What does it mean to be a farm to table restaurant in the Outer Banks or Kitty Hawk? Not to get to mired down in verbiage, but a few things stand out right away on what kind of food is expected. Farm to table food is traceable.
As a restaurateur you want to know where every item you get is from. Every steak. Every piece of fish. Every shrimp…They all matter to the health of our customer family including OBX locals and visitors alike. We live in an era where you have to ask about the quality of what you ingest. Naturally we ask that question before any food is prepared and served to anyone in the Outer Banks and part of the reason is we know who we are buying it from and where. We can trace any item back to the source which is a part of what it means to be Farm to Table.
Farm To Table Means Accountability
Another key aspect of this type of cooking is accountability. Farm to Table practices mean understanding that great food starts at the source and you should keep a close eye on that source. This goes for Ocean To Table and Wild Game which follow the same set of standards. Regardless accountability requires that we ask some critical questions of our suppliers which include:
- Where is the steak, shrimp, or vegetables from?
- Who farmed it, fished it or caught it?
- What are their methods? How fresh is it?
These are just a sampling of the questions that are considered by an Outer Banks Farm To Table Restaurant. But they make a huge difference. A lot of other obvious benefits emerge from these principles..
Local is more than just a buzzword. Local to an Outer Banks Restaurant means North Carolina and Virginia aren’t just states that trucks just drive through to bring you frozen vegetables, seafood, or meat after going thousands of miles. North Carolina and Virginia are now the beaten paths to local farms, breweries, wineries, fishermen, and wild game hunters. These are family owned and small businesses providing real food to our tables. This means less pollution, more local jobs, and food that just simply tastes fresher.
Farm To Table Outer Banks Menu Means Less Pollution and Fuel
I mentioned less pollution. You may not realize it but shipping tons of frozen seafood from Central Asia and oceans abroad means masses of fuel and pollution. And of course once it gets to the United States mainland, diesel fueled trucks have to bring it to distribution centers. Of course more smoke goes into the air when these trucks depart to the chain seafood houses to bring this journeymen seafood. I can tell you lots of fossil fuel enters their tanks and lots of pollution enters the air. All for food that is less fresh?
And it is not just pollution. When those trucks fill up it means the demand for fuel goes up. And this means prices go up too as is the case with any supply and demand commodity. More transportation will ultimately mean higher gas prices. So why not get food from ten or twenty miles away and help fight those prices and pollution while getting a better meal. And on top of that another huge benefit awaits…
Farm To Table Outer Banks Means Jobs
Buying local means jobs. When you procure your steak, breakfast food, seafood, fish, crabs, salads, beer, wine and more from local family businesses you employ local people. This is a win win for everyone. People get healthier, fresher, tastier food, and Americans get support for their businesses.
Farm To Table Beef, Chicken, Seafood, and Vegetables Means Taste
But most importantly it means homemade food, like that at Argyles, is truly homemade. We use local ingredients and prep them right here. There is no frozen, premixed, prefabricated, or global shipped mystery meats and vegetables in our kitchen. Just the product of local growers, fishermen, winemakers, brewers, and other local providers.
So when we say we are an OBX Farm To Table Restaurant, we mean it in the most literal sense. And you can taste the difference. People do not give us a questionnaire on the specific step by step origins of their food. They can taste the difference here at Argyles Farm To Table Restaurant.
The proof is in the pudding. Come taste what fresh food tastes like here in the Outer Banks. Better yet, see what you have been missing elsewhere. Check out our menu.
“Farm-to-Table.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Feb. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm-to-table.