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ABOUT US
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By partnering with local growers, our mission is to secure the best, freshest, local, organic-when-possible, ingredients to cook for our customers. Our menu will change regularly to reflect what's best in each season.

We have a simple menu for a reason. Instead of purchasing dried pasta, we start with flour and eggs to make our pasta from scratch. Instead of purchasing frozen gnocchi, we peel the potatoes to make our own, fresh, light-and-fluffy, gnocchi. Our chefs create beautiful dishes with flavor that can only come from a recent harvest. When we are unable to secure a local ingredient, we will communicate that to our customers.

With the umbrella heading of a farm-to-table restaurant, our chefs are free to create dishes that cross into different ethnic cuisines. However, the majority of our meals are influenced by Italian and American tastes.

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OUR STAFF

rennieCHEF RENNIE
Chef Rennie is the owner of 12 Farms. He works diligently in both the front and back of the house, talking to customers, cooking, driving to various farms to pick up fresh ingredients, and the hundred other tasks that come with owning and running your own restaurant. After years of working in IT, Chef Rennie saw his culinary dream come to life on February 7, 2015 with the opening of 12 Farms, his first restaurant.

As a child, under the guidance of his Italian mother, Mariapia, Rennie learned to make pasta. She taught him how to make everything from scratch, as well as tend the ample family vegetable garden that fed them. This was Rennie's original farm-to-table experience!

To pay his way through college, Rennie worked in various restaurants. He loved all of the different roles: from waiter to expediter to sous chef. From these experiences, he knew that someday he had to open his own restaurant. In 2013, Rennie graduated from (ICE) Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan after completing an internship with the exquisite Al Di La Trattoria in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Upon graduation, Rennie received the ICE Leadership Award.

rennieToday, Rennie works harder than ever, but enjoys every minute of it. The biggest satisfaction is interacting with his customers. Nothing is more fulfilling to this chef owner than to see customers return again and again to enjoy his food.

(Link to Rennie teaching his son how to make pasta for a third grade project on Italy.)

 

 



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rennieCHEF ERICA DIRAIMONDO

We are excited to have Erica as part of the 12 Farms family. If you have eaten any of the desserts she's created for 12 Farms, you already know why! If you have yet to finish your meal at 12 Farms with one of her delectable creations, you certainly have something to look forward to! Her culinary journey began at the Institute of Culinary Education where she studied Baking and Pastry Arts and completed her program in April 2003. While a student at ICE, Erica secured an internship with Gail Watson Custom Cakes in New York City. During the 6 month experience, Erica created cakes for high profile clientele like Uma Thurman, Lawrence Fishburne and Matt Lauer. Her next move was to Wegman's, where she functioned as Team Lead and Cake Decorator for 6 years. Erica continued her work as a pastry chef and cake decorator by opening a business of her own specializing in wedding cakes, and personalized desserts for parties and events. In November of 2016, Erica joined us here at 12 Farms where she creates our dessert menu, designs the presentation of her creations and specializes in gluten-free and dairy free items to meet the needs of all clients while pleasing everyone's palate!

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rennieCHEF RENNIE B.

Chef Rennie B. is the youngest addition to the 12 Farms team, and a big help on weekend evenings. From squeezing oranges for juice on Sunday Brunch, to plating desserts and prepping for the other chefs, Chef Rennie B. is eager to learn and works hard. He is also very funny and a constant amusement to the staff.

 

 

 

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