The best restaurant in Ithaca, isn’t a restaurant.
Every Friday night for 18 years, Priscilla Timberlake and Lewis Freedman open their hearts and the doors to their home and serve a three-course meal. But not just any meal. Everything served is macrobiotic, vegan, gluten free and 100% … amazing. Don’t believe me? Just ask T. Colin Campbell since he is known to also dine at this special place just 20 minutes outside of Ithaca.
After finding a seat at this often-crowded weekly event, Lewis leads the room in a moment of quiet reflection and then instructs everyone on the technique of blessing the meal. After the blessing, Lewis ignites into a very animated live rendition of the night’s menu. Loudly and enthusiastically announcing each of the courses and many of the ingredients (although he sometimes forgets one or two). I am not sure if any other restaurant in the world does this, but it’s my favorite part of the opening ceremonies.
Every meal starts with soup. In all the years I’ve attended, I’ve never once had a bowl of soup I didn’t love. Soup is such a warm and welcoming way to start a meal and each bowl explodes with flavor and texture.
Following soup is the main entree. A plate loaded with a variety of offerings: pressure-cooked brown rice, kale salad, pressed salad, nori rolls, tempe, tofu, and other seasonal (mostly local) fare. The plate is alive with color and flavor and it’s always very satisfying.
While many of the diners are vegan, some are vegetarians, some are raw foodists, and oftentimes omnivores sneak in and find themselves in welcome company enjoying a meal they might not ordinarily try.
How many people have dinner served with twig tea? Or find a shaker of gomasio on every table?
After all these years of creating amazing recipes, Priscilla and Lewis finally published a beautiful cookbook that takes you through their creations on a month-by-month basis. The secrets are out.
This book is a great way to not only eat well but it could also become the start similar traditions in your own part of the world. Open your own door and serve food that tastes great and treats your body to a healthy, balanced future.