Brenda Palmer, Culinary Composer and Preserving specialist, has 30 years combined experience in fine dining, catering, and as a personal chef, mostly in Central PA. In 2011 she attained a BS in Environmental Studies which has enriched her love and understanding of the natural processes of this world we share. Brenda raises Angora goats, blueberries and mushrooms.
“I am excited to share my knowledge of mushrooms with our guests at RE Farm Café, in everything from miso shitake soup to morel tiramisu shortbread.”
Production Manager, Windswept Farm
Christina received her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Penn State in 2012 and worked in the Cancer Research field for several years before sparking an interest in organic farming. She's always had a fascination with human health and biology that has translated into a pursuit of growing the best, most nutritious food possible. With farming, she says, "I enjoy the physical work as part of a team, being outdoors in nature, growing and eating really beautiful food."
Grazing Manager and Farm Technician
Local Procurement & Livestock
Jesse Graham, Harvest & Field
Bree Clark, Produce & Processing
Monica and Duke Gastiger, LLC managing members, bring specialized talents and passion to RE Farm Café.
During Duke’s “corporate life” with Sheraton and Hyatt Hotels he embraced the priceless training with master chefs from around the world, learning the essence and nuances of each of their cuisines. With a strong entrepreneurial drive, Duke returned to Penn State in 1985 to acquire The Rathskeller, opened Spats Café and Speakeasy in 1987, and continued as Chef/Owner with Monica until 2018.
Monica’s first career as a landscape architect drove her appreciation for responsible development, recognizing land and environment are limited resources to be respected. Always a home gardener, Monica embraced locally grown foods and an appreciation for healthy options. Monica is also a speech-language pathologist working in the education sector.
“Education about living responsibly is essential for all generations, and the opportunities with RE Farm Café are limitless.”
“RE’s cuisine? Simplicity is the essence of style and grace. We let the natural goodness of farmed foods steal the show!”