Who We Are
“Each succeeding generation accepts less and less of the real thing because it has no way of understanding what has been lost” - Michael Frome
Sustenance. Identity. Art.
While it is all of those things, our cooking centres on the belief that food is a conduit of values, wisdom and tradition.
Knowing our context in place and time informs the ways we cook - preserving the wisdom of the past, while allowing room for growth as our understanding of the world evolves.
Our menu focuses on ingredients in the most whole form that we can find them in. This typically means produce that is in season, which in turn means they are at their best and most flavourful. Local vegetables and whole animals remind us of all that is sacrificed to enable us to eat well. We respect and carry the weight of that responsibility as we do what we do.
We cook to celebrate our sources of nourishment, our history, our craft, and most importantly, the people around us. We hope you leave Birdsong feeling a little more connected, lighter (in spirit) and more satisfied and fulfilled than when you walked in, just as we do.
There is a serendipitous story behind the name. Ask us about it one of these days.
It involves dictionaries, Huntington Park and a Grateful Dead song.
We won’t get into the details right now, but the name reminds us to strive and to respect the process, but to also pay attention and make space for nature to show us the way.