On April 5, 2019 one of the most anticipated Spring events on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Culinary Stars and Whispering Angels, is taking place. Join three of the South’s best chefs, who all happen to be women this year, for what will be a memorable night of wining and dining at the Farm at Old Edwards Inn & Spa.
Chef Sarah Steffan of The Dogwood at Blackberry Farm has more than 10 years of experience at three Relais & Chateaux destinations including The Point and Fearrington House. However, her pursuit of culinary excellence had humble beginnings. Steffan grew up on a farm milking goats, planting gardens, and cooking. She learned how to cook using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients. Steffan’s philosophy of cooking compliments the rich history of the Blue Ridge Mountains demonstrated in her use of local game and fungi. (http://www.blackberryfarm.com/wine-food/dinner/dogwood)
Like the other chefs who will be featured, Whitney Otawka of The Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island (http://greyfieldinn.com) has an interesting story as to how she became a chef. As a Berkeley grad with an anthropology degree and experience in professional kitchens working for superstar chefs such as Hugh Acheson and Linton Hopkins, Otawka had found herself at the crossroads of her shared passions. “It was a tenuous time,” she says. “I was considering going back to school to get my master’s in archaeology, but I kept getting romanced back into the kitchen.”
At Greyfield, Otawka has created a near self-sustaining ecosystem along Cumberland Island’s 40 square miles. A 1½-acre organic garden yields most of the inn’s produce. An onsite apiary provides honey for the restaurant. And the menu centers on the freshest seafood pulled from local waters. With such passion for farm to table dining it will be exciting to see what she chooses from the Old Edwards Inn’s local farm to feature in the dinner!
Chef Jessica Gamble of KR Steakbar in Atlanta (http://www.krsteakbar.com) was born and raised in the Atlanta area. Recognizing her love for the food industry, she started working in restaurants as a dishwasher at 16 to rise through the ranks to become one of Atlanta’s premier chefs. From the dish pit to becoming Chef de Cuisine for Chef Kevin Rathbun at KR SteakBar in Buckhead, her journey has been truly remarkable. Equally as impressive is the fact that she had the honor of being Rathbun’s first female Chef de Cuisine as well as one of the youngest. A love of traveling and experiencing distinct flavors from countless cultures is the bedrock of her cuisine. She builds her menu at KR SteakBar with a focus on Italian food, local and seasonal products, and prime steak.
The culmination of these chefs’ talents will be on full display, creating a marvelous spectrum of flavors for your palette. The evening begins at 6:30pm with a a cocktail hour featuring Old Edwards Inn & Spa’s famous craft cocktails. Accompanied by live entertainment, cocktail hour will continue until 7:30pm. Followed by the exquisitely paired wine dinner.
In addition, Paul Chevalier (former winemaker of Champagne Veuve Clicquot and Cloudy Bay) will lead you through the Rosé Lifestyle of Saint-Tropez with Château D’Esclans (https://esclans.com/product/whispering-angel/) as he presents his distinctive rosés, including his most popular, Whispering Angel. Following dinner Mr. Chevalier will gather guests for an optional wine tutorial, offering the opportunity to buy bottles/cases of your favorite vintage .
Info: Date April 5, 2019
6:30 pm Cocktails
7:30 pm Rosé Dinner
Limited parking at The Farm; transportation from Church Street begins at 6:15 pm.
Event Fee: $155 (does not include gratuity or taxes)Limited seating.
Call 828-787-2635 or 828-787-2620 to book.