From the Kitchen - Chef and the Farmer

Employee Highlights, Volume 11

We would like to take the time in this issue of our Employee Highlights to introduce the new Executive Chef, Eric to our sister restaurant, Boiler Room Oyster Bar!

Tell us about your journey to Kinston, including your education and culinary background.

I was born in Miami, but moved to Charlotte when I was 12. I stayed there until I graduated from high school, at which point I moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University. I was enrolled there for 3 years before I moved to Denver, Colorado to attend culinary school at Johnson & Wales.

Later I began working in downtown Denver with Sage Hospitality at the Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar. I was the sous chef there for 3 years before going to work as the sous chef at Twelve restaurant. I remained there for several months before going to the Curtis Hotel, where I worked as a banquet sous chef, then moved on to do restaurant consulting for some time.

I flew out here to do an interview and tasting for the position at the Boiler Room, got the job, and drove out here the next week.

How are you enjoying your position at the Boiler Room Oyster Bar?

I think it’s going really well! We’re all staying very busy, which is a great problem to have. We’ve been working to implement organizational systems and plan to begin adding some creative and exciting things to the menu. The environment is eclectic and exciting, and the food is heading in that direction as well.

If you were stranded on a remote island, what five foods would you like to have with you?

I would really like to have rice, garlic, onions, seafood (which shouldn’t be in short supply on an island), and black beans.

What do you see as a challenge at the Boiler Room?

Finding the niche and recognizing the customer base here. Adapting the food that I know and love to cook to meet what our guests are (and are not) acclimated to eating.

What is your favorite cuisine to cook?

I love classical French technique, but I enjoy bringing a modern and simplistic twist, especially for the Boiler Room. We can use the techniques and apply them to ingredients that have a more local influence. We get great ingredients here!

Do you see that as one of the rewards of working for a company such as this?

Absolutely! It was one of the things that drew me to this position. The farming and agriculture of the area, along with the seafood makes it a kind of chef’s paradise.

Tell me about the whole animal program utilized in both restaurants.

We do purchase whole animals for use at both restaurants. The prime cuts are typically taken for Chef & the Farmer, but the remainder is used here at the Boiler Room. This allows me room to experiment and surprise people. Not every animal is the same, not every cut is the same so I’m able to adapt the recipes and change our offerings regularly.

 

Saturday Tasting, 11/22/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

Chardonnay, Tamaya Reserva, Limarí Valley, Chile, 2011
Saturday Only $18.89 (regular $20.99)

Bright yellow in color, this chardonnay offers intense and complex aromas of honey, lemon verbena, pineapple, and vanilla and flavors of fig, caramel, and butter.
Learn more about Tamaya Online!

Carménère, Tamaya Reserva, Limarí Valley, Chile, 2011
Saturday Only $18.89 (regular $20.99)

The velvety and juicy body of this carménère, aged in French oak reflects the aromatic profile with fruity berries and tones of pepper and dried herbs.

Learn more about Tamaya Online!


Mistinguett Brut Rosé, Cava, Spain
Saturday Only $16.64 (regular $18.49)

This sparkling rosé is fruity with notes of strawberry that is an excellent aperitif.

Saturday Tasting, 11/15/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

Pinot Gris, J Vineyards & Winery, California 2013
Saturday Only $14.39 (regular $15.99)

This Pinot Gris represents some of the best growing conditions in California for this grape. This wine offers scents of pear, lemon, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. The flavors of ripe pear, sweet orange blossom, and honey are accompanied by distinct minerality and notes of lemon-lime on the palate. – www.jwine.com
Viña Maipo, Carmenere, Chile 2012
Saturday Only $13.49 (regular $14.99)

This carmenere was produced in the Chilean Central Valley, enjoying exceptional soil and climate conditions including high night and day temperature variations. This is a well-structured and soft wine boasting aromas of smooth chocolate, red fruit, and black pepper.

Decero Malbec, Argentina, 2011
Saturday Only $23.99 (regular $25.99)

Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months, this malbec offers violet aromatics and red fruit flavors with an elegant tannin structure. – http://www.decero.com/

 

Saturday Tasting, 11/8/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fees are only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

2012 Chateau De la Greffiere, Macon La Roche Vineuse, Vielle Vignes, Burgundy, France

Saturday Only $20.69 (regular $22.99)

Sustainably farmed. 100% Chardonnay from the village of La Roche Vineuse (meaning vinous rock). This lovely wine balances richness with minerality; the mid-palate and length are classic Burgundy.

