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Some of the best wings around! — My Blog

If you happen to be traveling down Interstate 95 near the Virginia state line. Take exit 8 and stop by Farm to Fork they are recognized for having some of the best wings around! their sauces Hot, Mild, Honey BBQ, Teriyaki, Jerk, Lemon Pepper and Mumbo are a few good reasons to stop by this rustic joint; This place […]

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Breakfast catering menu

 Continental Breakfasts

Rise and Shine

Coffee, Decaf & Tea
Pitchers Of Assorted Juices
Muffins, Scones & Breakfast Breads

Heart Healthy

Coffee, Decaf & Tea
Pitchers Of Assorted Juices
House-baked Multi-grain Bars, Assorted Yogurts, Granola
Fresh Fruit Display

Muffins and Scones

Coffee, Decaf & Tea
Pitchers Of Assorted Juices
Muffins, Scones, Breakfast Breads, Bagels & Cream Cheese, Danish
Sliced Seasonal Fruit Displays

Continental Breakfast Additions

Upgrades To Our Continental Breakfasts – Not Sold Individually

  • Bottled Juices
  • Individual Yogurts
  • Assorted Dry Cereals With Milk
  • Bulk Granola
  • Half Pints Of Milk
  • Croissants & Preserves
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Croissant Egg Sandwiches
  • Frittata – Spinach & Cheese Or Broccoli & Ham
  • Breakfast Burrito – Eggs, Cheese, Potatoes, Peppers, Onions & Chorizo
  • Breakfast Pop Tarts, Tomato Spinach or Berry Compote

Breakfast Buffet

Buffet Include Freshly Brewed Coffee, Hot Tea & Orange Juice. Minimum Of 25 People –

Sweet Beginnings

Choice of Hickory Smoked Ham, Bacon Or Country Pork Sausage Links, With Belgian Waffles, Assorted Seasonal Fruit Toppings, Maple Syrup, Blueberry Sauce & Raspberry Sauce, Whipped Cream, Assorted Muffins, Sliced Fruit & Scrambled Eggs

American Heartland

Sliced Fruit Display, Hickory Smoked Ham, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs With Chives, Home Style Potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy, Assorted Muffins & Pastries

Cosmopolitan Breakfast Buffet

  • Martini glasses with Fresh Pineapple and Mango Confetti garnish with Berries and Shaved Coconut
  • Martini glasses with Yogurt, fresh Strawberries and Vanilla Bean Honey
  • Freshly Baked Tomato Spinach and Berry Compote “Pop-Tarts”
  • Individual Egg and Gruyere Souffles
  • Assorted Juices: Tomato-Carrot with Spiced Rim… Montreal Steak Seasoning, Orange, Pineapple-Banana, Acai Berry

Potato Skin And Scrambled Egg Bar

Golden Potato Skins Filled With Creamy Scrambled Eggs And An Enticing Selection Of Toppings To Include Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Sautéed Bell Peppers, Sautéed Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms, Chives, Sour Cream, Salsa and Cheeses

Additions To Complement Your Breakfast Buffet

Waffles, French Toast Or Pancake Action Station —
Belgian Waffles, French Toast Or Pancakes, Assorted Seasonal Fruit Toppings, Maple Syrup, Blueberry Sauce & Raspberry Sauce, Whipped Cream

Omelet Action Station —
Omelets Made To Order, With Diced Ham, Bay Shrimp, Swiss, Jack Or Cheddar Cheese, Onions, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Tomatoes

Restaurant Menu

   Wings


Plain, Hot, Mild, Jerk, Honey BBQ, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Mumbo

REGULAR                  BONELESS

5 pc                             $4.99                     $3.69          

10 pc                           $8.69                     $7.69

20pc                            $14.69                 $12.99

   5 wing & Fries           $6.99                   $5.99

 

