Five town eateries have joined forces with D&R Greenway Land Trust as founding partners of the “Garden to Bistro” event.
During the month of October, each week will showcase a restaurant where patrons can taste recipes created from produce harvested from this season’s Historic Bonaparte Garden. While visiting the restaurant, patrons can learn a bit of history from the Point Breeze table kiosk.
“Bistro month in October connects people to the land’s abundance by providing a taste of the Historic Bonaparte Garden at Point Breeze,” said Linda Mead, president of D&R Greenway Land Trust. “Squash, turnips, carrots, and beans grown from historic seed are the very same crops grown at Point Breeze when it was home to the exiled King of Spain, Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte.
“The garden’s first harvest in September was donated to Bordentown’s Father Matt at Christ Church to feed the hungry. Now, thanks to our Founding Garden to Bistro restaurants, these treasures of the land can be savored by all residents and visitors as they enjoy this history-rich and walkable town,” Mead said.
Bordentown City Mayor Jennifer Sciortino said, “Garden to Bistro is a fantastic way to integrate the D&R Greenway into the fabric of Bordentown.”
“Our businesses are famous for supporting one another, and it’s great to see them enthusiastically embrace the newest pillar of our community, the D&R Greenway. This is yet another reason why Bordentown is the best dining destination in the region,” she said.
David Murray who runs Crumb, “a sandwich and salad joint,” said the Garden to Bistro month is everything he and his business partner, Walter Gouldsbury, believe in.
“It’s about planting the garden and sharing the produce, keeping it all local, networking, and educating people about the land,” he said.
Speaking to the historical value of the Point Breeze estate and garden, general manager of Old Town Pub Jay Salazar said, “We hope this will continue to provide a place for many to enjoy for years to come.”
Garden to Bistro restaurant lineup:
Through Oct. 9
Hob Tavern, 142 Second St.
Old Town Pub, 135 Farnsworth Ave.
Toscano: 136 Farnsworth Ave.
Under the Moon Cafe: 210 Farnsworth Ave.
To Be Announced:
Crumb: 1 1/2 Crosswicks St.
Look for the history table-kiosk at each restaurant and ask about the featured item from the Point Breeze garden.
“This is your chance to enjoy a bite of history,” Mead said of D&R Greenway Land Trust. “We encourage history lovers and foodies alike to patronize these generous restaurants and enjoy some delectable dishes steeped in the unique history of Bordentown.”