Whether you are hosting a large event or a quiet dinner party, Zorn’s of Bethpage offers menu choices that are sure to please all of your guests. If you cannot find the ingredient in your kitchen, you will not find it in their food - no preservatives or anything artificial. Zorn’s of Bethpage will soon be offering a small inside dining area in their newly renovated space.
There is a little bit of history in every bite…
Their story began in 1924 when the Zorn family arrived here from Germany. Soon after, they began to open poultry farms, eventually opening 8 on Long Island, and one in Mullica Hill New Jersey, selling chickens to wholesalers in Queens and the Bronx. At the time the Bethpage area was primarily farmland.
Peter Zorn first opened his doors to the public in 1940 with a small retail store and began selling fresh turkeys. Later he added a variety of fresh poultry, farm fresh eggs, sweet whipped butter, baked breads and other staples his customers were requesting.
In 1949 he was the first to offer rotisserie chickens cooked over an open flame. Peter Zorn was truly a pioneer in retail take-out food. He blended his own spices, creating original recipes to expand his menu to include fresh homemade salads, stuffing and gravy to compliment his rotisserie chicken. A short time after, he added his soon to be famous southern fried chicken and barbequed spare ribs. This turned into a thriving take out business. His menu kept growing as he met his customers’ needs. Before long he had a complete catering menu designed for the holidays. Eventually his customers were using his take home catering service all year long. As you would imagine, complete take-out meals and catering were new concepts in the 1950’s and became very popular on Long Island. Many tried to imitate this concept, but Zorn’s Poultry Farms was always number one.
Now over seven decades and four generations later, Zorn’s of Bethpage is still family owned and operated, and have many fresh made items available. Preparing the same recipes and cooking methods used by their grandfather, they live up to their reputation of the fresh homemade meals that customers have come to expect. Some of their traditions are looked upon as old fashioned by today’s standards, but this is how they maintain their high quality and consistency. The value of generous portions, personalized customer service, quality ingredients and family recipes have made their business a success.