Chefs Turn to Farmers for Best Ingredients

Today's New York Times sheds light on the importance of farmers to restaurants in NYC: "Visits to specialty farms in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have become as much a part of the run-up to a high-stakes opening as picking a restaurant’s china — or its name."

Chef Jonathan Benno (formerly at Per Se) is opening a new $20-million restaurant at Lincoln Center, and thinks finding the right farm is more important than ever:

So why all the attention and focus on ingredient sourcing? For starters, customers want it:

image via Richard Perry/NY Times

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