Carl Bruggemeier, a consultant for the Hotel Saint George and an award-winning restaurateur, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from an apparent heart attack in Marfa.
Bruggemeier, who preferred to be called “B,” was a nationally renowned and James Beard Award-winning restaurant owner and operator who ran many elite destinations, including the Tavern on the Green in New York City and Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. He was also the visionary behind the Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms, a farm-to-table experience, according to the Kankakee Valley Post News in Indiana.
“We were fortunate to work with Carl “B” Bruggemeier for more than a year, and are grateful for the tremendous contributions he made to the Hotel Saint George as an advisor to our food and beverage operations,” said hotel owner Tim Crowley. “He was a wholly unique individual, passionately committed to the culinary profession, and he is missed very much.”
When Fair Oaks Farms began discussing the idea of establishing a restaurant at their campus, Bruggemeier was the man to make it a reality.
“Fair Oaks Farms is all about transparency,” said Bruggemeier. “They are proud of what they do and they want people to see it. Our kitchen provides that same transparency. This is a lot more than a restaurant. It is a culinary and farm experience. Tying in our own fresh produce, meat, wines, ice cream ... raising and growing what goes onto the plate, that makes this a truly unique experience.”
As a creator/developer and owner over the years, he completed more than $1 billion of total restaurant and retail design, construction and development. Conceiving and building new concepts was the hallmark of Bruggemeier’s career.
Bruggemeier was also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hall of Fame Fine Dining Award, The Ivy Award, and the “Esquire Best New Restaurant in America Award.”
In addition to building successful restaurants, Bruggemeier was also an avid breeder of Gypsy Vanner horses, a rare breed that originated over 600 years ago in Eastern Europe where gypsies wanted a horse with the strength of a Clydesdale, but without the massive size.
Bruggemeier bred the horses at his “Heaven Sent” farm along with his wife and three adopted daughters.
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