Small Plates

Fresh Fries                                 3/5

Braised Greens                           5

Fried Cabbage                             5

Mac & Cheese                             5

Steamed Broccoli                       5

Creamy Crab Dip                         7

chicken quesadilla                     7

Shrimp Skewers                           9

Chicken Tenders & Fries             8

Salads

Grilled Shrimp Cesar-           $6.99

Fried Chicken Salad-             $6.99

Loaded Chef Salad-               $6.99

Grilled Chicken Cesar-           $6.99

Taco Salad-                             $6.99

Side Salad-                             $2.99

Burgers & Sandwiches

(All Sandwiches come with fries)

The Philly-         (Steak or Chicken)                                       $7.99

Earth Burger –    (Grass Fed Beef )                                       $7.99

Fried Fish Sandwich-                                                               $7.99

Fried Chicken Sandwich –                                                       $7.49

Grilled Chicken Sandwich –                                                    $7.69

Tequila-lime chicken sandwich                                             $7.99

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich –                                                    $7.99

Pulled Pork Sandwich-                                                              $6.99

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwich-                                              $7.99

Shrimp Poe Boy                                                                         $7.99

Pork Chop (Grilled or Fried)                                                       $6.99

Tacos

   Korean BBQ-                                                                                                   $2.99

     Honey chipotle BBQ pulled pork, Asian Cole slaw topped with chipotle sauce

     Fried Chicken –                                                                                           $2.99

Fried chicken, lettuce, cheese and topped with our ranch sauce

   Santa Fe Chicken –                                                                                          $3.29

Grilled chicken, peppers, onions, pico de gallo, cilantro, topped with chipotle

   Baja Fish –                                                                                                           $3.29

Fried fish, topped with savory slaw, avocado, pico & tartar                                        

   Bang Bang Shrimp                                                                                              $3.69

Grilled Shrimp lettuce, cilantro, topped with a creamy ranch sauce

Steak Taco                                                                                                              $3.69

Marinated steak on a bed of lettuce topped with pico, cheese creamy ranch

Hearty Meals

Chicken Fried Chicken –                                                                                                     $9.99

Double dipped battered fried chicken topped with brown gravy served

with Red Bliss Potatoes / Braised Greens

Smothered Chicken –                                                                                                         $11.99

Grilled Chicken topped with peppers onions & cheddar jack cheese served

with Red Bliss Potatoes / Braised Collards

Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta-                                                                                             $10.99

seasoned Chicken and fresh broccoli blended in our 3 cheese alfrado

Served with garlic bread

  

Pork Chops –                                                                                                                       $11.99

Two (2) chops grilled to perfection and glazed with an apple jam ,

Cabbage / Mac & Cheese

Fried Shrimp –                                                                                                                     $12.99

Jumbo Shrimp dipped and fried, served with Fries \ Cole Slaw              

                                      

Fried Fish –                                                                                                                           $10.99

2pc of White Fish dipped and fried served with Fries\ Cole Slaw

                                          

Shrimp & Grits –                                                                                                                 $11.99

Jumbo Shrimp and stone ground grits, Prepared the Southern way

with sausage and peppers

Asian Stir-Fry –                                                                                                                 $7.99

Steak, Chicken or Shrimp sautéed with fresh veggies and our Asian sauce

Served over a rice bowl

Shrimp & Fish Combo –                                                                                                     $17.99

Two pieces of Fish and Jumbo Shrimp battered and fried to perfection

Served with French Fries \Cole Slaw

Farm to Fork is Hiring

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We are looking for an ambitious Cook to assist in the preparation of from scratch dishes in our kitchen. You’ll perform routine kitchen tasks such as setting up workstations and ingredients, so that food can be prepared according to recipes.
A great chef will be quick and diligent and willing to go the extra mile. You will need to be very knowledgeable about a kitchen and able to follow instructions as well as all health and safety rules of the kitchen. The ideal candidate will also be able to function in a fast-paced, busy environment as a part of a team.

