For those of you who haven't been following Herons in the Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC, they recently brought on Chef Scott Crawford, who in my opinion has been one of the best chefs in the Southeast for years. He previously led the helm at Woodlands Inn in Summerville, SC (which earned Mobil 5-star ratings) and then moved to Sea Island, GA, where he earned the Georgian Room a Mobil 5-star rating after his arrival. The Atlanta newspaper called him the best chef in Georgia while he was there (including Atlanta), and Morteon Neal recently said he could turn out to be the best chef in NC.
I've previously experienced his cuisine at Woodlands, and he is a treasure for this area to have. He does cutting-edge work with Southern-influenced elements, and also is very committed to establishing relationships with local farms and products.
Building Herons up to his caliber of operation is a time-intensive process, so I haven't yet been because I want to make sure he's implemented all the changes he intends to make. However, early reviews have been extremely positive. It seems that as a part of this transition, he's introducing a prix fixe experience similar to that which Woodlands had while he was there - and it was one of Charleston metro. area's most popular lunch options. I have pasted below some of the wording of the e-mail I've gotten on this:
"Beginning June 29th, Chef Scoot Crawford will offer a $20 3-course Prix Fixe Market Menu at lunch, in addition to his a la carte menu, featuring the best of what's in season and available locally. ... The Prix Fixe Market Menu will feature items from local farms such as Elodie Farm and Cane Creek Farm. Chef Crawford will also be sourcing from the vendors [of the new Western Wake Farmers Market] for this very special summer menu."
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., starting June 29th.