We welcome you to our intimate and farm-driven experience.
To us, there is nothing more satisfying than inviting you: our friends, family, farmers and neighbors into our home, nourishing you with soul satisfying food and allowing you to escape the rigors of daily life.
We believe that passion, hard work and love all fall into the same category. We have taken the dichotomy of ‘work life’ and ‘real life’ and distilled them into one—we live above the restaurant. The people we know and love are all around us, we share our home with them and couldn’t be happier.
‘Ma(i)son’ is a contrived word that combines the French word for house or home (maison) with our last name (Mason)—in essence “Mason’s house.’ Since we live above the restaurant, we think of our restaurant as an extension of our home. It is this sense of comfort and conviviality that we share with our diners on a nightly basis. At Ma(i)son, we like to think that every night we host a dinner party for our friends, family and neighbors.
A cookery is defined as: ‘the practice, art and skill of preparing food as well as a place in which food is cooked…’
The word cookery also evokes an old-world quality, one of tradition and heritage, that we embrace in everything we do. To that end, we are practicing age-old techniques with Lancaster County resources to create simple, inspired cuisine.
With the design of the restaurant, we wanted the space and the food
to share anchoring similarities. In both you will see a ‘refined-rusticity’. A naturally contradictory term, we have found it to be
a great descriptor for our ambiance and visual feel.
With the physical design of the restaurant we juxtapose bare wood and rustic reclaimed barn wood with embellished mirrors and refined table settings. In regards to cuisine, we embrace the rusticity of the old world in our approach to ingredients and philosophy and combine that with refinement of flavor and modern sensibilities.
Slow food is an idea, a way of eating and most importantly a way of living. Beyond Slow Food’s global outreach, it is a simple, grassroots movement that emphasizes everyone’s right to good, clean and fair food. To us, slow food means taking the time and effort to source the best ingredients through meaningful relationships with farmers and artisans and preparing them very simply. It also means then taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures that beautiful ingredients and food has to offer and recognize that food is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Our approach to cuisine is rooted in the soulful culinary traditions
and techniques of the old world. We strive to procure the best
ingredients possible from Lancaster County and the
Susquehanna River Valley and practice the skill of restraint by treating
them very simply.
In the overly commodified food world in which we live, the simple practice of making great, healthful food from real ingredients has been lost. Through creating meaningful relationships with local farmers and artisans, we are able to procure and handmake the very best products and let the ingredients shine.
We maintain a small menu with very focused flavors and that changes weekly because we rely completely on our farmers and producers and what the weather and seasons dictate.People often ask, “what are you going to cook locally in the winter? How can that work?” We simply smile and refer to the old countries of Italy and France for inspiration as they have been cooking seasonally for centuries.