Cherry Bombe Jubilee NYC 2014

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This past Sunday I had the chance to attend the Cherry Bombe Jubilee at The High Line Hotel in NYC. The Jubilee was put on by my favorite new magazine, Cherry Bombe! A while back I featured the magazine here on our blog and wrote about owners Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, as well as how the magazine came together and about how the Jubilee was to come. Well the day was finally here and I couldn’t have been anymore excited!

The day involved panels and discussions with some of the most talented and influential women in the food industry. Here are the highlights of the day:

1. Breakfast:

Included fresh cold-pressed juice and yogurt parfaits from New York based juicery Organic Avenue and baked goods from vegan and gluten-free bakery, BabyCakes NYC.

The grape fruit juice and mini glazed donuts were to die for!

2. Session #1 – Talks and Panels

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The Jubilee kicked off with chef/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi and her ‘Be The Change’ speech. She talked about the importance of keeping your head down and working hard to make sure people know your name, but at the same time staying true to yourself and who you really are.

Tosi was followed by Dorothy Hamilton, the founder of the French Culinary Institute (International Culinary Center). She talked about the importance of Culinary School and how it teaches, what she considers to be the 3 most important things you need in order to be successful in the kitchen: protocol, technique, and networking.

After Hamilton the first panel began on the topic of Getting Your Clog in The Door, which featured chef’s April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory Oyster Bar, and Salvation Taco), Katie Button (Curate Bar de tapas and Nightbell), Sara Kramer (formerly executive chef of Glasserie), and Anita Lo (Annisa). Moderated by journalist, Charlotte Druckerman, they discussed how they began their careers and how they got to where they are now. They also discussed what it takes to open your own restaurant and what they look for when they are hiring in the kitchen.

The first round closed with a talk from famed makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Brown discussed how she went from being a freelance makeup artist to owning her own billion dollar cosmetic company and also shared her 5 tips for success:

  1. Do what you love
  2. Tell the truth.
  3. Go with your gut.
  4. Keep it simple.
  5. Focus on the positive.

3. Lunch:

Included salads, grains, vegetables, and sandwiches from Smile To Go and organic soda from Brooklyn Soda Works.

I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Melia Marden’s restaurants,The Smile and Smile To Go, but I can say from the food that was provided from STG at the jubilee I will definitely make it a priority to go their my next visit to the city.

As for Brooklyn Soda works, I had already fell in love with their Apple Ginger Soda from my previous visits to Smorgusburg in Williamsburg, it’s a must try!

4. Session #2 – Talks and Panels

The second session kicked off with a panel for My Way: How to Be An Unconventional Entrepreneur, which featured entrepreneurs Jeni Bauer (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream), Martha Hoover (Patachou Inc.), Preeti Mistry (Juhu Beach Club), Jessamyn Rodriguez (Hot Bread Kitchen). Katie Lee, the co-host for The Kitchen on the Food Network, moderated the panel. They discussed and shared how they decided to open their own businesses, how they financed their projects, and what you need to focus on in order to be a success and keep your doors open.

Next came a talk from Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor at the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She discussed the topic of Food Politics and how it’s time to take action on the nutrition deficit in our country. You can read her blog on nutrition and politics here.

Chef’s and The Media: A Love Story? A panel made of Amanda Cohen, Kristen Kish, Amanda Kludt, and Mimi Sheraton. Moderated by the founder of pop-up restaurant Goodness, Elettra Wiedmann. This panel discussed the topic of how the media tends to favor men in the food world.

4. Afternoon Snack

Included cookies, canelés, pie, and small bites from: BittyCafe 2 at MoMACanelé by CélineFour & Twenty BlackbirdsNorth End GrillOvenlyUnion Square Cafe.

As if I wasn’t full enough from lunch snack time came around and I just couldn’t resist sampling the sweet and savory treats these incredible places had to offer!

5. Session #3 – Talks and Panels

Session three kicked off with a talk from Alexis Miesen, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream. Her partner, Jennie Dundas, established Blue Marble Dreams, a social venture that builds ice cream shops with women in areas recovering from conflict or natural disasters. The first shop, Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams) is located in Butare, Rwanda, which opened in 2010 and was the subject of a documentary called Sweet Dreams. We were lucky enough to be able to view the trailer, which you can now watch here. They are currently in the process opening a second shop in Haiti.

Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home featured chef’s Suzanne GoinGabrielle Hamilton, and was moderated by Christine Muhlke the executive editor of Bon Appétit. They discussed the difficulties of being a chef and a mother, and “having it all”.

