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Restaurants with "house-grown" produce

Ruth Lafler May 20, 2009 02:24 PM

I just found out that Cafe Gratitude now has a farm -- Be Love Farm -- and is supplying some (but not all) of its produce from there, with plans to expand that operation.

I thought it might be informative to put together a list of places that use at least some produce they grow themselves.

Cafe Gratitude
The French Laundry
Duarte's Tavern


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  1. Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler May 20, 2009 02:29 PM

    Humble Pie in Penngrove
    Zazu in Santa Rosa
    Cafe St Rose in Sebastopol
    French Garden in Sebastopol
    Cancun in Berkeley
    Tlaloc in SF
    Chilayo in SF

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Columba RE: Melanie Wong Jan 4, 2010 06:25 PM

      Sebastopol's Sunday farm market has closed, but French Garden on Highway 12 hasn't.

      They offered incredible beets, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, leeks, lettuce, cilantro, arugula, spinach and more.

      Also, they had some fine looking pastries displayed on the bar top.

      The whole market enterprise is inside the bar.

      French Garden
      8050 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472

    2. pane RE: Ruth Lafler May 20, 2009 02:30 PM

      Does Mission Pie count?

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        Ruth Lafler RE: pane May 20, 2009 03:07 PM


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        dolcevita_sf RE: Ruth Lafler May 20, 2009 04:18 PM

        Mustard's Grill (pre-fire, anyway)

        Pauline's Pizza
        Madrona Manor


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          Ruth Lafler RE: dolcevita_sf May 20, 2009 04:54 PM

          Mentioned in the 7x7 article was Greens, which is a classic. And Spruce's sister Village Pub was mentioned in the Chron article.

          I'm not sure Alembic (it sounds like their garden isn't producing yet, and that they're only going to be growing herbs), and Incanto and Zuppa (which are just growing herbs) really count.

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            rworange RE: Ruth Lafler May 24, 2009 08:00 PM

            Brix Napa

        2. bbulkow RE: Ruth Lafler May 25, 2009 02:45 PM

          Flea Street, Menlo Park

          1. Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 5, 2009 01:57 AM

            Santi in Geyserville

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              katya RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 5, 2009 01:11 PM

              Zatar in Berkeley
              Shalizaar in Belmont (I'm not sure about this one but one of their apps includes herbs from the Los Altos Hills which I always took to mean their backyard garden)

              300 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

              1981 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

              1. BernalKC RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 28, 2009 02:37 PM

                Cancun tacqueria [Berkeley] now sports a breadboard out front advertising their use of organic produce from their own garden. Didn't get a chance to ask about which dishes, how much, etc.

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                1. re: BernalKC
                  Robert Lauriston RE: BernalKC Jul 28, 2009 05:32 PM

                  It's not a garden, it's a farm in Sonoma that supplies the several branches of Cancun and Tlaloc.

                2. rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 28, 2009 02:58 PM

                  Bardessono in Yountville

                  1. Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 28, 2009 05:44 PM

                    Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg owns/operates Eastside Farms, and you can buy the produce at farmers markets (Healdsburg, Windsor, etc.).

                    1. Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 30, 2009 10:35 PM

                      Farmhouse Inn: vegetables, fruit, grapes made into wine by a neighboring winery, rabbits, honey, etc.

                      1. rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 18, 2009 12:25 PM

                        Boon Eat + Drink in Guerneville. Anyone been?

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                          ellenm RE: rworange Dec 20, 2009 09:12 AM

                          It was great. There were two of us we split the truffle fries ($6.00 enough for four people), flash fried brussels sprouts with lemon, garlic and hot pepper($8 and a big serving -enough for a meal by itself), and the tuscan bean soup ($12) I'm still thinking about the soup. .

                          Everything was wonderful. It's not a formal, fancy place but the food is.

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                          Fig Newton RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 18, 2009 01:45 PM

                          Contigo is growing a small amount of produce. (maybe lettuces, herbs?)

                          1. Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 2, 2009 11:48 AM

                            Vineyards Inn, Kenwood

                            1. rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 15, 2009 06:30 PM

                              Vitrane ... and they grown it on Third St in SOMA, no less. From their opentable overview

                              "Vitrine offers a full breakfast and lunch menu based on the highest quality ingredients, with many of the herbs and vegetables coming from the hotel’s organic terrace garden."

                              The terrace is on the fourth floor ... which is good. I worked for a decade on Market Street not too far away and you really don't want to know what happens to street level plants.

                              1. Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 20, 2009 11:20 AM

                                Tlaloc, Chilayo, and the Berkeley Cancun all get their produce from the same farm:


                                No connection with the three Taquerias Cancun in SF.

                                2134 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

                                2150 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

                                Tlaloc Sabor Mexicano
                                525 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                1. rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Jan 6, 2010 04:16 PM

                                  I don't know if this really counts since it is owned by the Cafe Gratitude people, but Gracias Madre vegan Mexican restaurant just opened and the site says "Our tortillas and tamales are handmade from non-GMO Organic heirloom corn, some of which is grown by us on the Be Love Farm"

                                  No chicharones for you here

                                  1. rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Jan 13, 2010 11:07 AM

                                    Casa De Cobre in Saratoga. The menu looks really swell and it has a few positive reports on Chowhound and four stars on yelp

                                    It is worthwhile to pay attention to those one line mentions on the board.

                                    1. Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 16, 2011 01:31 PM

                                      The Restaurant at Wente -- produce, olive oil, and of course, wine!

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