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Management Team- Co-owners Steve Darpel and Mark Schrock welcome you to Salt of the Earth. “We founded our restaurant in 2009 in a historic storefront in downtown Fennville Michigan that we restored in 2002. We were looking to create a place where our local community members and visitors to the area alike could gather for a high quality, yet casual dining experience. Chef Matthew Pietsch found us as we began forming our concept, and helped crystallize our vision into the Salt of the Earth we are today. Our management leaders Rob Nicol and Casey Longton  round out the team, providing guidance for our amazing staff and ensuring that our guests receive high standards of service in a great atmosphere.”

Chef Matthew has directed the farm to table concept at Salt of the Earth since day one.  He has developed strong relationships with local farmers and producers. Chef Matthew’s food focus begins with sourcing the highest quality ingredients and to process these ingredients as simply as possible.

A West Michigan native, Chef Matthew has been in the hospitality industry since 1997. A graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary arts program, he was inspired by an apprenticeship with the US National Pastry Team in 2004 and worked throughout West Michigan for several years as an Executive Pastry Chef. Later he relocated to Dearborn where he operated the famed Opus One kitchen, and managed Opus One’s corporate foodservice for Ford Advertising. A stint with Iron Chef Michael Symon at Detroit’s upscale steakhouse ROAST set the stage for his move to Fennville to help found Salt of the Earth in 2009.

Chef Matthew has settled in Fennville with his family and enjoys the rural life, raising chickens and working in his woodshop.


Salt of the Earth • 114 East Main Street • Fennville MI 49408 • Phone: 269.561.SALT (7258)
Open for dinner Sunday- Wednesday-Thursday 5PM-9PM • Friday-Saturday 5PM-10PM • Closed Monday & Tuesday
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