I honor of the Boston Local Food Festival taking place Sunday, September 17th on The Greeway I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Boston restaurants that partner with local farms and fisheries and feature their products on their menus.
By featuring local products these restaurants have menus that change seasonally and their ingredients are always fresh. As a diner I love knowing that when I visit one of these restaurants that the menu will be different than the last time I was there!
With dining room with a cozy farmhouse feel and a menu that continuously focuses on fresh from the farm, Henrietta’s Table has been a staple in Cambridge since 1995. Chef Peter Davis is a is a Boston native with a passion for local and regional cuisine who uses products grown using sustainable agriculture methods and native ingredients when creating dishes for Henriett’s brunch, lunch, dinner and even cocktail menu.
The menu changes seasonally and I am a huge fan of their seasonal buying guide on their website. And if you are lucky enough to dine on their patio you will be sitting amongst their courtyard garden where many of the restaurants fresh herbs are grown.
Another Cambridge gem with a strong focus on using the best of the best local, seasonal, and organic ingredients is Craigie On Main. James Beard Award–winning Chef Tony Maws menu is French-inspired “refined rusticity” and if you are really looking to get the best of the best of seasonal ingredients check out his 5 course tasting menu which changes DAILY.
I am an oyster fanatic and there is no better place in Boston to slurp them down than Island Creek Oyster Bar. All of their oysters come from their oyster farm located in Duxbury, MA. What started as a small team of farmers selling oysters to local restaurants has grown to a wholesale team, 10 oyster farms, a non-profit foundation, and 5 Boston-area restaurants.
Located in Boston’s Back Bay Post 390 Executive Chef Nick Deutmeyer works extremely closely with the region’s top farmers and showcases their products on fresh and seasonal menus. My favorite dining experience at Post 390 is the Farm to Post dinner series which features a 3 course seasonally selected menu that can be enjoyed with or without wine parings. Each series features a different farmer or fishery the menu changes weekly.
Don’t forget to stop by the Boston Local Food Festival on September 17, 2017. This event is FREE to the public and you will have the chance to meet with some of the very best local farmers, vendors, artisans, and restaurants!
To learn more about the festival and the participating vendors check out www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com!