Zack’s Farm to Table Restaurant Transitioning to Catering Services; Made-from-Scratch Food Continues

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Published February 22, 2024 4:49 am
Zack’s Farm to Table Restaurant Transitioning to Catering Services; Made-from-Scratch Food Continues

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – The transition to catering for Zack’s Farm to Table Restaurant is easy for owner Zack Blose. The food business is his passion.

(Pictured above: Zack Blose on right with Christopher, his assistant at a catering event.)

Zack Blose, owner and founder of Zack’s Restaurant, told exploreClarion.com, “I got into food service because I love food. I love cooking. I love serving people, and I’m still doing that. That’s still my job!”

The focal point for Zack’s Farm to Table restaurant was farm-fresh, made-from-scratch food.

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<p>Zack has been known to be super picky about his ingredients, so customers never found anything frozen, out of a bag, microwaved, or packed full of preservatives, with most meats and produce sourced locally as well as the wine and bread they serve.</p>
<p>Rather than entering an eighth year of running his restaurant, Zack is opting to move toward catering also using farm-fresh, made-from-scratch food.</p>
<p>At the end of October 2023, Zack began the transition when he announced that his restaurant was going on a seasonal break.</p>
<p>One of the contributing factors to the transition is the location of the restaurant, according to Zack.</p>
<p>“The volume of business that we have in New Bethlehem is pretty low in the wintertime,” he explained.</p>
<p>He added that a portion of the restaurant’s revenue was from tourists.</p>
<p>“The Rails to Trail brings in a lot of people, and we also would get a lot of travelers who would come up from the city or more densely populated areas to go to camp in the summer or holiday.”</p>
<p>In August 2016, the restaurant started in a small remodeled house as a takeout-only pizza shop. After quickly outgrowing that space, Zack moved to the restaurant’s current location and expanded the menu.</p>
<p>Once Zack started offering farm-to-table menu options, the dine-in business took off. He said he drew the inspiration from places he previously worked.</p>
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<p>“I guess I always kind of knew that ‘farm to table’ had potential in our area. Probably a decade ago, I was working at a restaurant, and I just kept thinking it was a great place for supporting local farms by offering farm-fresh food.”</p>
<p>With the number of local farms and his experience in the restaurant business, Zack saw it to be a perfect fit.</p>
<p>“I kept my standards pretty high when it came to the quality of food that I served. I ran a from-scratch kitchen and didn’t really use too much pre-fabricated food out of a box or anything like that.”</p>
<p>Zack established the farm-to-table concept in the area, sourced locally, and made great connections. He had great support from the community with his new venture and efforts as a small business owner.</p>
<p>“The loyal community and area customers that supported us each and every week are the real heroes that kept my restaurant going, and I will miss seeing them on a regular basis.”</p>
<p>Even though his restaurant is closed, the farm-to-table network that Zack created with local farmers and food producers will still play a huge role in the catering business.</p>
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<p>“While I am transitioning to a catering business, the concept of farm-fresh, made-from-scratch will continue. I plan to use my space to host events…Anything you can think of, we can cater it. Being that I do everything from scratch, my menus are totally customizable, and I work with people on their budgets to get everybody what they want.”</p>
<p>The catering service can be used for all types of events, from birthday parties to weddings and everything in between, Zack said.</p>
<p>“We’re just a phone call away even if you need something small. Recently, I took an order for a couple of small food trays. Something as small as that is just a simple phone call away. Tell us what you need, and we’ll make it happen.”</p>
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<p>Zack also has a food truck and plans to do some pop-up events.</p>
<p>“The food truck will be my best outlet for farm-to-table food this year. I plan to schedule some dates at Mechanistic Brewing and some other local spots. I also hope to get into a fair or two.”</p>
<p>“The food’s still going to taste great. It’s still a passion thing for me,” he emphasized.</p>
<p>Zack’s Farm to Table is located at 301 Wood Street, in New Bethlehem, Pa.</p>
<p>For more information, visit <a href=blosebrothers.com.

Melissa Blose, Events Coordinator & Catering Sales Manager, displaying a homemade dessert!

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