It is amazing how the definition of home made has been warped over the years by marketing geniuses and embarrassed restaurateurs. We often see and eat food that has clearly been brought in from outside sources, but deceptively called home made on a menu or an advertisement.
France has experienced this to an even greater effect with many of their restaurants (some suggest of up to 85%) simply reheating pre-prepared meals, rather than cooking them from scratch as outlined in this BBC article.
LakeFront Bistro is proud of the fact that the food we produce is home made. From the stock that we cook with to the gnocchi used in our lunch menu or as part of our À la carte dishes, we have made it in house.
Sadly there are not many restaurants left that go to the effort of making their own stock from scratch, it takes time, effort and dedication, not to mention the additional cost, (Andrew, our head chef takes several days to cook each batch) and many restaurants don't believe that it makes a difference. But we can tell you that it does!
Our bread and trio of soup, a beautiful combination of warmth this winter and another two (or four) examples of creations completely from our kitchen. Bread is a particularly pointed example of the misuse of the "home made" terminology with many kitchens buying in baked loaves from sources who claim the "home made" status. Or even worse claiming that their bread is "baked in house", but the truth of the matter is that they finish "bake" par-baked loaves in house.
Finally there are some dishes that simply could not be faked as being made in house. Of course the example to be used is the Grand Marnier soufflé which is both time sensitive and delicate to an extreme. Each soufflé dessert that is served from our kitchen has been made from scratch, hand whipped and baked after being ordered and the well known "tick, tick, tick" coming from the kitchen of a whisk on the copper bowl and the inches of height on the soufflé when it arrives at your table is testament to the fact.
After dining at LakeFront Bistro you will come to understand the difference of making food in house as opposed to buying it in.
The French sign for 'fait maison' or 'home made' showing a saucepan under a roof. It is used to show what dishes are made in the kitchen (or under the same roof) of the establishment your eating at.