We like to stay close to our sources of food. I believe the trendy word for that is “locavores”. Thing is… even though our menu is constantly changing, one mainstay is a belief in an ingredient’s ability to speak for itself. The farther you are from the ingredient’s soil, the more difficult that becomes. Period. It’s the difference between saying “Look at this beautiful thing” and “Look at what I did”. Perhaps a marriage of the two is the aim, the former being the most important.
Perfect example… our Iberico Lardo with Asian Pears and Arkansas Black Apples. Simple, close to home. Look at this beautiful thing.