I can. Our city is so rich in its culture and diversity that I want to get out there and experience it all.” – Tall Guy Executive Chef, Dana Spandet
To encourage you to shop fresh this summer and/or grow your own produce, here is a simple recipe that seems to be a favorite for a lot of our clients.
- 1 tightly packed cup of parsley
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or use fresh if you have that in your garden!)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
Remember, when you’re shopping local your food is going to be really fresh and that makes all the difference in taste. It is also a responsible, sustainable way to live, eat, and build our local economy.
Want to see the Farm to Table philosophy in action? On July 27th Tall Guy hosted their first Farm-to-Table / Farm-to-Fork event in Wisconsin and it was simply magical.