Peter Brave is on a sunrise quest in Arkansas, exploring one of the many farms he collaborates with to create his culinary works of art. Satisfied with the morning’s findings, he returns to his kitchen tucked behind the façade of an office building that overlooks the Arkansas River.
Mixing tart with creamy, salty with sweet, Brave’s eagerness for mixing up combinations of seemingly unlikely ingredients to create dishes is well known. The end result is food that explodes with flavor in every bite.
No stranger to the “farm to table” movement, Brave grows his own herbs on the patio of Brave New Restaurant, sourcing ingredients from local farms like Armstead Mountain Farms in Jerusalem, Arkansas. Peter likes to know where his food comes from.
After graduating from Central High School, a wide-eyed Brave moved to San Francisco with big kitchen dreams, but waited until his return to the Natural State to realize his dream of running his own restaurant. Twenty-eight years later, Brave still makes fields a mainstay in his kitchen.
Brave New traditionally serves dishes with a soybean element to them; you just might never see it. From the famous beef tenderloin to one of his poultry dishes, the animal protein his team serves up has likely eaten a diet consisting of soybean meal.
Enter the Kitchen|Fields Table Tour.
The table tour, lovingly known throughout social media by #ARSoySupper, is the creation of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board as its food education program that collaborates with Arkansas- based restaurants to teach Arkansans about the state’s top row crop.
For his time on the tour, Chef Brave has managed another unique pairing – soybeans and ice cream. If you dine at Brave New during the month of June, you’ll be offered the Soybean Honey Frangelico Ice Cream. Your taste buds will thank you.
Brave New stays connected to the farm and is among the long list of Central Arkansas eateries that makes Arkansas one of the largest suppliers of soybeans in the country. Our state grows soybeans on more than three million acres. In fact, soybeans are the state’s largest row crop and account for more acres in Arkansas than rice, corn, sorghum and wheat combined.
With protein accounting for 36-percent of a soybean’s nutritional value, they are one of the best choices for plant-based protein. Science tells us that the high protein and low carb content of soybeans can lead to lower cholesterol, making it a heart-healthy choice for your diet. So stop in Brave New and give them a try!
For more information about the soybeans at Brave New, visit TheMiracleBean.com.