Chef Carmelo Raimondi, the second generation owner of Carmelo’s in Lewiston, will celebrate his restaurant’s 30th anniversary by hosting a very unique open house event on Monday.

For decades, Carmelo’s Restaurant served classic continental cuisine to Lewiston's residents and many visitors. But a trip to Italy and a growing appreciation for Niagara County's agricultural bounty has inspired Raimondi to adapt his cooking style over the last few years. Today he utilizes his talents to provide his customers with a fresh and delicious farm-to-table approach.

Monday, his open house will feature an expert on a national movement created to get people to purchase more local foods, as well as chefs creating dishes from locally grown products.

“We’re planting seeds here,” says Chef Raimondi, who has adopted a mission statement for his restaurant: “Our philosophy is to source the best ingredients from the Niagara Region and surrounding area.”

Monday’s open house is open to customers, farmers and foodies. There will also be samples from local wineries including Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Eveningside Vineyards and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Eric Hahn, founder of Locavore Food Distributors, will speak about the importance of buying local.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Carmelo’s, 425 Center St., in Lewiston.

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