Good to Go in 2015

Goat cheese and bunapi mushroom stuffed squash blossoms.
Goat cheese and bunapi mushroom stuffed squash blossoms.

Hi, Everyone:

Happy New Year! 2015 is an exciting one here in Cherry Valley. The Little Restaurant That Could has been building support and Good To Go is just beginning to chug up the hard part of the mountain. In a few weeks we are going to apply for a loan, and we are not quite where we need to be investor-wise.

I’m hoping this mail will draw the attention of all the wonderful folks that said they were interested last year, but haven’t yet done the Paypal, Dwolla, or sent a check. Every hundred helps.

To my dear list of investors, we appreciate your support and patience with the project. Anyone you can encourage to follow your lead would be greatly appreciated.

I dream the dream every minute of every day, and I look forward to when money isn’t in the way of getting started.

In Health Food I Trust,
Robin

The New York Times Discovers Bone Broth

Egg drop soup made with organic grass-fed beef bone broth and organic local eggs.
Egg drop soup made with organic grass-fed beef bone broth and organic, local duck eggs.

The New York Times has discovered the wonders of bone broth, which is taking Manhattan restaurants by storm.

Here at Good to Go, we say, welcome to the party! Robin discovered bone broth years ago, when our friend Sonia Sola of Nectar Hills Farm told Robin to watch a scientist’s video about it on You Tube (there are many you can easily find with a search).

From the NY Times article:

“When you talk to chefs about this, everyone’s head is exploding,” said the chef Marco Canora, who has just opened Brodo, a storefront window in the East Village attached to his restaurant, Hearth, where three different flavorful broths are dispensed in paper cups. Like an espresso drink, the broths at Brodo can be customized, with add-ins like grated fresh turmeric, house-made chile oil and bone marrow from grass-fed cattle, which transforms plainly delicious broth into a richly satisfying snack.

Robin’s specialty is beef bone broth made with organic, grass-fed beef or lamb. It’s much more than just boiled bones. She has perfected an entire process that results in a creamy, meaty, delicious broth into which she can add the vegetables, mushrooms, or eggs of your choice!

How cool is that? Order a cup of bone broth and drink it while you stand at our little counter–or, the “bone broth bar.”

And, of course, we can put it in a to-go cup! Now that’s Good to Go!

Cooperstown Crier Story on Good to Go

Egg Rolls
Organic Egg Rolls

Welcome, Cooperstown Crier readers! The Crier’s story about Good to Go in today’s paper was written by Sam Aldridge, and includes quotes from an interview with Robin and Scott. Here’s an excerpt:

If you are lover of organic food, a fan of local produce, or occasionally at a loss for a tasty imaginative nosh, there will soon be an alternative.

The little red storefront nestled in the center of Cherry Valley, where the Nectar Hills Farm store once operated, will once again be open in the spring, but with a new business: Good To Go.

Created by Robin Supak, Good To Go will be a takeout restaurant offering a selection of healthy, organic and affordable food.

If you’d like to know more about investing in our start up farm-to-counter takeout restaurant, please visit the get involved page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing: Scott at Supak dot com, or Robin at Supak dot com.

Organic Grass-fed Beef Meatball Subs at the Cherry Valley Kite Festival

Robin will be selling meatball sub sandwiches made with organic, grass-fed beef from Nectar Hills Farm at the Cherry Valley Artworks Bi-annual Kite Festival this Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Campbell Road, in Cherry Valley.

Robin will also have biscotti and coffee (earlier), as well as coleslaw, iced tea, and other drinks. The subs will be served as soon as the freshly-baked Heidelberg bread arrives (around 10:30 am).

The 2014 Cherry Valley Kite Festival

 

Good to Go Sample Tasting Menu

Here’s the menu for the sample tasting today, at 5 pm, at the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY.