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Next up was author and producer, Laurie David. For those of you who don’t know Laurie, won an Academy Award for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She came to the Jubilee to talk about her latest film Fed Up, a documentary about the causes and impact of the childhood obesity epidemic.

The idea came together with Katie Couric, who acts as the narrator and co-producer for the film. Laurie was gracious enough to let us in on the fact that the film would be released on May 9th. I was lucky enough to have the chance to meet and speak with Laurie before her presentation. She told me about how this film was going to shake things up in America, and boy will it! It’s time for us to take a stand against the food that is being offered in our supermarkets, to not only protect ourselves but to also protect the future generations of America.

Last, but certainly not least, was food writer and producer, Ruth Reichl. Any one who is a true foodie knows Miss Reichl. She was the chief of Gourmet for 10 years, a restaurant critic for the New York Times, and both the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She is a published author and a 6 time James Beard Award Winner! We were lucky enough to hear about the journey of how she got where she is today, being a working mother, and her opinions on the fact that she thinks we have a two tier food system in the United States.

Hearing from an industry legend like Reichl was an incredible way to end this incredibly interesting and inspiring day of panels and talks. It was now time to head to the…

6. Networking Session/Farewell Toast

Included macarons from Macaron Parlour, tasting of American farmstead cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers, breads and crackers from Hot Bread Kitchen, and wines from Macari Wines from the North Fork of Long Island. Music by DJ, Justine D.

Being able to share the same space as some of the most successful and influential women in the food industry (including the one and only Alice Waters!) was an absolute dream come true. I left feeling incredibly inspired and lucky to have made some new friends.

Thank you to the Cherry Bombe Team, especially Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, for an incredible day filled with amazing people!

For more pictures and information on the Jubilee head on over to our Facebook page.

Girl Power!

- RP

 

 

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Paradise

 

IMG_5414Well I’m back from Antigua (aka paradise)! I had a wonderful time with my family exploring the island and all it had to offer. It’s filled with vast and lush tropical forests and mountains, not to mention it’s incredible beaches (365 total, one for every day of the year!).

We were lucky enough to dine at some of nicest restaurants on the island and some of the best local spots. Because it is an island they do have to import a large portion of their goods, but all of the restaurants seemed to really make an effort to source produce and protein locally, such as parrot fish and black pineapple.

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Jacqui O’s Beach House: Order the Pina Colada, it’s sinfully delicious. Oh and the gourmet food is superb! Did I also mention the beach overlooks some of the most beautiful crystal clear water you have ever seen, and you can view it all from your own personal cabana?

Catherine’s Cafe Plage: Beautiful French restaurant off the beaten path that mixes local ingredients into its cuisine. Oh and if it’s yours or your dining companions birthday you are not going to want to miss out on their epic birthday song!

The D – Boat:  Converted from a 1974 Oil Tanker into a state of the art offshore experience. Beautiful views, constant entertainment, water park with water activities, great food, and amazing drinks! This place will bring out your inner child with it’s water trampoline and 35 foot water slide…oh and a little birdy told me they will soon have a 65 foot slide, thrill-seekers unite!

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It was incredible to get a break from the extremely cold weather. I drank lots of daiquiris and rum punches and gained a serious ginger tan (aka lots of more freckles). I was very sad to leave the perfect 80 degree and sunny weather, but I’m happy to be back with all of you!

We’ve got a lot of fun things in the works here at the TTAB for this Spring including some events and some pretty cool collaborations. We also have some pretty big blog posts coming up,one may or may not be based on a dover music festival coming up this June, so keep your eyes peeled!

Rebecca Porter

Social Media Manager

 

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House of Love

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This past Saturday I visited House Industries Love themed gallery and store. Any graphic designer or typographer knows that the work that comes from House is simply the best of the best; so visiting this gallery is like a candy obsessed 4-year old visiting the local sweets shop. And any true romantic, like myself, would go gaga over this beautifully crafted love-fest.

The display set up alone was enough to take your breath away. A wall of perfectly crafted cards for that special someone, a wall display of prints in different designs and languages representing the word L-O-V-E, and an encased glass table display of some pieces for the collections such as love etched Baccarat glasses, a dish towel, and original hand letterings of the above mentioned prints. Oh and of course there were chocolates! Produced by Neuchatel with House’s hand lettering design on the front.

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Though the gallery was mostly Love themed there was also a back room filled with other collections such as House Hasami, Ampersand cutting boards, post cards, and studio books. Also on display are a wide variety of men and women’s shirts.

I couldn’t resist purchasing the Amour t-shirt and card! They were just too beautiful to walk away with out them!

