The benefits of farm to table – Bringing them to the catering industry

The farm to table movement is not a new one. Though it can be traced back to the early 1900s, the movement seemed to increase in popularity in the 1960s and 70s when foodies wanted to see fresh ingredients in their food. With the parallel rise in the fitness industry and more and more Americans working to take better care of their bodies, farm to table is growing strong and it is assumed to be here to stay.

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What is farm to table?

The farm to table movement grew as restaurants started sourcing their ingredients from local farms, and often directly from the farmer. This approach eliminates the need for a middle man and ensures that ingredients are as fresh as possible. Most traditional restaurants across the United States source their produce from other parts of the country or around the world, based on prices or favorite suppliers. Though there can be a need for this strategy in certain restaurant segments, these ingredients are shipped long distances and often are picked over or start to ripen before they arrive at their destination. This often required the shippers to freeze the products before sending them on their journey, and the freezing process can leach the taste and freshness from the product long before it arrives. 

With farm to fork or farm to table, food is sourced from local farms and is picked right at the peak of freshness. This allows the food to literally burst with flavor and keep the rich vitamin content that foodies love. Because the produce is usually very flavorful on its own, less is needed in the way of sauces and spices.

A’BriTin Catering’s venture into the world of farm to table

The concept of farm to fork doesn’t stop just at restaurants. “We were receiving feedback from our clients that they wanted a farm to table option and not just our traditional line. At the time, we felt we were unable to deliver and we realized that we were missing a critical niche in the wedding and corporate event catering space,” shared Katie Garner, General Manager for A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality. “So, we got our team together and we white-boarded how we could solve the problem. We realized that with the vendors we already had relationships with, it wouldn’t be as hard as we expected. Before long, we knew what we needed to do and our Apples 2 Apples Catering brand was born.”

With the Apples 2 Apples line, we offer an ethical farm to table catering concept that uses only the freshest of ingredients sourced from local farms across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Our menu offers organic, grass-fed, free-range, and sustainable options, served in an eco-friendly manner. We also specialize in serving those with dietary restrictions such as gluten and dairy intolerances, as well as those with vegetarian or vegan preferences.

Making farm to table a reality in the catering business

Locally sourced fresh ingredients not only creates a better flavor for the dish, but it is also great for the local economy. “We started partnering with Chad at Footjoy Brewfarm in 2017, but I had actually worked with him in a past life about 12 years ago,” shared A’BriTin’s Executive Chef Andrew Garner. “Chad’s vegetables are so unique. He doesn’t just grow cucumbers. He’ll grow these heirloom varieties that no one has ever heard of, and quite frankly, his vegetables and other produce are among the best in the state.”

Footjoy Farms is well-known across the state of Minnesota, head chefs, and foodies alike. Many restaurants in downtown Minneapolis use produce from Footjoy Farms or DragSmith Farms because “the quality just can’t be surpassed,” stated Chef Garner.

Roberto Morúa, Head Chef for Apples 2 Apples indicated that Footjoy Farm’s “tomatoes are absolutely amazing. They taste so good and our clients love all of our tomato dishes.”

Head Chef, Roberto Morúa

A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality is proud to offer a farm to table option through the Apples 2 Apples Catering line

A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality is the premiere catering provider for Minnesota businesses and residents looking to celebrate their most important occasions. Our mission is to listen to our clients and treat them like family to provide a meaningful, trusting, and lasting relationship.

We have the right brand for any catering need and bring experience in all types and sizes of events. Whether it be buffet style, a formal sit-down dinner, or a series of stimulating and tantalizing food stations, you and your guests will be amazed by the core values, colorful food arrangement and display, and professionalism of A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality from beginning to end. Our ultimate goal is to complement your important day with a meal and service that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Our Brands:

  • Apples to Apples Catering offers an ethical farm to table catering concept using healthy ingredients fresh from local farms across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • This Little Piggy Catering is a premiere outdoor catering solution that has been creating lasting memories since 1979. Our specialty is creating fantastic pig roasts, including delicious and colorful Hawaiian Luaus and traditional German-style pigs with all the fixings.
  • At Distinctive Catering & Events, we align impeccable service with incredible food for all of your important events. Throughout the planning process, our Food & Beverage Coordinators are here to guide you with their kindness and trusted experience. Our chefs have the capability of customizing your appetizers, food stations, meals, desserts, and late-night snacks, making them truly distinctive to your occasion. 
  • Hitch & Sip is a fully licensed and insured liquor catering business. Our services are completely mobile, and we provide all the equipment needed to create your bar experience.

To learn more about our various brands and our unique and professional approach to catering and bartending in Minnesota, please contact us at 612-339-0222 or via email at info@abritincatering.com. You can also request a quote. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you create an event to remember.

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