When driving back to NYC from Vermont after a weekend of skiing, there is little to choose from for food along the way unless your ideal meal is Burger King, Roy Rogers or McDonald’s.
That’s why when I spotted a sign for The Farm Table on I91, it was like a beacon of food heaven luring me off the highway.
What I was in for was a much better-than-expected meal. Not only did the menu sound amazing, 80% of it was offered gluten-free.
I had a few questions; what is a Kringle Candle and why is the name attached to a gluten-free farm to table restaurant?
Turns out, soy based Kringle Candle was started by the son of Michael Kittredge, the man who started Yankee Candle out of his garage then sold it for a whopping $400 million dollars. What’d he do next? What any millionaire would do – buy a yacht and cruise the world. And hire a private chef to man the ship’s kitchen.
The best part of the story? When he came back home he told the yacht’s chef, Brent Menke, to design & build his dream restaurant and run it. And, to make sure Michael, who’s family is gluten-free, had a reasonable amount of options to choose from.
Although newly renovated, there is some great history surrounding the building. And, virtually every item they serve is sourced from their very own organic farm as well as from growers within a 50-mile radius of The Farm Table.
After contemplating ordering the entire GF menu, we were able to narrow it down to a few selections, including;
We substituted the blue cheese on the pizza for goat cheese and this thing was amazing. They don’t make the GF crust in house, but they get it locally from Against the Grain.
They are definitely good with taking care of their gluten-free customers.
And for dessert:
I was really leaning towards the peppermint chocolate cheesecake but we told the waitress to surprise us, and she pleasantly did.
So the next time you find yourself driving back to NYC from Vermont, don’t even think about stopping any where else for some food. I mean, you are already driving 5+ hours – whats 1 or 2 more?
The Farm Table
Pros: Gluten free menu. Farm to table that is locally sourced. Attention to detail & amazing service.
Cons: Bernardston MA? Looks like I’m not going back any time soon.