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Farmspoke Philosophy: Our Interview with Chef Chris Crary

March 23, 2017
Written by: Yasha Wallin

For the inspiration behind Farmspoke, opening at The James West Hollywood, just think about going back to the basics. This all-day restaurant and marketplace—with kits you can even cook at home—is all about a high quality, local, and fresh philosophy. We caught up with Top Chef alum Chris Crary, the man behind this innovative concept, to learn more about what hungry guests will be privy to when Farmspoke opens this spring.

You’ve been behind several restaurants including Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails. What makes your approach to Farmspoke different?
Farmspoke is different for multiple reasons. It is an entirely new brand for sbe, which focuses on masters in their fields, from local farmers to candle makers to organic coffee roasters. With Farmspoke we are bringing back cooking that has been forgotten, like making our own butter and house-made croissants.


How would you describe the food at Farmspoke?
Farmspoke is a collaboration with local artisans to produce high quality local food that will fuel your body and soul from morning to late night.

Where will the ingredients in Farmspoke’s menu be sourced from?
Everything will be sourced as locally as possible with the cooperation of the following farms: Weiser Farms, McGrath Family Farms, Anna’s Farm, Tamai Farm, Ellwood Canyon Farms, Finley Farms, T & D Farms, Coleman Farms, Cuyama and many many more. In the future, we’ll also grow some of our own items on property.

What about the meats?
Our meats will also come from as many local farms as possible. Some of our friends will include: Peads & Barnett, Marin Sun Farms, Primal Pastures, Autonomy Farms, Petaluma Poultry, Sunfed Ranch and many more!

We love the you have meal kits for us to unleash our inner chef. Will these kits work for a cooking novice as well?
The meal kits are for anyone who knows how to turn on a burner. We will break them down into four or less steps, which may include steps as easy as “open the box.”

What will guests find at the market?
The market will be a collection of local gifts, handcrafted items, charitable items, things prepared in house basically a wide variety of things I would want while you are traveling in California.


What if I’m vegan or gluten free?
We will have tons of items for you! Because we are focusing on local farms and produce we will be very vegetable focused.

Do you have a favorite menu item?
There are two standouts: Roasted cauliflower: whipped goat cheese, pickled pistachio, capers, grapes; and then there’s the spring ravioli: rabbit, peas, radish, pickled carrot, sauce vin jaune.

Are there any menu or market items that are an homage to the area or the Sunset Strip?
Yes! The Beet Graffiti Salad with pistachios, Asian pear, persimmon, and goat cheese fondue will pay homage to local street artists featuring vibrant colors and textures.