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The Farm: Artisan Foods

We took a "day trip" to Redlands, CA (about 50 minutes away) to try a restaurant I recently heard about, Farm Artisan Foods. It was a wonderful treat!

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The restaurant is smart looking with a clean, simple decor, nice bar, white tablecloths, and a single calla lily on each table.

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The Farm opened in 2003, and is owned by my friend, Elizabeth's, son-in-law, Roberto Argentina. Roberto was born in Brindisi, Italy, and grew up on his family's farm. After being a theater major during his university days in Texas, he moved to Chicago and trained for his career as a chef with Chef Keith Luce, a former chef at the White House. He moved to southern California and worked with the fabulous Chef Joachim Splichal.

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We were welcomed by our waitress, Colleen, with hot, fresh focaccia. The lunch special included choices of an appetizer, an entree, dessert AND a glass of wine, ALL for $25.00!

I began with a beautiful salad with a mustardy dressing, wedge of brie, and lovely presentation of veggie garnishes on the plate.

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Brad started with lentil soup that he enjoyed. The lentils were in a light briny broth.

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For my entree, Roberto fixed me a dish off their dinner menu: Fettuccini Carbonara with duck confit and home made pancetta. Oh my! VERY delicious! I ate half and will have another delicious meal during the week.

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Brad had pork loin over barley with carrots and onions.

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Dessert: Brad had no hesitation choosing the flourless chocolate cake.

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I had a creme caramel. Both were served with a scoop of mocha mousse.

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I LOVED the beautiful French press coffee service! It was a lovely, leisurely lunch. Brad and I would love to come back for dinner or one of their monthly wine events. The dinner menu has "small plates", and lots of entrees that sound delicious.

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I can't even tell you the joy it brings me to meet someone in California, and start off a conversation with the word "Piacere". I love when I can speak a little Italian to someone outside of Italy. Our afternoon really was a piacere!

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Comments (4)

Oh my gosh, can you say "lick the computer screen". How delightful!

nancyhol:

OMG, the Farm is one of our favorite restaurants and only about 20 minutes from us!

Why don't we meet you there sometime. They do a multi-course tasting menu at dinner, and I am dying to try it, but the whole table has to order it.

Your lunch sounds wonderful and a bargain too!

Barb Cabot:

This place looks really great. When I went to their website I got a kick out of their listing Niels Bohr in their "about us" section. What an exciting place. Definitely on our "to do" list! Thank you for sharing this restaurant info.

Palma, I feel the same way: Getting to speak Italian is such a treat! Last week, I went to see an Italian movie and later, the metro station was filled with a huge Italian tour group! We chatted there and on the train as well and it was fun!

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