Farm to Table at Coi Restaurant in San Francisco: What’s On Your Plate?
Jeff Gangemi Jul 26, 2012 What's on Your Plate? 0 comments
“Few American chefs take foraging wild foods quite as seriously as Daniel Patterson, of Coi restaurant in San Francisco,” read a recent piece on NPR’s food blog, The Salt. “At any given day, he might be cooking with clams, lichens, coastal spinach, Monterey Cypress, angelica root, and forest mushrooms — all native California foods from the beaches and forests a few dozen miles from his restaurant.”
Chef Patterson sources ingredients from as far south as Santa Barbara and as far north as Washington.
Along with his staff at Coi, Patterson takes the process of sourcing locally extremely seriously. But that doesn’t mean he shies away from newer techniques. “The process of finding ingredients and transforming them into cuisine are not separate events, but one continuous action, constantly informed by cultural expectations and new ideas. We brine, cure and smoke, as cooks have been doing for thousands of years, but we also embrace modern cooking techniques. Our dishes are animated by flavors and textures both familiar and strange—Northern Californian cuisine as it appears to us,” according to the Coi website.
Here is his list of local suppliers. Don’t forget to click on the business name to visit their FarmPlate profile. And show your support for the businesses by rating and reviewing them.
Dirty Girl Produce • Santa Cruz, CA - strawberries, brassical, fresh shallots
Full Belly Farm • Guinda, CA - everything, an incredibly diversified farm
De Santis Farms - citrus, especially blood limes and bergamot
Brokaw Nursery (Will’s Avocados) • Watsonville, CA - avocado, kumquats, pixie-like mandarins
Brooks and Daughters • Forestville, CA - wheatgrass and sprouts
Andante Dairy • Petaluma, CA - cheese
June Taylor Jams • Berkeley, CA - preserves
Hamada Farm • Kingsburg, CA - all kinds of fruit, especially yuzu, niabel grapes
Happy Quail Farms • Palo Alto, CA - piquillo peppers
La Tercera • Bolinas, CA - heirloom pole and shelling beans, herbs
Images courtesy of Coi Restaurant