Last week I finally made it to the new(ish) Red Haven Restaurant that has been taunting me on social media with its amazing food pics for months! What I found unique about this restaurant is that it advertised as farm to plate and is considered a small plates restaurant. If you have never eaten at one of these the idea is small portions to share so you try multiple dishes among your couple or group.
You all know by now that I love anything that supports the farm and even local for that matter. I was hesitant to what I would see when I went inside. I just imagined that since it sets right in the heart of East Lansing/Okemos, which for those of you that don't already know it is the epicenter of the one and only Michigan State University, their would be some agenda being pushed. I assumed since local was their forte I would walk in to a menu that screamed organic, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free, natural.....etc. You get my point. Having me sit there feeling guilty that I would rather have grain finished over grass fed and not caring if it was given hormones or antibiotics because I understand animal agriculture and trust those that raise my food and know they are doing what is best for the animal.
Once I walked in and looked around and got a good glance at the menu I was nothing but relieved, excited, and thankful! None of my initial thoughts were validated. I was able to try some amazing food and enjoy an atmosphere that didn't consist of fear marketing or pitting one industry against the other......Just good local food and for that Red Haven I THANK YOU!!!!!!
Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against organic, natural, hormone/antibiotic free etc. They all have a place in this wonderful food system we have. I just get annoyed when people use fear marketing to sell a product. It was refreshing to go somewhere of that caliber and the only agenda being pushed was Local (first).
Now onto the important stuff..........the FOOD!!
My taste buds haven't been on this type of overload in quite some time. Everything I tasted was out of this world delicious and just to help you understand I took pics of everything I consumed so you can drool and instantly want to make a reservation.
Disclaimer: I was so excited to try the food many of these pics may not be the best quality because all I cared about was getting the food into my mouth.
Dessert........what everyone waits for. Why don't we start with dessert? For real.......
All I can say is if you are up in Michigan near MSU campus you must try this place out! I can't rave enough about it and will now make it a staple when I am in the area! Thanks again Red Haven for such a great experience!!