Monday, January 23, 2006

Reconnecting with Your Food in HMB

rogueCourtesy of today's Daily Candy:
Friend of a Farmer

Your coffee’s fair trade, your veggies are organic, and lately you’ve been harboring fantasies of wielding a hoe.

Before you ditch your Hudsons for overalls, let chef Kevin Koebel introduce you to your potential neighbors. By putting the names of farmers on the menu at his Half Moon Bay restaurant, Rogue Chefs, Koebel breaks the ice between you and the guy who dug up your Brussels sprouts.

The charming Arts and Crafts-style cottage is a perfect backdrop for starters like local berta chard with warm cherries and mascarpone or marinated local beet salad with candied grapefruit. Seats at the chef’s table put you within finger-slicing distance of Koebel. Sample two- or five-ounce tastes of small-production wines from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Carmel to pair with your house-made gnocchi or juicy, smoked pork chop.

It’s the closest you’ll get to the land. Without ruining your manicure, that is. Rogue Chefs, 730 Main Street, at Correas Street, Half Moon Bay (650-712-2000 or

In addition to serving up brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers Saturday morning culinary classes. I might have to check out their prepared foods some time...