-www.weygandtselections.com

 

2011 Domaine Galevan, Paroles de femme, Cotes du Rhone Rouge, Rhone Valley, France

Saturday Only $17.99 (regular $19.99)

60% Grenache, 20% Mourvédre, 10% Cinsault, 10% Carignan. Organic farming, hand harvested grapes, fermented in concrete tanks. Paroles de femme, meanint “The Words of a Woman” embody perfectly its elegance and attractive style. Raspberry and cherry notes intermixed with kirsch and licorice. Supple tannins and nice fresh peppery finish.

-www.authentiquevin.com

 

Leo Hillinger Secco Sparkling Rosé, Austria

Saturday Only $16.20 (regular $18.00)

100% Pinot Noir. It has delicate aromas of fresh strawberries and red berries which follow through on the palate. The flavors are beautifully balance with a vibrant and refreshingly dry finish.

-www.leo-hillinger.com

 

 

Saturday Tasting, 11/1/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fees are only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005 Domaine Huet, Clos Du Bourg Vouvray Premiere Trie Moelleux “Offers a panoply of rich fig, quince, persimmon, date and orange peel flavors, but stays bright and lithe, with a lacy texture and bright acidity. Very alluring, with great buried minerality offset by papaya on the very long, finely greased finish.” -96 points Wine Spectator

Quinta do Infantado Ruby Porto – Saturday only $18.23 (regular $20.26)
Quinta do Infantado Tawny Porto – Saturday only $23.39 (regular $25.99)
Quinta do Infantado has been a leader in estate bottled Ports since 1979. The estate has been owned by the Roseira family since the end of the 19th century and is now managed by brother and sister. The grapes are picked by hand and still ‘trodden’. The winery aims for a medium dry style.
Their Ruby is dark, rich and plummy with excellent balance of fruit, acid and tannins without an overwhelming sugary or jammy flavor. The tawny is lighter, but still expressI’ve of fruit with coffee and toffee.



 

Saturday Tasting, 10/25/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles
Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee
10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine
20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

2012 Chateau de La Greffière, Macon La Roche Vineuse, Vielles Vignes
Saturday Only $20.69 (regular $22.99)
Using grapes from vines that are 50 years old, this Chardonnay undergoes malolactic fermentation and spends time on the lees before bottling. This process results in a wine that is straw yellow in color, offers scents of hazelnut, and is overall a rounded dry wine.

2013 Domaine Daulny Sancerre, Loire Valley
Saturday Only $28.34 (regular $31.49)
Made from vines that are over 40-years old, this Sancerre represents the essence of a grape with floral, mineral, and ground coffee aromas along with flavors of grapefruit and peach. A small amount of this wine was aged in oak, though the fruit from this vineyard is strong and absorbs the flavor, giving the wine a bit of texture and body.

2012 Clos de La Roilette Beaujolais
Saturday Only $26.99 (regular $29.99)
In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought this estate and replanted the neglected vineyard. This wine has a deep red color with hints of purple, gives strong aromas of black cherry. It has a nutty character and finishes with a crisp acidity.

Employee Highlights, Volume 10

In this edition of our Employee Highlights, get to know our talented pastry chef, Kim!

What is  your culinary and educational background and how did it lead you to Chef & the Farmer?

I went to Lenoir Community College and graduated from the culinary program there in December 2005. I worked at the Kinston Country Club for several years, which is actually where I met my husband. While I was working there, a member of the country club actually told me about Ben & Vivian opening this restaurant. I ended up calling Ben three times before finally getting a job here. When I first called, he said the restaurant would be ready in December and to call him back then. When I did, he said the opening had been pushed back to January and to call back again. I did, and he told me that it was once again being pushed back, this time to April. They did have a function in April 2006 prior to opening and Ben and Vivian asked if I would help them. So after several months, I finally got an interview! Because the kitchen wasn’t ready at the restaurant, I actually had to go to Vivian’s house to cook and do the interview. I was hired in April, as their first employee and we opened in June 2006. For the first couple months, I helped get the restaurant ready for the opening along with learning all the recipes so that I would be able to train other employees later. I became the pastry chef by chance. Vivian and I were talking one day and she admitted that she really didn’t like to bake, so she said that I would be the pastry chef. I’ve been through it all here. It was scary, because we didn’t know if the restaurant was actually going to make it. I was young though, so it was a good time to take a chance.

What do you find most rewarding about being the pastry chef here at Chef & the Farmer?

I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned more here than I ever did out of the culinary program. I didn’t know what rhubarb was until I came here. Vivian is awesome and pairs things that you normally wouldn’t expect. She’s been so motivational to me to strive to look up things (although I don’t always have time).

What do you find most challenging?

