As many of you know, we recently closed Spataro Restaurant & Bar. While it’s sad to say goodbye to one of our long-standing restaurants, we are very excited about our newest “farm-to-fork” restaurant concept, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions.
Hock Farm is slated to open in mid-April 2013 at 1415 L Street in downtown Sacramento. A celebration of the Sacramento region’s rich history and bountiful terrain, the restaurant is named after John Sutter’s Hock Farm. Established in 1841, the settlement was the first large-scale agricultural settlement in Northern California and was named for the indigenous Nisenan Hock tribe located in the vicinity. From the beginning, Sutter recognized the farming potential of the Sacramento Valley and pursued many agricultural ventures including grain, cattle, orchards and vineyards, foreshadowing Sacramento’s modern day designation as the ‘Farm-to-Fork Capital’.
One of the key factors that makes this restaurant unique to PRG’s other locations is the inclusion of three additional partners: Chef David LaRoche, Shaun Freeman and Brad Peters. Chef LaRoche, a protégé of Executive Chef Kurt Spataro, has worked for the company for over ten years, working in the kitchens at Paragary’s Bar & Oven as well as Spataro Restaurant & Bar. Shaun Freeman was a General Manager at Café Bernardo on K Street and Brad Peters was a Bar Manager at Centro Cocina Mexicana. All three showed talent and passion during their time with the company.
The menu will change with the season and availability of local produce, paying homage to the region’s rich history of agriculture. While some favorites will remain for the duration of the season, others will change weekly, along with daily ‘market’ specials. Chef LaRoche will source many items directly from farmers, but will also frequent the many local farmers’ markets in Downtown. “Chef Spataro helped me build relationships with many local farms and producers over the years. He and Randy pioneered Sacramento’s farm-to-fork movement years ago and I want to reflect that legacy in my menu,” says Chef/Owner LaRoche.
The bar program, headed by Managing Partner Brad Peters, will feature ingredient-driven classic cocktails, often re-imagined with local produce and locally-produced goods.
The design of the Hock Farm Restaurant is an ode to the Sacramento Valley’s rich history and its founder by establishing a modern interpretation of the rustic styles of the 1850’s. By using local and regional fabricators and artisans, such as 12M Design and Reclamation Art + Furniture, Hock Farm brings a fresh and native aesthetic to the burgeoning Sacramento culinary scene. In the spirit of ingenuity, discovery, curiosity and history, Hock Farm celebrates Sacramento’s past with an eye towards the future.
For the latest updates about Hock Farm’s construction, menu development, décor, and opening date, visit facebook.com/HockFarm.
Posted on 03/28/2013 at 12:00:00 AM