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At Canteen, we take what we have tasted and where we have been and all that we have seen and make it our own. We put the emphasis back on the food and friendly service that we all have been distracted from with the fast-convenient foods that freckle our too-busy-to-eat-better lives. We cook food like we mean it so you can feel good about eating again.
My name is Corbin Evans and I am Oxford Canteen. I have worked with and learned from some of the best chefs in the country. I am excited to be cooking and being part of an amazing food scene here in Oxford.
When we decided to open Canteen, all I could think about was this experience I had at my previous job revolving around peaches. In the Springtime I had proposed a menu for a private dinner to be held in August. The dessert was to be a Brown Butter Peach Cake with Ginger Syrup. I knew peaches would be in their prime and the cake would be a perfect ending to a Summer meal. When the time came to order the produce for the 120 person event I was told that peaches were not available from the particular purveyor we purchased all our food from. This came as quite a surprise since I had just bought some nearly perfect peaches at the local farmers market and it just happened to be National Peach Month. Unable to procure the necessary ripe, juicy and delicious peaches needed for the dessert, due to a compliance issue within the company I was employed by, I was left with all that I could get, a case of #10 cans of imported Italian peaches. They were not what I wanted, they were not what the recipe needed and they were not really peaches anymore. I decided at that moment that I needed to bring myself back to the food and cooking that I prided myself on for years in Philadelphia, PA, and New Orleans, LA. If peaches were awesomely delicious and readily available then I would feature them on the menus and in specials in all their golden glory. If they were what the local farmers were growing, harvesting and proudly bringing to market how could I not buy, cook and enjoy them for as long as their season lasted. How could and why would anyone not embrace the Peach during this peak time? At Canteen, we will. I promise.
This philosophy will permeate through all that we do and all that we share with our customers. When possible, we will purchase locally grown, regionally sourced products and services. We will make every effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. We will limit the carbon footprint we imprint on our world and strive to do what is best for not only our business but our community.
I look forward to feeding you. Hope to see you soon.
CHEF CORBIN EVANS
ps. I can't hardly wait for peach season...!
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