From Our Rooftop Garden to the Table (That’s Fresh!)

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Everything’s coming up a rainbow of colors in our rooftop garden! Veggies and herbs are bursting forth and right onto your plate at The Gables at Chadds Ford.

Gables-garden-5Our beautiful garden has tripled in size since last year. We’re cultivating raised beds and planters for a cornucopia of freshness you’ll find in our salads, sides and entrees. We start many of those tender shoots in the hydroponic tower, where they’re nurtured until ready to head into the soil.

“Right now we’re bringing in lots of peppers, tomatoes, kale, lettuces, basil and parsley,” said Chef Dave Wenerd. “That influences everything on our summer menu, especially the specials.”

Dave spends the first hour of his day in our little slice of heaven on earth checking out what Mother Nature has to offer. He totes big pans up to the roof and picks what he plans to work with that day.

Gables-Garden-4Keep an eye out for new menu gems like our Rooftop Salad, an homage to summer with spotted romaine, blue and green kale, a few different types of tomatoes and whatever herbs catch Dave’s eye.

“You’ll also see new takes on some of my favorites,” Dave added. “I’m tweaking the chimichurri to highlight our own smoked peppers, putting a twist on just-picked fried green tomatoes and experimenting with different romaines to grill.”

Are you drooling yet?

Dave is also busy canning tomatoes and preserving summer’s goodness to last into winter’s unforgiving days. That includes dehydrating herbs to make his signature spice blends, too.

Gables-garden-6If we’re lucky, fall and early winter days will be mild, which encourages leafy greens to live on.

“Toward the end of the season we see more lettuces and greens,” Dave added. “I hate to see the season end!”

Come taste what Chef Dave is creating today! We’re open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. We’re closed Mondays.

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event. 

— Nina Malone