The Hippo


Jun 4, 2020








 City Moose Cafe & Catering Co.

Grand Opening is Friday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 30 Temple St., Nashua
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Visit: or call 943-5078

Farm-fresh feasts
City Moose Cafe & Catering Co. opens in Nashua


 There’s one rule that Stacy and Jason Lamountain of Litchfield will be enacting when the new City Moose Cafe & Catering Co. holds its grand opening on Temple Street in Nashua on April 20: Every ingredient used on its menu of flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, breakfast burritos and more will come from sources within a 100-mile radius of the Gate City.

“As far as the menu goes for the cafe, we want it to be different than anything else in downtown Nashua,” Stacy Lamountain said. “We’re really focusing on the farm-fresh aspect, but it’s also going to be a real quick and casual setting, where you come in, you get the food fast, and you get out fast if you want.”
The Lamountains, who are adding the cafe to their existing catering business, have partnered with Granite State farms for ingredients like eggs and produce, which will come from Steve Normanton Grass-Fed Beef in Litchfield. Greens will be hydroponically produced at farms like Oasis Springs Farm in Nashua and Lef Farms in Laconia.
Some of the menu items will utilize ingredients produced in nearby states, like the flatbread pizzas.
“Our pizza dough is from Boston, our cheese is from Vermont and western Massachusetts, and the tomato sauce is produced in Massachusetts too,” Jason Lamountain said.
The Lamountains had been using the kitchen space of the Tupelo Music Hall’s former location in Londonderry for their catering company before taking over their current space late last year, which formerly housed The Seedling Cafe. 
The interior has undergone some renovations since then to give the cafe what Stacy Lamountain calls a “rustic New Hampshire theme.”
“We wanted our décor and the aesthetics of the whole front … to have a lot of talking pieces,” she said. “The photos you’ll see along the side wall are all drone photos that were professionally done of the Nashua River, the Community Gardens at Greeley Park in Nashua, and Crawford Notch, and we had them blown up on canvas style. … Then there’s a really cool custom-built bench where those photos are.”
Many of the menu items are New Hampshire-inspired too, like “The 603 Mac ‘N Cheese,” which is made with Winni Amber Ale cheese sauce from the 603 Brewery in Londonderry and has options to add barbecue chicken, smoked bacon, ham or shredded beef or to make gluten-free; “The Monadnock” (a Southwest-inspired salad with roasted corn black bean salsa and barbecue ranch dressing); “The Gate City Club” sandwich, with roasted turkey, bacon, greens, tomato and mayonnaise; and “The Nashua Beast” sandwich, which has roast beef, greens, tomato, bacon jam and Boursin cheese.
Snacks and side dishes include the Maine potato chips, which are fried in house and served with a scallion ranch dip, and the “Moose Antlers,” which are soft pretzel sticks served with either honey mustard or a 603 Brewery cheddar beer sauce. 
City Moose will also offer a selection of coffees, teas and grab-and-go meals available all day.
Stacy Lamountain said she came up with the name “City Moose” to reflect the couple’s background as New Hampshire residents with both urban and rural roots. The Lamountains were married at her grandfather’s camp in Pittsburg, where she spent a lot of time growing up. Jason Lamountain grew up in nearby Hudson before attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He also worked for a time at Michael Timothy’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar in Nashua and at the Bedford Village Inn.
The Grand Opening on April 20 will feature opportunities to meet some of the local farmers the Lamountains are working with, plus samples of the menu items and raffle prizes. 
Stacy Lamountain added that special events like a brunch for Mother’s Day and monthly farm-to-table dinners are also in the works for the future.
“The front area … is also going to be used as a function space, so people can have private events like baby showers and office meetings there,” she said. 

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