Posted in Blogging Marin on Friday, July 12, 2019 by MCVB Staff
By Whitney Butler
Today’s farm-to-table scene means different things to different people. In fact, the very concept—the use of locally sourced products with little alteration—has become a commodity in and of itself. Even global food chains are jumping on the wagon.
But with its deep roots in farm-to-table culture, long-standing preservation efforts pursued by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), artisanal boutiques around every corner, and spirited chefs supporting small farms and purveyors, the food system in Marin County, California, is as authentic as it gets—and it’s for everyone.
Here are some of Marin County’s best places to score farm-to-table food:
Belcampo Meat Co.
One of the ways farm-to-table shakes up traditional food systems is by cutting out distributors entirely. There’s no better example of this in Marin than at Belcampo Meat Co.’s butcher shop and restaurant.
In addition to serving great food in a casual setting, all the meat served is farm-raised on company property based at the foot of Mount Shasta in California’s Cascade Range. Belcampo’s 20,000-square-foot processing facility is just a short drive away and includes design features from the county’s leading humane handling expert, Temple Grandin.
The next time you’re in Larkspur, don’t miss a chance to enjoy a juicy burger or signature cheesesteak sandwich at this restaurant, or pick up a few chops to grill at home.
Side Street Kitchen
Point Reyes Station
The local and organic menu features slow-cooked meats & organic vegetables: slow-roasted chicken & other specialties. Fresh, wholesome suppers, salads & sandwiches. All ingredients are sourced from best-practice purveyors with health, sustainability and deliciousness in mind. Don't forget to try Side Street Kitchen's pork-belly eggs benedict for brunch on the weekends.
Fresh, wholesome salads, sandwiches and suppers for dine-in or take-out. Family-style dining is fun and easy here with a variety of delicious sides to pass and share. Dessert highlights are the apple fritters and butterscotch pudding plus delectable cookies baked fresh daily. Beer, wine & bubbly round out the drink menu along with ginger-lemonade and other unique soft-drink offerings.
West Marin Food Tours
Immerse yourself in Marin’s food system on a specialty, behind-the-scenes tour with Elizabeth Hill, certified Natural Chef. West Marin Food Tours leads guests on an intimate journey from the farm to the table. Each tour covers different facets of West Marin’s passion for sustainability, including the Cheese Lover’s, Oyster Lover’s and Wine & Cheese tours, to name a few.
Meet farmers, chefs and specialty purveyors as you taste your way through several delicious offerings, and make new friends along the way, too. If you’re pressed for time, West Marin Food Tours is a great and efficient way to experience some of Marin’s most famous culinary offerings.
William Tell House
When food entrepreneur Ted Wilson collaborated talents with Chef Austin Perkins and Consulting Beverage Director Ethan Terry, the Tell House was the perfect location. Nestled between the California Coastline's fishing community and West Marin's Agriculture and Dairy Communities, the Tell House is perched in Northern California's land of harvest.
A fresh take on an Old California institution originally established in 1877, William Tell House, Marin County’s Oldest Saloon is nestled in the town of Tomales, California. This is the epicenter of where land meets the ocean. Minutes to the East and South, are some of California’s best dairy and meat producers like Cowgirl Creamery and organic pasture foraged beef from Stemple Creek. Minutes to the West from the Tell House, you’ll find yourself on the California Coast, rich with oysters, fresh salmon, multiple species of rockfish, halibut and of course Dungeness crab. Join us as we combine the best of Northern California edible delights.