Wednesday Jan 28 2009
Diners enjoy fine food, views at High-Hand Conservatory
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
When you ask people what they like best about the restaurant at High-Hand Nursery, they all agree it is the setting, along with the food. High-Hand Conservatory serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in a greenhouse setting with the nursery’s gardens in view. “It’s like eating out in the garden,” said Kathy Pittman, who recently enjoyed lunch at the eatery with her husband, Chuck. “It’s delightful, the openness. Everyone is friendly and the food is excellent,” Chuck Pittman added. The restaurant was the vision of High-Hand owner Scott Paris. According to Michele Parry, company spokesperson, Paris designed the 2,500-square-foot conservatory so nursery visitors could dine while enjoying the garden. Parry said Paris is very committed to preserving the historic fruit shed that High-Hand calls home. Conservatory chef Randy Kliewer, formerly with Lincoln Produce and David Berkley restaurants, serves up a “California fresh” menu featuring local, seasonal produce, much of which is grown organically. The restaurant has evolved from a café to a full-service restaurant that features fresh-baked desserts and an outdoor, wood oven for baking pizzas. They also offer a selection of wine and beer. The lunch menu features handcrafted sandwiches, salads and soups, while dinner offers a selection of items such as tri-tip, pork loin, salmon, crab and scallops. The dining establishment recently added a weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. They offer applewood smoked pork loin eggs Benedict with homemade biscuits, blueberry pancakes with Mandarin orange syrup, huevos rancheros, a seafood or vegetable omelet, French toast and two eggs served with potatoes, toast and a choice of breakfast meats. On a recent weekday, Teri Hensley, of Loomis, was at the restaurant to celebrate her birthday. “The food is very fresh and tasty. It’s a good value,” she said. Three friends from Lincoln Hills had also made their way to the restaurant. Suzan Hunt, Mae McGuire and Jane Carhart said their visit was “a real treat.” They described their meals as “delicious” and said “it was worth coming for.” “The atrium is really a neat idea. It’s like being outdoors,” said Carhart. After their lunch, the ladies planned on touring the nursery gardens and seeing the selection of locally made art in the High-Hand Gallery. Business name: High-Hand Conservatory Address: 3790 Taylor Road, Loomis Phone: (916) 652-2064 Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch reservations for 8 or more are accepted. Dinner: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are suggested.