Responsibilities include the following:
• Follow the prep list created by management to plan duties
• Label and stock all ingredients on shelves so they can be organized and easily accessible
• Measure ingredients and seasonings to be used in cooking
• Prepare cooking ingredients by washing and chopping vegetables, cutting meat etc.
• Undertake basic cooking duties such as reducing sauces, parboiling food etc.
• Prepare simple dishes such as salads, entrees etc.
• Maintain a clean and orderly kitchen by washing dishes, sanitizing surfaces, taking out trash etc.
• Ensure all food and other items are stored properly
• Comply with nutrition and sanitation guidelines
• Perform other kitchen duties as assigned
Requirements
• Proven experience as prep cook
• Knowledge of health and safety rules in a kitchen
• Manual dexterity able to operate cutting tools and kitchen utensils
• A team player with good communication skills
• Patient with an ability to stay positive under pressure
• High school diploma or equivalent is desirable; Training from a culinary school will be an asset

Please send your resume farmtoforkva@gmail.com

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RESTAURATEUR MARCUS GILLIAM BRINGS FARM-TO-TABLE DINING TO EMPORIA VIRGINIAhttp://bit.ly/FARM_TO_FORK

Posted by Marcus Marco Gilliam on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RESTAURATEUR MARCUS GILLIAM BRINGS FARM TO TABLE DINING TO EMPORIA, VIRGINIA

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Owner and operator of International Events and established restaurateur Marcus Gilliam, is not new to the food business, he has cooked and catered events up and down the East Coast since 2005. Now, with the launching of his new venture Farm To Fork, Marcus proudly returns to his home town of Emporia, VA to promote healthier living through combining modern sensibilities with southern soul; in an effort to create a place that bridges the gap between locally grown foods and the community at a distinctive dining destination in the south end of town.

The new location will be a casual dinner that treasures the best of Southern living, both in style and culture. “Our style is what we like to call Rustic Chic,” says Gilliam, while highlighting the importance of local, naturally grown food and the relationship between suppliers and the chef. “Our goal with Farm To Fork is to create an atmosphere that truly resonates with the local community and celebrates the best of what surrounds us— great food and great people!!!

Rooted in a core belief of cultivating community through a conscious commitment to locality and sustainability, Marcus and his team are tirelessly committed to seeking outstanding local products and the talents of passionate artisans, growers and purveyors to provide them with the defining ingredients that create the overall experience at Farm To Fork.

Lead by Marcus Gilliam himself, Farm To Fork’s kitchen will be a workshop where a dedicated team creates ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest farm raised products and responsibly raised meats.

“The specialty of our product is the defining factor in everything that we do,” says Marcus. “Sourcing for us is a constant, and the core of our inspiration.” From Organic produce, naturally raised meats, fresh-from-the farm eggs, locally sourced dairy, you will be able to taste the quality in every bite. “We wanted to create a space that resonated with the community and pay tribute to the past farmers whose hard work and passion once carried our town.”

With a hip Design, the sunlit urban space revokes a modern theme with a vibrant colors scheme, wide-open windows that wrap around the corner, creates an urban culinary experience. For our décor we used a lot of reclaimed materials, natural woods, clean vintage details that come together to create a hip space. A large 20-foot counter serves as a centerpiece of the interior, while the high-top tables and comfortable seating provides a place for friends and neighbors to await their orders. When you arrive to the location the first thing you will see is the outdoor patio, with plenty of parking in the back.

Daily menus will offer market-fresh options such as the Free Range Chicken Sandwich or the Earth burger, 100% Grass Fed Beef burger which defines simple perfection with a slice of aged cheddar and a smearing of fancy sauce served on a fresh bun with organic toppings and a side of hand cut fries ($8) and the essential comfort dishes such as: Gilliam’s Famous Goal Post Wings ($8). Fresh Fish, Shrimp or Chicken served with a gourmet side dish and fresh vegetables ($12) and an assortment of Hand Crafted Taco’s ($3).

