It’s a sunny April at the Farmstand! We are up and running – the season proper has started. We are open five lunches and three dinners a week. We have some familiar faces in new and exciting spots, as usual. We will have some bumps while settling in, but also new blood bringing new ideas and energy. People come first for us! You can find the week’s menu at the end of this post.
Hamid, pastry master
Master Chad Fell, the sourdough behind the bread
Rose, back in the house after child bearing
Brian Runningman, secondary pan flipper
Ricky, primary pan flipper
Shea Shea, omelette specialist turned pizzaiola
me the chef
pork pâté with cornichon and dijon mustard 5.5
mixed field greens with balsamic vinaigrette 6.5
GTF salad –white turnips, pears and meyer lemon vinaigrette 9.5
butternut soup with artisan bread 4/6
ham & vegetables soup with artisan bread 4/6
Italian sausage/roasted bell peppers/mozzarella 10.5
–add an egg for a dollar
pork ravioli with mushrooms, leeks and tomato sauce 9.5
gnochetti (malloreddus) with butternut squash, ricotta cheese & arugula 9.5
roasted duck leg, spinach and white beans 10.5
garlic sausage with braised red cabbage, roasted potatoes & mustard 10.
seafood brodetto of pacific rockfish, prawns, potatoes, tomatoes & kale with ailoli* 11.5
Looks like…a lot!
Here’s Emily, aka “Hot Tomolly,” and Brian, aka “Sticks.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our new pastry chef Hamid Serdani, who has already put his own stamp on our pastry offering, and is a hoot to have around the kitchen
And now in his own words;
I was born and raised in a beautiful village in Algeria (North-Africa), called Cherchell, which is situated on the Mediterranean sea, with a population similar to that of Corvallis. It is in this idyllic setting, that I was raised and taught a love for food from my mother and grandmother. Together, we would forage for mushrooms and snails, as well as various herbs for food and medicine. Every day we would visit the village market to buy fresh produce and walk down to the small harbor for the day’s catch.
As a young man I moved to the Champagne region of France where I fell in love with their cuisine, wine and my lovely wife, Maryna. We relocated to her hometown of Stellenbosch, in the heart of South Africa’s wine region. It is there where I graduated from the renowned Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) as ‘Chef par excellence’ and received the Wusthoff Achievement Award. The next 2 years I worked as full-time lecturer and instructor at the ICA, where I taught upcoming chefs the finer skills of baking, pastry-making and chocolaterie. In 2003, my wife, son and I decided to further broaden our horizons and settled in Oregon.
I love food! It is what I do best. I cook it, I photograph it, and, best of all, I eat it!
The Farmstand will be open for lunch and vegetable sales starting on March 6th.
We have all been beavering away to get things ready for the early spring opening. The kitchen crew literally can’t wait to get back into action. Members of our squad have been to Europe, North Africa, Portland and in a literary sense to Italy, France, and England. New cats, new techniques to learn, new guitars, new albums, and a couple of new faces. Stay tuned for an introduction to our new kitchen members – one is coming all the way from Minnesota!
Ricky has been an important part of the GTF kitchen for quite a while. Here he is sporting the 2009 kitchen t-shirt. Every year we all sport a GTF shirt with the current year. If you see one out on the street, make sure to give a shout out: “Love those donuts!” or something.
Ricky has also been working very hard to make his band The Crescendo Show a success. Here is a small sample: