Summer Entertaining: A Farm-to-Table Lunch with Croft Alley
After hearing several of my friends rave about Croft Alley when it first opened, I knew I had experience it for myself – and upon doing so, fell in love. Opened by Michael Della Femina and his chef-partner Phuong Tran, the wonderfully intimate spot is set inside a gorgeous pre-war building and features courtyard seating and a live tree growing inside. And the artisanal, authentic and progressive menu: amazing. Offering an all day range of breakfast, lunch, charcuterie and 5-6 course speakeasy dinners meant to resonate a feeling of being at “our home,” Croft Alley takes farm-to-table to all ends by growing their own produce on the back patio, making everything in-house, and baking bread from scratch everyday.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to spend an afternoon there with some of my favorite ladies, complete with an incredible menu dreamed up and flawlessly executed by Chef Tran. It was such a wonderful experience – the food amazing, the drinks delicious (and chlorophyll water on tap!) – and I honestly cannot wait for the chance to dine there again, next time for dinner. See below for all the menu details. XXJKE
steamed rice crepes with coconut vinaigrette and young cilantro
aged Spanish goat cheese, blueberries marinated in honey syrup, and baby kale from the garden in a citrus vinaigrette
roasted branzino, romanesco en bechamel, celery root purée
buttermilk panna cotta
Photos: Brittany Wood