Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant - 2012
These days, it's great that a chef knows where the food comes from, but better yet if he's got some real earth under his fingernails. Chef Marshall Paulsen isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He and Birchwood Cafe owner Tracy Singleton are wholly committed to local, sustainable agriculture. Singleton works with area farms on many levels. Birchwood Cafe is a pickup spot for CSAs and a host of film screenings, and it serves delicious food that will please the most ethical of eaters. Whether looking for a vegan, gluten-free, or omnivorous meal, expect to find delicious selections inside this community rallying point. Their commitment to making this world a tastier, better place is an inspirational example of how a business can be both virtuous and delicious.