When you think of a restaurant, you probably don’t take too much time to think about where the food came from. As long as it’s good, who needs to know, right? At the Tailor and the Cook, a locally owned restaurant in Utica, NY, chefs Tim and Steve strive to give customers the freshest and environmentally friendliest foods obtained from local farmers.
Each time you dine with them, the waitstaff takes the time to provide you with information on which local farms, wineries and breweries your meals and drinks came from. Not only are they committed to reducing their carbon footprint by providing customers with local produce, but they also proved their commitment to sustainability and environmental friendliness in their choice of buildings.
Instead of doing what many businesses here in Upstate NY do, (building an entirely new space instead of renovating an already existing and abandoned one,) they took over a historic and abandoned old building in downtown Utica. This is what I love to see! This is also how we rebuild a city, one building at a time, and attract others to go down there, by enticing consumers and showing them how great the area can be.
Their beliefs in sustainability are carried out throughout the entire business. From the start, they hired local contractors, used local vendors and products, as well as recycled products in their renovation process. Their menu, as stated above, contains foods from local producers, (check out the full list of farms they use here!) allowing them to provide customers with the freshest food that didn’t have to travel thousands of miles in preservatives to eventually end the journey on their plates. Additionally, the owners were committed to restoring a historic part of town to bring more business down to a somewhat dying part of the city. Of course, a new business also provides more jobs for local residents, allowing the Tailor and the Cook to become something beyond a restaurant, but a focal point in our small city!