Powell Gardens’ Cafe Thyme has a new culinary team
- Something new is blooming in Cafe Thyme’s kitchen at Powell Gardens.
It was big news last year when chef-restaurateur Michael Foust of the Farmhouse announced that he was taking over the food-service contract for Cafe Thyme, the facility at Powell Gardens. Until that point, Cafe Thyme was notorious for serving overpriced, less-than-mediocre cuisine. The food at the popular botanical garden in Kingsville improved dramatically under Foust’s creative direction, but the culinary liaison lasted only a year.
“I really enjoyed working with Wendy Powell and was honored to be a part of the Cafe Thyme project,” Foust says, “but I decided not to renew my contract with them. I felt I was losing focus on what I was trying to do at the Farmhouse and was getting off-track. The 45-minute drive just to get there was wearing me out. Trying to run two restaurants, I just didn’t feel that it was working.”
A former employee of Foust’s, Brenda Nelson, and two partners, Eddie Osborne and Guy Campbell, have created a limited liability company, Darn Good Food LLC. They have signed a contract to operate the food service at Cafe Thyme. They’ll have a grand opening March 1 and are already taking reservations for Easter brunch and Mother’s Day brunch.