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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The finest ingredients makes for fine food....

As you can imagine with summer is in full swing the restaurant at the Bradley Inn is serving lots of food to lots of guests. Deliveries come rolling in, dairy, produce, seafood, duck, ground lamb, liquor and as fast as it arrives it is stowed away neatly in its proper place and then whipped into fantastic creations and gobbled up by happy diners.

Even Keel's peas and tomatoes
Yesterday I was anxiously awaiting the dairy delivery. We were out of heavy cream and crème brulee is nothing if not made with heavy cream, neither is homemade vanilla bean ice cream. The green truck pulled into the drive and in came the cartons, heavy cream, half and half and the glorious butter. I hadn't noticed before, but the butter was from Cabot Creamery in Vermont. It isn't a generic lowest cost butter and while it may not seem like a big deal, it makes all the difference.

Pemaquid Oysters
Beth & Warren's philosophy of the best ingredients and local whenever possible sets a level of quality that resonates through the staff, into the food and onto the plates of our guests. Using local ingredients which change with the season and harvesting means adapting and refining menu items or featuring a special focusing on what's in at the moment. Watching and listening to the discussions of how to use each ingredient to elevate it to its highest potential is an insight into culinary genius.

There is no microwave in the kitchen, there is no Crisco. We go through a case of eggs each week from Bowden farm in Waldoboro Maine and if we've had a run on the crème brulee or ice cream we'll need more. Smokey from Pemaquid Oysters shows up with bags of briny delights.
Sarah of Even Keel Farm comes on Fridays with bags of mixed greens in which she has edible flower petals (we LOVE edible flowers!) fresh basil, carrots, beans - all from her organic farm just a few miles away. And who could not mention the lobsters that come from Pemaquid Lobster Co-op? Nothing wows the tourists at The Contented Sole more than watching Warren or Bytza take the boat across the harbor to buy lobsters bring them back and haul them up the dock. No questioning freshness there!
Pemaquid Lobster Co-op

The best, freshest, local ingredients result in a standard of food integrity that is unmatched. We invite you to experience a delicious meal that will have you closing your eyes in delight with each bite.

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