We had the good fortune of watching what a world champion ate the day before and immediately following The American Birkebeiner Ski race. Yes, he ate one of our organic salads and a couple of our stone oven pizzas before the race and an organic salad, a couple of pizzas and a couple of microbrew beers after the race.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so tired and stuffed after eating at a lot of restaurants? We're a couple of biology majors not chefs, but we're guessing it's the salt and preservatives designed to keep your food fresh and make it taste good. Since we didn't know any better when we opened The Eatery we just started with fresh food, skipped the preservatives and found that the fresh stuff already tastes good. Our restaurant doesn't even own a fryer.
If you're looking for heart healthy food, do some research on artichokes, spinach, basil, tomatoes, garlic, onions, wine, and dark beer. Yes, the best pizza you'll ever have can actually be very good for you.
Finally, if you are carbo loading for your next event don't be fooled by cramming processed foods in your gullet one night before the big race. It'll be gone by the second climb. Eat high quality carbs like the ones found in our salads and on our Flambeau or Saint Croix pizzas, then reload with high protein pizzas like the Marengo, Eau Claire, Big Brook or Spirit Creek following the race. Oh, don't forget Cable water and local microbrews to wash it all down.
Healthy Restaurant Eating #2
Recently, we ordered a pre-made frozen item that we could throw in the oven after work. Yes, even we tire of pizza. When the box arrived with the rest of the order I was struck by the ingredients label on the box. There were more ingredients on that one box of frozen enchiladas than on our entire stack of food for the Rivers Eatery. For the Eatery the ingredients were simple, a box of tomatoes, a box of olive oil, a box of artichokes, a box of spinach, a box of lettuce, etc. We don't often talk about how simple and fresh our food is, but the 50 plus items listed in my frozen enchilada made me proud of our food. By the way, the polluted enchiladas are sinfully delicious. They just won't be on the menu.
We hope to see you soon.