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“Garden to Gourmet … Wow Factor to Yelm Dining”

From Thurston Talk:
“Since opening at the end of 2014, the restaurant has been rapidly transitioning from Yelms best kept secret to a destination spot for both former urbanites longing for a touch of fine dining and locals who care about where their meals come from. Leblanc believes that the wow factor is an appreciation of three characteristics rarely found in small rural town eateries: transparency, artistry and an emphasis on fresh, local food,” quoting Thurston Talk.
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Editor’s note:
I have been to this restaurant many times for breakfast and lunch and walk away with the “Wow!” factor every time. Not only is each item artfully prepared and presented, the flavors, creativity and portions are equally laudable. I take home leftovers from each meal for a delightful repast later. They also provide excellent take-out service of every menu item.

And yet, my wife & I along with another guest had an ultimate Valentine’s Special Dinner last Saturday night. Chef Daniel Juarez welcomed us at our table, providing his evening creation, along with the regular menu items. We all ordered the Dinner Special, which was a cooked-to-perfection Filet Mignon, Parmesan infused mashed potatoes topped with poached asparagus in butter and garlic, and a complimentary gravy/sauce, all preceded by a local mixed green salad with a zesty homemade dressing. Dessert was included – yummy chocolate covered strawberries. I also ordered their delicious espresso, which owner Leblanc delivered to our table, thanking us for our patronage. The restaurant had pre-booked reservations for almost every table.

Mr. Leblanc mentioned that a couple was driving from Portland to Seattle and wanted a good organic lunch as they were passing Olympia. Social media directed them to this restaurant, and they said driving 16 miles off I-5 was well worth the time and they would stop here again! An outstanding addition and edition to the Yelm dinging scene – offering a different and unique menu!

Gourmet to Gourmet proudly uses locally sourced meats including:
Ham from Stewart’s Meats in Yelm,
Grass fed beef from Heritage Meats in Rochester,
Chicken from Stokesberry Sustainable Farm in Olympia.

– Update: April 8, 2015
Patrick LeBlanc was interviewed on the “Dine Northwest” radio broadcast of the Washington Restaurant Assn. on April 8, 2015.
Click here to listen to the podcast.

Garden to Gourmet Cafe
Patrick LeBlanc, owner/manager
9144 Burnett Rd SE #A-101 (Burnett Center)
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: (360) 960-8220
Website: gardentogourmet.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FromGardenToGourmet/
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m.
Sunday from 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday
Now listed on Yelm.com.


Posted by Steve on February 18, 2015 at 6:09 am | Permalink

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