Nathan Peitso, second-generation farmer of Kenter Canyon Farms, announces the opening of his latest FARMHOUSE location Scottsdale Fashion Square.
FARMHOUSE redefines the traditional restaurant model by placing a farmer at the forefront of the business and thus creating a new culinary movement focused on collaboration with the region’s top farmers to grow and harvest ingredients dictating the dining destination’s dishes.
Led by Peitso, in the unique role of Executive Farmer, FARMHOUSE provides seasonal farm-traceable “seed-to-plate” cuisine, presented in an atmosphere that evokes the restaurant’s name. Peitso works directly withhis family farm and the region’s top farmers to grow, harvest, and create seasonal and vibrant dishes. The grain used for the pasta, pizza and bread comes from his family farm. Peitso creates a seasonal cuisine that showcases ingredients at their peak each month.
Growing up amongst his mother’s lettuce fields, later morphing into today’s popular Kenter Canyon Farms, Peitso has an innate understanding of a wide range of produce including the best times and places to plant and harvest. During Peitso’s childhood, his mother befriended and grew specific varieties of greens for culinary legends Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck. Through those relationships, Peitso witnessed at a young age the birth of the “farm-to-table” movement and has since dedicated his life to supporting farm-traceable food. Much like how his mother provided greens to restaurants, Peitso acts as a conduit, offering dishes made with only top-quality ingredients from hand-picked farms and artisans.
“For me, FARMHOUSE represents and is inspired by the farming, milling, and baking of my mother,” Peitso states. “From allowing me to play beside her in the lettuce fields as a youngster, to our collaboration on growing and milling of wheat, she provided me with the instrumental tools that would shape how I view food. We are proud to be part of the new dining destination that Fashion Square is offering and we are looking forward to share our passion for ingredients and outstanding local Californian farms to the Arizona dinners."
As Executive Farmer, Peitso plans each season’s rotating menu months in advance through the selection of seeds and varieties of produce utilizing his relationships with an assortment of farms and network of purveyors - including the planting and harvesting of exclusive ingredients for FARMHOUSE.
“Throughout Nathan’s childhood, cooking was a form of entertainment for our family. Tightly squeezed into our kitchen, I would put him to work chopping parsley and instilling in him the importance of forgoing fad microwave meals of the 80s and instead developing an appreciation of real, from-the-earth food,” says Peitso’s momAndrea Crawford. “With the expansion of FARMHOUSE to Scottsdale, I see the passing of the baton as the teachings of his youth have come full circle, captured by his vision for a farm-forward restaurant.”
FARMHOUSE is set to open early 2020.
FARMHOUSE’s first location opened in March 2018 and is located at 8500 Beverly Blvd. on the street level of Beverly Center in Los Angeles.
For more information, and to stay up to date on opening announcements, please visit the website: http://www.thefarmhousela.com