In a cozy bistro on Germantown Avenue, food awareness is the idea behind every dish. The owners Mount Airy’s Wine Thief, Sophie and Chris Simpson, have embraced the idea of “you are what you eat.”
The Simpsons have developed their restaurant on the principle that food should be clean, healthy and environmentally safe. They use local businesses to provide their bread, cheese, gelato, vegetables and grass-fed meat. Then they prepare gourmet meals from scratch in their kitchen.
“When you eat locally, you can track the source, so you can see where your food’s coming from,” said Sophie Simpson. “You can get the answers as to what the animal has been fed, what medications it’s been fed. Same with the vegetables. You can know what’s been raised organically or what’s been raised with a low spray or low herbicides, things like that.”
In conjunction with their healthy food sources, Wine Thief takes part in a nationwide campaign entitled “Meatless Monday.” This weekly event helps support small farmers instead of the large meat industry.
The neighborhood has happily received their fresh ideas, and also Wine Thief’s unique environment.
“More than anything, it’s comfortable,” said customer Sean Kilgallon. “I just don’t feel like I’m being sold a prepackaged idea or concept. It’s a restaurant. It’s real. It’s authentic.”
Wine Thief has a special event for many days out of the week. The list can be found at www.winethiefbistro.com.