December 18, 2011
I don’t know what I love more about Cajuns … their talent in the kitchen or that unmistakable accent! In Jay Pierce, Chef at Lucky 32, you get to experience both. And with locations in both Cary and Greensboro, you have twice the chance to discover how all his passions just seem to happily collide on one plate.
December 11, 2011
Sheri Castle wears many hats. Food writer. Cooking Teacher. Recipe tester & developer. I mean, imagine having the job of testing your friend’s recipes before their cookbooks are published … she did just that with Bill Smith’s Seasoned in the South. Where she found time to write her own is beyond me, but The New Southern Garden is enjoying great success.
December 4, 2011
Just down the road a piece out in Saxapahaw, accidental farmer Suzanne Nelson runs Cozi Farm, a diversified, thriving polyculture where animals are treated with reverence and grace, earthworms are cherished, and all critters eat a species-appropriate diet. I didn’t write that last bit, but it so describes Cozi Farm’s mission that I couldn’t resist using Suzanne’s own words.
November 27, 2011
Mary Margaret McCamic just lives and breaths wine. Speaking of which, exactly how long do you let a wine breath? Just ask her. What does swirling really do anyway? Again, Mary Margaret is your woman. With a wine path that began at the illustrious Balthazar in NYC, her journey has landed her right her in our midst. Lucky us!
November 18, 2011
Alex and Betsy Hitt have been nurturing the soil and bounty at Peregrine Farm in Alamance County for 30 years. They were one of the first local farms to supply Chapel Hill restaurants in the early 80’s. Now a staple at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, you can find them every Saturday and Wednesday sharing flowers, vegetables and blueberries with their legion of fans.
November 6, 2011
Czarina Katrina … that’s what I call her. After all, Katrina Ryan, is ruler of all she surveys up yonder on Franklin Street. And her kingdom is Sugarland Bakery, home of the coolest, tastiest, most interesting cupcakes to sit in a ruffled paper cup. And then there’s Sugarland’s Gelato, which just catapults her into a whole ‘nother world of dessert nirvana.
October 28, 2011
Funny name. Serious Zest. It’s even written on his business card. Page Skelton is seriously funny AND funnily serious about everything Cackalacky, And he should be. It’s delicious and there’s pretty much no food immune to its addition. Maybe cake, but give him time. Everything else is fair game. Just ask Page and one of his new sidekicks, Greg Hirsh, the Cackalacky Kid.
October 23, 2011
Fullsteam Brewery’s Chief Entertainment Officer Sean Lilly Wilson loves his job! He gets to get up everyday with one mission … to craft a distinctly Southern beer style using local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and Southern botanicals.
October 14, 2011
Executive Chef Adam Rose considers Chef Isaiah Allen to be both his right and left hand. Between the two of them, Il Palio at the Siena Hotel and all their guests are in fine hands. These guys can almost finish each others sentences, so imagine what theycan do with a pomegranate vanilla gastrique, a balsamic brown butter vinaigrette, a port wine sauce or house-smoked bacon. I know, I’m drooling.
October 7, 2011
Jimmy Reale, Executive Chef at Carolina Crossroads at The Carolina Inn, is rolling out his fall menu and wait ‘til you taste what he’s got in store! His Southern-inspired creations make good use of local ingredients all with a tender nod toward his Lebanese heritage. He’s even put one of Marie’s (his mother) dishes on the menu. And his Shrimp and Grits recipe stands tall in a town where the dish is considered a staple.