The Grounds Café: Seasonal Dishes from Murray’s Century Farm


The Murray family has been farming the land in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for 200 years. That original subsistence family farm has evolved into Murray’s Garden Centre, Murray Meadows Farm, and The Grounds Café—a farm-to-table restaurant and favourite brunch and lunch destination serving up bright, creative meals and decadent baked goods.

This eye-catching book features dozens of recipes by chef Nick van Mele, whose dishes have made The Grounds Café a destination for enjoying locally sourced food made from the freshest locally grown crops. As you travel through the farm year in this book, you’ll meet many of the farmers, foragers, foodies, and friends that have become the Murray’s community.

Author Bio

Nick van Mele

Nick van Mele grew up in southern Ontario where trained as a chef before moving to Newfoundland in 2015 to pursue his culinary passions.
After working at several well-known restaurants in St. John’s, Nick found his dream job in 2017 as the first head chef at The Grounds Café, a then-new farm-to-table restaurant based in Murray’s Garden Centre & Century Farm in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. Nick has since become a key figure in establishing the café as a destination for enjoying a varied menu of dishes made with excellent, locally sourced ingredients.  Nick’s dishes have been featured on TV and radio, in print, and now in his new book, The Grounds Café: Seasonal Dishes from Murray’s Century Farm.

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