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The gallery will be closed from February 17th-March 1st. A little birdy told me that they will be debuting a pottery collection for the next gallery showing, and you are not going to want to miss out!

(All photos by House Industries)

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Mixed Berry Oatmeal for Two

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This is the time of year that Winter feels endless. While snow is a beautiful sight, most of us are longing for a little sun and warmth. If you’re looking to brighten your morning with a Summer-style breakfast then try this simple recipe:

Mixed Berry Oatmeal for Two:

Frozen berries – 1-2 cups
Oats – 1 cup
Soy milk (or Milk) – 1 splash
Brown sugar – 1/4 cup
Salt – 1 dash
Cinnamon – 1 dash

Directions:
Place 1-2 cups of frozen berries in a saucepan and cover most of the way with water. Heat on low for about 20-30 minutes. When the mixture is warm add about a 1/4 cup of brown sugar (depending in how sweet you like it) Continue to heat until the mixture is hot and steaming.

Fill another pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil with a dash of salt. Add 1 cup of oats and a stir off and on for about 5 minutes until the water is absorbed into the oats. At this point you can add an optional dash of cinnamon and splash of soy milk or regular milk. Stir in the berries and liquid (you may have to hold back some of the liquid if there is a lot of excess) and you have a warm, sweet, and tart breakfast for two!

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KNIT TOGETHER IN NYC!

 

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Hello Wonderful People! Karen here; writing to you from the city that never sleeps.

Despite the chilly temperatures up here in NYC it was quite the heartwarming weekend! I had the chance to celebrate with Delaware based art collective “Knit Together In Love” (Ktog) as they exhibited a knit installation at the Vogue Knitting Live event in Times Square.

Ktog was the featured display artist at the Dream Friends Tea Party in March 2013. They designed and created an installation of dreamy hanging bobbles to compliment the illustrations in You Byun’s children’s book “Dream Friends.” The piece was spotted by one of the event organizers and they were invited to be part of the show.

They were definitely a contemporary statement among mostly traditional craft and most reactions were that of awe – regarding their work as innovative and “outside the box.”

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(Also pictured: Seattle-based Suzanne Tidwell’s geometric knit installations and the Loopy Mango pop-up – a knit shop in Soho, NYC)

It has been so rewarding to see this group grow and gain a following. Their priority remains family and their local Newark, DE community but they clearly have promising opportunity to be a voice in the textile industry and are passionate about future opportunities that may come from the weekend. We are so proud of them!

For more information on Ktog go here.

From NYC,

Karen

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Who Runs The World? GIRLS!

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Women are taking the food world by storm, and new biannual magazine, Cherry Bombe, is helping to lead the movement!

The fashion-meets-food magazine is a collaboration between Kerry Diamond, co-owner of Brooklyn restaurants Seersucker and Nightingale, and Claudia Wu of design firm Orphan and cult indie publication Me Magazine. Both women started out as colleagues at Harper’s Bazaar years ago, with Kerry working on the editorial side and Claudia part of the creative team.

Through a Kickstarter campaign, Diamond and Wu were able to raise over $42,000 to launch their first issue, which hit newsstands May 10, 2013.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss was picked to be the magazines debut cover star for their first issue titled The Tastemakers. Kloss started a project with Momofuku Milk Bar’s, Christina Tosi, to benefit the FEED initiative, called Karlie’s Kookies. Her food connection and generosity made her a perfect pick for Cherry Bombe’s first cover model.

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The second issue, titled Baked, features BabyCakes NYC founder, Erin McKenna, on the cover this go around.  The issue breaches such subjects as Julia Roberts’s leftovers and Jessica Seinfeld’s new cookbook. There’s also a charming interview with farm-to-table pioneer, Alice Waters. In “Go Ask Alice”, Diamond gathered questions from Cherry Bombe‘s many talented female contributors and subjects.

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Their next venture is a conference called Jubilee, which will take place in NYC on March 30th, 2014. Like the magazine it will “celebrate women and food.” The name was inspired by the classic dessert cherries jubilee, which also by the definition of the word means: ” a celebratory gathering.” The festival has been a plan from the beginning for Diamond and Wu, and was scheduled to take place in 2015, but after an “insulting interview” by TIME magazine editor, Howard Chua-Eoan, the team decided they should look at an earlier date.

Since the beginning Cherry Bombe has been garnering attention from all over. They recently even gained their first sponsor, Madewell, and were featured in a New York Times article titled, “A Change in the Kitchen”. The article discussed how women are breaking through the ranks in the food industry. From restaurants to magazines, and everything in between, I think it’s safe to say this power duo can’t be stopped, and I for one am thrilled to see where they might go next.

