FarmShop Debuts in Brentwood
by KAT ODELL
After serving for several years as the culinary director of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Jeffrey Cerciello is branching out south of his Napa home to debut FarmShop, a hybrid restaurant and artisan market in the Brentwood Country Mart. The restaurant serves a bevy of California-inspired seasonal dishes, while the forthcoming market will offer larder items, cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine, dairy, home wares and prepared foods.
For a seamless transition from dining room to shop, customers will be able to purchase tabletop goods used in the restaurant (think bowls from Heath Ceramics and Matteo linen napkins). The simple space makes use of raw, natural materials and aims to put guests at ease with a communal dining table, an oversize mural of black-and-white vintage farm photos and a zip of color via the teal mohair banquette. Baked goods fall under the stewardship of Brittainy Turnquist—previously of Napa’s Bouchon Bakery—who churns out ethereally light and moist spiced cranberry scones and a golden pumpkin tea cake flecked with walnuts.
Meanwhile, executive chef Joshua Drew, formerly of Ad Hoc and Bouchon, oversees breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch are à la carte, but FarmShop’s dinner menu offers an ever-changing selection of four courses (starter, main, cheese, dessert) served family style, such as a riff on surf and turf with Santa Barbara spot prawns, chanterelles and glazed pearl onions served atop prime-beef calotte with a side of butternut squash and roasted baby artichokes. 225 26th St., Santa Monica
photograph by jessica boone
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.