Re Farm Cafe at Windwept Farm

Re Farm Cafe at Windwept Farm

I have been looking forward to having a meal at Re Farm Café for months. Although the owners, Monica and Duke Gastiger have probably been looking forward to this for years.  And it was Worth. The. Wait.  Beautifully set on 57 acres of farmland close to the airport; the farm’s mission, among other things, is to provide a really great, unique dining experience.  Food you enjoy at Re Farm Café is either grown on site from the surrounding fields or sourced locally.  They even have livestock: ducks, pigs, sheep and chickens!  Its really more than just a farm and more than just a place to eat; its an experience and a place that gives back to the land and community.   I’ve been getting a taste of the meal to come, as I’ve participated in their CSA (Community Sourced Agriculture) program since early this summer, receiving fresh produce every other week.

Upon arrival, we were given a brief tour and some history of the building.  As a State High alumnus, I was happy to learn that the old wood floor from the High School stage has found a new home as the flooring in part of the building.  There were other touches throughout the building that utilized Reclaimed wood or pieces from around the area.  As an Architect, I also appreciated the beautifully detailed spaces and the attention to framing the wonderful views just outside the windows.

Reservations are easy to make: RESERVE HERE   They have a lot of reservation options including: 3-course dinner, 5-course dinner (both of which you can reserve for an early time slot or late time slot or, (and this is what we did), sit at the Chef’s Counter)  They also have Brunch on SATURDAY’s yay!

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Allen Street Grill / Spats at the Grill

Allen Street Grill / Spats at the Grill

Like most everyone around here I was sad to see Spats close after 30 years but….so happy to see that they have partnered with Hotel State College to bring back Spats at the Allen Street Grill.  The Grill has always been a great place to go for great food and what I think is one of the best settings in town.  It’s always fun, no matter the season to sit (hopefully at a window seat) and look down onto the cross roads of downtown.

We happened to be there on a very cold, very rainy winter night – but still fun to look out and be glad that we were not the ones dogging the rain.

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