These days, restaurant diners, as well as home cooks, want to know where their food comes from. At restaurants that tout themselves as farm-to-table, patrons love the fact that the chef is involved with the farmers and what those farmers grow or what animals those ranchers raise. Being involved with the process from beginning to end, they can tell that story to their guests through menu offerings.
Many of our local restaurants have relationships with local farms. This year, the Tulsa Farmers' Market has plans to create an advisory board of local chefs, farmers, and growers to help bridge the gap between farm and restaurant kitchen.
Some local restaurants have already jumped on the trend. McNellie's restaurant group features locally raised Wagyu beef from Grand Cattle Co. at Howdy Burger and Bull in the Alley and Prairie Creek Farms pork at Fassler Hall. Ward Farms and 413 Farms are both prominently displayed on the menu at Amelia's, which also includes local wagyu beef. Three Springs Farms has sold organic produce to local restaurants for years.
One of the most prominent examples of farm-to-table dining happening now occurs, for the most part, on a small parcel of land in the middle of town. Grogg's Green Barn, long known as the source for native, organic plants, flowers, and gardening supplies, runs a small restaurant in the back of the store.
Unique to this little restaurant, The Reserve at Grogg's Green Barn is the fact that all of the produce is grown on the property – perhaps we should call it plant-to-plate. Chef Andrew Donovan brings years of organic farm-to-table dining experience to Tulsa with a continually changing menu focusing on the produce of the moment.
Coming in early 2020, Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford of Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy in Depew are bringing the farm to the city with FarmBar. The small restaurant, taking over the spot that Vintage Wine Bar, once occupied at 18th and Boston, will serve as an extension of their on-the-farm dining experiences that sell out every weekend. Oklahoma Agricultural Cuisine is alive and thriving.
122 N. Boston Ave., (918) 728-2435
Amelia's Market and Brasserie
114 N Boston Ave., (918) 728-2435
The Reserve at Grogg's Green Barn
10105 E. 61st St., (918) 994-4222