We had a great time competing at the Melange of the Mountains yesterday. Waynesville has some great restaurants and we were lucky to come away with 7 awards in 8 categories. We took 3 first place awards, 3 second place awards and the overall culinary excellence award for the most points awarded in the competition. We could not have been so successful without our friends and farmers. Thanks & special recognition go to:
Jackie Blevins. We collaborated on the first place dessert: Bacon, Breakfast Stout & Chocolate Cheesecake/Maple Whip/Bacon Brittle.
Farmer Damon @ Akashi Greens who has a local greenhouse in which he grows many fantastic vegetables. The arugula, heirloom lettuces and cavolo nero came from him.
Steven & Becca @ Balsam Gardens raised the duroc pigs we butchered a few weeks ago from which we made the bacon, pork chops and pork belly, pork broth, collards and more.
Sunburst Trout, it makes my job easy to have product like yours right around the corner.
Chris Allen, our longest term employee has been with us since demolition and has foraged ramps for me two of the past three years for Melange. We would not be where we are today if not for all your contributions.
Sean Whelan, my Chef de Cuisine who puts it on the line every day without hesitation and makes a great bacon brittle.
Alex Theodore & Dustin Shriver my sous chefs, without your dedication and skill we would not be receiving this recognition.
All the rest of the FLPH front and back of house staff. You are what makes us special and we truly appreciate you all.
Laurel Ridge Country Club & Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put on this great event!