Mornings at Farm to Fork start with our custom roasted coffee, we also serve “Sweet Stuff” Fresh baked Muffins and Loafs, served with house made spreads such as Apple Butter, Quince Jam, and Blueberry Compote ($2). Breakfast bowls with Creamy White Cheddar Stone ground Grits, topped with Eggs, choice of cheese and your choice of “Meat” turkey or pork bacon and sausage patty layered in a large bowl ($3). Breakfast sandwiches starting at ($2). Other tempting options include Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal with brown sugar and Organic raisins ($4). Breakfast Plate with 2 Farm Fresh Eggs, cracked to order, choice of meat, grits, potatoes and bread ($5).

Farm To Fork will also specialize in Corporate Catering, providing daily drop-offs to your office or place of business. We also offer full-service catering for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, diner parties, showers, cocktail parties, family reunions and more. We craft each event individually and can accommodate a range of visions and budgets. We can provide the following services to make your event effortless, gorgeous, and delicious: customized menus; venue selection; pre-event tastings; event design; coordination of rentals and staffing; onsite set up, plating, and breakdown.

Farm to Fork will be open daily, serving Breakfast from 6:00 to 10:30 a.m.; followed by lunch and dinner served until 10:00 p.m. offering daily specials like Taco Tuesday with $2 taco’s , 35 cent Wing Wednesdays and Fish Fry Fridays just to name a few. Farm to Fork is Located at 647 South Main St in the city of Emporia, Virginia. For additional information, please contact 434-632-8161.

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FINDING AN APPROPRIATE CATERER FOR YOUR EVENT

  
Finding a caterer is not an easy job and calls for a well done homework before you begin your caterer search. Many aspects of the event need to be sorted before hiring or searching a catering service. To avoid any type of confusion it is better to understand your budget, venue, number of guests, menus, type of catering services required whether you want separate food catering services, desired number of waiting staff, the dress code of the wait staff (optional), presentation/ decoration and rental equipments.

Prepare a list of all these important things on a paper. May be you are good at remembering stuffs but it is always better to have a hard copy of list, to avoid forgetting.
Then begin the search for best catering service for your event. For better research of catering services try to search caterers in every possible field from internet to family and friends.
Internet is a big reservoir of various catering service companies whether it is full party catering or mere food catering, you can find a caterer from any part of the world by using a major search engine like Google, Yahoo or MSN, at your convenience. The search can further be filtered according to the requirement. Moreover, there are many websites on which you can post your event and invite bids from various best-suited professionals, like Bidgourmet.com.
You can also ask your near and dear ones for their suggestions. Your personal experience in some party can also be helpful to make a choice of the catering services company. You can contact your friends whose party’s catering services you liked and take their caterers’ contact number. If you have any special food caterer in your mind then you can also hire separate food catering services and party catering services for your event.
Many other things are also to be considered while finding an appropriate caterer for your event like catering service company’s license, permits, insurance coverage, experience and hidden costs if any. Before finalizing any catering service it is always better to ask for their recent past references and make sure to call these references to know about their services. 

 Speak to an Event Planner

Planning a Family BBQ or Company Picnic?

Our Picnic  packages are all inclusive, food will be delivered hot or in some cases prepared on the spot and setup on a festive buffet display using real linen and equipment, served with bread and all of your Favorite condiment and attended by our staff.

BackCapture Yard BBQ
Pork Ribs & Chicken all Grilled over and open fire, Served with Mac and Cheese, Baked Beans and Potato Salad.

Delivery and Setup included.
11 .99pp (min 50)

“add a beverage for just $0.99 cents”

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What is the Farm-to-Table?

