Category Archives: Dining in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

Pancake Breakfast Helps Fund Scholarships

It is exciting to think of the 50+ high school graduates that we have helped over the past several years and are currently aiding in their quest for a higher education, whether it be college or a trade school. Many of these young people have gone on to careers not only locally but in far flung places as well. Our scholars have become, among other things, nurses, medical techs, teachers, EMS personnel, mechanics, cosmetologists, business owners, chefs and attorneys. The list goes on and on.

Qualifying students may receive up to a total of $6,800 in support. They must submit an application, along with their transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Once this is done, our scholarship committee follows up with a call. Representatives from our club attend high school graduation and present the graduate with a certificate representing our support. The student must maintain a reasonable grade point average while on scholarship, sending us a copy of their
college transcripts.

The reason this is so gratifying is because most of our fund raising is funneled into these scholarships. Included under that umbrella are our pancake breakfasts, held on the fourth Saturday of the month; our local cookbook, A Second Helping; our annual auction in July, and the chocolate fest in October, where all things chocolate are sold. We appreciate your attendance at these events, where 100% of the profit is given back to the community!

Contributed by Margaret Spraggins

 

 

Award-Winning Cuisine at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands NC

Sommelier Annelize Giliomee, Chef  Christopher Dupont , and Chef Wolfgang Green.

Sommelier Annelize Giliomee, Chef Christopher Dupont , and Chef Wolfgang Green.

Chef Wolfgang Green and his dedicated staff offer Highlanders a truly memorable dining experience in a comfortable, elegant setting.  Dine alfresco in the garden pavilion near the waterfall or fireside in the dining room of the historic Gray Cottage.  Enjoy a summer afternoon on the patio or grab a table in the Bistro.

Prior to coming to Highlands Wolfgang honed his skills as Executive Chef for the Brennan Family of New Orleans’s renowned Commander’s Palace. Chef Christopher Gregoire Dupont has brought his classical French training supplemented with recipes gathered through years of experience and travel.  Enjoy recipes from Northern California, France and the Pacific Rim plus his unique pasta specials, all made in-house.  The chefs produce a dining experience that is second-to-none.

Choose from over 800 wine selections or let Sommelier Annelize Giliomee find the perfect wine to complement your dinner. She is passionate about winemaking and excels in finding wines that are the hidden gems from the world’s best boutique wineries all at reasonable prices.

The Bistro menu includes a wide selection of small bites complimented by great wines and cocktails. New to the bistro is a Hawaiian Pu Pu Platter. Also, served on weekends are freshly-shucked Oysters on the Half Shell.  I like to drop in often to enjoy Wanda’s Cream Cheese Jalapeno Dip, and the Lamb Chops.  My wife’s favorites include the Lamb Chops or the Oysters Rockefeller.

Wolfgang’s dinner menu includes something for every palate.  Enjoy the freshest seafood, tender Black Angus aged beef, veal, and lamb, along with the restaurant’s signature Short Ribs.     Satisfy your sweet tooth with a choice of Strawberries Romanoff, Bananas Foster, Bavarian Chocolate Mousse or your favorite dessert wine or cordial.  Let your kids choose from Wolfgang’s special Children’s Menu.

Over the years Wolfgang’s Restaurant has been honored by a wide array of awards.  For the past 11 years they have received The Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.” They were voted as the best place for dining in Highlands by Southern Living, plus “The Place You Must Eat in Macon County” by Our State Magazine.   Highlanders voted Wolfgang’s the Best Restaurant and Best Wine List in The Highlander Newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

There’s no better place to celebrate a special occasion than at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro.  Whether you’re hosting a rehearsal dinner, a wedding reception, a birthday party, or any other special event, be sure to let Wolfgang, Mindy and their professional staff create an event that you’ll remember for years to come.

If you are not a regular diner at Wolfgang’s you owe it to yourself to see what many Highlanders already know:  “Wolfgang’s Restaurant offers a truly unique dining experience in a comfortable, casually-elegant setting.” Smiling faces, quality food, friendly atmosphere – there’s nothing better than Wolfgang’s.  For more information check out their website at www.wolfgangs.net or call them at (828) 526-3807.

By Wiley Sloan

 

The Kitchen CarryAway & Casserole Kitchen

Chef Holly Roberts’ The Kitchen CarryAway catering business ramps up with the arrival of spring. For information or to place an order, visit the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands or call (828) 526-2110.

Chef Holly Roberts’ The Kitchen CarryAway catering business ramps up with the arrival of spring. For information or to place an order, visit the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands or call (828) 526-2110.

Oh, the welcome signs of spring! Beautiful yellow daffodils dancing in the mountain sunshine, dogwood blossoms in their resplendent white stir in the gentle breezes.

Tantalizing aromas drift down Highlands’ Fifth Street as Holly Roberts and her dedicated staff prepare an ever-widening array of taste-tempting casseroles, hearty soups and delectable hors d’oeuvres. Check out The Kitchen’s Facebook page to see what’s new and exciting for this season.

Remember to stop by The Kitchen CarryAway anytime you need something nourishing and tasty — whether it’s for a simple evening meal or an evening of entertaining, The Kitchen can feed your guests in style.

Throughout the winter, Holly has kept us all healthy and happy with a variety of items including her Beef Tenderloin, Vegetable Soup and her Black-eyed Pea Stew. I always enjoy her Chicken Tetrazzini; the Seafood Tetrazzini is good, too.

Need a good side dish or an appetizer for that “just planned” get-together? Stop by the Kitchen Carry Away to select items from the freezer. You’ll be able to choose from several different casseroles, a variety of soups, appetizers, hors d oeuvres and desserts. Vegetarians applaud Holly’s recent offering Veggie Bake — a sumptuous layer of cheese grits with mixed beans, squash, kale and tomatoes. This is great as an entrée or a side dish. Have you tried her Lemon Pepper Boursin? Don’t miss this
tasty appetizer.

Holly wants to thank all of her loyal customers who have helped her fulfill her dreams of helping others. In October 2012, we told you about her new venture, The Casserole Kitchen, named after her Grandmother’s Catering business. Since its opening last fall, The Casserole Kitchen has provided food to all of us hungry winter residents, plus Holly has generously donated $900 to area non-profits like the Food Pantry of Highlands, MANNA Foodbank, Fishes and Loaves in Cashiers and the Gathering Table. Be sure to take advantage of the many delicious casseroles throughout the summer.

Holly is launching her website this spring for The Casserole Kitchen. There you can select items and Holly will ship them to you. Plan early and let Holly help you eliminate stress in your life. She’ll get your casseroles out on Monday or Tuesday and you will have them on Thursday. You’ll be ready for that weekend dinner party with
no fuss.

The Kitchen CarryAway and Catering is a trusted source of well-prepared foods for your entertaining and everyday needs. It’s located in the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center at 350 South Fifth Street. Throughout April give Holly a call to order your items. The Kitchen opens May 1st; stop by from 12:00 noon to 5:00 P.M. daily or you can call Holly at (828) 526-2110. Don’t forget the Kitchen Carry Away and Catering for all your special party needs. For a small soiree for six or a party for dozens, Holly will help you entertain in style. Let her create a special menu that fits your unique desires.

By Wiley Sloan

 

Southern Hospitality in Napa

Boo Beckstoffer in her  beautiful Napa Valley  tasting room.

Boo Beckstoffer in her
beautiful Napa Valley
tasting room.

I’ve been to California wine country several times in the past, tromping through vineyards and the famous Rutherford Dust to learn about the nuances of viticulture from hardworking vineyard managers.

I’ve enjoyed barrel sampling with winemakers amidst the clanging of pumps and the bottling machines of a working winery.  Sure, it was fun, but the learning curve was aimed high and the motives were far
from hedonistic.

My recent trip to Napa was very different. Instead of going as a vineyard and winery owner, I made this pilgrimage as a tourist. I loved it.

There were different types of tasting experiences— the grandeur of Ovid Winery to an intimate tasting in the downtown St. Helena office of Notre Vin, a winery owned by Denis and May-Britt Malbec, formerly of Château Latour, a First Growth in Bordeaux.

Lasting memories and friendships were made on the last day in Napa with a wine tasting with Boo Beckstoffer, an Atlanta native married to Tuck Beckstoffer whose family is one of the largest vineyard owners in Napa. His family is of the land, devoted to the cultivation of great wine through a deep connection to the vines and those who carefully tend them.

I met Boo at the public tennis courts and followed her in a labyrinth-like weave to one of the Beckstoffer Vineyards.  We tasted Hogwash, a delicious, dry rosé that will certainly grace my table as well as the Semper Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Tuck, Boo’s husband, made the Semper brand of wines as his vinous love letters to Boo.

The Southern hospitality of the wine tasting in the vineyard on that sunny winter day– Boo, another friend of mine, and an interloping jack rabbit that squeezed under the fence Peter Rabbit style–was the true highlight of the trip.

The wines of Boo and Tuck Beckstoffer will be among the many boutique offerings featured at the Bascom’s upcoming Collective Spirits Wine andFood Festival from May 16 to 18. Please see the Bascom’s website www.collectivespirits.com for more details.

Contributed by Mary Ann Hardman

 

Curried Quinoa and Arugula Salad

Contributed by Dr. Anastasia Halldin, Nutrition Coach  www.healthymamainfo.com

Contributed by Dr. Anastasia Halldin, Nutrition Coach
www.healthymamainfo.com

 

Quinoa

Quinoa

After an overload of heavy winter foods, there is nothing that tastes more like spring in the mountains than a fresh, crunchy salad. A salad can easily become a satisfying meal, if you add the right foods to it. Adding nuts, seeds, cooked grains, and chopped eggs adds protein and nutritional value to your regular cucumber-tomato salad.

Curried quinoa, arugula and goat cheese salad is a celebration of spring on a plate. It is bright, colorful and full of life. Cucumbers cleanse the kidneys; arugula supplies iron and folic acid; tomatoes give you lycopene; quinoa is a complete protein with all essential amino acids; curry contains cancer-fighting turmeric;  parsley is a good source of potassium; calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium and avocado supplies you with the right kind of fats, while goat cheese provides calcium.

You can take this salad to an outside picnic  (take the dressing separately, in a Tupperware container.)

Curried Quinoa, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

Makes 3-4 portions

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, cooked

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

½ teaspoon curry
Pinch cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon sea salt, divided

1 ½ cups arugula leaves

½ cup parsley, diced

1 medium avocado, sliced

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced

1 large tomato, chopped

1 tablespoon apple
cider vinegar

optional: 1/3 cup soft goat cheese, crumbled

Directions: 

In a medium sauté pan, sauté cooked quinoa in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add curry powder, cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt. Combine well and sauté for 3 minutes.

Set aside.

Arrange arugula, parsley, avocado, cucumber slices, tomato on a large plate in layers. Put the warm quinoa mixture on top, in the center.

Sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles.

In a cup, combine apple cider vinegar, the rest of the oil and salt. Pour this dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

 

The Flavors of Fressers Eatery in Highlands NC

No matter which meal you choose to enjoy at Fressers Eatery in the historic Helen’s Barn, you will find delectable food and smiling faces. Chef/Owner Debbie Grossman meticulously oversees the selection of only the freshest ingredients for each creatively-prepared dish.

One of their most popular appetizers has been the Vegetable Spring Rolls served with a sesame ginger dipping sauce or try their Greek tortilla pizza. Picture a blend of artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, green olives, and mild banana peppers marinated in red wine vinaigrette with garlic and oregano. Now top a flour tortilla with that, some perfectly seasoned chicken, fresh spinach and tomato, along with parmesan and feta cheese, baked to crispy.  A real taste pleaser to say
the least!

Eggs benedict lovers rave about Fressers’ Boston Bene. A foundation of a toasted English muffin supports special lobster and crab cakes. A “top hat” of eggs is encased in hollandaise sauce to complete this signature dish. A Virgin Mary or mimosa is the perfect pairing along with fresh fruit to create a most memorable meal.

Who doesn’t love Fressers’ fabulous burgers? My personal favorite is the Black Angus, but I have friends who swear by the black bean burger. Looking for something a little different in a burger? Try this year’s newest offering-the Turkish turkey burger made with ground turkey, dry apricots, red onion, and Turkish spices. All burgers are served with your choice of lettuce, tomato, and onion, and of course Fresser Fries, (Debbie’s homemade potato chips). Each burger is grilled to perfection to let the flavors marinate together over a slow flame. Pair your favorite burger with one of the more than 20 flavors of beer that Fressers offers.

While I was chowing down on a burger, my wife was drawn to the Mountain Trout. The choice between the almond encrusted trout or having it finished with lemon caper butter was a real dilemma. Tonight was “almond” night.  Accompanied by steamed broccoli with a lemon-butter spritz and scalloped potatoes, the flavors melded with just the right intensity to stimulate the palate.

After any meal, you will want to leave room for one of Fressers’ history-making desserts. Mary toils in the kitchen over each and every item. Have you tried the chocolate gooey cookies?  Imagine a combination of chocolate, chocolate and then some more chocolate, and then she dusts them with confectionary sugar.

We all know that Fressers’ award-winning peanut butter pie cannot be beat. The smooth creamy peanut butter filling rests lightly in a Girl Scout cookie crust, topped with dark chocolate ganache.

Enjoy your favorite wine or beer as you visit with family and friends. The crisp, clean lines of this historic landmark combined with the eclectic flair of the menu makes Fressers Eatery the place to be seen. There’re so many more items on the menu, I can’t wait to go back. I crave the Mississippi catfish; my wife savors the rib eye. What’s your favorite?

by Wiley Sloan

Wine and Dine on The Mountain in Highlands NC

Wine and Dine on the Mountain will kick off the 2012 culinary season in Highlands, April 13th and 14th, by pulling together a sizzling line-up of fine wines, superb food and fine art. Guests of all events will watch the wines come to life, as Thomas Arvid paints for the occasions.

The “Wine and Dine on the Mountain” weekend is a sensory extravaganza that begins with a “Blue Jeans, Bluegrass Spring Harvest Barn Dinner” at the Farm at Old Edwards on Friday, April 13th. Pisoni Vineyards Wines will be on the tables throughout the dinner. On Saturday, Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro will host David Arthur Vineyards with winemaker Nile Zacherle and four-course dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Named one of the top “25 Artists You Should Know” by US Art magazine, Thomas Arvid receives critical acclaim for his monumental compositions of wine and his mastery of light, depth and reflection. Inspired by the grace and hospitality of the southern culture in which he lives, Arvid’s compositions are an invitation to take the time to appreciate sharing a great bottle and good conversation with friends.

“I can’t think of a better place to spend an evening with great friends,” says Arvid. “Highlands and events like this – with wonderful food, wine and culture – truly foster camaraderie, similar to what I try to evoke in each of my paintings.  I’ll have my easel with me; it’s going to be another inspiring weekend in the mountains.”

“Last year’s event really set the bar for a fun weekend of wine and food,” says Richard Delany, President of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. “We’re looking forward this year to offering an even more diverse assortment of experiences, all tied together with great wine, food and music.”

Wolfgang Green, owner of Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro, says, “We’ve always had great success with our wine weekends, and last year’s Thomas Arvid event was no exception. By partnering with other businesses like the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, we can pull together offerings to celebrate spring by bringing guests to Highlands for some art, music, superb wine and fine dining—an unbeatable combination!”

Limited seating available. To reserve for Friday evenings dinner, call (828) 787-2625. To reserve for Saturday evenings dinner, call (828) 526-3807. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/wineanddine2012.

Pancake Breakfast in Scaly Mountain NC

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t is about the time of year that the members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club, who go South for the winter, get “Spring Fever” and are longing  to get to the mountains and get an urge for the taste of sausage and pancakes – “mountain style.”  The “world famous” Pancake Breakfasts at Scaly Mountain’s historic old school house will start in May and be every 4th Saturday – May through October.  The planning and the work begin in Spring.  Susan Bankston is again in charge of this event that brings the community together. Put these 4th Saturday dates on your calendars, so you will not miss any of the Pancake Breakfasts. It will again be held at the Ole’ Scaly School House at 41 Buck Knob Road.

Pancake Breakfasts dates are May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th, August 25th, September 22nd and October 27th. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

On July 14th, The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club sponsors a “not to be missed” auction each summer with the absolutely  best bargains in Western North Carolina.  There’s something for everyone and, besides the bargains being second to none, everyone has fun!  Pat Leaptrot is in charge of the Auction this year.  It will again be held at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station, at 169 Hale Ridge Road, where there is plenty of parking and plenty of room to display the merchandise. Auction preview is at 6:00 p.m. and the auction begins at 7:00 p.m.

By popular demand, the club printed a sequel to their twice sold out, It Just Tastes Better in the Mountains cookbook. Second Helping is another success also and is selling well. One of the members designed Scaly Mountain aprons and dishtowels.  The combination of  the cookbook, apron and towel   make the perfect gift for friends and family.  Susie Goodrow is in charge of the cookbook sales and the Scholar Store where the items are sold.

The eye-catching, “yummy smelling “Chocolate Fantasy Booth” is held in the Fall at the Highlands Craft Show. It is one of the most successful fundraisers. The attractive way the chocolate “goodies” are wrapped and displayed make the booth too tempting, and it always draws a big crowd. Nancy Aldridge is in charge of the booth this year. The Chocolate Fantasy Booth will be at the Highlands Craft Show on October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Because of the hard work of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club members the club is able to contribute to quite a few worthy local charities.  But the main focus is on helping students further their education. Nancy Johnson, Scholarship Chairman, says that over the years, they have been able to help nearly 90 students finance their education. The Club is currently helping 10 students finance their post secondary education. Scaly Mountain residents are eligible to apply for the scholarship and should ask their Guidance Counselor about qualifications.

Contributed by Betty B. Bandy

Special Chef’s Dinner at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands, NC

Chefs Dinner at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands NC

Nicholas Figel presents “Sunbathing on the Mekong Delta” a Chef’s Multi course menu

which will progress course by course from most stylized to most authentic.

The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.

Experience the Flavors of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam at their best.

The price of the four course “Mekong Delta Dinner” is $39 per person.

Price does not include tax, alcohol, or gratuity.

3rd Annual King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge in Highlands NC

Executive Chef at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Johannes Klapdohr will defend his title at the 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge on March 17th at The Farm at Old Edwards.

Executive Chef at Old Edwards Inn and Spa Johannes Klapdohr will defend his title at the 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge on March 17th at The Farm at Old Edwards. One competitor vying for the crown will be James Beard Foundation Award finalist Chef John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen in Lonesome Valley. This is the third year for this exciting culinary event and both previous years have been an incredible experience of food, wine and entertainment.

In this ‘Iron Chef’ style competition; four chefs battle the clock—and each other—to produce several mouth-watering dishes in front of a live audience in an open kitchen. Each round of the competition ensues for a full 45 minutes after the chefs discover the three mystery ingredients (per round).

The Competition: Unlike the Food Network show where the Chefs have 45 minutes to ponder their creations, the King of the Mountain Chef Challenge keeps the mystery ingredients a secret until the very moment that each heat begins. The chefs then go to work, making notes, grabbing ingredients and equipment, and assembling their menus in their heads. The gas-stove flames jump to life, and the heat is on.

Heat One: Competing in Heat One will be Chef Nicholas Figel 2011 runner up and the 2010 King of the Mountain winner against either James Beard Award Finalist Chef John Fleer or Chef Mathew S. Kowal Chef/Owner Gamekeepers Tavern.

Heat Two:  Chef Johannes Klapdohr 2011 King of the Mountain winner will meet his challenger.

Heat Winners Announcement: At the conclusion of the second heat both heat winners will be announced.

Final Challenge:  The winners of Heats One and Two will face off in the final competition for the honor of being crowned 2012 King of Mountain.

The Competing Chefs: Chef Johannes Klapdohr Winner 2011 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge, Executive Chef, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands; Chef Nicholas Figel Winner 2010 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge, Owner/Chef Cyprus Restaurant, Highlands; Chef John Fleer, 2011 James Beard Award Finalist, Executive Chef Canyon Creek Restaurant, Sapphire; and Chef Matt Kowal, Owner/Chef Gamekeeper’s Tavern, Sapphire.

Judges: All three culinary competitions will be judged by three exceptionally talented and accomplished culinary experts including: Ms. Shelley Skiles Sawyer, Managing Food Editor, Flavors Magazine; Chef Denny Trantham, Executive Chef, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa; and Chef Kevin Outzs, Executive Chef, The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta, Georgia.

A Variety of Deliciousness at Cafe 107 in Cashiers NC

Cafe 107 South’s storied dishes are an irresistible blend of imagination and time-tested care.

The Highlands-Cashiers area is blessed with many great restaurants, each with unique foods and décor. Café 107 South reminds me of a quiet little bistro of the 60s or 70s. Visit them at the Village Walk Shopping Center (behind Wells Fargo Bank) in Cashiers.

The aromas wafting from the kitchen alert your taste buds and set your mouth watering. The extensive menu includes so many truly exceptional items that you’ll want to visit often. The house-favorite Tomato Basil soup warms you on these chilly winter days.  Pair that with a delicious hot or cold sandwich or a scrumptious dessert and you’ll be set for the day. Some folks credit the immune-power vegetable soup with chasing the doctor away.  Be sure to try their homemade hummus accompanied by diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots served with toasted pita.

All foods offered at Café 107 are created from the freshest ingredients available. Charlie Clabern and the staff at Café 107 work diligently to keep the menu exciting.  They are constantly searching for new recipes that they find tasty and exciting.  Often they will adapt a basic recipe with special herbs and spices so that it meets their exceedingly high expectations.

For vegetarians or those who are looking for gluten-free options, you’ll be amazed at the large selection of items offered at Café 107.  Try the black bean burger with its provolone cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, with mayo on a multi-grain or a spelt bun.  Or sample the Oriental soba noodle plate which features green tea buckwheat noodles, lightly sautéed vegetables topped with an Asian dressing accompanied by tofu. This is just one of the many items created especially for you.  Yes, they have a wide variety of salads; the curry salad is superb (tangy, tasty; not too hot at all).

Whether you are looking for a hearty sandwich or a lighter salad fare, there is something for everyone here. The sandwich selection includes both hot and cold options.   Try one of the specialty breads-a multi-grain baguette, the mouth-watering croissant, or the Ciabatta bread, then slip in your favorite meat filling and you have a tasty treat.  Folks rave about their old-fashioned chicken salad (spruced up with grapes, celery and onions) and the turkey wrap.  Kids feel special at Café 107 with their own kids menu.

When you are in a rush, drop by to pick up some of their pimento cheese or chicken salad – always crowd pleasers. Café 107 South has paired with talented caterer Leah Logan of Elite Catering 4 U to fulfill all your special occasion needs.  From a small intimate birthday party to your special wedding or reunion, Leah can design a menu that you will be proud of.  Learn more about Elite Catering at www.elitecatering4u.com.  Check out the many menu items offered at Café 107 South at www.cafe107south.com. Stop by Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a delicious meal. For more information call (828) 743-1065.

Wine and Dine on The Mountain in Highlands NC

Wine and Dine on the Mountain, set for April 13th and 14th, blends unforgettable culinary delights with music, art, and, of course, incredible wines.

Wine and Dine on the Mountain will kick off the 2012 culinary season in Highlands, April 13th and 14th, by pulling together a sizzling line-up of fine wines, superb food and fine art. Guests of all events will watch the wines come to life, as Thomas Arvid paints for the occasions.

The “Wine and Dine on the Mountain” weekend is a sensory extravaganza that begins with a “Blue Jeans, Bluegrass Spring Harvest Barn Dinner” at the Farm at Old Edwards on Friday, April 13th. Pisoni Vineyards Wines will be on the tables throughout the dinner. On Saturday, Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro will host David Arthur Vineyards with winemaker Nile Zacherle and four-course dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Named one of the top “25 Artists You Should Know” by US Art magazine, Thomas Arvid receives critical acclaim for his monumental compositions of wine and his mastery of light, depth and reflection. Inspired by the grace and hospitality of the southern culture in which he lives, Arvid’s compositions are an invitation to take the time to appreciate sharing a great bottle and good conversation with friends.

“I can’t think of a better place to spend an evening with great friends,” says Arvid. “Highlands and events like this – with wonderful food, wine and culture – truly foster camaraderie, similar to what I try to evoke in each of my paintings.  I’ll have my easel with me; it’s going to be another inspiring weekend in the mountains.”

Throughout the weekend, guests will enjoy art, music and wine-inclusive culinary including: Blue Jeans and Bluegrass Spring Harvest Barn Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards with Thomas Arvid painting live and featuring Pisoni Vineyards with Jeff Pisoni; David Arthur Vineyards Wine Dinner Saturday at Wolfgang’s with Thomas Arvid painting live; Special Spa and shopping discounts throughout the weekend.

“Last year’s event really set the bar for a fun weekend of wine and food,” says Richard Delany, President of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. “We’re looking forward this year to offering an even more diverse assortment of experiences, all tied together with great wine, food and music.”

Wolfgang Green, owner of Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro, says, “We’ve always had great success with our wine weekends, and last year’s Thomas Arvid event was no exception. By partnering with other businesses like the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, we can pull together offerings to celebrate spring by bringing guests to Highlands for some art, music, superb wine and fine dining—an unbeatable combination!”

Limited seating available. To reserve for Friday evenings dinner, call (828) 787-2625. To reserve for Saturday evenings dinner, call (828) 526-3807. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/wineanddine2012.

 

Cyprus International Cuisine in Highlands NC presents SANTIAGO!

A  C H I L E A N  F O O D  A N D  W I N E  E X P E R I E N C E

Chilean cuisine stems from the combination of Spanish cuisine with traditional Chilean ingredients. The food tradition and recipes in Chile stand out due to the varieties in flavors. Discover those flavors with our Chef’s Chilean Dinner, in addition, Cyprus has hand selected South American wines for pairing to enhance the occasion.

Experience the different tastes of Chile with our Limited Chef’s Menu. Mention this online promotion and receive 25% off the regular price per person. Offer does not include tax, alcohol, or gratuity.

SATURDAY JAN. 28TH. Call to reserve 828 – 526- 4429

Multiple Valentine’s Activities and Discounts at Old Edwards in Highlands

Love is in the air at Old Edwards Inn and Spa this February 11 through 14 as Old Edwards celebrates Valentine’s Day.  This year, guests have even more time to indulge in all the romantic amenities at Old Edwards with “Three Free Hours of Bliss Per Day” during the weekdays, which includes noon check-ins and 3 pm check-outs.

 

  • ·         Guests can enjoy a cozy evening by the fire in the Hummingbird Lounge followed by a romantic dinner for two in Madison’s with a special Valentine’s menu Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14 from 6pm to 9pm.
  • ·         Arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting in the room or suite.
  • ·         Madison’s guests can have flowers from Oakleaf Flower and Garden or an Old Edwards gift card delivered right to the table.
  • ·         Acorns Boutique is offering 20%-75% off select jewelry during Valentine’s weekend.
  • ·         At The Spa, indulge in the Rainforest Rejuvenation for two or the Bliss for Two Couples Massage in the Bliss for Two Treatment Room.
  • ·         Live music in Hummingbird Lounge Friday, Saturday and Tuesday from 6 pm with Maestro and Cy Timmons.

 

Guests can also pick up a romantic movie from the front desk to enjoy in the comfort of their own room with a popcorn and wine or beer package for two.

To reserve today, call 866-787-2625. 


Finca Decero Wine Dinner in Highlands NC

A hearty meal, exquisite wine and a deeply romantic setting make the Old Edwards Inn’s Finca Decero Wine Dinner, slated for January 21st, the stuff of cherished memories.

Old Edwards Inn is serving up a healthy dose of romance with its Finca Decero Wine Dinner on Saturday, January 21st.

The Farm at Old Edwards will set the perfect backdrop for a fun and festive wine dinner. A four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr will be paired with Finca Decero wines. The menu will include items like Bacon Wrapped Quail “Wellington” with Elderberry Jam, Carpaccio of Venison with Acacia Honey, Minus 8 Balsamic and Dried Cherries, Curry Dusted Diver Scallops on Champagne Beet Puree with Blood Orange and Grapefruit Ragout, Fennel Tempura, Citrus Coriander and much more.

Finca Decero, once a bare patch of soil in the Argentine foothills of the Andes, is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand and winemaking is without compromise. Having started ‘from scratch’, as Decero means, Finca Decero has adopted a sustainable and sensitive approach so the unique natural attributes of Remolinos Vineyard shine through in each vineyard wine.

The Wine Dinner is one of many events planned for the Highlands Romantic Weekend. Old Edwards Inn and Spa has pulled together all of the ingredients for a memorable weekend — a free Bubbly Reception with live  entertainment in the Hummingbird Lounge; free Small Group Tango Lessons; free guided hikes and historic walking tours; and Couples Spa Specials.

Seating at the wine dinner is limited. To schedule your romantic weekend, call (828) 787-2625 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/RomanceWeekend.

King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge in Highlands NC

On March 17th, four of the area’s top chefs will compete for the King of The Mountain bragging rights and a year’s lease of the Sam’s Cup trophy.

It’s hard to resist something with an epic title like King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge.

When you learn that the event not only features four of the area’s most celebrated chefs dueling it out in an Iron Chef-style competition, but also includes a Champagne greeting, appetizers throughout the event prepared by the participating chefs, a cash bar, a four-course buffet with the four competing chefs cooking for you in the main hall right in front of you and live music – well, you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable evening.

The 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge will be staged at the new Barn Pavilion at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17th.

It’ll pit the 2011 winner, Old Edwards Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr, against Cyprus Restaurant Chef Nick Figel (the 2010 King of the Mountain Chefs); The Gamekeeper’s Tavern’s Mathew Kowal and John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen Restaurant. The four will compete in a one-on-one Iron Chef competition in which two chefs face off. Once the Mystery Ingredients are announced, the chefs have just 40 minutes to prepare their meal for the four guest judges. Points are awarded for taste, use of the mystery ingredients, presentation and originality.

In addition, there’ll be selected junior chefs showing off their culinary talents. It’s a marvelous opportunity to sample the creations of a new generation of kitchen stars.

Patrons will be welcomed at 3:00 p.m. with a serving of Champagne and the battle begins at 3:30 p.m. At 7:25 p.m., the King of the Mountain will be chosen and everyone will be treated to a lavish meal and live entertainment.

General seating during competition and dinner is $135. For more information and tickets, call (828) 526-2909.

by Luke Osteen

Highlands NC: King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge

It’s hard to resist something with an epic title like King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge.

When you learn that the event not only features four of the area’s most celebrated chefs dueling it out in an Iron Chef-style competition, but also includes a Champagne greeting, appetizers throughout the event prepared by the participating chefs, a cash bar, a four-course buffet with the four competing chefs cooking for you in the main hall right in front of you and live music – well, you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable evening.

The 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge will be staged at the new Barn Pavilion at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17th.

It’ll pit the 2011 winner, Old Edwards Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr, against Cyprus Restaurant Chef Nick Figel (the 2010 King of the Mountain Chefs); The Gamekeeper’s Tavern’s Mathew Kowal and John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen Restaurant. The four will compete in a one-on-one Iron Chef competition in which two chefs face off. Once the Mystery Ingredients are announced, the chefs have just 40 minutes to prepare their meal for the four guest judges. Points are awarded for taste, use of the mystery ingredients, presentation and originality.

In addition, there’ll be selected junior chefs showing off their culinary talents. It’s a marvelous opportunity to sample the creations of a new generation of kitchen stars.

Patrons will be welcomed at 3:00 p.m. with a serving of Champagne and the battle begins at 3:30 p.m. At 7:25 p.m., the King of the Mountain will be chosen and everyone will be treated to a lavish meal and live entertainment.

General seating during competition and dinner is $135. For more information and tickets, call (828) 526-2909.

by Luke Osteen

Breakfast with Santa in Highlands NC

Breakfast with Santa, slated for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10th at Highlands United Methodist Church, sets the tone for the holiday season.

For a number of years the children of the Highlands Community have enjoyed a special treat as they gather at the Highlands United Methodist Church at 315 Main Street to meet Santa.  That may not sound like a big deal to us old folks or to the children who live in the major metropolitan areas that have large shopping malls where Santa’s Helpers are ever present.  But Santa thinks that it’s a big deal for all the children of our area and he’s glad to welcome the children of Highlands here.

On Saturday, December 10th, bring your children or grandchildren for a delicious hot breakfast prepared by two dads, Johannes Klapdohr and Patrick Leonard.   If you know these two guys you know that they love food and that breakfast will be great.  Johannes is Executive Chef for Old Edwards Inn and Spa and Patrick definitely knows his way around the kitchen, too.

Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.  The suggested donation is $10 per family.  Make reservations by calling the church no later than Wednesday, December 7th at (828) 526-3376.

The children will have plenty of time to share their Christmas list with Santa and to have pictures made.  There will also be a fun craft project-decorating Christmas cookies as a souvenir of this exciting event.

No Christmas get together would be complete without time for a favorite Christmas story and Christmas carols.

Make your reservations early and come out for a stellar holiday celebration with Santa.

by Wiley Sloan | Photo by A Moment in Time Photography

Southern Belles Restaurant in Highlands NC

Start your day with a hearty breakfast your grandmother would be proud of.  Whether you are looking for eggs and bacon with grits and biscuits or delicious yogurt topped with granola, fruit and walnuts or something in between, you’ll want to head to Southern Belles. Pancake lovers rave about the Belles’ cakes, which can be infused with fresh fruit. Choose your favorite ingredients and design your own omelet. Accompanied by hash browns and hot biscuits, it’ll be a breakfast to remember.

At lunchtime they always offer a “lunch special” that includes a meat and fresh vegetables.    Sweet potatoes are really good this time of year, as well as, green beans, squash casserole or fried okra.  Owners Sherry and Buddy Kremser have lived in Highlands all of their lives so they know where all the best gardens are.  They search out the “u-pick” farms to bring you the freshest items possible.

Their son Kirtis is the Chef.  He has trained in numerous locations across the southeast to hone the skills that he uses today.   He starts with the freshest ingredients available and then adds special techniques and spices to turn out the taste-tempting treats that you demand at Southern Belles.

Hamburgers at Southern Belles are customer favorites. Start with a quarter pound of quality Angus sirloin and add your favorite toppings. The Philly Steak sandwich, the grilled chicken sandwich, the French Dip, the Reuben,   and the classic BLT offer good alternatives when you prefer something other than burgers.   Choose a side of fries or the house special-German Potato salad or fresh slaw.   Homemade pickles and applesauce are available too.

Try out the flounder with fresh fruit chutney or one of the Belles’ great salads.    Folks looking for a lighter fare enjoy the fresh salads. They have a variety to choose from so stop by often and try them all.   The chicken salad plate is a real crowd pleaser, too.

Be sure to save room for one of the Belles’ homemade desserts. Fresh fruit pies (in season) and, banana pudding are customer favorites. Sweet potato pies fill the bill in autumn.

When you need a tasty meal, think about Southern Belles Restaurant.  Gentlemen, let the ladies sleep in.  Come on out and have a hearty breakfast. Ladies, Southern Belles is the perfect spot to gather with friends; birthdays, girls-day-out, even bridesmaid luncheons and more. Need to have a business meeting?  There’s plenty of room for you and your clients to gather. There’s Wi-Fi, too. Lunch after church is always special when you stop at Southern Belles.

When the crowds begin to descend on you, call Southern Belles to help you prepare your meals.  Any of their fabulous entrees, vegetables or desserts can be prepared for takeout.  Just call ahead and they’ll have it ready for you. Yum! Yum!

Stop by any day from Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 3601 Cashiers Road (next door to Community Bible Church).   Call them at (828)-787-2299.

by Wiley Sloan

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.

Highlands NC Annual Christmas Dinner

A sumptuous Christmas Dinner, set for Highlands Country Club’s Hudson House, promises an unforgettable meal and vital funds for a pair of local charities. For reservations, call (828) 526-5102.

For the tenth time, Highlanders and visitors will be treated to a fabulous, traditional Christmas meal prepared by one of Highlands’ finest chefs, Lakeside Restaurant owner, Marty Rosenfield. The Dinner has become a tradition for many here, and has served as a fundraiser for many Highlands local non-profits.  Over the last 10 years close to $70,000 has been donated to local organizations that serve the Highlands community.

This year, we will be donating our proceeds to R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands. R.E.A.C.H. provides a safe haven and shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse while Big Brothers Big Sisters helps improve the lives of children by offering a safe, professionally supervised and monitored “one on one” mentoring program.

The Dinner features a buffet of turkey, ham, and tenderloin, and all the “fixins” in the quiet elegance of the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club.  Donna Woods contributes her now famous dressing, an absolute favorite over the years. Martha Porter will insure a sweet ending with her mouthwatering deserts. Marty Rosenfield is one of Highlands iconic Chefs and everything he prepares is sheer excellence.  Dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. ‘til 5:00 p.m. and is by reservation only. The buffet is $35 for adults, $15.00 for children 11 and under, and kids 5 and under eats free.

Call Ricky Siegel today at (828) 526-5102 to reserve your table, and join all your friends and neighbors at this Highlands tradition: Fabulous fare; all money goes to local non-profits; and best of all, no dishes to wash! What better gift on Christmas Day?

Highlands NC History: And Visions of Surgarplums

The Miller family plowing their field in 1897. Courtesy of the Highlands Historical Society.

As a kid, on the night before Christmas I could not conjure up a single dancing sugarplum. The best I could muster was an image of the Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker. I desperately wanted some delicious sweet meat to do the fandango, if not in my head, at least on my tongue. Alas, peppermint sticks and homemade fondant were as plumy as my mom could manage.  She hadn’t a sugarplum clue either.

Recently I did some research and discovered that sugarplums go back to the 1600s. Resembling comfits (sugary seeded confections) they were the size of plums and sweet. There the similarity to plums ends.  They were made of chopped dried fruits like currants figs, and raisins, mixed with sugar and pungent seeds like anise or cardamom, then boiled, shaped into a ball, molded onto a wire stalk, and rolled in sugar. To me a cherry dipped in Ghirardelli would be the quintessential sugarplum, but in 1600, long before chocolate laid claim to our palates, sugarcoated ground-up fruits were quite the rage.

Candies and sweets have gone through a huge evolution since the 1600s. When the sugar industry kicked into high gear and refrigeration became accessible, ice cream shops popped up everywhere. In 1939 Bill Holt, son of a local businessman, opened Highlands’ first ice cream parlor, Bill’s Soda Shop on the corner of 4th and Main. It is where Highlands Deli is today (formerly House of Wong).

Each week Bill would run an ad in the paper inviting folks to drop in for a “rich, creamy milkshake or a bracing three-dip ice cream soda,” His shop would fill with sweet-seekers who would sit and sip and socialize.

Bill sold sandwiches, magazines and newspapers, and he even provided curb service to cars parked outside. In his shop’s early days carbonated water was made by hand, turning a crank to mix soda and water.

In the back of the shop, there were pinball machines for entertainment. Bill sold cigars, cigarettes, and candies. He served cherry cokes and smashes and something called ammonia coke. Ammonium carbonate and ammonium hydroxide (though not the kitchen cleaning kind) were mixed with a touch of alcohol and essential oils of lemon, nutmeg and lavender to give coke a zing. Sounds a bit like spring cleaning for the gastros.

Bills’ Soda Shop closed in 1972. Today Kilwin’s handmade ice cream and chocolates and Sweet Treats satisfy Highlands’ sweet tooth, but for over three decades the sweets at Bill’s Soda Shop were what danced in children’s heads at Christmas… and all year long.

To read more sweet stories about Highlands, check out Heart of the Blue Ridge by Ran Shaffner. Or visit Highlands Historical Society online at www.highlandshistory.com.

by Donna Rhodes

Nick’s Fine Foods

Nick’s Fine Foods is setting a place for you at 108 Main Street in Highlands. For more information or reservations, call (828) 526-2706.

Generations of Highlanders have relied on Nick’s Fine Foods for delicious, delectable meals. In their present location at 108 Main Street (corner of Dillard Road and Main Street) in Highlands, they offer great food in a comfortable, intimate setting.  Lunch is served daily Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

There’s something for everyone at Nick’s. For those folks who enjoy a lighter fare, Nick’s Signature salads fit the bill.  Choose from the Grilled or Cajun Chicken salad or the Fried Green Tomato salad. There’s also their Greek Salad and the Salad of the Day Platter, plus you can enjoy a cup of one of their delicious soups and half a sandwich.

Nick’s hearty lunch specials are always a hit. Choose from seafood including  flounder, trout or clam strips, Pastas including Fettuccini Alfredo or Pasta Pomadora. There are so many wonderful sandwiches that I always struggle to make up my mind.    Which do I prefer-the Pot Roast sandwich, the Reuben, the Bacon Cheeseburger, the Gyro or the Pita or Panini of the day?   Sometimes I just close my eyes and choose one, then plan to come back soon for another of my favorites.

Dinner at Nick’s is truly a memorable experience. Have you tried their Rack of Lamb?  You should. Comments like “Out of this World,” or “Wow! Best I’ve had anywhere” are just two of the comments from recent customers. Steak lovers rave about the Sterling Silver Beef that they find at Nick’s.  Yes, they have seafood, too, including salmon, grouper, and mahi mahi plus a new fish called “trigger fish.”  Owner Dori Moschoris claims that trigger fish is her favorite fish.  The dinner menu also includes customer favorites like Veal Picatta, Mountain Trout, Duckling, Frog Legs, Prime Rib, and Steak Au Poivre.   Accompanied by your favorite soup or salad and a vegetable, you’ve got a meal to remember.

Be sure to leave room for one of Patti’s homemade desserts. Select a piece of Key Lime pie, coconut crème pie, peanut butter pie, buttermilk pie or a slice of the Chocolate Ghirardelli Chip Mousse cake along with a cup of piping hot coffee and you have the perfect ending to a delectable meal.

With four cozy dining rooms, a beautiful terrace, a full bar and a TV for all the football fans, Nick’s is the place to be for any occasion. It’s a winning combination-a pleasing atmosphere, attentive service and mouth-watering food. That’s what you will find at Nick’s.

There’s no better place for a holiday party than Nick’s. Call them now to reserve your space. Dinner reservations are definitely recommended. Nick’s lives up to its motto, “Fine Food for Particular People.”  Call them at (828) 526-2706 or check out their website at www.nicksofhighlands.com.

by Wiley Sloan  |  Photos by Sarah Valentine

Highlands Culinary Weekend Opening Night Celebration and Sip & Stroll

Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Opening Celebration will be held at Highlands Country Club on Thursday evening, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. The annual Sip & Stroll will feature local merchants Saturday, November 12th beginning at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Opening Night Celebration will be held at the esteemed Highlands Country Club on Thursday evening, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. Participating restaurants, chefs and wineries will be on hand to ignite taste buds and prepare you for all the weekend’s festivities. The Opening Night Celebration will also feature special guests, The Saucy Sisters, offering colorful commentary and Wacky Wine Quizzes with special prizes. Local artist, Virginia Parrott will also be on hand painting wine portraits inspired by the evening. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace an amazing night of food, wine and fun in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, North Carolina.

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling The Chamber of Commerce at (866) 526-5841.

Not to be missed is the annual Sip & Stroll, held Saturday, November 12th from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Highlands’ beautiful downtown area. Enjoy a glass of wine and a special treat at each of these participants: Acorns, Alyxandra’s on Main, The Christmas Tree, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flowers and Garden, Two the Nines, Vivance & Vivance, Too, Xtreme Threads and ending up at The Ugly Dog.

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75 and tickets for Saturday’s Sip & Stroll are $35. Both can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling the chamber of commerce at (866) 526-5841.

Highlands Community Thanksgiving

The Highlands Community Dinner is set for 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Tuesday, November 22nd.

It’s a chance to recognize the blessings of the past year and a hopeful look to the days to come – the Highlands Community Dinner is set for 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Tuesday, November 22nd, at the Highlands Civic Center.

A group of community churches pool their culinary resources to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Turkey with all of its dressings, mouth watering side dishes, and homemade pies are all lovingly prepared by the area’s congregations.

Each year, a different church plays ‘host’ to this event. This year, The First Baptist Church has that role and they have been busy coordinating this occasion for thanks.

There will be acknowledgment of the blessings of the season by Dr. Charles Harris and a hearty serving of the warm fellowship and song that’s become a hallmark of the event.

The Highlands Community Dinner has been taking place well over a decade and still remains free to anyone wishing to delight in the food and friendship.

The Highlands Civic Center is located on Hwy. 64.  For more information call (828) 526-0542.

Southern Belles

Sherry and Buddy Kremser have been Highlanders all of their lives and they both grew up with a deep appreciation for Southern foods. So it just makes good logic that the restaurant they opened this spring is a reflection of that heritage.

It was by nature and nurture that Kremser’s son Kirtis grew into a love for the culinary arts. Kirtis is the valued chef behind Southern Belles.

Southern Belles Restaurant boasts a breakfast that you expect when you’re visiting a Southern icon. Homemade sausage and gravy, pancakes and, of course, butter-me-licious grits.

Their lunch entrees will leave you full as tick yet cravin’ for more. The famous Highlander Burger is a great choice for a hearty appetite.

Ask about the made fresh daily dessert. You may recognize  the familiar faces waiting on you as one of the former Mountaineer Restaurant’s own ‘belles.’

Southern Belles Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. They are located at 3601 Cashiers road and can be reached at (828)787-2299.

 

Sallie’s Greatest at The Hen House

Stop The Hen House by Saturday November 12th to meet Sallie and sample her delicious jams.

The Hen House invites you to a “Southern Drop In.” As part of Highlands’ Culinary Weekend, Sallie Dent Porth will be at the Hen House offering samples of her famous Sallie’s Greatest Jams. On Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m., “Drop In” the Hen House to discover for yourself why Garden and Gun magazine named Sallie’s delectable creations as a ‘Made in the South’ award winner.

“In 2004, I returned to my roots and found myself living in the middle of a huge field with a garden-loving husband in my hometown of Cameron, SC, where farming is a mainstay. One perk of my time in corporate America was an expense account which afforded me the opportunity to experience fine dining across the country, cultivating my knowledge of unique food and flavor combinations. This interest in flavor pairings combined with my creative nature and life in the field led to the creation of Sallie’s Greatest,” explains Sallie.

Sallie makes herbal fruit jams from scratch the old-fashioned way. Just hearing the flavor descriptions will make your mouth water. Some of our favorites include Strawberry and Basil; Blueberry Lemon and Thyme; Peach Pepper and Ginger; and Blueberry with Lavender. These tempting toppings will be served with artisan goat cheese and mouth-watering pork tenderloin.

Stop by Saturday, November 12th to meet Sallie and sample her delicious jams. The Hen House is located on 488 Main Street and can be reached by calling (828) 787-2473.

Jorge’s Place

Jorge’s Place offers quick bites, hearty meals and a healthy serving of Cuban charm. For more information, visit this Caribbean oasis in Glenville (1.6 miles north of the Cashiers Crossroads) or call (828) 743-4175. Trust us, you’ll want to visit.

Whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast, a tasty lunch, or a sumptuous dinner in a casual dining environment, there’s no better place for you to go than Jorge’s Place just a short 1.6 miles north of the Cashiers Crossroads (toward Glenville).

In addition to a broad array of menu items, Jorge’s offers 12 different blends of specialty coffees that are roasted fresh daily.  Choose from Ethiopian, Kenyan, or Columbian just to name a few.  Yes, there is decaf coffee, too. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup with your meal or take a bag of beans home with you.  Looking for your favorite brew?  Check out Jorge’s beer coolers where you will find more than sixty different varieties of beer. It’s not a rumor that Jorge has wines-great wines of every kind. At last count their wine inventory included more than 360 different labels.  Jorge’s also offers a full service bar.

Enjoy a combination of Cuban, Cajun and traditional American favorites as you visit with your friends at Jorge’s. Start your day off with a hot, hearty breakfast. Eggs, any style, bacon or sausage and biscuits or toast. Lunch favorites include a variety of sandwiches or salads.  Choose from hamburgers made from lean beef or try the Cuban burger which is a combination of beef and pork. The Blackened Prime Rib sandwich and the Cuban sandwich are two customer favorites.    The Mojito Trout, BLT salad, and the Black Bean Cake salad offer great flavor at reasonable prices.  Children love the many choices that they find at Jorge’s.

From the “Small Plates and Bar Menu” folks can enjoy green plantains, Pasteles (meat or Guava stuffed Cuban pastries).  The Seafood Beignets (crabmeat and shrimp stuffing Cajun seasoned, breaded and deep fried), chicken wings and the smoked Trout dip offer exciting choices as you wait for your meal.

Dinner at Jorge’s offers many exciting options.  Choose from Jambalaya (shrimp, oysters, and scallops, Andouille sausage with fresh vegetables, rice and herbs) or Arroz Con Pollo-2 chicken breasts atop Cuban seasoned yellow rice.  Boloche-beef eye of round stuffed with chorizo, fresh veggies and chimichurri sauce over rice appeals to beef lovers.  Jorge’s Filet Mignon is eight ounces of the finest aged beef available.  

Jorge’s bakery provides you with delicious, freshly-baked bread daily and some of the tastiest desserts you will find in the area.  A sampling of dessert items available at Jorge’s include Key Lime pie, pecan pie, fresh apple pie, brownies, chocolate cheesecake and more.   

Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. Lunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. Come enjoy a roaring fire (either indoors or out).   There are also Putt-Putt golf and clay tennis courts.  Great food, a relaxing, comfortable environment and your favorite beverage.  What more could you want?  Call (828) 743-4175 for reservations or for more information.  Visit Jorge’s at 1846 Highway 107 N. in Cashiers.

by Wiley Sloan

Culinary Weekend Opening Night Celebration and Sip & Stroll

Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Opening Celebration will be held at Highlands Country Club on Thursday evening, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. The annual Sip & Stroll will feature local merchants Saturday, November 12th beginning at noon.

This year’s Opening Night Celebration will be held at the esteemed Highlands Country Club on Thursday evening, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. Participating restaurants, chefs and wineries will be on hand to ignite taste buds and prepare you all for the weekend’s festivities. The Opening Night Celebration will also feature special guests, The Saucy Sisters, offering colorful commentary and Wacky Wine Quizzes with special prizes. Local artists, Virginia Parrott will also be on hand painting wine portraits inspired by the evening. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace an amazing night of food, wine and fun in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, North Carolina. 

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling The Chamber of Commerce at (866) 526-5841.

Not to be missed is the annual Sip & Stroll, held Saturday, November 12th from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Highlands’ beautiful downtown area. Enjoy a glass of wine and a special treat at each of these participants: Acorns, Alexandras on Main, The Christmas Tree, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Mtn. Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flowers and Garden, Two the Nines, Vivance & Vivance Too, Xtreme Threads and ending up The Ugly Dog.

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75 and tickets for Saturday’s Sip & Stroll are $35. Both can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling The Chamber of Commerce at (866) 526-5841.

For more information please call (866) 526-5841 or (828) 526-5841 or view the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com

 

 

Skyline Lodge’s Octoberfest

Chef Jimmy Buzza is setting a place for you at his deeply indulgent Oktoberfest at Skyline Lodge, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 9th.

You don’t have to be of German descent to enjoy the delicious food and drink at Oktoberfest — especially if you’re celebrating at Skyline Lodge here in Highlands. Mark your calendars, invite your friends to join you, and come out on Sunday, October 9th from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. This celebration is “pocketbook friendly.”

For the set price of only $10 for the meal, how can you go wrong?

Master Chef Jimmy Buzza from the famous Karling’s-Inn Restaurant in Deleon Springs, Florida, is preparing many of the delicious foods that we’ve all come to expect from Oktoberfest.

Yes, there will definitely be great German beers too, including Warsteiner — a beer that Germans have cherished since 1753.

Take the short drive out the Cashiers Highway, turn left at Flat Mountain Road and follow the signs. There’s no reason to limit your visits to Skyline to just the Oktoberfest celebration. Any time of year is a good time to visit the Lodge. There’s nothing more relaxing than to drive out for a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or to join friends for a quiet drink on the beautiful stone patio. There are so many wonderful items to choose from. Everything is made from only the freshest ingredients. The pumpkin soup is a real crowd pleaser, as is Foie Gras Pate. With Jimmy’s German background you’ll want to sample the Rahm schnitzel (prime cut veal or pork) served with mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce. Complete your meal with one of the mouth-watering desserts. Hint: you haven’t had chocolate mousse until you’ve had the Lodge’s mouse.

Call them at (828) 526-2121. Sunday Champagne Brunch is served 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; until 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended.

by Wiley Sloan

Pescado’s Mexican Restaurant

 

Pescado’s Mexican Restaurant serves up South of the Border flavors with a Highlands twist.

by Wiley Sloan

For more than eight years lovers of Mexican food have flocked to Pescado’s Mexican Restaurant located at 226 South 4th Street “On the Hill” in Highlands.  Owner, Mick Cook, prides himself on serving only the freshest ingredients.    “If you are on a schedule, Pescado’s is the place for you,” Mick says.  “We offer fast food that is tasty and good for you,” he continues.

Whether you are looking for a tasty salad, a cup of soup and a burrito, or a hearty quesadilla, Pescado’s is the restaurant for you.  Build your own taco.  Fill the corn or flour tortilla with your choice of steak, roast pork, chicken or ground beef.  Seafood tacos include blackened tilapia or shrimp.  Vegans prefer the beans and then add cheese, lettuce or spinach, olives, jalapenos, cilantro and salsa.  Top it all off with sour cream and guacamole.

There is no better way to quell a mighty appetite than with one of Pescado’s’ burritos.  Fill a 12” tortilla with your choice meats (see list above), add your favorite condiments plus homemade guacamole and sour cream and you have a meal like no other.

I almost always go for one of the quesadillas.  To me there is nothing better than a flour tortilla with cheese and my favorite meat or seafood.  Warm right off the grill, topped with salsa fresca, yum, yum.  A dollop of guacamole adds the crowning flavor.

The taco salad is one of my wife’s favorites.  She has a choice of lettuce or spinach to fill her tortilla bowl, and then tops it off with her choice of meat or seafood and her favorite toppings.  There’s nothing better than a fresh salad on a warm day.

Nacho lovers rave about Pescado’s. Start with chips and cheese dip, add jalapenos and salsa fresca, plus your favorite meats or seafood.  You know the drill: guacamole and sour cream complete the meal.  When you have the munchies, there’s nothing quite like Chips and Dip to quench that hankering.  Choose from a variety of toppings like cheese dip and spinach, Pico de Gallo, or guacamole.

Mick always has a variety of fresh cookies waiting by the checkout for that perfect ending for a tasty meal.  Choose your favorite beverage and then elect to dine on the pet-friendly terrace or indoors.  

Youngsters love Pescado’s too. They love the food plus the casual atmosphere means they can enjoy their meal without having to be too prim and proper.  Open year round, Pescado’s is your “go-to” place for a meal that won’t break the bank.  Daily specials help you stay on your budget. Got hungry mouths to feed and short on time?  Drop by Pescado’s and let them help you. Open daily for lunch at 11:00 a.m.   Call them at (828) 526-9313 for hours of operation.

Wine & Dine in Highlands

 

 

The 5th Annual Culinary Weekend is set for November 10th-13th, 2011

Contributed by Laura Huerta

The 5th Annual Culinary Weekend takes place Thursday, November 10th through Sunday, November 13th. Join us as we embrace an amazing weekend of food, wine and fun in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, North Carolina.

Kick off the weekend at the Opening Night Celebration, Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m., held at the esteemed Highlands Country Club. Enjoy fine wines and delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations. Plan to attend the annual Sip & Stroll Saturday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in our beautiful downtown area.

This year’s participating restaurants include; Cyprus International Cuisine, Fresser’s Eatery, Kilwin’s, Lakeside Restaurant, Old Edwards Inn & Spa, On The Verandah, Ruka’s Table, The Smokehouse, The Ugly Dog Pub, The Gamekeeper’s Tavern, Jorge’s Restaurant and Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Participating Wineries include; Tryon Distributors, Juice, Dionysus Wine Distributors, Empire Distributing Company, Mutual Distributing, Pahlmeyer, Opus One, Vine Connections, Tryon Craft Beer, Frederick Wildman and Mollydooker. Sip & Stroll participants include; Acorns, Alexandra’s on Main, The Christmas Tree on the Hill, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, Hen House, John Collette Fine Art, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Two the Nines, Vivace & Vivace Too and Xtreme Threads.

“Culinary Weekend is just around the corner,” said Laura Huerta, Manager of Lakeside Restaurant and Chair of Highlands Culinary Weekend Committee. “Our website is updated with this year’s events. We’re excited to showcase this great line up of local chefs and wineries. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this special weekend.”

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling The Chamber of Commerce at (866) 526-5841.

The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is presenting sponsor of Culinary Weekend. Event sponsors include; The Laurel Magazine, Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, WHLC 104.5, The Highlander newspaper, Inland Seafood, A Moment In Time Photography, Raffa Design, Acorns, The Hen House, Lakeside Restaurant, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro and Nellis Communities.

The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a catalyst for planning, programs and services that promote a favorable business and visitors climate while nurturing the natural beauty and cultivating the uniqueness that is Highlands. The Highlands Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to be a part of the 5th Annual Culinary Weekend, please call (866) 526-5841 or (828) 526-5841 or view the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com


Scaly Mountain’s Pancake Breakfast

 

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is serving up breakfast at the old Scaly School House.

Contributed by Betty Bandy

If you haven’t this year, plan to bring your family and friends to Scaly Mountain for a scrumptious breakfast in the mountains at the newly remodeled historic old Scaly School House.  

These breakfasts are held on the fourth Saturday – through October from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is the seventh year that the women in Scaly Mountain Women’s Club, who are known for their culinary skills, have sponsored these breakfasts. 

Breakfast will feature a full meal of piping hot homemade pancakes (with or without blueberries), patty sausage, coffee and juice in the historic old Scaly School House. It is on the corner of North Highway 106 and Buck Knob Road in downtown Scaly.  

Guests will be treated to a seated meal either in the old school house or on the deck overlooking the mountains. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. The breakfast will be served by club members or you may order takeout, if you choose.  Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for local students of all ages who wish to continue their post-secondary education. They also benefit area non-profit human service agencies that serve the Scaly Mountain community.  

Come to the breakfasts and join the best cooks in Western North Carolina for a morning of fun enjoying the friendly folks in Scaly Mountain and an unforgettable breakfast. For additional information, contact Susan Bankston, (828) 526-9952 or visit www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

Remaining dates for the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club breakfasts for 2011 are September 24th and October 22nd.

Mountain Fresh is For Wine Lovers

by Wiley Sloan

We’ve watched with excitement over the past four years as JT Fields and company have transformed our beloved Mountain Fresh Grocery from “the corner grocery store” into the “go-to place” for a favorite meal, the freshest aromatic coffee in Highlands and our favorite wines.  

Have you browsed the huge selection of wines from around the world found at Mountain Fresh?  With  more than six hundred  wines – in all price ranges you’ll find your favorite wine from Napa Valley or the Willamette Valley plus wines from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, South America and much more.  Whether you are just a casual wine drinker or a wine connoisseur   who has specific tastes, there’s something here for you. Donna Woods who many of you know from Lakeside Restaurant and JT both love wines and enjoy offering great wines at reasonable prices at Mountain Fresh.  With more than forty years of combined food and wine experience, they can help you pair the right wine to your specific requirements.  

As you stroll the aisles of the Wine Market you’ll recognize many of the wines but you’ll also find many new wines to try.  Let JT help you find the wine that best suits your taste buds.  “There is nothing more fun than to learn the wine preferences of our customers,” JT intones.  “When I find a new wine that I think would please one of our regulars, I give them a call and tell them about it,” he continues.

If you have enjoyed a wine at a friend’s house or your favorite restaurant and want to have it in your cellar, bring the empty bottle or the name and info to JT and he will work diligently to find it for you.  I really know very little about wines-only what I like and don’t like, so it is comforting to know that I can come to Mountain Fresh and let JT help me find the perfect wine to accompany any meal.   Whether I want to spend $10 a bottle or $125 a bottle, I can find a wine that is just right for the occasion.

Stop by Mountain Fresh on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for their Wine Tastings.  If you are having a burger from the deli or your favorite salad, select a wine from the Mountain Fresh Wine Market and enjoy a glass with your meal.  Yes, you may even uncork a bottle and enjoy a glass as you stroll the aisles selecting your groceries.  Tired from a busy day on the Plateau?  Stop by Mountain Fresh mid-afternoon for a glass of your favorite wine.

Mountain Fresh Grocery and Wine Market located at 521 Main Street.  (828)-526-2400. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

…on the Verandah’s Musical Fare

..on the Verandah serves up beautiful music with its exquisite dishes.

by Wiley Sloan

…on the Verandah Restaurant is well known for its tantalizing foods. Chef Andrew Figel enjoys learning about the cuisines of other countries so the menu often includes exciting new options in addition to the tried and true.

While waiting for a table, visit the Dugout Bar to hear talented Rebecca White. A native North Carolinian, Rebecca is a classically-trained violinist and vocalist. One summer Rebecca planned to wait tables at Yellowstone Park but when the hotel’s pianist cancelled, Rebecca quickly filled that slot.  She honed her keyboard skills and learned every Frank Sinatra song she could find. That was a truly memorable summer for Rebecca because she met her husband at Yellowstone. At the end of each performance Rebecca plays “Good Night Irene,” the song that she played that summer that caught her husband’s attention.

Stop by on Tuesday or Thursday evening to hear Rebecca as she entertains you on the piano, guitar and the Appalachian fiddle.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights you’ll find musician and songwriter Chad Reed.  For more than twelve years, Chad has been wowing the audiences in the Dugout Lounge. He plays five instruments:  piano, guitar, concertina, harmonica and the Indian flute.

While writing the music and directing at a cabaret theatre on Amelia Island, Chad was recruited to develop the theatre for Bryson City. He was honored by the Eastman Reynolds Foundation when he received a grant to write and perform a story entitled “A Road through the Past” highlighting the lives of three key North Carolinians.

Like Rebecca, Chad is trained in classical music but has expanded his repertoire to include jazz, ragtime, country music and popular show tunes.  He prides himself on being able to play most of the requests that he receives from the audiences at …on the Verandah.    New this year Chad is offering “The Song Writer’s Sing-along.”  “This will be a time I will offer low risk and risqué songs from my knapsack of tunes,” Chad says.  The Sing Along will be Friday and Saturday nights through September 17th. Come to …on the Verandah, Highland’s most scenic dining spot for a memorable dining experience.  Located at 1536 Franklin Road, just a short drive from Main Street Highlands this scenic setting is one you don’t want to miss.  Call (828) 526-2338 for reservations.

Rosewood Market

Whether you’re stocking up for an intimate dinner or a to-the-nines feast, Rosewood Market is your bill of fare. For more information or to place an order, call (828) 526-0383.

The folks at Rosewood Market have been a part of the Highlands social scene for many years.  If you are planning a party or are just expecting a gathering of the family, you’ll want to call on Rosewood Market to make sure that you have food for the crew.

The menu at Rosewood Market offers more than 150 items so you will find something for even the most discriminating palettes.  Taste tempting soups, salads made from the freshest ingredients, tasty hors d’oeuvres, a wide variety of entrees, sandwiches and desserts, Rosewood Market can do as much or as little as you wish.  Be sure to give them adequate notice so that you won’t be disappointed.

Keep a menu near the phone.  Call them 48 hours ahead and they can have your favorite dishes ready for you.  If you don’t have time to plan ahead, just drop by the market and check out the fresh items waiting in the cases that line the market.

The folks at Rosewood Market are constantly on the lookout for exciting new menu items.  That doesn’t mean that they will abandon the “old tried and true” that their customers demand.    Customer favorites include the Apricot chicken salad, and chicken curry.  These are menu staples along with Italian Meat Lasagna and the Chicken Portabella Stack with Gruyere.  Pork Rib-eye with orange ginger and the new Trout BLT are crowd pleasers too.

Need some tasty hors d’oeuvres to serve during cocktail hour?  Try the Bourbon Cheddar spread or the Sun-dried Tomato Feta.  The Black bean dip & Artichoke and Tomato Pesto-Goat Cheese Torta always gets rave reviews from my friends.

Looking for a tasty lunch to take home? Pick up some of their tasty shrimp bisque and a grilled cheese sandwich featuring Rosewood’s White Cheddar Pimento Cheese spread. There are more than 50 different poultry and meat entrees to choose from.  Guaranteed crowd pleasers include Lemon-Caper Chicken, creamy Chicken Pot Pie or Grilled Southwest Chicken.  Looking for tasty seafood?  Try the flavorful Salmon with Cherry Balsamic or the Baked Halibut.  Shrimp Creole with rice is a favorite with our family; also the Scallop Linguine with Tomato Pesto.

Rosewood’s desserts are renowned crowd pleasers.    People clamor for the Buttermilk pie or Carrot cake, Chocolate Pecan Pie or Chocolate Fudge cake.  Date Nut bars, Raspberry Walnut bars or Chocolate Oatmeal bars are items that you want to keep nearby, “just-in-case” someone drops by unexpectedly.  Tim’s birthday cakes are highly sought after-true signature specialties.

When you are looking for someone to cater your next event, call Rosewood Market.  They can take the hassle out of entertaining and let you enjoy your family and friends. Not sure what you want to serve?   Just let Tim Lundy and his capable, dependable staff help you decide on the menu.

Located at 117 Franklin Road, next door to the Citgo station, Rosewood Market is there when you need good food.  Call (828) 526-0383 or email:  rosewoodgourmet@gmail.com Market hours are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Cyprus Cooking Class

Cyprus owner Nicholas Figel shares the secrets of his storied menu with a few lucky students.

Over the last nine years, Cyprus Restaurant has built a reputation for serving the treasured dishes of traditional cuisines from around the world. That means that the meals that come from its Old-World style display kitchen are fresh and exciting and unmistakably authentic. And that is why it is always exciting when Chefs Nicholas Figel and Christopher DuPont offer their exclusive Cooking Classes. It is a chance for impassioned foodies to learn the secrets of creating what Nicholas calls “real, authentic peasant food.”

On Saturday, August 13th, Cyprus will host a hands-on class on the intricacies and art of French Alsatian Cuisine. “Our vibrant open kitchen is the perfect setting to combine a casual getaway with a fun and informative cooking class,” says Nicholas. “Whether you’re an experienced home cook or are just beginning, our French culinary luncheon at Cyprus can help take your cooking to the next level.”

The class is limited to 30 participants, which allows for personalized team instruction. It will utilize the traditional techniques of French cooking. Knives, tools and equipment are provided. All you need to bring is your appetite for knowledge and fun.

The class will be held in Cyprus’ professionally-equipped kitchen from noon to 2:30 p.m.  $99 per person includes class, luncheon and wine. Reservations are required – call (828) 526-4429.

Scaly Mountain’s Pancake Breakfast

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is serving up breakfast at the old Scaly School House.

Plan to bring your family and friends to Scaly Mountain for a scrumptious breakfast in the mountains at the newly remodeled  historic old Scaly School House.

These breakfasts are held on the fourth Saturday – through October from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is the seventh year that the women in Scaly Mountain Women’s Club, who are known for their culinary skills, have sponsored these breakfasts.

Breakfast will feature a full meal of piping hot homemade pancakes (with or without blueberries), patty sausage, coffee and juice in the historic old Scaly School House. It is on the corner of North Highway 106 and Buck Knob Road in downtown Scaly.

Guests will be treated to a seated meal either in the old school house or on the deck overlooking the mountains. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. The breakfast will be served by club members or you may order takeout, if you choose.  Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for local students of all ages who wish to continue their post-secondary education. They also benefit area non-profit human service agencies that serve the Scaly Mountain community.

Come to the breakfasts and join the best cooks in Western North Carolina for a morning of fun enjoying the friendly folks in Scaly Mountain and an unforgettable breakfast. For additional information, contact Susan Bankston, (828) 526-9952 or visit www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

Remaining dates for the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club breakfasts for 2011 are August 27th, September 24th and October 22nd.

Fifth Annual Culinary Weekend

This coming fall, Highlands will celebrate its 5th Annual Culinary Weekend. This four- day destination event highlights Highlands’ majestic mountain location, unique retail shops, appealing accommodations and extraordinary cuisine.

We are excited to announce that this year’s Opening Night Celebration will be held at the esteemed Highlands Country Club on Thursday evening, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. Participating restaurants, chefs and wineries will be on hand to ignite taste buds and prepare you all for the weekend’s festivities. The Opening Night Celebration will also feature special guests, The Saucy Sisters, offering colorful commentary and Wacky Wine Quizzes with special prizes. Local artists, Virginia Parrott will also be on hand painting wine portraits inspired by the evening. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace an amazing night of food, wine and fun in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, North Carolina.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be an array of activities to choose from. Whether you are up for a farm to table wine dinner, singing and suds or a cooking demonstration, there’s something to inspire everyone! In addition to all the wonderful offerings, plan to attend the annual Sip & Stroll, Saturday, November 12th from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in our beautiful downtown area.

“The Highlands community has joined together to create a spectacular lineup of events for this special weekend,” said Laura Huerta, Manager of Lakeside Restaurant and Chair of Highlands Culinary Weekend. “Fall in beautiful Highlands has never looked better!”

The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce is the presenting sponsor of Culinary Weekend. Event sponsors include The Laurel Magazine, Drakes Diamond Gallery, WHLC 104.5, The Highlander Newspaper, Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Inland Seafood & Mountain Fresh Grocery.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to be a part of the 5th Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend, please call (866) 526-5841 or (828) 526-5841 or view the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro

Chef Wolfgang Green is preparing an unforgettable meal for you (his wife Mindy makes sure).

For 18 years, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro has been nurturing a reputation for remarkable meals and memorable celebrations.

When they opened their landmark restaurant on Main Street, Owners Wolfgang and Mindy Green offered a wine menu of 20 labels. Nowadays their cellar boasts nearly 700. Chef Wolfgang’s wine selections are the perfect complement to the exquisite New Orleans and European dishes that stream out of his kitchen.

When those meals are served up by a warm, quietly attentive waitstaff, the effect is magical. In addition to drawing a loyal local following, Wolfgang’s has become a favorite of knowing gourmands from across the Southeast.

That fan base has grown even larger with the October 2010 issue of Southern Living Magazine’s selection of Wolfgang’s as “The Best Place in Highlands for Dinner.”

“It’s easy to find the perfect wine to go with one of Wolfgang’s specialties, such as grilled venison tenderloin (wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon with a sun-dried cherry demiglace) or Cajun barbecued shrimp (a variation of the dish he once made at Commander’s Palace),” notes the magazine.

In fact, Southern Living isn’t the first publication to fall for Wolfgang’s ambience – Our State named the restaurant “The Place You Must Eat In For Macon County.” That’s on top of being named OpenTable.com’s Diner’s Choice Winner for 2010 in the categories: Fit for Foodies, Most Booked, Notable Wine List, and Romantic Special Occasion.

In The Highlander’s Reader’s Choice Awards, local diners selected Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro for Best Restaurant and Best Wine List honors.

Of course, if you’d like to sample the splendid dishes and discerning service that has made Wolfgang’s such an honored part of Highlands’ culinary landscape, the bistro opens at 4:00 p.m. and dinner is served nightly starting at 5:30.

For reservations or to learn more about Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Bistro, call (828) 526-3807. Wolfgang’s is located at 474 Main Street in Highlands.

Evenings at Lakeside

Marty Rosenfield

Owners Marty Rosenfield and Donna Woods are once again excited to offer their Wednesday night benefit, Evenings at Lakeside. It’s one way to “give back” to the community in which they live and work. These unique events offer local non-profits a chance to fundraise in a delicious, fun manner.

When making your reservation be sure and specify that you’re dining to support the non-profit. After a successful evening, the organization receives 15 percent of the gross sales from its supporters.

Join Marty, Donna and their staff to support the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival on Wednesday, August 3rd; the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation on Wednesday, August 17th; and the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society on Wednesday, August 31st.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (828) 526-9419. Lakeside Restaurant is located at 531 Smallwood Avenue in Highlands.

Wild Thyme in Cashiers

Wild Thyme Cafe in Cashiers is the place where food is celebrated with friends and family.  “Our goal is to meet every expectation of Creativity, Freshness and Quality, We honor local farming, and the bounty of delicious foods available from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Conveniently located just two blocks from the Cashiers crossroads, Wild Thyme is  excited to announce the opening of their new outdoor garden patio, where a gentle breeze and mountain sunsets accompany a fabulous meal. Wild Thyme serves a delicious Southern cuisine mingled with fresh Mediterranean flavors. View their menus at http://thelaurelmagazine.com/cashiersnc_dining.php.

Wild Thyme is open for lunch seven days a week  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Thursday – Monday nights 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Find them off Highway 107 South at 25 Frank Allen Road in Cashiers, NC. For takeout, please call (828) 743-5452.

Jorge’s Place

Jorge’s Place, just 1.6 miles north of the Cashiers Crossroads, feels like a million miles from the bustle of the Summer Season.

Jorge’s Place offers Cuban, Cajun and traditional American cuisine for lunch and dinner, served in an atmosphere that’s family-friendly and attentive.

“I promise the best Cuban Sandwich north of Miami and the best Po’ Boy this side of New Orleans,” says Chef Michael.

Complementing those monumental sandwiches are a full coffee bar, a mindboggling selection of wines (350 labels at last count), beer on tap, and the incredible products of a marvelously creative bakery chef (cakes, pies, and pastry surprises).

If you’d like to enjoy a sunny, languid day, Jorge’s Place offers casual outside dining, red clay tennis courts and even an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Jorge’s has full ABC permits and in-house catering service is available.

If you’d like to learn more, call (828) 743-4175 or, better yet, stop in for a bite – 1846 Highway 107.

Chef Mark Hibbs and Oak Street Café

As a young boy growing up on a small Pennsylvania farm, Mark watched as his mother prepared meals utilizing fresh vegetables, meats and wild game.  His mother soon recognized his interest in cooking and starting letting him experiment even though he needed to stand on a chair to reach the kitchen stove.

As he matured he continued his interest in cooking. At age 16 he took his first restaurant job. Under the careful eye of Chef Claude Picard at the University Club  and Chef Frederic Lange at the Seacatch Restaurant in Washington, D.C.,   Mark began to develop the skills that are the foundation of his culinary expertise today.  Mark states, “Both of these French-born chefs have had a major influence on the types of cuisine that I create today”.  He honed his skills as Executive Chef of Anton’s 1201 Club where he enamored many clients before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was immediately before coming to Highlands.  Mark’s modesty keeps him from telling you about the honor bestowed upon him in Charlotte.  He was nominated as the Best Chef in the Southeast by the prestigious James Beard Foundation in 2009.  Some of you may recognize Mark from his numerous appearances on Fox News, WBTV, N.C. Weekend on WTVI or Time Warner Cable.

Since July 2010 Mark has been preparing tantalizing items for the clients of Oak Street Café here in Highlands.  No matter which menu item you choose, rest assured that it will be prepared using only the freshest ingredients available.  Mark likes to update the menu regularly to take advantage of what is currently in season, but sometimes that is hard.  “People don’t like to see their favorite items taken off the menu.  No matter the season, customers clamor for shrimp & grits or our signature mushroom bisque,” Mark intones.

In addition to long-time favorites like stuffed Trout Carolina (mountain trout stuffed with artichokes and spinach), Mark is introducing some world cuisine items to the menu. “You’ll want to try the Korean-style calamari-spicy-but’not-too-hot; but can be’”, Mark says.  Another new offering is the Vietnamese Squid salad and the duck.  Oak Street offers a wide range of wines to compliment your favorite appetizer or entrée.  A choice that Mark finds especially pleasing is Belle Provençale Rose Cotes du Ventoux.

Oak Street’s Sunday Mimosa Brunch is a long-standing favorite. Be sure to get there early to beat the crowd. Mark’s training in French cuisine serves him well. Come enjoy a delicious meal in the quiet ambience of the café.  You’ll love the updated look of the lounge and the large covered patio easily accessible without steps from Oak Street.  You’ll want to enjoy dinner at Oak Street before attending the plays at the Highlands Playhouse this year.  Open daily for lunch for 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; dinner nightly beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Call (828) 787-2200 for reservations.  For more information go to www.oakstreetcafeinhighlands.com.

Culinary Weekend’s Sip and Stroll

Galleries, jewelry, home décor, clothing, flowers, Oh My! Shopping in downtown Highlands does not disappoint! On Saturday November 12th, Highlands Culinary Weekend Annual Sip & Stroll from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., has a fabulous line up of retailers. Acorn’s, Alyxandra’s on Main, The Christmas Tree on the Hill, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, The Hen House, Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Oakleaf Flowers & Garden, To the Nines, Vivace & Vivace, Too, and Xtreme Threads. This year’s Sip & Stroll is “especially special” for the participants! Each stroller will start at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center to receive a detailed map and their own souvenir wine glass with special carry bag. There will be a limit of twelve merchants this year which will encourage everyone to linger a while longer and enjoy the homemade hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, and of course the wonderful selections of wines. There’s also an added bonus to visiting each merchant on the map. Strollers having completed the tour will be eligible for wonderful prizes including fine dining certificates, pottery and specialty wines. Sip, Stroll and Shop till you drop while enjoying everything fabulous in our beautiful downtown of Highlands, NC.

Highlands 5th Annual Culinary Weekend kicks off with the not to be missed Opening Night Celebration, Thursday November 10th, at 7:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy fine wines and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands.

“Events are being scheduled and plans are falling into place for this year’s line up of activities,” said Laura Huerta, Manager of Lakeside Restaurant and Chair of Highlands Culinary Weekend. “We’re excited to unveil a beautiful new poster design which will soon grace the windows of our downtown. Brochures and the website with event listings are all being prepared. It’s a great time to be involved in this community wide event.”

The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a catalyst for planning, programs, and services that promote a favorable business and visitor’s climate while nurturing the natural beauty and cultivating the uniqueness that is Highlands. The Highlands Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to be a part of the Fourth Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend, please call (866) 526-5841 or (828) 526-5841 or view the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

Chef Jimmy Davis at Main Street Bistro Chef

Chef Jimmy infuses the cherished traditons of the Bistro on Main with exciting new taste sensations.

There’s nothing more “True Highlands” than to grab a table at the Bistro on Main under the brightly colored umbrellas, order your favorite beverage and people watch as you peruse the menu. Chef Jimmy Davis brings years of experience and innate talent to the Bistro.

Growing up in a family that loved to cook, Jimmy started exploring early on combining different ingredients to create the unique tastes that are his signature today. His mom’s specialty was “just down-home” country-style cooking served family style.  Jimmy enjoys that food but has expanded his talents to include French and Italian cuisine that is so popular today. Customers consistently enjoy the Trout Meuniere-fresh sunburst mountain trout sautéed in lemon butter sauce, white wine and shallots. The Red Pepper Gouda Soup and Lobster Bisque are two of the soups that draw customers to the Bistro on cool mountain evenings.

Many of you will know Jimmy from his days as Executive Chef of the Cedar Creek in Cashiers or when he owned the Black Bear Café.  Jimmy tried living and working in Asheville for a while but has decided that he prefers the slower pace of the mountains.

The Bistro’s Signature Berry lemonade is a real crowd pleaser. Take fresh made lemonade, add blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries; mix all together and infuse with rosemary; a local favorite. Prefer to have a glass of wine, beer or cocktail? That’s all available too!

The Bistro’s buffet breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays a crowd pleaser.  Choose for two styles of eggs, a meat, grits and either French toast, waffles or pancakes, fresh fruit, biscuits, homemade baked goods and piping hot coffee.  The menu varies daily.

For Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s no better choice than the Bistro on Main. Call (828) 526-2590 or check the website www.mainstreet-inn.com for Bistro hours. The food is tasty, prices reasonable and the tables on the hill offer “pet-friendly” dining. Enhance your trip to the mountains with a visit to the Bistro on Main at The Main Street Inn, also a great place to stay!

Scaly Mountain’s Pancake Breakfast

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is serving up breakfast at the old Scaly School House.

Plan to bring your family and friends to Scaly Mountain for a scrumptious breakfast in the mountains at the newly remodeled  historic old Scaly School House.

These breakfasts are held on the fourth Saturday – through October from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is the seventh year that the women in Scaly Mountain Women’s Club, who are known for their culinary skills, have sponsored these breakfasts.

Breakfast will feature a full meal of piping hot homemade pancakes (with or without blueberries), patty sausage, coffee and juice in the historic old Scaly School House. It is on the corner of North Highway 106 and Buck Knob Road in downtown Scaly.

Guests will be treated to a seated meal either in the old school house or on the deck overlooking the mountains. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. The breakfast will be served by club members or you may order takeout, if you choose.  Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for local students of all ages who wish to continue their post-secondary education. They also benefit area non-profit human service agencies that serve the Scaly Mountain community.

Come to the breakfasts and join the best cooks in Western North Carolina for a morning of fun enjoying the friendly folks in Scaly Mountain and an unforgettable breakfast. For additional information, contact Susan Bankston, (828) 526-9952 or visit www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

Remaining dates for the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club breakfasts for 2011 are July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th and October 22nd.

Dusty’s Offers a Wide Selection of Beer and Wine

Dusty’s backs up its savory offerings with a deep complement of beer and wine.

Many of us have long relied on Dusty’s for a wide array of select meats, savory appetizers and desserts plus much more. You are hooked on their lunch menu that offers taste-tempting sandwiches and wraps.  Many even start their day at Dusty’s with beignets just like you would find in New Orleans.

But did you know that Dusty’s offers a wide selection of beer and wine?

Their beers are unique and represent some of the best “craft” beers from the best small breweries around.  Ladies claim that “The Original Sin” is not really a beer but a refreshing hard cider that brings out the flavors of whatever you pair it with. Lovers of Duck Rabbit milt stout go for the intense flavor of dark beers. Another area favorite is the beers from the Bells Brewery. Bells offers a wide variety of beers but their flagship beer is made from mostly pale malt with some Munich and caramel malts. This gives the beer a slightly sweet flavor that is balanced by a mélange of American hops. These are just a sample of some of the many unique beers available at Dusty’s. Even non beer lovers enjoy Liefman’s Belgian Fruit beer.  Pour it over ice cream to make a refreshing float.

Wine lovers thank Dusty’s for their wide range of reasonably-priced wines.  Whether you prefer American wines from the Napa Valley or the Oregon coast or you crave wines from the Pacific Rim, the Willamette Valley or something from Argentina or Australia, you’ll find what you are looking for at Dusty’s. Looking for a little higher priced wine to celebrate a special occasion or for a gift for a special friend?  Ask the folks at Dusty’s to help you.

Dusty’s is located at 493 Dillard Road. Open daily, Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Call them at (828) 526-2762.  Be sure to watch the Laurel for info on Dusty’s Beer and Wine tastings. Not only will you have a chance to try great beer and vino, they have delicious hors d’oeuvres and it is all free.

Fressers Eatery

Chef/Owner Debbie Grossman ensures that there’s always room at Fressers Eatery, especially with a new deck.

Fressers Eatery opened in Highlands Village Square in 1999. It quickly won a loyal following of devoted diners and just as quickly grew out of its space.

Chef/Owner Debbie Grossman relocated her little restaurant to its expansive Helen’s Barn location, and sure enough, the patrons followed.

That’s because no matter where she set up her kitchen, Debbie adhered to a simple philosophy: Meals should be fabulous, fun and funky.

“The food should not only look and taste great, but it should make you feel great, too,” she says. “When you come to Fressers, we want you to think, ‘Wow, that was amazing!’”

Fressers’ atmosphere is casual and family-friendly, yet Debbie ensures that everything that comes out of her kitchen is five-star.  She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.

Some of the favorites at Fressers Eatery include Angus burgers, gazpacho, personal pizzas, unforgettable pan-seared trout finished with lemon caper butter, Turkish turkey burgers (fresh ground turkey, dried apricots, red onion and Turkish spices), Greek chicken and a new favorite, tropical salmon topped with Chef Debbie’s award winning roasted tomatillo and mango salsa.

Finally back on the menu, Thursday nights only, it’s fried chicken!  Let’s not forget Fressers amazing brunch menu along with all-day breakfast items, too. Debbie’s knowledge of special diets is encyclopedic and allows her to offer gluten-free, vegan, and low-sodium options.

This season the Fressers Experience is even richer with the introduction of al fresco dining.

Wondering what became of the original Fressers location?

Well, Debbie’s never been one to miss an opportunity. It is now Fressers Express, where all of the production for The Bakery takes place.

Of course catering is always available, at Fressers Eatery or in your home. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

For more information or to place a special order, call (828) 526-4188. Take out is always available.

The Mouth of the South

When Pat Allen moved to Highlands 17 years ago and opened the Morning Star Inn, she always planned to do a cookbook.

Despite her passion for cooking, she took a circuitous route to get to the cookbook.

It took a writer from Victoria Magazine who happened to stay at the inn to convince her to lead a series of cooking classes. Subsequently, three women from the test kitchen of Southern Living Magazine came to take her classes for a two-day weekend.

“Talk about nervous,” says Pat. “We had a great time resulting in a two-page story in Southern Living!”

Pat has always had an appreciation for good food and great restaurants. She was a food critic for the Macon Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, for three years and readers looked forward to her suggestions.

In her last month of culinary school Pat, did an apprenticeship with Chef Tell Earhardt in the Cayman Islands.

“I learned to appreciate fresh salsa on fish with mango or whatever was on hand that day. It opened my eyes to how creative you can be with food and flavors”, says Pat.

Pat’s first book, “Whisk Upon a Star,” was published in 1998 and sold out quickly. The book’s success was built upon Pat’s recipes, favorite dishes from local restaurants, and cherished recipes shared by guests at the Morning Star Inn.

Her latest book, “Mouth of the South,” was finished in December and has already won a following.

When asked where the title comes from, Pat explains that all she has to do is speak and the Southern accent comes right out!  She’s also won a reputation for giving her opinion, like it or not!

One of her best experiences was being in the kitchen with Paula Deen for 3 weeks at the Lady and Son’s Restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, before beginning her real estate career.

“Can you picture the two of us together with these accents?” asks Pat. “It was a hoot and a fun memory while researching for my cookbook. The pastry chef was out sick on my first day so I was ‘it’ and we served 1,000 people that day! That is a lot of banana pudding and peach cobbler.”

“Mouth of the South” features many of the oldies from “Whisk Upon a Star,” including Pat’s granola that won first place for the best granola of any bed and breakfast in the country by the National Baking Association. Other favorites are Southwestern Eggs, Yum Yum Cornbread, Black Olive Dip, the other Pat’s Hummus Recipe and Dr. Pat’s Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce.

Local restaurant recipes include Madison’s Shrimp and Grits, Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro’s Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, …on the Veranda’s famous Crème Brulee,  Wild Thyme’s Penne with Spinach and Prosciutto, Oak Street Café’s Signature Mushroom Bisque, Old Edwards Club’s Sweet Potato Tartar Sauce, SweeTreat’s Chicken Salad, Paoletti’s Calamari and Mountain Fresh’s Cous Cous – a family favorite from JT.

“Mouth of the South” is available at the Dry Sink and Mountain Fresh Grocery in Highlands, Chapter 2 Book Store in Cashiers, and GJ Ford’s Bookshop in St. Simons. Pat can be reached at (828) 200-9179 or at Pat Allen Realty Group at (828) 526-8784.