From the Kitchen - Chef and the Farmer

Saturday Tasting, 9/13/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting. It is only $8 per person 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

Faraone, Verdeca, Valle d’Itria — Puglia, Italy 2013
Saturday Only $17.09 (regular $18.99)

I Pastini is created by winemaker Lino Carparelli. It is straw yellow in color with greenish reflections and boasts an intense bouquet. This Verdeca is delicate and floral with a full, dry flavor that pairs well with fish, shellfish, and other seafood dishes. Learn more about I Pastini from Piedmont Wine Imports!

 

 
La Fogarina, Lambrusco — dell’Emilia, Italy 2013
Saturday Only $17.99 (regular $19.99)

Winemaker Amilcare Alberici and his daughter, Arianna run a small family farm with a mere 10,000 bottle production. Lambrusco Fogarina is a rare variety of grape producing wines with a lower ABV of 10%. This Lambrusco is also dry on the palate. Learn more about Alberici Family Wines from Piedmont Wine Imports!

 

 

 

 

 

 

HornyCopia Pumpkin Ale, Horny Goat Brewing, Milwaukee, WI

Saturday Only $10.37/6-pack (regular $11.52/6-pack)

This pumpkin ale combines Vienna and Caramel malts, pumpkin, and spices for a hearty, complex ale described by the brewer as “Pumpkin Pie in a Bottle”. Learn more about Horny Goat Brewing online!

Oktoberfest, Horny Goat Brewing, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday Only $8.68/4-pack (regular $9.64/4-pack)

A traditional Munich-Style Oktoberfest, this malty amber lager provides a full-bodied and smooth taste that the brewer describes as “a celebration for your mouth”. Learn more about Horny Goat Brewing online!

Employee Highlights, Volume 8

Get to know another of our energetic and talented cooks, Kenny, in this edition of our Employee Highlights!

Where are you from originally and what brought you to Eastern NC?

I’m originally from New Hampshire, but I’ve lived here in Kinston for 13 years now. My stepdad moved here in 2001 serving in the Air Force and when he got out, we ended up staying.

How did you discover Chef & the Farmer?

I found out about the restaurant while in the culinary program at Lenoir Community College. I came with a group of students on a field trip here. I was really surprised to find a restaurant like this in Kinston. You would expect something like this in a huge city, not a small town in North Carolina.

So how long after your field trip with LCC before you joined the Chef & the Farmer team?

It was a couple months later. I had told my buddy from school, Courtland, about the restaurant and he ended up applying and getting a job out here. Not long after that, he let me know that a position had opened up so I came and talked to Chef and started working shortly after. I’m mostly a line cook. I started off on Garde Manger, then a month or two later, cross-trained on oven. I stayed there until recently when I was cross-trained on fry and now a little butchering.

So what got you into culinary arts?

My first job in high school was at Chili’s. I started off as a busser and a host. Once I turned 18, I was able to cook and it ended up being a job I enjoyed doing. I’ve done other things such as construction and retail, but I always come back to restaurants. I want to make a career out of it. I have about 6 years in the restaurant industry so far.

What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?

I’m mostly doing schoolwork. I’m in my last semester at LCC finishing up my degree, so days off are dedicated to school.

Tell me about some of your favorite things.

I like reading Stephen King novels. I like underground hip-hop along with pretty much any type of genre of music except for country.

If you were stranded in a remote location, what five foods would you most want to have with you?

I would want to have lamb, Mahi, apples, Sriracha, and rice.

Would you share your thoughts on our “whole animal” program?

I’m pretty new at it, so I’m just following Allen around right now as he shows me the ropes. I’ve learned how to make our house-made lamb and chicken sausage. I’ve also learned how to break down chickens, cut pork chops, and other cuts of meat. It’s interesting because in most other restaurants, everything comes in pre-packaged. Here, we have this giant piece of cow that we have to cut up which is interesting and a great learning experience.

 

Saturday Tasting, 9/6/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting. It is only $8 per person 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

TAMI—Sicily, Italy 2013
Saturday Only $18 (regular $20)

TAMI first began as a retail shop opened by winemaker Arianna Occhipinti and her longtime friend, Francesco, whose background was in design and architecture. Later, Occhipinti had the idea to team up with some neighboring vineyards to launch the TAMI wine label and offer simple, affordable, everyday wines. Learn more about TAMI here!

 

Grillo— This white varietal is typical in Sicilian wine-making, most often known as a component for Marsala (Sicily’s famous fortified wine).

Frappato— This red varietal, primarily used in Sicilian wines, provides a tannic structure and body with a distinct grapey aroma.

Nero d’Avola— This red varietal, commonly used in Sicily, is a lighter style that is typically blended and can gives a pinot noir like structure and warm acidity.

 

18th Anniversary Specialty Ale, Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado, CA
Saturday Only $7.83/each (regular $8.70)
This specialty ale has been released to commemorate 18 years of brewing from Coronado Brewing Company. This double IPA is part of the brewer’s Crown Series and offers spicy, tropical flavors balanced by a finish of clean breadiness. Visit Coronado Brewing Company Online!

 

Saturday Tasting, 8/30/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting. It is only $8 per person 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

Langhe Arneis, Tintero, Italy, 2013
Saturday Only $17.99
(regular $19.99)

This straw-yellow wine has a delicate aroma that is characteristic of the Arneis grape. It is dry on the palate and has a pleasant bitter note on the finish. Excellent as an aperitif, it also pairs perfectly with hors d’oeuvres, fish, and soft cheeses.

Learn more about Cantine Elvio Tintero wines online from Kermit Lynch Importers!


Deep Sea Merlot, Conway Family Wines, Paso Robles, 2011
Saturday Only $21.59
(regular $23.99)

This soft, elegant Merlot was aged for 19 months in French Oak barrels Aromatics of leather and cedar are followed by dark cherry and vanilla flowers. Raspberry and plum fruit flavors are complemented by hints of chocolate and pepper. Plush fruit and balanced tannins five way to a pleasant, lingering finish.

Visit Conway Family Wines online!

 


St. Louis Pêche Lambic, Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck, Belgium
Saturday Only $6.53/each
(regular $7.25)

St-Louis Premium Pêche is a peach beer made on a lambic base complemented with peach juice with all its natural sugars. It is a thirst-quencher with a low alcohol content. The sweet taste of peaches dominates this very fruity beer while the finish vibrates with the slightly sour touch of the mother beer.

Visit Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck online!


Reunion Ale, Shmaltz & Terrapin Collaboration
Saturday Only $7.37/each
(regular $8.19)

The Reunion Ale ’14 is a collaboration brought to us from Shmaltz Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Company. This collaboration ale was originally inspired by a dessert and is brewed with toasted coconut, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and cocoa nibs. Reunion is brewed each year in memory of Virginia MacLean, who lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that the brewery continued to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

Visit Terrapin Beer Co. and Shmaltz Brewing Company online!

 

Employee Highlights, Volume 7

In this volume of our Employee Highlights, get to know Courtland, one of the talented line cooks here at Chef & the Farmer!

Tell us a little about yourself—perhaps share your culinary and educational experiences.

I was born in VA Beach, and lived years in the Quantico, Dumfries, Triangle area for many years. Choosing a career in culinary arts is all from watching my grandma cook. I was a big boy and loved to eat, so she was cooking all the time for my siblings and me. I took up cooking from her. I really got into it in middle school. Food was my thing and I stuck with it all the way to college. I actually wasn’t planning to go to college, but rather I was just going to jump into kitchens and start working. But my mom pushed me to go to college, so I finally did it. I did want to go the art institute, but never did. I went to LCC instead and had a great time.

So how and when did you find your way here to Chef & the Farmer?

It was kinda weird. My buddy Kenny was telling about this restaurant in Kinston across from the Farmer’s Market, and I was surprised. I had lived in Kinston for about 7 years and didn’t know there was a restaurant there. So I came by one day last May and talked to Chef Vivian. I was working for a corporate company, and really wanted to get back into a kitchen. I shared that with Chef and she gave me a shot. I still really appreciate it.

Tell me about your favorite things to do.

I love music! Punk, reggae, old school hip-hop—I love all kinds of music as long as I can jam to it. I do some mechanical work— working on cars—which is something I picked up from my dad. I like to fish and shoot as well.

I you were stuck in a remote location, what foods would you like to have with you?

Octopus, definitely, it’s been one of my favorites since I visited Japan. Eel is also very tasty. I would also want shrimp, ribs, and pickled sausages (my favorite thing to get from the store when I was a kid). It’s mostly seafood and pork, but there’s just something about meat.

You mentioned that octopus has been a favorite ingredient since your visit to Japan. Would you mind sharing your experiences there and how it relates to your interests in food?

It’s a different vibe than over here in the States. When I was 18, I went with a couple of friends for vacation, but was really scared at first (thinking too much about Final Destination). I was able to experience a lot of different things, things I’d only seen on TV! Getting to see the real deal with sushi and tuna was amazing. The culture is different but it was very heartwarming—the way everyone embraced each other and was willing to share experiences. In Tokyo, the street vendors were fantastic! Everyone tries to feed you. I definitely want to go back. I think it did mold my food personality in some ways, but it’s not what really got to me. I’m sure others can relate, but sometimes growing up, there isn’t enough to go around, and there are so many who just want a good meal in their body. If people can’t enjoy food, then we aren’t doing something right. I can make a difference in people’s lives through great food. I don’t see myself as an idol, but I think what we do does have the power to influence others.

