Farm-to-Table Dining at Rastelli’s Newest South Jersey Store

Disclaimer: Rastelli Market Fresh at Hill Creek Farms invited local bloggers to a free tasting event on Tuesday, November 13. They also provided us with a complimentary insulated bag, pie, caramel-coated apples, and apple cider donuts – all available for purchase at the farm.

Highlights:

  • Rastelli Market Fresh opened their newest location at Hill Creek Farms in Mullica Hill, New Jersey in July 2018
  • The new location serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a Lounge Cafe, coffee shop, bakery, and wine from Auburn Road Vineyards
  • Rastelli at Hill Creek Farms’ farm-to-table menu features ingredients grown at Hill Creek Farm
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Pictured (from left): Chris Mentzer, Director of Operations; Krista Mentzer, Marketing Coordinator; food blogger Amaris Pollock; and Lauren Rastelli DeMarco, Director of Marketing & Events

“No shortcuts,” says Director of Operations Chris Mentzer, referring to Rastelli Market Fresh’s cooking philosophy. Metzner helped design Rastelli’s newest location at Hill Creek Farms in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, which opened in July of this year.  On Tuesday, November 13, the Rastelli team hosted a tasting for food bloggers at their new location.

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Rastelli’s new Mullica Hill store employs a true farm-to-table concept, with many of their ingredients coming straight from Hill Creek Farms where the store is housed.

Rastelli at Hill Creek Farms is “literally the definition of farm-to-table,” says Tony Luke Jr. of Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks fame, who also attended the tasting. Prepared by Director of Culinary Joe Muldoon and Corporate Executive Chef James Liuzza, most of the ingredients for the food we sampled – including the wood to smoke the meats – came from the farm.

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At the sampling, the Rastelli culinary team featured a spread of classic barbecue fare that included smoked brisket, smoked ribs, and homemade baked beans. Toppings like white truffle oil, apple cider bacon, sundried tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, shredded brisket with chipotle barbecue sauce, and scallions accompanied the macaroni-and-cheese station. The meats and macaroni were full of flavor without being overly greasy, which is often a flaw with these menu items at other restaurants.

Our meal included tacos with mango salsa and feta cheese. I was skeptical of putting feta on a taco. But I gave it a try, and I’m glad I did. Guests quenched their palates with apple cider, which was a real crowd pleaser. I opted for fruit-infused iced water. For dessert, we enjoyed cake pops and shooter-style sweets.

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We ate upstairs in Rastelli’s cozy, rustic-style Lounge Cafe, where you’ll find tables to dine and a coffee shop similar to the one at Rastelli’s Marlton location.  Although I didn’t have any coffee during the tasting, the Marlton cafe’s lattes are my favorite of every coffee shop in the area.

In the lounge, you’ll also see couches and a large-screen television, perfect for relaxing with friends with a glass of Auburn Road Vineyards’ wine. Downstairs, you’ll find a small shop selling prepared foods, baked goods like pies and apple cider donuts, meats, and seafood.

As I ate, I perused Rastelli’s menu and was particularly impressed by their kids’ meals. While they still offer the usual kids-fare like hot dogs and fried chicken tenders, the kids’ menu also features unique options like an organic chicken and veggie meal, organic short rib beef burger, and Farmer Fred’s apple dippers.

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I plan to return to the farm this month with my soon-to-be four-year-old in tow. Hill Creek Farms is open March through December and is home to a number of kid-friendly farm activities such as a playground, pick-your-own fruit, and barrel train rides.

If you haven’t been to Mullica Hill, which is located in Gloucester County off Route 55, be prepared to drive through miles of rural, scenic South Jersey farmland to get there. Although I haven’t been to Mullica Hill’s downtown area, fellow blogger Marilyn Johnson of Philly Grub says it’s a vibrant neighborhood full of antique shops.

Rastelli Market Fresh has two other locations in Deptford and Marlton. I haven’t visited their Deptford store, which is the oldest of the three. The new store is much smaller than their Marlton location, but its small size lends itself well to a charming, farmhouse vibe. If you’re a fan of Rastelli’s other locations, a trip to the new Mullica Hill location is worth the drive.

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Hill Creek Farms Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Rastelli Market Fresh at Hill Creek Farms Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm

Friday – Saturday: 8am – 9pm

Rastelli Market Fresh Loft Cafe Hours:

Friday – Saturday: 8am – 9pm

Sunday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm

Address:

1631 State Highway 45

Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

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Pictured (from left): Director of Culinary Joe Muldoon and Executive Chef James Liuzza

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