Fair Oaks Farms is proud to announce the public grand opening of The Farmhouse Restaurant and Conference Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Building on the decade-long fun and educational family farm experience of Fair Oaks Farms, The Farmhouse promises to provide American Farm Cuisine served with unmatched transparency, hospitality and a commitment to sustainability.
Fair Oaks Farms and nationally-known restaurateur, Carl A. Bruggemeier “B,” have partnered to create the nation’s first large-scale “Our Farm, to Your Plate, In Our House” dining concept, with 18,000 square feet of space. Initially, a great number of the menu items will be created from food produced by Fair Oaks Farms, with the end goal being up to 80 percent of the menu ingredients being raised on the Farm and by a select few other local growers. Dairy, beef and pork are currently being supplied to the Restaurant from Fair Oaks Farms, with additional products in various stages of development.
Co-owner Bruggemeier brings his extensive experience of more than 40 years in the hospitality business, where as a restaurateur, developer and industry advisor, he has completed more than $5 billion of total restaurant, retail and hotel design, construction and development. Bruggemeier has managed several high-profile restaurants, including Tavern on the Green in New York City; Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and founded the Ciao Cucina Restaurant Group.
“Transparency, farm freshness and sustainability are essential ingredients in our promise to the guest, and we want you to see what we do and how we do it,” said Bruggemeier. “From the glass-encased, 4,500 square foot kitchen to the animal experiences on the farm, the chefs and farmers take very special care to raise, produce and present all our food here, and we are very proud of our work.”
Chosen as executive chef at The Farmhouse, Christopher Turner’s culinary arts experience spans several decades, most recently as corporate executive chef for the award-winning private jet and upscale event caterer, Silver Lining Inflight Catering, of Pompano Beach, Fla. Prior to Silver Lining Inflight Catering, Turner helmed noted eateries such as China Grill, Pacific Times Caf, Restaurant Norman’s, Las Ventanas Al Paraiso.
“The Farmhouse presents me with a unique opportunity to prepare farm-fresh dishes with ingredients produced onsite for the first time in my career,” said Chris Turner, executive chef. “I’ve worked with Carl on many occasions and am looking forward to this new venture together.”