Local 111 Among Top 25 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in U.S.
There it is in the pages of the February 2009 issue (and on the website, naturally) of Best Life, a men’s magazine from Rodale Press, our own Local 111 in Philmont, cited by a blue-ribbon jury as one of the top 25 farm-to-table restaurants in the United States.
This is big. Among the other winners are such giants as Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in the Napa Valley, Alice Water’s Chez Panisse in Berkeley, David Chang’s Momofuku in New York City, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, Westchester County. In contrast, Local 111 is a former filling station that was cleverly converted by one of its owners, the architect Linda Gatter (the other owner is her husband, Max Dannis), into its present stylish-but-still-recognizable-as-a-filling-station form, situated smack on Main Street in one of Columbia County’s least gentrified towns. But it’s not the only winner that’s in an unlikely place—The Herbfarm is in Woodinville, Washington; The Farmers Diner is in Quechee, Vermont; Blackberry Farm is in Walland, Tennessee; Bolete is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Local 111 and it’s fellow relative-unknowns are perhaps even more laudable than the superstars, whose commitment to farm fresh is, after all, handsomely unwritten by clamoring throngs of deep-pocketed purists. Those among the winners that are not world-famous culinary meccas add an element of surprise and public service to the awards. Who better to reassure other would-be restaurateurs that their own low-carbon-imprint, high-quality, farm-to-table ambitions are not just so much pie (flour stone-ground from local grain, artisanal butter churned at a neighboring dairy, pesticide-free fruit from an orchard down the road) in the sky?
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