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And We’re Back in The Game!

Hello, Hello! Sorry we’ve been MIA! The three of us have been very busy. We know you’ve probably been wondering where we’d gone so we thought we’d take the time to fill you in on what’s going on in our lives.

Karen (Demaio) Weber

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“My current role is the Art Director at Astor Center. So I’m doing a variety of things from branding the Astor Center events, designing web features for Astor Wines to window display! I’m learning a lot about wines and spirits and getting immersed in NYC food and drink trends and the cool smaller movements in Brooklyn. Astor Center is a family run and owned business offering one of the largest selections of wine and spirits in Manhattan!”

We have a few separate websites:
“Justin and I have begun meeting more people in the performance and circus arts realm. We became allies and volunteer designers for the Circus Now movement (a platform uniting American Circus Artists).”

Becca Manning 

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“I am finally getting a hold on my new position as Farm Manager.  Although it is winter, I am busy planning events for the upcoming growing season, visiting farms near and far, renovating buildings on site and working with William Penn High School to develop their very successful agricultural program.

On the weekends, I work at Pizza by Elizabeths and Sundays are my day of rest.  Now that the Packers lost, Sundays are a bit less exciting to me, but winter bird watching is in full force (snow geese and bald eagles).  For Christmas, I received Julia Childs ‘The Art of French Cooking” so I am excited to start pumping out some recipes!”

Rebecca Porter 

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“I’m currently still acting as the Social Media Manager here at the TTAB. Hope you all have been enjoying our holiday posts. I guess this would be a good time to say if you aren’t following us on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, yo’ve got to get on that! I’ve been sharing lots of fun DIY projects and information on local events, restaurants, and other fun topics here or there.

Back to me though…I’m still on the job hunt; trying to find something that peak’s this bakers fancy. I’ve been traveling for interviews and spending my days scouring the web. In my spare time I’ve been up to lots of fun things. I even won a contest to travel to NYC on Halloween to meet one of my favorite musicians (and fellow ginger) Ed Sheeran! Needless to say it was a moment I’ll never, ever forget!”

So there you have it my lovelies, we’ve all been quite the busy bees but don’t worry we haven’t forgotten you! We’ve got a lot of fun collaborations and events in the works for this upcoming spring. In the mean time keep up with our Social Media sites, and if you’d like to collaborate with us on an event feel free to shoot us an e-mail at thetableatbrandywine@gmail.com or message us on Facebook!

Until next time,

The Girls at TTAB Xx

 

 

 

 

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An Evening in Paris

This past Friday the TTAB crew put on a cheese tasting for the Delaware Art Museum’s “An Evening in Paris” event. The event was to showcase their newest exhibition, French Twist. The Exhibition features 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography (1910–1940). It celebrates the variety and inventiveness of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century. The selection encompasses Eugène Atget’s lyrical views of Paris streets and gardens, Man Ray’s surrealist experiments, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pioneering photojournalism. It also features works by Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, André Kertész, and Dora Maar. Continue reading

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It’s a Croissant! It’s a Donut! It’s a…Cronut?

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So something completely momentous occurred for me this weekend. At 4:00AM Friday morning while I was sound asleep in my bed in Wilmington, DE. My better half was waking up to head off to Soho area in NYC to get me one of the infamous Cronuts! Now some of you might be thinking that’s nuts, completely insane, well maybe a bit, but to me it was one of the most romantic things he’s ever done for me! He waited in line for 2 and half hours to get just two of the sugary delights. He waited all day to eat them with me! Needless to say I think he’s a keeper. 

MY VERDICT: They were absolutely…DELICIOUS!!! It had all the buttery layered goodness of a croissant but all the fried goodness of a donut. Many think it’s crazy to wait in line for something that you can finish in about 30 seconds, but I think it’s an amazing thing to be able to be apart of. Years from now when people mention the Cronut craze you can say oh yeah I remember that I had the Lemon Maple one! And who knows maybe Cronuts will be a staple in all bakeries with in the next 5 years.

Not sure what a Cronut is? Where have you been living under a rock? For all you rock dwelling individuals here is the 411 on the NYC pastry that’s taken the world by storm:

On Friday, May 10th, 2013, Dominic Ansel Bakery in New York City unveiled a half croissant, half donut hybrid, known as the Cronut, and changed the pastry world as we know it. It has all the flaky layers of a croissant and all the crispy sugary goodness of a donut. Each one is filled with a flavored Tahitian vanilla cream, glazed with that month’s flavor, and then sprinkled with sugar.

