You are what you eat, particularly if you find your embarrassing high-school yearbook photos scrumptious. Opt for a more appetizing arrangement with today's Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of locally sourced fare and drinks at Seasonal 56 in Langley.
Seasonal 56 flaunts the culinary bounty of Fraser Valley with lunch and dinner fare that highlights local, seasonal ingredients. A talented team concocts every meal element from scratch, including bread, bacon, and elf-whittled utensils, ensuring taste-bud-invigorating freshness. Menu items change weekly to ensure peak freshness but remain in a similar price range. Peruse entree samples, such as the 8-ounce New York steak with country mashed potatoes and red-onion marmalade ($26), or Thiessen Farms roasted duck breast ($20). Meat-free options, such as portobello mushroom stuffed with Agassiz Farm house cheese, give props to vegetarians ($18).
Those interested in deluxe behind-the-scenes meal preparation can grab a seat for two at the chef's table in the kitchen and watch as talented food mavens conjure up a five- to eight-course dinner using but a top hat and magic whisk ($65–$85 per person).
- This hidden gem hums nicely along, mainly through word of mouth. Husband-and-wife team Adrian (he’s the chef) and Shannon Beaty (she’s front of house) partner with local producers for sourcing, cooking, serving and catering seasonal fare. – Julie Pegg, Eat
Seasonal 56 Restaurant
Seasonal 56 Restaurant's chef Adrian Beaty values the work of Fraser Valley's local farmers and producers so much that he often invites them to the restaurant to examine their craft or collaborate with them on new menu items. These interactions result in regularly changing seasonal menus featuring local ingredients including grains, root vegetables, duck, and lamb from nearby farmers and butchers such as Glorious Organics and Thiessen Farms. The eatery also employs knowledgeable servers that can expound on menu items such as locally crafted cheeses from Agassiz Farm House and Milner Valley Cheese. In keeping with the focus on access to local ingredients and merchants, Seasonal 56 Restaurant also offers Gumboot dinners that consist of family-style fixed-course meals featuring a guest producer, who contributes a special ingredient to each dish and leaves heartfelt love letters under each plate. Additionally, the restaurant’s proximity to its featured wineries, breweries, and farms enables diners to visit the source of their meal's components. The restaurant's retail section offers house-made seasonal fare, which diners can pick up to eat at home or feed their pet snowmen.