Well hello spring! (at Blue Hill at Stone Barns)
A Fraiche perspective!
It isn’t very easy to find a restaurant that is the manifestation of the ideals and principles of its visionary. Fraiche in Camp Hill, PA is such a place. No, the restaurant isn’t an ideology-forward establishment, it’s a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients and flavors prepared with love, gusto and enthusiasm. If you have a chance to speak with Armen, the visionary and the owner, you open the door for a good conversation and cheerful laughter. Armen’s warm personality and confident and unpretentious demeanor fills you with hope for the future of mankind and makes running a business with a conscience look easy. And in that he is very inspiring.
To show my appreciation for Armen’s strong connection with his purveyors in the Central PA farming community, his passion for Farm-to-Table and the flavor explosion that is his restaurant, I posted:
"Farm-to-Table is the name of a wholesome revolution. It means to honor the farmer and the soil, and to respect the fruits of their labor. It means to eat with conscience. I regard serving and eating Farm-to-Table food as casting a vote on the welfare of farmers; on the quality and taste of food products; the health of one’s own body, family and community as well as the health of the environment. It’s not just wholesome — it’s awesome."
They loved it and used it on their flyers. What an honor!
PS.: I don’t do restaurant reviews and this isn’t one. And this comes from a good place. Cheers, Sayat
This isn’t a new phenomenon but it’s been gaining momentum recently.
Chefs have a very important role to play in their communities to revive the food knowledge and culture that has been lost to TV dinners and sliced bread. And like all grassroots movements aspiring for a cultural shift, change begins with children and families — at schools.
Michelle Obama has put her weight behind this campaign to reduce childhood obesity, and for the first time in a couple decades the numbers have moved in the right direction. Chef volunteerism is only a component of the whole campaign, having said that, it’s an integral one. Success stories abound. Stay inspired and Let’s Move!