Coming up with new desserts is tough sometimes. Vivian plays a huge part in that though. I picture an idea and she and I will brainstorm and bounce ideas off each other. That’s how a new dessert is born here.

What is your favorite (or least favorite) dessert here?

I don’t know if I have a favorite. The ingredients are so interesting to work with. The 10-layer chocolate cake is awesome, but it sometimes a pain to assemble. I have a sweet tooth, so I like most desserts. I don’t care for coconut though, and can’t say that I look forward to creating desserts with coconut.

That’s such a great talent to have though! I’ve eaten some of our coconut desserts and I know how amazing they are – it’s amazing to know that you don’t even really care for that ingredient.

When you aren’t at work, how do you like to spend your time?

I spend most of the time that I’m not here with my family. I have a husband and two children at home that I love to spend quality time with. I also like to hang out with my best friend, Joy, whenever we have time. My family and I go to church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, so we’re always on the go.

Are you originally from Kinston?

No. I was born in Florida, lived in Texas until I was 9, and then moved to NC. I’ve lived in Kinston, Southern Pines, and Rocky Mount (for only 2 weeks). We moved around quite a bit when I was younger so we never really stayed settled in one school until I was in the 6th grade, but even then we moved around Deep Run a few times. My family and I are masters at moving now!

 

Saturday Tasting, 10/18/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fees are only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more


2012 Laurent Miquel, Nord Sud, Viognier, Languedoc, France
Saturday Only $16.20 (regular $18)

Laurent Miquel creates fine wines focusing on balance, purity, and minerality on lands that were originally cultivated during the Roman Era in the Languedoc region of France.  This Viognier is partially aged in French oak barrels and offers the sweet aroma of honeysuckle, peach, and apricots. Learn more about Laurent Miquel online!

2012 Malbec, Les Jamelles Winery, Languedoc, France
Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)

The winemaker’s passion for the diversity in the region’s grape varieties led them to create this Malbec (along with others), which is aimed at introducing wine lovers to a selection of heritage, forgotten, or little-known varietals that make up the viticultural heritage of southern France. Learn more about Les Jamelles Winery online!

2012 Syrah, Les Jamelles Winery, Languedoc, France
Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)

A rich and powerful wine combining scents of red fruits and hints of mentholated aromas with a fresh finish of summer undergrowth. Learn more about Les Jamelles Winery online!

 

Saturday Tasting, 10/11/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fees are $5 for wine and $4 for beer and we also include several discounts. Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

2013 Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cellars, Napa, California
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

Delivering on its name, this wine has an ethereal creaminess on the palate, woven with smooth vanillin scented oak. Tropical flavors of pineapple and honeydew intertwine delicately on the mid pallet and linger on to the finish.

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, JaM Cellars, Napa, California
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

True to its name, the wine is full of rich fruit flavors blended with a nice dollop of oak. JaM was created in 2009 by John and Michele with the idea of giving wine lovers of all ages something that is easy to appreciate: big fruit, soft tannins, and reasonably priced.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier, Munich, Germany
Saturday Only $1.14/each (regular $1.56/each)

25th Anniversary Ale, Lost Coast Brewing, Eureka, California
Saturday Only $5.62/each (regular $6.25/each)
Celebrating the creation of Lost Coat Brewing in 1989, this Belgian Ale is brewed with Belgian and American Malts, perfectly balanced with European hops and traditional Trappist Ale for a ripe, rich fruitiness.

Learn more about Lost Coast Brewing Company online!

 

Saturday Tasting, 10/4/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fees are $5 for wine and $4 for beer and we also include several discounts. Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

10% off a purchase of 6-12 bottles of wine

20% off a purchase of 12 bottles of wine or more

2013 Albariño, Bodegas Martín Códax, Rías Baixas, Spain
Saturday Only $16.19 (regular $17.99)

Attractive straw greenish to yellow in color, this wine offers aromas of ripe lemon and fresh herbs. It is bright and slightly sparkling. It is full-bodied on the palate and it’s finish conveys a sense of freshness.

2011 Black Slate, Porrera, Priorat, Spain
Saturday Only $25.19 (regular $27.99)

Sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit notes intermixed with notions of crushed rocks, spring flowers and a slate-like component are broad, savory, impressively pure, dense and full. This round, generous, opulent red can be consumed over the next decade. 60% Grenache/40% Carignan

 

Blueberry Cobbler Ale, Atwater Brewing, Detroit, MI

Saturday Only $9.835/4-pack (regular $10.92/4-pack)

Learn more about Atwater Brewing online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, PA
Saturday Only $10.58/4-pack (regular $11.76/4-pack)

Learn more about Weyerbacher Brewing Company online!