You can find some of the best young entrepreneurs in the South and this story is about two such locals. High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet is the brain child of Chef Keith Schroeder and Hunter Thornton, two of the niceset and hard working guys you’ll ever meet. They have combined their passion for making the best local, organic, and just down right delicious ice cream with their desire to build a business that allows them to grow along side other local Southern businesses. The boys of High Road are developing symbiotic relationships with restaurants, farmers and local producers that makes you proud for them and will bring a smile to your face when you find their artisanal ice cream on your plate. This is our glimpse of High Road’s brand of Southern culinary magic. Stay Hungry Y’all!
-The Hungry Southerner
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I’m quite particular when it comes to cookbooks, especially Southern cookbooks. For instance, my favorite most recently purchased book is John Besh’s “My New Orleans”. It’s a beautiful compilation of amazing images, stories and delicately executed recipes. It seems to me everyone these days has turned around and published a cookbook, most of those books being just down right awful. Southern My Way : Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox thankfully is not one of those books.
On November 7th, “The 10th Annual Afternoon in the Country” will be held at the Inn at Serenbe in Palmentto,GA from 1 to 4 pm. This benefits the Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. If you’re not familiar with LDEI, it’s a “worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities“. This event is will be featuring so many of our favorite local Southern chefs, farms and restaurants and they will all be here serving up their food to support the local LDEI Chapter with fresh Southern ingredients.
It will be an afternoon spent sample from Atlanta’s finest local culinary offerings. Still need more convincing? Here is a few examples of what you’ll be tasting: Farmburger, a restaurant who is serving directly from their very own farm to their very own table; 4th and Swift, Jay Swift always finds the freshest seasonal local ingredients and allows them to speak for themselves; Muss & Turners, Todd Mussman uses a series of wonderful local Georgia farmers and ingredients and also does amazing tricks with a Big Green Egg; Miller Union is the hot new farm to table concept in Atlanta and this is your chance to sample Chef Steven Satterield’s farm plates; Abattoir means slaughterhouse and Joshua Hopkins always does something amazing with meat! Then there will be the fine wines and micro-brews to wash all that wonderful local cuisine down.
If the sight of all the seasonal local food, farmers and Chefs isn’t entertaining enough there will also be live Bluegrass music performed by DriveTrain, hayrides, a cake raffle and even a silent auction. The tickets are on sale now $95 for adults and $35 children and all proceeds are to benefit the Atlanta Chapter’s scholarship fund and the Georgia farming community. What better way to come support your local farmers, chefs and a local charitable organization than to spend a wonderful afternoon in the Country sharing a meal with friends and family and shaking the hands of the people who grew those ingredients and prepared it.
For more information about Afternoon in the Country, tickets, the event, the Restaurants, etc visit: Les Dames d’Escoffier International
I firmly believe that every self respecting American (Southerners this especially applies to you) should keep a little bourbon tucked away for all occasions. I actually learned this from my grandmother who would always keep a little Jim Beam hidden away,in a trunk no less, for cooking. Bourbon is the signature flavor of the South, more so than Sweet Tea. Why? Because Bourbon was here first, it’s our Southern heritage; sacred, guarded and often the secret ingredient in many generation’s finest recipes.
I’ve been working on great pulled pork recipe that would be easy to do at home that doesn’t involve a crockpot. Not that a crockpot can’t make pulled pork, but I wanted pulled pork that also had texture; a bark on the outside almost as if it had been smoked. To get this Boston Butt right I needed to do it in the oven, and I needed the perfect dry rub. Which got me thinking, why not try a Coffee Dry Rubbed Boston Butt for a little cool weather pulled pork action?
Our passion is for the rich history and culture of the South and the wonderful flavors that are unique to our corner of the United States. Our goal has always been to tell great stories about the people, businesses, food, and flavors of this region and to use whatever tools we have to make that possible. We’ve experimented a lot with different formats, writing styles, video, audio and are continuing to try to find new ways to tell the story of people who make our Southern culture so unique. We are very attached to our family recipes and talking to folks about the Southern flavors and cooking techniques that make up Southern cuisine, so we have decided to stick to what we do well and tell Southern stories about food.
If you haven’t seen our first two videos ( Local 3, Phickles Pickles) and our first podcast ( Southern Cheese) please take a moment and check these out. We plan to bring you more of these amazing stories on a monthly basis. You’re going to notice that our writing is going to slow down a little bit to free up some time to work on our “Stories”. We’ll still bring you recipes from time to time, but we’re going to try harder to tell you about the people and the places of the South that you all grew up with and are most passionate about. The folks that remind you of your grandparents home cooking, or the restaurants whose flavors will live with you for a lifetime.
As part of this process we need your help in two ways: 1) we need your tips telling us about your local country stores, restaurants, chefs, shops, suppliers, etc anybody that you think might be a good fit for our stories; 2) tell your friends about what we are doing to tell these great Southern stories and help us grow these businesses so they can succeed and continue to provide their wonderful Southern goodness for more to enjoy. In the end it’s not about advertising, or numbers of readers on our website, or video views, but that we are building relationships with our farmers, chefs, Southern suppliers and local business owners and passing that on to you to do the same. I hope you guys will help us make these Southerner’s Stories a success!
Stay Hungry Y’all!
-The Hungry Southerner
Our number one goal at The Hungry Southerner is to spread the word about the wonderful people, food and culture here in the South and it starts with our local farmers and purveyors. We are strong believers in supporting our local Southern economy and starts with shopping local first, and supporting your neighborhood stores and producers. In our first podcast we met with Tim Gaddis, of Star Provisions, and talked a little bit about Southern cheese and the cheese industry. In our never ending quest to help Southerners reconnect with their local producers and store owners, we love working with those purveyors and producers to help spread the word about local events. One of those events is Cheese Week at Star Provisions in Atlanta,GA from Sept. 14 through Sept. 18. It’s going to be a great opportunity for you to come connect with some amazing dairy farmers and cheese producers from the South and show your support for your local Southern producers. Each day will feature a different artisan cheese producer including samples for everyone to try. You’ll have the opportunity to really learn and ask questions about their farms and processes, and hear the stories about how they became artisan cheese makers. As a bonus our good friend Angie Tillman will be there talking about Phickles Pickles, giving y’all a great chance to sample some of their amazing pickled okra (Tell her The Hungry Southerner sent you). This will be a wonderful opportunity to sample some of the finest cheeses the South has to offer, and the wonderful people behind it’s production. If you live near Atlanta please pick a day and come support one of these fine local artisan cheese makers, and be sure to look for us while your there! Stay Hungry Y’all!
– The Hungry Southerner
If there is an event that is going on that we need to know about that you’d like for us to spread the word for just let us know. We love supporting other Southerners! Just email us at: TheHungrySoutherner [at] gmail [dot] com