The day before the release the bakery made an announcement about the unveiling of the Cronut on it’s Facebook page, which caused quite a frenzy, because the first batch sold out in just 35 minutes! Ansel’s bakery has not been able to keep up with the demand due to the fact that the cronut is so labor intensive. They must be produced three days in advance, before frying, making it only possible for them to sell about 200 each day. Despite enforcing a two-cronut limit, the bakery sells out of its 200 daily run within minutes of opening at 8am. They go for $5.00 apiece right now at the bakery, or if your really desperate for the flaky goodness you can hire a scalper, off of craigslist, to wait in line and then deliver them to you. Prices vary from $15-$40 depending on where you are located.

The Cronut is now a permanent fixture at Ansel’s Bakery and is already on its second flavor, Lemon Maple. Next Month’s flavor, which will be available next Monday, is Blackberry; it will have a blackberry glaze with bits of pulverized berries mixed in, and it’s rolled with a mix of coarse sugar and lime zest. It will be filled with blackberry-swirled vanilla cream.

Later on this week, Ansel’s bakery will begin a “cronut lottery,” where entrants will have the chance to drop their information into the bakery’s fish bowl and will become eligible for a weekly chance to skip the line. And coming next month, Ansel is mulling over a plan that would allow the public to choose the flavor of the month by voting on Facebook!

I think it’s safe to assume that the cronut is going to be around for a while, considering there are scalper’s selling them for $40 a pop, and the fact that they are selling out almost as fast as a Taylor Swift Concert. I think the real question here is how long until someone else figures out how to make Chef Ansel’s genius pastry creation? Any pastry chef knows that frying croissant dough is almost impossible, and it took Ansel ten recipes to get it just right. Who will be next to conquer the mysteriously delicious cronut?

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Farmer’s Road Drive Thru: The Change of Fast Food as We Know It?

If you follow us on Facebook you know this week’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant feature is the, earth-shatteringly awesome, Farmer’s Drive Thru in Chadds Ford, PA. What’s that you say? Never heard of it? Well buckle up ladies and gents, because by the time you finish reading this post your going to be hightailing it up Baltimore Pike for some of their delicious fare.

Farmer’s Road was created by owner, Courtney Rozsas, a Drexel Alum who graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. She’s also currently the owner of Lotus Farm to Table in Media, PA, which was inspired by her travels in South East Asia. They serve dishes made from locally produced ingredients, and they offer an extensive variety of hand-rolled teas.

Farmer’s Road uses all organic, local products for their dishes. In fact 80% of their produce, poultry, and meat is local.  They even feature a board that tells you which farms in the area have supplied food for the day! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, except on Sunday’s when they close at 2:00PM. There breakfast menu consists of sandwiches, breakfast wraps, and even french toast sticks. The lunch and dinner menu is made up of grass fed hot dogs and burgers as well as wraps, and sandwich’s. They feature vegan and gluten-free options as well.

The decor looks like it came straight out of a Terrain Catalog, which coincidentally is right around the corner. It features items from antique stores and is decorated with burlap and repurposed old barn doors. In addition to the drive thru, there is a 30-seat dining room with an open kitchen, and outside picnic tables for enjoying those beautiful Spring and Summer days.

I had the pleasure of visiting today for lunch and was immediately blown away. The decor was outstanding and the space was warm and inviting, not to mention there were country tunes spilling out of the joint, which made this wannabe country girl, very happy. The servers were very friendly and willing to aid with suggestions.

It took me a few minutes but I finally narrowed my choice down to the Stadium Dog Combo Deal, which consisted of a juicy pretzel dog, sweet potato chips, and a 20oz New Hope soda (only $7.00!). Not to trail off but have you heard of New Hope soda? If you haven’t had the pleasure of sampling one of these all natural sweet concoctions yet, you are missing out my friend! New Hope is an all natural soda line that produces such flavors as Huckleberry, Italian Lemon, Red Birch, and more! The Farmer’s Road also features an amazing pickle bar. You pay $3.00 and you get a bowl that you can stuff to the brim with all different kinds of pickles, olives, cauliflower, and more! Did I mention they have a dessert menu? Root Beer floats and Birthday Cake Milkshakes are just a few of the sweet treats they offer.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I left feeling content, not greasy and gross like when you leave most fast food places. I literally can’t wait to go back and work my way through the menu. Whether you are looking for a quaint place to sit and talk with friends or a quick meal while on the road this is the place to go! 

For more information head on over to Farmer’s Road Drive Thru main page for hours and online menu.

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