Blue Hills Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York is quite possibly one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited. Not only is the entire place absolutely beautiful, it is considered “the most important and gutsiest restaurant in America right now.”
A few months Oprah Magazine did a wonderful article on the sustainable movement, which highlighted Dan Barber and Stone Barns. I think the writer, Ceclia Barbour, sums it up best: “At Stone Barns, the sheep’s manure fertilizes the pastures and attracts bugs, which the chickens adore. It is also added to the compost heap, along with plants and kitchen scraps. The mature compost, as black as coffee grounds, is rich with nutrients that are absorbed by the carrots, green beans, and zucchini. The vegetables harvested at Stone Barns are not only more nutritious than conventional crops—a $20 million study by the European Union found that organic vegetables have 40 percent more antioxidants and higher levels of beneficial minerals—but also taste better. “The best flavor comes from the best ecological decisions,” says Barber. “This isn’t just quaint and nostalgic. And it isn’t just delicious. It’s also a smart, savvy business decision.”
On my first visit to Stone Barns I attended a chocolate lecture by John Scharffenberger of Scharffen Berger Chocolate. I have never been a chocolate fan – I was raised by a mother who doesn’t like chocolate, and it’s no surprise I feel the same way. However, after this lecture by John Scharffenberger I have a new profound respect for chocolate, both its history and the art of making great chocolate.
I look forward to these upcoming events at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture:
If you would like to make a reservation in the main dining room at Blue Hill Stone Barns, you must call exactly two months from the day you would like to dine. If you can’t get a reservation don’t worry, you can still visit the farm and have lunch at Blue Hill Cafe. They offer wonderful snacks, baked goods, coffee, etc.
Blue Hill Stone Barns 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY. 914-366-9600