While it is fair to say that the cost is higher to visit an establishment that uses items such as organic eggs, locally raised bacon, fair trade coffee and locally grown vegetables, it is reassuring to know that the food being consumed, when labeled organic or fair trade, has been properly handled to avoid chemicals, bacteria, and cross-contamination.
Conventional farmers and food handlers utilize chemicals and growth hormones, causing their crops to grow at rapid rates. These chemical fertilizers and/or “sewage sludge” are all cheap to ship and use, hence the lower cost of the items. Organic farms are typically smaller and the farmers take more time to produce their crops, which in turn increases the price of the food.
As the popularity of living a healthy lifestyle continues, more establishments will partner with local farms, to ensure that their customers are eating only the healthiest and most natural ingredients. On average it is only a $1.50 more, per day to consume healthy, locally grown food. While this can add up for some individuals, it is a very small price to pay compared to the economic costs of diet-related illnesses and diseases. When farmers choose to keep chemicals away from their crops and animals, it equates to longer labor time, which increases the price. At least for a small investment, we can feel a sense of security with what we are eating and feel good knowing that we are supporting our local farms.
Mugshots is committed to making a positive contribution to our community by being mindful of the environment and our neighbors, both local and global, in all our actions. We use only fair & sustainable, organic coffee, and support organic agriculture and local farmers whenever possible. By doing so, we not only support our local economy, but also reduce fuel use associated with shipping. Mugshots is a founding B-Corp member, “setting the new corporate standard for social and environmental performance.”]]>
We went a different route this time and shared the salmon and filet entrees which were our version of surf and turf. The salmon surpassed all of my expectations. This is coming from someone that used to live in Alaska and knows what fresh salmon should taste like.
The salads are always fresh and the desserts are solid. This time they had a Duckhorn wine event happening so we opted to taste the various wines which was so fun! It was also a decent value with a price tag of only $28.]]>
We had a seating a 8 for 4 people and arrived a little early, found a great parking spot right on the street. We didn’t’ really know what to expect and we were seated immediately and given the lay of the land before our friends arrived. I said on my way there, “I’m going to try something I’ve never tried before.”
This is big cuz I’m a picky eater.
And try new stuff I did. Of the 6 courses, I liked all but one. That was a fish app, but that was about me, not the fish.
I did the wine pairing for extra and they seemed well matched to me. I don’t know much about wine, I only know what I like.
The coffee was fantastic!
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On top of the delicious dishes, the service was above and beyond expectations. We ordered the wine pairing, which was all great complements to the food. Our wines were always topped off if we happened to finish before the coursing was done, which was a nice touch. Pricing for the size and quality was excellent. We are counting down the days until we can go back.]]>
The three of us each loved our dishes.
My steak frittes was splendid. Hubby had pistachio encrusted pork tenderloin and nearly licked his plate clean.
Daughter had the bucatini and raved that it was reminiscent of her recent Italy trip. Dessert was ice cream on a pavlova (meringue cake) drizzled with fresh mango and mint. The executive chef and the owner both stopped to check in with us.
We loved everything. We will be back!]]>
It also not fussy looking like other similarly priced restaurants, just real good food.
The service staff will probably remember your name.. Katie is great, and the owner will probably be talking with customers here and there.
I started going a few months ago and now it’s in my regular dining circuit.]]>