The Farmer & The Larder
CheFarmer Matthew Raiford, executive chef and owner at The Farmer and The Larder and the farmer at Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, Georgia. Matthew served in the Army for 9 years, including deployments in support of Desert Storm. After his service, Matthew built a successful culinary career, most recently serving as the program coordinator and associate professor of Culinary Arts at the College of Coastal Georgia. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from University of California Santa Cruz and The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Through his interest in food and his families farming legacy Matthew and sister Althea decided to reclaim the centennial family farm for production agriculture. Raiford, executive chef and owner at The Farmer and The Larder, featured in January/February 2016’s Garden & Gun as one of the South’s most exciting new restaurants.
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More about this loan
The Farmer & The Larder is a restaurant in Historic Downtown Brunswick, Georgia – owned and operated by CheFarmer Matthew Raiford and Food Alchemist Jovan Sage. At The Farmer & The Larder we know that good food and community go hand in hand.We bring delicious & fresh food to your table and explore our shared foodways & culture through taste. In our restaurant, you’ll find international and coastal inspired dishes, a uniquely curated selection of the finest products and cookware & culinary learning experiences that allow you to grow your food knowledge and palate.
What is the purpose of this loan?
We are growing The Farmer & The Larder from 20 seat cafe to 40 seat bistro in our small restaurant space in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Using our own network we were able to initially create a culinary space that houses lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch as well as food retail, culinary classes and special events. We source from our farm Gilliard Farms – as well as local farms, producers and larger broadliners. We are hoping to update our kitchen infrastructure including the installation of a hood exhaust system to match the demands put on our small kitchen, upgrade electrical system to add additional induction cooktops. The hood exhaust system that we have initial estimates for is $5000 – which includes installation. The upgrades of our kitchen include resealing our refrigeration to hold our fresh produce, updating our electrical system for the additional induction cooktops (estimated at $5000). The loan would alleviate the stress on our family to sustainably grow our small business. These improvements would allow us to grow our restaurant, our sales, to continue to source local and fresh produce, and to meet our communities demand for good food and good community.
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years