Restaurants Growing and Buying Locally with Scott Sebastian – 5/24/14
May 31, 2014
More and more restaurants are finding that the way to insure the ingredients in their food are fresh and healthy is to grow their own, or to connect with local farmers and greenhouses to insure consistent quality. This week, we’ll speak with a restaurant doing just that, and in doing so continues to be rated one of the best regional restaurants by patrons and critics alike.
Sebastian’s, in rural Caledonia, Wisconsin, sits on a five acre parcel of green space that allows them to have a large organic garden, with 20 4×10 raised beds. They also compost kitchen scraps and use them in the garden to enrich the soil. Their rural location has given them easy access to local farm products and to partner with an organic farm a mile away from the restaurant.
Our guest, Scott Sebastian, is the Chef and Co-owner of Sebastian’s Restaurant located 30 minutes south of Milwaukee. Scott and his business partner and former wife Patrice Sebastian have operated Sebastian’s for over 14 years. Prior to that they owned Cafe Sebastian and Catering By Sebastian in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Scott also spent 10 years on the Milwaukee Fire Department at which time he also worked in some of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants. Scott left the Fire Department in 1998 and together opened Sebastian’s in January of 2000.
Scott has no formal Chef training but has been cooking professionally and managing kitchens for 35 years in fine dining establishments.
Patrice Sebastian has a background in business that includes 30 years in the restaurant business, as well as a degree in Horticulture. She oversees the chemical free garden. She is a registered yoga instructor and is currently studying and incorporating permaculture design strategies working toward sustainable use of the 5 acre property.
Sebastian’s consistently appears on lists of the best regional restaurants, including the 2013 list of the Top 30 Milwaukee Area Restaurants by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
For more information about Scott and Sebastian’s, go to www.sebastiansracine.com.