  • Organic, award-winning, Texas-style, Supak Family Chili
  • Organic adzuki beans
  • Organic blue and NY sweet corn cakes
  • Organic shitake and leak bone broth (grassfed beef bones from Nectar Hills farm)
  • Organic cashew chicken curry
  • Organic vegan sushi rolls w/ organic, NY tamari
  • Organic vinaigrette vegetable medley
  • Organic Spanish Frittata
  • Organic whole wheat bread by Frasca
  • Organic Pecan dark (fair trade) chocolate cookies
  • Organic, dark (fair trade) chocolate, mixed nut bark
  • Organic green tea with pomegranate and mint
  • Tiramisu

And here are the local sources for the ingredients:

  • Organic, award-winning, Texas-style, Supak Family Chili made with: 100% grassfed, organic, fresh-ground chuck from Highlander cattle from Nectar Hills Farm; and Ommegang Hennepin Ale.
  • Various organic vegetables and herbs from the Kremer Farm in Cherry Valley
  • Organic, pasture-raised eggs from Hidden Camp Farm in Canajoharie
  • Organic corn from Peterson Farms in the Hawthorn Valley, NY
  • Organic flour from Champlain Valley Milling, West Port, NY
  • Red potatoes from Fassett Vegetable stand in Cherry Valley
  • Garlic, mint, and herbs from the Supak family garden in Cherry Valley

 

Support Our Local Farmers!

Good to Go will be hosting a sample tasting of our delicious, local, organic food on Saturday, August 16, from 5 to 7 pm.

People interested in getting in on the ground floor are welcome to join those who have already invested. We recommend reading our business plan before you invest. Minimum investment is $100.

Bring your questions, appetites, and checkbooks to the Cherry Branch Gallery at 25 Main Street in Cherry Valley, New York.

Please feel free to download the event flier and post on local bulletin boards. Local farmers are encouraged to contact us as possible suppliers.

The Next Great Thing

Grass-fed bologna grilled extra aged cheddar cheese sandwich
Grass-fed bologna and grilled (extra aged cheddar) cheese sandwich

Good News, Everyone!

The very thing I am aiming to do with Good To Go in Cherry Valley is, according to today’s New York Times, wildly successful. The Next Great Thing, and it’s just around the corner, friends.

From the New York Times story:

After decades of public hand-wringing about the empty calories and environmental impact of fast food, the farm-to-table notions that have revolutionized higher-end American restaurants have finally found a lucrative spot in the takeout line. The result already has a nickname: farm to counter.

“This is not a passing fad,” said B. Hudson Riehle, the research director for the National Restaurant Association, who added that locally grown food and sustainability were the top two customer priorities reported this year in the group’s annual poll of American chefs. “It’s only going to get stronger.”

Get involved!

Good to Go Is Good to Go So Let’s GO

The storefront of Good to Go Organic and Local Food Takeout Restaurant in Cherry Valley, NY
The storefront of Good to Go Organic and Local Food Takeout Restaurant in Cherry Valley, NY

Hi, Everyone,

My lease is signed, and 17 1/2 Main Street is waiting patiently for me to turn it into a tasty, healthy dynamo of a little kitchen. To do that, I’ll need a bank loan, and to get that, I need an impressive show of support. From Friends, Family, Sustainable Food Enthusiasts, Upstate Small Business Investors, and of course, the many that want to see our dear Cherry Valley flourish.

Here are the details.

The bottom line is this:  When I open, I will give this kitchen all I have:  my heart and soul, blood, sweat and tears, and time and energy.  The copious amount of encouraging words I’ve received has been overwhelming,  but what I need from each of you now is another cliche altogether: put your money where your mouth is.

If you can’t afford a whole share, go in on one with somebody.  That’s only fifty bucks:  one for every year of my life that has led me to this very point. Please, I am raring to go. Literally:  Good To Go.  Help me get started: stomachs, palates, lives, minds, farms, the economy, the state, karma, earth…all these things will improve with this venture. Get excited with me.

Love and thanks,
Robin Supak