Local brings affordable, sustainable food to Chappaqua

A cafe and ice cream shop serving both affordable and environmentally friendly food, Local of Chappaqua is not to be missed.

“We’re not in a city, we don’t have tremendous variety of restaurants with organic foods, so I deliberately didn’t want to be too foodie about things–I wanted it to serve simple, nutritious food in an interesting space by fun, good people who care. I want it to be a place where people can bring their kids and family, and I don’t want it to be too expensive—I want it to be accessible,” says owner Adam Strahl. 

As the restaurant name suggests, Strahl tries to serve organic and locally sourced food.

“In season around 80 to 90 percent of our menu is organic. Not everything on the menu is locally produced and organic—the local food supply can be unreliable, and if I didn’t expand my sourcing in the winter we’d only be able to serve parsnips and onions. However, the important things like meats, dairy products, ice cream, and salad greens are always organic. There is also produce which I always source locally—ingredients that we use in smaller quantities, such as butternut squash, tomatoes, peaches, and watermelon.”

Strahl emphasized that there are many health  and environmental benefits that come from eating local, organic food, and didn’t want people to have to sacrifice that when going out.

“If you shop organic and eat consciously, you don’t want to have to go out and say ‘If I go out I’ll have to eat something that I’m really not happy eating.’ Going out is an experience—it’s about having fun, trying new things, being in new environments, and socializing, so I don’t want people to have to sacrifice that—they shouldn’t have to make a concession.”

The name ‘Local’ also suggests more than locally sourced food—Strahl wants to make Local a place Chappaqua locals frequent.

“Local, as a name, is also like a place in town that all the locals go to. ‘The local’ generally applies to a bar, but I want it to be the local food place, a place where you can go and get an ice cream or get organic coffees and teas or get a salad or a little cup of soup—normal, everyday stuff. That’s why we serve the menu all day long–whatever you feel like eating, you can have at any time.”

The bones of the menu remain the same, but the specials and the soups and things change to reflect the seasons and what’s available.

Right now, Strahl recommends the gazpacho. 

“The gazpacho is unbelievable, it’s really of the moment, with everything that’s in season and ripe right now. So that sort of personifies everything at the moment. We also have a watermelon salad with spinach, cheese, organic watermelon, I think that’s a really great summertime dish–nice, sweet and salty.”

LOCAL is located at 75 S Greely Avenue, Chappaqua, NY, and is open 10-8 Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 10-3 on Sundays and Mondays. Stop by today!

Check out a delicious lemon miso dressing from Adam Strahl to bring a slice of Local to your own kitchen