 

Farm to table movement

 

One of the biggest trends in the culinary world today is the farm-to-table movement. The phrase “farm to table” is a buzzword referring to food made with locally sourced ingredients. Our society is in a rapid state of technological innovation, which means that we often compromise health and nutrition for the sake of convenience, hence the popularity of fast food and TV dinners. However, a growing number of consumers have started to seek healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives to the processed foods that dominate grocery store shelves. Learn more about the roots of the farm-to-table dining scene to understand why it has become such an important trend in our society.

Back to Our Roots: Farm-to-Table Movement History

The Rise and Fall of Processed Foods

At the turn of the 20th century, most of the food that Americans ate came from within 50 miles. However, as Americans began moving away from rural areas and flocking to cities, many local food sources disappeared. Interstate highways and improvements in shipping technology led us to bring in food from further and further away. For the sake of convenience, American’s began to rely on processed foods as away to save time for meal preparations.

Emphasizing Quality Over Convenience

Farm-to-table restaurants are taking us back to our roots by valuing quality over ease and convenience. Processed foods, although quick to prepare, typically contain excessive amounts of sugar, fat, and sodium, and consuming these foods regularly can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. The farm-to-table scene emphasizes simply prepared food comprised of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

From the 70′s to the 21st Century

The first farm-to-table restaurants can be traced back to the hippie movement in the 60s and 70s, when organic, local, and natural food became trendy and more people began supporting local farmers. Pioneers in the food to table movement include Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and Jerry Traunfeld of Herbfarm in Washington State.

However, while these types of restaurants have existed for decades, it was not until about ten years ago, where the locavore movement began to really take off. Initially, farm-to-table restaurants began in progressive cities like Boulder, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; and Berkeley, California, but today they can be found everywhere from Austin to Anchorage.

Emphasis on Locally Sourced, Seasonal Foods

Increasing Availability

Healthy food choices are often expensive and of limited availability, but that is slowly changing. More and more farm-to-table restaurants, farmer’s markets, and food co-ops are cropping up to meet the demand among consumers for healthy, local foods, as more chefs and consumers recognize the poorer taste and nutritional integrity of ingredients shipped in from far away.

The Strenghs of Local Food

According to the definition adopted by the US Congress in the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, the total distance that a product can be transported and still be considered a local or regional agricultural food product is less than 400 miles from its origin.

Fruits and vegetables that have to be shipped long distances are often picked before they have a chance to fully ripen and absorb nutrients from their surroundings. Because local food doesn’t have to travel long distances, it is grown in order to taste better and be healthier rather than to be resilient to long travel. The farm-to-table movement also has severed to help local economies by supporting small farmers, which were becoming a dying breed.

Environmental Benefits of Farm-to-Table Dining

Fewer Transport Miles = Fewer Transmissions

Local food is not only healthier and tastier, it is also better for the environment because fewer transport miles equal fewer transmissions. According to a study conducted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, food travels 1,500 miles on average from farm to customer while locally sourced food travels an average of 44.6 miles. The same study found that the conventional food distribution system uses 4 to 17 times more fuel and emits 5 to 17 times more CO2 than local and regional systems.

How Food is Transported Also Matters

However, the environmental impact of food depends not only on how long it travels, but also on how it is transported. Ton for ton, trains are far more efficient at moving freight than trucks are. This means that the greenhouse gases associated with transporting potatoes trucked in from 100 miles away is the same as those associated with potatoes shipped in by rail from 1,000 miles away.

Farm-to-Table Cuisine: A Refreshing Trend

The farm-to-table scene is a refreshing trend in today’s hectic, technology-driven world. The movement brings us back to the basics and encourages us to enjoy fresh, simple foods. More of today’s consumers understand the value of eating local, seasonal food, and they are willing to pay a premium to get it. Gourmet chefs aren’t the only ones who are embracing farm-to-table cuisine. Even Chipotle, the fast-food Mexican chain, strives to buy many of its ingredients from local purveyors.

If you’re thinking about training to become a culinary professional, consider incorporating aspects of the farm-to-table movement into your career so you can craft culinary creations that improve people’s health, protect the planet, and support the growth of local economies.

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