Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson to Visit Highlands NC

Hugh Acheson is the Chef/Partner of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, GA and Empire State South in Atlanta, GA. Acheson’s experience includes working under Chef Rob McDonald at the renowned Henri Burger Restaurant in Ottawa and in San Francisco as The Chef de Cuisine with Chef Mike Fennelly at Mecca, and later as Sous Chef with famed Chef Gary Danko.

The south’s hottest chef, Hugh Acheson, will host a wine dinner and book signing at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn on Friday, December 16th, 2011. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous feast from his upcoming cookbook prepared by Madison’s culinary team with wine pairings by Sommelier Curt Christiansen. They will also receive a personal signed copy of Hugh’s new cookbook, A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen released October 18th. The evening will take place in the southern mountain ambiance of wood, stone and cozy fires at the new Farm Pavilion at Old Edwards.

Acheson is the winner of Food & Wine’s 2002 Best New Chef award, five-time Beard Award nominee. His cookbook focuses on classic French techniques, Southern cuisine and local ingredients.

The menu will include:

Oysters on the Half Shell with Cocktail Sauce, Dill Pickle Mignonette and Sesame Crackers;

Lyonnaise Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette, Poached Local Egg and Apple;

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Brown Butter, Bread Crumbs, Capers and Dill Whipped Cream;

Rib Eye with Shaved Morels and Salsa Verde;

“Not Your Mama’s” Brussels Sprouts and Saffron Braised Celery;

Apple Brown Betty with Sorghum Zabaglione

Chef Acheson says, “I am excited to do a book dinner in the Highlands, a town that is very near and dear to our hearts and most especially to have it at the Farm at The Old Edwards Inn. The Old Edwards Inn is a place that believes wholeheartedly in the Southern Hospitality that has driven my career. I thank them for all they do and look forward to partnering with Chef Johannes on December 16th.”

Limited seating available. For more information call (828) 787-2625 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/HughAcheson. The dinner is $160 per person exclusive of taxes and gratuities. Dinner price includes wine and signed cookbook.

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