One evening during the Building Community Conference I attended earlier this month in Clear Lake, Iowa, we rode the Main Street Trolley to a restaurant of our choice. I chose Fieldhouse, not only because of its farm-to-table cuisine, but for another reason that’s near and dear to my heart.
Fieldhouse farm-to-table cuisine
My husband Skip, Megan from Olio in Iowa and Janet from Go Learn Things joined me for dinner that evening. We started with fresh baked bread and three dishes of olive oil for dipping: one plain, one infused with lemon thyme, and one infused with lavender and curry.
Each of us ordered a different entrée. My Spring Orzo Salad was perfect for the light meal that I wanted that evening. Orzo pasta was tossed with cucumber, peppers, red onion, and toasted sunflower seeds, then topped with a delicate citrus micro radish.
Other dishes at our table included trout, and lamb chops, and a hot pasta dish.
Fieldhouse offers delicious sounding cocktails plus beer and wine. However, after noticing that they offer house-made lemon-and-mint Italian soda and hibiscus iced tea, Skip and I decided to try those instead of an alcoholic beverage. They were both light, tasty complements to our meals.
Dessert options included butterscotch pot de crème and cake that included Earl Grey tea in both the cake and frosting.
The Fieldhouse menu changes often, depending on seasonal ingredients. I wrote this article exactly one week after I ate there, and the menu already changed! So if you’re wondering what they’re serving when you visit, simply check the menus on the website.
Why Fieldhouse has special meaning for me
Not only does Fieldhouse serve food provided by local producers; they also partner with One Vision. One Vision is an organization that helps individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Among the services they offer, One Vision helps these people find community-based jobs and offers training to improve skills and learn about different types of work.
Skip and I have a special needs granddaughter, who in a few years will transition into a similar program. Right now she’s learning life skills in school, and along with her classmates, works cleaning a local apartment building at least twice a month. She’s proud of her work and talks often about it. So I’m grateful for businesses like Fieldhouse who support these programs, giving the disabled the opportunity to become productive members of society.
If you dine at Fieldhouse
Fieldhouse, located at 14 N 3rd Street in Clear Lake, Iowa, served lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch (closed Tuesdays). Check the website for exact hours and current menus.
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