When I heard that the old French restaurant around the corner from us had been sold, I was cautiously optimistic to say the least. But then, to find out it was going to be a farm-to-table establishment, The 1859 Farmhouse, I soon became overjoyed! Those 3 little words, “farm to table” have such sweet meaning to this beet-lovin’, organic veggie grower. As a transplant from Colorado, I’ve found that south Jersey isn’t exactly known for their natural and organic restaurant selections. Unfortunately, you will find more pizzerias, sandwich shops and fast food joints than anything else.
In a recent article by the Courier Post, Owner Stu Wanicur and Executive Chef, David Murray say they “promise a sophisticated but casual experience that will focus on seasonal, regional and organic ingredients, with menus that will feel like you’re treating yourself without breaking the bank.”
This place is just calling my name! In fact, they also claim to source most of the ingredients within a 40-mile radius which is no small feat considering we’re right in the middle of the ‘burbs. And even though they are BYOB, they have a special partnership with a local winery I’ve never heard of, Coda Rossa and will have a small offering of their wines. I smell another wine review in the near future for Tastefully Inspired.
So, although I haven’t heard back from my attempts to contact them, I will be trying out the restaurant as soon as they open and I wish them the best of luck. South Jersey needs The 1859 Farmhouse and I need a place I can ride my bike to and feel good about where my food came from. Needless to say, guess who will be standing in line anxiously to try their unique and local offerings.