The farm-to-table movement is spreading throughout the country, particularly in forward-thinking communities like Pittsburgh. With an increased focus on eating healthy, organic and fresh, this lifestyle change is a positive for everyone involved. In response to this movement, more and more restaurants are incorporating organic and locally grown ingredients to form their menus.

Pittsburgh’s Local Movement

The Farm to Table Pittsburgh organization supports the idea that healthier eating is not only possible but enjoyable, and to see this carried out it supports school programs, farmer’s markets, annual conferences, corporate fruit bowls and harvest tastings. Downtown Pittsburgh restaurants like the DoubleTree’s own Bigelow Grille are embracing the notion that food grown the way Mother Nature intended not only tastes better but is better for your health. When prepared well, simple foods can capture the taste buds and enlighten the senses through the use of seasonal market vegetables and freshly prepared ingredients. Menu items range from organic radish salads and veggie burgers with tofu bacon to meatballs with local grass fed beef and homemade gnocchi with homemade winter squash.

What Does Farm-to-Table Mean?

In its simplest form, this concept began with the idea of preparing food with fresh ingredients purchased locally to support community farmers. Shape magazine says it’s about building relationships with the people you know, rather than focusing on the distance or mileage involved. The Discovery Channel puts it best: the farm-to-table movement was born of a desire to buy food from people who produce it on a small scale, resulting in better food because it comes right out of the ground rather than being shipped halfway around the world before it gets to you. Even with the fastest of shipping times, you may get food that’s been out of the ground for two weeks. When you eat food plucked from the ground that day or the day before, the taste difference is undeniable.

According to CNN’s Eatocracy, the farm-to-table movement focuses on eliminating too many steps between where the food is grown and where it is consumed. It doesn’t always mean organic, although that’s certainly a big component of it. With the focus on sustaining local farming efforts and consuming unprocessed foods, more restaurants are getting in on the action to take advantage of the health-conscious attitude of their customers. Many restaurant owners pay more for the privilege through, often reflected in market prices. However, with more diners willing to pay a bit more for their locally grown ingredients, restaurants like the Bigelow Grille are riding the wave of farm-to-table.

To experience the farm-to-table movement for yourself, make lunch or dinner reservations at the Bigelow Grille today!