If you buy it here, we make it here.
At Simply Sara’s, we cook from scratch – just like Grandma did, from cookies, cakes and pies to dressings, sauces, jams and breading. If you buy it here, we make it here. In addition, if you eat anything that contains tomato products in it, it comes from our in-house oven roasted fresh tomatoes.
No processed lunch meat in this kitchen. Only fresh baked turkey breast and ham. All chicken salad is hand pulled, and our tuna salad, egg salad, potato salad and cole slaw is made, of course, in house and from scratch.
No food service trucks make deliveries here. We go to the Farmer’s Market 3 to 4 times each week to shop for produce. We have fresh chicken delivered from the farm and use a local meat market for all our other meats. We hand shop for items here, using local companies as often we can.
The reason for all of this is that we want to ensure the quality and freshness of the end product we deliver to you!
Sara Mangham, or Sally as she’s known to many, has spent the better part of 20 years making cookies and goodie baskets for family, friends and business clients. Every year, she’d make between 50 and 100 baskets as Christmas gifts – to be given as a token to those who had always been supportive of them. It was a gift that was given to someone from the heart. No need to “return the favor” just to enjoy.
“You’re cookies are so good, you need to be selling them”
Knowing that cookies wouldn’t completely support them, she relied on something else she knew quite well – how to cook. Her family had spent years traveling up and down the East Coast, following their middle daughter’s competitive go-kart racing, and during those travels, the camping stove was set up and meals were prepared at the track. Those meals were not just for her family, but the friends they had made during their travels who became their “extended” family.
Surely one can open a restaurant if one can cook for 50 people on a three-burner camping stove, right? With that belief, and the support of James, her husband of 30 years, and along with their three daughters and soon to be son-in-law, they accepted the challenge together. What was not known was how much of an adventure this would turn out to be.
Her philosophy is simple. Good food doesn’t have to be complicated – and the best “things” in life are those that are given from the heart, no matter what it is.
Family comes in many forms. Those that share a bloodline and those that just happen to be fortunate enough to be in one another’s lives on a daily basis. Our family consist of James and Sara, daughter Meghann and her husband Joshua, and daughters Kaitlin and Kelsey.
In spite of both having full time jobs throughout the years while their children were growing up, James and Sally put an emphasis on making sure that an evening family meal was shared together. Whether it was just the five of them, or a crew that included “extras” that happened to be there around dinner time, the family table was the heart of the home.
Our hope is that with our food – often times made from a decades old recipe – will evoke the memories of a simpler life that you may remember. Maybe it’s a time around your Grandmother’s table or a holiday dinner at your favorite Aunt’s house, time spent with family and filled with memories that will bring a smile to your face and a warm spot in your heart.
Come be a part of our family. We believe that there’s always room for more.
You won’t see “artwork” on our walls here in the restaurant. You’ll see pictures of our family, both present and past. It’s our desire for you to feel that you came not into a restaurant but into our home and those pictures will give you a sense of what is important to us, which is our family.