Not only does chef Jesse Vergen man the stoves of the Saint John Ale House, he’s an organic farmer in one of Quispamsis, New Brunswick’s last standing farms. And he’s cooked from Vancouver to Paris.
Jesse is not just into cooking food but the process of planting and working the land to have total control of the quality of the food. Known for cooking with local products, he picks fish up right off the boat, whole animals from small farms, slaughtering his own animals on his farm, or hunting through the local markets for the freshest products.
And to go along with his food, be it a plate-full of smokey bacon maple scallops or a perfectly grilled, peppercorn-crusted Maritime beef tenderloin, there are 29 + beers and ales on tap!
On the very first Food Day in 2010 Chef Vergen PULLED OUT ALL STOPS and cooked in three venues. He wrote: ”Will be doing a Food Day Menu at SJAH, A “Food day Feast in the Feild At Farmers Hill (my farm, in Quispamsis..), and in the AM we will be doing The Kingston Farmers market BBQing local foods with my Smoking Pig Real BBQ outfit. here’s the break down. All Vegetables/herbs/fruit/honey will be harvested by my self and my sous/ and cooks off my farm…Lamb/ turkeys will be killed on farm by my self and my cooks…Berkshires from cedar lane farms( I’m working on a breeding program with them, Berkshire/Tamworth crosses), NB pork is from KB meats….and the SJAH menu will be paired with Local NB Beers”
And every year since then this is precisely what he does…local, seasonal, casually delicious food!
Saint John Ale House is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Saint John Ale House est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Saint John Ale House directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
Saint John Ale House
1 Market Square
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 4Z6
T: 506 657 2337 (BEER)