by Jeff Clemetson, Content Editor
Lovers often talk about being “in the moment” – a space in time where the two are fused together as one in a feeling of bliss. As sweethearts prepare for their Valentine’s Day dates this year, I’d like to make a dinner date suggestion that is also “in the moment” – farm-to-fork restaurants.
Farm-to-fork, also called farm-to-table, restaurants create their menus daily, based upon what foods are available from local farms. This insures that the entrees and appetizers are the freshest possible, or the most “in the moment” possible. It is a rather recent movement in food that involves chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, environmental advocates and, of course, foodies who wine and dine at heir favorite restaurants.
Farm-to-fork restaurants pride themselves on serving organic vegetables that are free of pesticides and are natural rather than genetically modified. Although many assume that the farm to fork movement is just for vegetarians, there are farm-to-fork meat companies that deliver free-range meats that are hormone-free and treated humanely.
Finding farm-to-fork restaurants is easy. One of the best resources is the Website americanfarmtotable.com. It lists by state and city all the best farm-to-fork restaurants and gives bios on the chefs as well as information on the types of food that is served, whether the restaurant serves meat and fish, etc.
One of the most surprising things you’ll notice about the farm-to-fork movement is just how many awards are given to these restaurants recently. It used to be that local magazines were awarding the best steakhouses and seafood restaurants with the best restaurant awards or reader’s choice awards. With its newfound popularity, farm-to-fork is truly a food revolution that has the added benefits of serving healthy foods, teaching healthy practices and encouraging local subsistence farming practices. So this Valentine’s Day, it might be time to get into the moment and fall in love with your own local farm-to=fork restaurant.