Plate to Date: SweetGrass’ Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
Chef Sarah Gresko brings southern favorites to Hopewell, NJ at her restaurant, SweetGrass. Always trying to source ingredients from local farms, SweetGrass currently holds a CSA with Rolling Hills Farm out of Lambertville and works with Blue Moon Acres, Sansone’s Farm, and Kerr’s Kornstand. Not only do SweetGrass’s farming neighbors provide them with delicious sweet corn and juicy tomatoes, but also friendships. The close-knit community that supports SweetGrass, paired with their fresh southern menu, makes patrons feel like they’re in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina.
According to Knechel, people love “Chef Sarah’s concept of ‘lowcountry’ cooking but with ‘northern’ local ingredients. It really brings an interesting conception of how bold southern flavors can be further accentuated with fresh local ingredients. It’s the best of both worlds!”
A perfect example of Chef Gresko’s ability to combine northern and southern cuisines comes in the form of her pan seared day boat scallops served over avocado mousse and a hash of jersey sweet corn, potatoes, bacon, and leeks. Since SweetGrass is BYOB, pair this delicious dish with your favorite drink, and you have yourself a meal to remember. Experience this local gem for yourself at 9B East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ.