Leaning Toward Local

Matthew and Rachel Buchanan’s The Leaning Pear Café & Eatery in Wimberley is pear-centric—walls painted the many russet shades of pear flesh, two fruit-bearing trees in back of their 1870s-era building, and an ornamental specimen in front.

“We respect pears for their taste, whimsy and sophistication,” says Rebecca, who has clearly embraced the concept.

Ironically, though, the name was supposed to be Leaning Pair, to reflect the support the Buchanans gave each other during the first half of 2007, when they remodeled their building into a 50-seat restaurant, weathered Matthew’s diagnosis and treatment for testicular cancer, and kept going anyway.

Another impressive cooperative effort has been a solid commitment to acquiring the quality local food and produce Matthew learned to love at culinary school.

“Basically, we make gourmet food, salads and sandwiches,” he says, “and it’s the daily specials that showcase the bounty of the season.”

Depending on what’s ripe when, his raw materials can include everything from red and green tomatoes to greens, okra and squash, to Twelve Gates Ranch Cheese and Sour Cream.

A possible locally sourced fall special?

Braised Lamb Poblano Relleno with Twelve Gates Ranch Goat’s Milk Queso Fresco and Kabocha Squash and Black Bean Succotash.  


The Leaning Pear Café & Eatery, 111 River Rd., Wimberley, 512-847-7327, call for hours, BYOB, theleaningpear.com