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Our mission at The WheelHouse is to serve our community with the highest quality Farm-to-Fork fare using local products.
Our mission at The WheelHouse is to serve our community with the highest quality Farm-to-Fork fare using local products.
43 backers pledged $10,205 to help bring this project to life.

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Our mission at the WheelHouse is to serve our community with the highest quality Farm-to-Fork fare. We will serve delicious and nutritious ‘comfort food’ based on New American Cuisine-- a melting pot of all cuisines and techniques. The WheelHouse will create a unique and eclectic dining experience that is currently unavailable in St.Joseph. Not only will we fill a huge culinary void, we will also be an exciting destination for the Kickapoo Rail Trail cyclists. We will champion the local food movement by supporting organic farming, sustainable agriculture, and community-supportive agriculture. The WheelHouse restaurant will procure local products whenever possible to showcase the amazing products grown right here in central Illinois. Chef Ryan Rogiers has a nose to tail philosophy-- a spiritual philosophy based on making the most out of the ingredients and treating them with respect. The WheelHouse will feature a Seasonal menu with local beers, and small batch wines and spirits. We will strive to be an environmentally conscious restaurant, using local products and thus drastically reducing our carbon footprint.

Chef Rogiers is the Culinary Arts Instructor at Richland Community College and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy located in San Francisco. Chef Rogiers has worked at Alinea, a Chicago restaurant ranked 1st in North America and 6th in the nation by S.Pellegrino. Alinea was awarded the James Beard Award during Chef Rogiers time there. Chef Rogiers is a farm-to-table driven chef and believes in using the freshest ingredients along with the proper techniques to create a vision on the plate. In 2013 Chef Rogiers and his son won a national healthy recipe contest put on by the White House. He and his son were flown to DC to attend an official state dinner with The First Lady and President of the United States. You can also see Chef Rogiers on Channel 20 WICS midday news cooking segment.

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With restaurants there are always risks, however through years of experience our team is qualified to handle any and all of the problems that might arise.

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