Rifugio's Country Italian Cuisine

A Farm to Table Culinary Destination

 Rifugio's Country Italian Cuisine is an Eclectic Italian Restorante well worth the drive into the countryside. Just fifteen minutes outside of Bellingham in beautiful Deming, Washington. We source local ingredients use the highest quality products able. It takes time to have a great experience. So sit down relax and enjoy. Our site will lead you through our menu, venues, specials, local events, peoples experiences and stories of food, love and life.

Note: eclectic - deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. 

Warmth & Love to all.............. Mr. Rifugio

Food Diets

when reading and re reading the book by Michael Pollan “Cooked” I am intrigued by the thought of how to get Americans to eat less. He was speaking to a food historian about this and asked how to get Americans to eat less. He in short said Americans can eat anything they want but they simply have to cook it themselves. From start to finish. 

There is a lot lost communally when food is pre maid for us.  

Lesson learned from this? Let us cook more together  

BOUNTY

Just the word “BOUNTY” conjures up many ideas of prosperity, wealth, healthiness to name a few. I find it popping up in different ways in which it affects the world and how we live. When reading a Instagram post from Rene from Noma on 9/14/18 speaking of transitioning from a vegetable focus menu to a meat focus menu. He spoke of it in a similar vain as another author is using it. David Christopher who has written “The Holy Universe”, a book that was gifted to me by a friend spoke of using the word “BOUNTY” in place of “RESOURCE” as a more respectful perspective and way of approaching life. Resource in our modern age has meanings that denote supply, things that can be used and discarded and that humans are disconnected from the resource. I believe society and culture are moving, with hope, into a different direction. Where with respect to our environment in which we are woven into and interconnected like a web we need to be mindful of where and what we use. For me and in relation to this Blog its food and its story. What is the life of a carrot, a cow, a pig, a potato? How can we use “all” of what is given? How is culture interwoven into almonds in Sicily for example?  How can we harvest in the spirit of leaving some crops in for next year and generations to come.

with Love 

Executive Chef  

Richard Balogh  

The Roman Goddess of Spring "Flora" May 20th

Have you ever wanted to attend an intimate event, have great food and experiences, Rifugio's specializes in small gatherings of like minded people that want good stories and great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Its ones a month normally the 1st or 2nd Sunday. The 7 courses are inspired by our Sicilian upbringing and visits to Italy. For Details check our our events page or Feasting Dinner menus.

Regards,

Executive Chef Richard Balogh