May 1-15: Special Menu featuring Mosaic Farms Meat

It’s that time of year when we like to feature some of our local vintners, meat suppliers, specific regions, and special items created at the farm. Starting us off  is our neighbor, Mosaic Farms. Just up the road from GTF, Mosaic Farms provides us with as local, sustainable, and delicious pig meat as we can get. The farm’s owner and operator, our friend Chris Hansen, describes his holistic farming practices in this video, where you also get a chance to see his pigs roaming in their happy home.

During the first half of May, JC has hams and shoulders, which he will embellish our daily menus with. His grand plan includes the following:

  • polpetti en brodo (meatballs in pork broth)
  • paté
  • rillettes
  • pork cracklins
  • ragu
  • salt pork
  • copa involtini (butterflied pork sholder)
  • …and maybe even sausage

Back in 2012, chef JC broke down a whole pig for a similar special feature – check out the entire process documented at our Flickr photo set here. Below is one of those photos. Fair warning: we believe people should know what their food looks like at all stages, however some of the images are graphic. Pig Break-down

The moral of the story is this: if you like pork even 1% as much as JC does, you’ll want to make a special trip out to the GTF Farmstand in early May to try out these mouth-watering morsels.


Wine Dinner with Tyee Winery

This Saturday we will rock the “seven” with Merrilee Buchanan, the winemaker of Tyeeeeeee.

Our wine dinners are casual affairs. They begin with a starting sip accompanied by pate bites and artisan bread, followed by a tour with the Farmer to see where your dinner is coming from. From there, we serve paired courses till the cheery end, singing, boasting, and laughing, etc.

I don’t have the pairings done yet but they are coming. Here is the working menu:

  • pate, blue cheese, pickles and olives
  • melon soup with goat cheese foam and basil oil served with a stuffed golden cherry tomato
  • lamb terrine with beets
  • shrimp on papas bravas with romesco
  • basil sorbet
  • grilled quail over cocozelle squash risotto
  • dessert by our pastry chef Hamid
  • all this for a mere $62 bones, life is good



We’re Wide Open…Lunch Menu: Week of April 1, 2014

Welcome to the true season at the GTF Farmstand. We are now as open as we ever get with lunch service Tuesday through Friday from 11-2 and Saturday 9-2, as well as dinner service on Thursday and Friday nights starting at 5:30 p.m. There are new faces to see and new foods to try. The biggest evolution this year is pizza bianco: white sauce based pizza. The true barometer is the staff hunger, and the bianco pies are receiving a big thumbs up!

April Fools Menu Sketch

To Start
toasted pugliese with arugula, olives and shaved parmesan 4.5
two pâtés with cornichon and whole grain mustard 6.5
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette 6.5
pear and arugula salad with honey vinaigrette* 6.5
GTF salad – white turnips and scallions in rice wine vinaigrette 9.5
vegetable and Israeli couscous soup with artisan bread 4/6
white bean soup with toasted almonds and artisan bread 4/6

Pizze Rosso
olive/garlic /herb/mozz 9.5
bacon/kale/chili oil /mozz 10.5
Italian sausage/peppers/mozz 10.5

Pizze Bianco
spinach/anchovy/thyme/mozz 9.5
ham/caper/alpine cheese/mozz 10.5
colazione-bacon/egg/parm/green onion/ground pepper 10.5

Menu: 20.
arugula and pear salad

grilled zip steak with kale raabe, hard cooked egg and whole grain mustard hollandaise (11.5)*

crème fraiche ice cream

ravioli of oxtail with burnt shallot, parmesan and dandelion greens 10.5
scialatielli spaghetti with Italian sausage and rapini (chili oil upon request) 9.5
creamy polenta with season’s finest vegetables and poached farm egg* 9.5
gnocchi with spinach, carrots, roasted shallot and mozzarella 9.5
brodetto of wild shrimp with baguette and aioli* 10.5

Lunch Menu Sketch: March 27-29, 2014

I realize it’s not much lead time to decide what to get, but here is the proposed menu for Thursday!

To Start

toasted pugliese with olives, mushrooms, marinated mozzarella 6.5
two pâtés with cornichon and whole grain mustard 6.5
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette 6.5
chicories with bread crumb and caesar vinaigrette* 6.5
GTF salad-goat cheese, almonds, cranberries and herb vinaigrette 9.5
mushroom soup with artisan bread 4/6
vegetable soup with artisan bread 4/6

Pizze Rosso
garlic /herb/mozz 9.5
bacon/peppers/chili oil /mozz 10.5
Italian sausage/spinach/mozz 10.5

Pizze Bianco

watercress/anchovy/onion/mozz 9.5
mushroom/ham/thyme/mozz 10.5
colazione-bacon/egg/parm/green onion/pepper 9.5

brûléed egg with sauce gribiche
grilled zip steak and sweetbreads (11.5)*
crème fraiche ice cream

ravioli of chicken with bacon milk and sorrel 10.5
orrechiette with pork ragú and spinach 9.5
mushroom cannelloni with ricotta and winter squash 9.5
shrimp cacciucco with garbanzos and peppers 10.5