We continue our quest for local Southerners that are doing things Local, Fresh, and Sustainable and have stumbled upon a marriage of food and brew. Meet Crawford Moran, the Brewmaster at 5 Seasons Brewing, and a Southerner with a passion for bringing seasonality and sustainability to the micro-brewing industry. We sat down and talked about what makes 5 Seasons so unique including its symbiotic relationship to the farmers with its constantly changing menus, and the constantly rotating styles of beers that will keep your palates busy for years to come. Throw out all your old notions of what a brew pub is. The dynamic team of Crawford Moran’s brewing and the fresh, local, seasonal cooking provided by Chef David Larkworthy combine to pay great respect to the wonderful ingredients they are both working with. A wonderful local Southern discovery that can’t be missed. Stay Hungry Y’all!
-The Hungry Southerner
5 Seasons Westside:
Note: Also available on YouTube
1000 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone Number: 404 875 3232
Congrats: to Katie, Landis Myler and Laurel Palmer on winning our T-Shirt Drawing
Growing up my Sisters would watch Steel Magnolias, over and over. So you can imagine that I’ve managed to see this, modern, Southern classic once or twice. About midway through the film, there is this great scene where the “mean old” Ouiser is serving the, Armadillo shaped, red velvet groom’s cake, and she chops the tail off and serves it to Tom Skerritt. Seeing this scene makes me laugh every time, which brings us to this month’s Yankee Challenge. This month you’ll be baking Southern Red Velvet Cake.
I have a confession, pie and tart crusts are my nemesis. I’ve been caught red handed, on multiple occasions, seeking the freezer section for my secret pie recipe. I’ve decided to conquer said problem, and sort out the “secret to southern tarts“. As important as the crust is, in a tomato tart, the type of tomato selected is even more important. It’s the very unique creole tomato, that will always provide a signature warm southern flavor. These tomatoes were bred to survive the high heat, humidity and strong south Louisiana sun, bringing an intense tomato flavor. So was my tart a success, failure, or ugly first attempt?
The weather is finally getting warm, the sun is out, and everything is starting to bloom just in time for the latest Yankee Challenge. Because of the warm, wet, Springs in the south we get some tasty vegetables early. It’s always exciting to see what fresh produce is available at the first farmer’s market. In honor of the spring market, this month’s challenge is to cook a classic southern “Vegetable Plate” with a side of cast iron corn bread.