An abundance of fresh, delicious and locally sourced ingredients are the heart and soul of Leslie Lampert’s Café of Love restaurant and Ladle of Love take-out shop in Mount Kisco. “We’re all in business together, and sourcing locally is about taking care of each other and doing good to do well,” she says.
Those local sources include farms right here in Bedford, as well as a range of Hudson Valley farms and artisan food purveyors. Lampert describes her relationship with local farmers as collaborative: “We work together to plan menu items based on the growing season. For example, Amba Farms, just half a mile away in Bedford Hills, is growing Heritage Flowers right now, so we added a Heritage Flower Salad to our new summer menu.”
She’s also tending her own backyard garden at Café of Love, having installed a raised bed herb garden. Her own lovage (a celery-like herb) stars in a current menu offering, Corn Chowder with a Lovage Coulis.
Going to Mt. Kisco isn’t the only way to experience Leslie’s great food. Ladle of Love’s farm-fresh prepared food is available Saturdays at the John Jay Homestead Farm Market. You can grab a “Green and Grain” (among other delicious options) perfect for picnicking in the Homestead gardens.
Stop by the restaurant — or the shop, or the farm market — and say “hi!” And be sure to tell Leslie that Bedford 2020 sent you!