2017-07-19 / Business

Bebert’s Condiments Café & Gallery a Fleischmanns find

By Gloria Zola-Molloy

“This is the only place I’ll come to eat,” says one of the regular customers at Bebert’s Condiments Café and Gallery, on Main Street in Fleischmanns. The healthy food choices are primary. Being surrounded by the artwork of Diane Adzema, part owner, is a bonus. Since Bebert and Diane opened their café in the spring of 2016, the restaurant has gained a following of patrons who love fresh food, art, music and friendly people.

Known only as Bebert, the restaurant’s owner-chef was born in Casablanca where he lived until the age of 16. There, he spent his time swimming in the Mediterranean and learning how to cook traditional Moroccan condiments under the tutelage of his mother, who spent most of her time in the kitchen. Bebert then crafted his skills working in the kitchen of a restaurant just outside of Paris, before making his permanent home in New York. There he established his first café, “Dada,” across the street from a movie studio.

Stars aligned

The signed photographs of some of his earliest fans, such as Meryl Streep, Woody Allen and Girard Depardieu, hang on the walls at his Fleischmanns restaurant. Bebert eventually gave up that business, and then worked at several major hotels such as the Crown Plaza and Hilton, until he retired from hotel work.

With Diane, Berbert developed a collection of gourmet condiments which are sold at the restaurant and at other local outlets and includes chutney, preserved lemons, harissa, fruit compote, and others. Inspired by Moroccan tradition with no preservatives and kosher honey, the line has been well received.

Diane, was born on the other side of the world in Texas, but eventually made her way to Pratt Institute, and never left New York. There, she spent her life as an artist and designer. Many of her nature-based collages, paintings, sculpture and greeting cards are displayed at the restaurant. In addition to her eclectic art, Diane is known for her work in media, logos and packaging design. She does all of the graphics for the café’s signs, menus, business cards and advertising. She now also focuses on the marketing of Bebert’s Moroccan Condiments which have been doing well in the Catskills, and assists at the café.

Natural combo

Combining the artwork with food came naturally. The café’s menu is a healthy fare with all natural ingredients: roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts, chili, eggplant and mozzarella on a warm baguette, individually prepared plates of hummus with za’atar, and homemade soups, to name a few favorites. Cappuccino is also served, as well as cool beverages. Everything on the menu is prepared in the restaurant’s state of the art kitchen.

To sum it up, the senses are not only stirred with the taste of great food. Added to the mix is eye-catching art, and the sound of international music that has a way of wafting through the restaurant and out into the garden to mix with a summer breeze.

The diner’s experience is complete with the attentiveness of owners Diane and Bebert who like to spoil their guests with high-end luncheon fare, lowend prices and conversation.

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