I'm a little surprised no one has commented yet on yesterday's Farm to Fork picnic. We're all still suffering from a bit of a food hangover at our house but I'll start by throwing out a few random thoughts.
We are so incredibly lucky to having such an amazing wealth of culinary talent in our area. I stand in awe of all the chefs and their crews.
I'm impressed by how down to earth and friendly all the chefs were. I was handed food by a James Beard winner, had conversations with nationally recognized chefs and, in general, hung out with a great bunch of people. All the chefs seemed genuinely eager to talk about nearly anything, but especially their food and suppliers. No attitudes here.
Did you notice how many kids were running around and actually eating things other than sweets? Rock on, parents!
Memorable standouts for me:
Shortrib sliders from Saxapahaw General Store
Eastern NC BBQ from Carolina Crossroads
Pork Belly Sliders from Lucky 32
Blackened Shrimp Bruschetta from Battistella's
Things I'm sorry I missed because I OD'ed completely on all the other marvelous offerings:
Lamby Joes from Six Plates
Italian Subs from Neal's Deli
Posole from Lucky 32
all the "zas" (sic) from Fired Flour
the cakes from Weaver Street Market (I heard the Sweet Potato was especially good)
If anyone can report back on those items so I can get a vicarious thrill I'd appreciate it.
So when to tickets go on sale for next year? Give me a few days to recover and I'll be ready to get in line.
211Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
General Store Cafe
39 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Lucky 32 Restaurant
109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104
Weaver Street Market
228 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278