 

Saturday Tasting 8/23/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting. It is only $8 per person and we include several discounts. Preor

ders 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

Claret (72% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Merlot/8% Cabernet Franc), Steltzner Vineyards, Napa Valley 2011
Saturday Only $27.90 (regular $31.00)

This red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc provides full-bodied fruit flavors with subtle notes of cedar and oak. www.steltzner.com


Vermont Lager, Otter Creek Brewing, Vermont
Saturday Only $9.88/6-pack (regular $10.98)

The Vermont Lager by Otter Creek is the “Green Mountain homage to classic European-style lager” using German Pilsen malt and Noble hops to release tantalizing aromas and flavors of this summer brew. www.ottercreekbrewing.com

Oatmeal Stout, Ipswich Brewing, Massachusetts
Saturday Only $9.99/6-pack (regular $11.10)

This stout provides deep, rich, and malty flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Brewed with crystal malts, barley, and oatmeal to give a soft and silky finish, Ipswich describes it as “what espresso would be if it had the gumption to be beer”. www.ipswichalebrewery.com

Saturday Wine Tasting, 8/16/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting. It is only $8 per person 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

Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Peaks, Paso Robles, California 2011
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

“This cabernet achieves ripeness and balance amongst one of the coolest and longest growing seasons of the region. The vines are also planted in a variety of soil types, adding a natural complexity to the wines. It opens with luxurious aromas of black fruit, caramel, oak, and cedar and the palate provides full flabors of plum, cherry, and blackberry with fine tannins providing a juicy, structured finish.” http://www.ancientpeaks.com/

Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Peaks, Paso Robles, California 2013
Saturday Only $16.19 (regular $17.99)

“This Sauvignon Blanc offers refreshing pear and citrus aromas with soft hints of jasmine and minerals. The palate offers flavors of peach and grapefruit with notes of lime and crisp acidity.” http://www.ancientpeaks.com/

 

1809 Berliner Weisse, Munich, Germany
Saturday Only $5.56/each (regular $6.18)

He’Brew R.I.P.A. on Rye, Shmaltz Brewing, NY
Saturday Only $10.40 each (regular $11.55)

Brewed with an obscene amount of malts & hops offering shocking flavorshttp://www.shmaltzbrewing.com/

 

Employee Highlights, Volume 6

Get to know Angela Roman in our latest Employee Highlights. She’s a California native who relocated to North Carolina with her family seeking open spaces and a better education for her children. Although she will soon embark on a new journey in Raleigh with her family, we will miss her greatly and wish her the best of luck!

“Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” 
– Richard Bach –

Where are you from originally? How did you find your way to Eastern North Carolina—and Chef & the Farmer?

I’m from Palm Springs, California—born and raised. Before moving here, I was a manager at Club Intrawest Palm Desert for over 10 years. We moved here because my husband had a mad love affair with North Carolina in the 90’s when he was in the Marine Corps. He was convinced this was where we were going to raise our kids because there were better schools and more space. We came out here three years ago and there is definitely a lot more space! We moved to Goldsboro and I met the team from Mother Earth. Actually, I met the sales rep in Food Lion and we began talking about the Weeping Willow Wit. As the conversation went on, he said “hey, do you want a job?” so I came to work for the Brewery. I was their tap room gal for a while and then assisted in opening the Red Room in 2012. That was how I met the whole staff from Chef & the Farmer. I came in for take-out all the time but never actually ate in the dining room. I had reservations once, but it was during the time that the restaurant was closed from the fire, so we weren’t able to come. Because my husband worked out of town a lot, it was difficult for us to get to Kinston and reschedule or original visit. Some time passed, and I was still working at the Red Room along with a second job at Heroes Oyster & Sports Bar in Goldsboro, when the host at Chef & the Farmer called and told me I needed to come in. The Boiler Room was just about to open and there was a staffing need here. I interviewed with Kristen and she asked if I could come that evening for service to begin work.

I know you’re planning to relocate soon. Could you tell me about where you’re going and why you’ve chosen to move?

My middle son has been accepted at Longleaf School of the Arts in Raleigh and will begin as a freshman there this school year. He plays the sax and dances, so this was a perfect outlet for him. We just don’t have the same opportunities in Wayne County schools so my husband and I decided that it was worth relocating for a better education for our kids. We just found a house, and my last day here will be August 13th.

What are some of your favorite things?

At home, I love to entertain. I love having dinner parties, cooking, and painting. We also do a lot of dancing! My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have three great kids. Isaiah is 18—going off into the Marine Corps soon, Elijah is 13, and Serenity Lynn is 8.  The name Lynn is from my great-grandmother—all the great women in my family had some name of Lynn, whether it was middle or first.

What do you think the best thing about working here has been?

I love the family spirit and the high level of service and the expectation. Even though it’s not expected in Kinston, it’s worth the drive out here. I love being a part of the fact that this company (and the brewery) have helped put Kinston on the map and have really revitalized the area. Giving back to farmers and the local vendors is a movement to be proud of.

 

Saturday Wine Tasting 8/9/14

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine and beer tasting. It is only $8 per person 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

Honoro Vera, Gil Family Estates, Rueda, Spain 2013

Saturday Only $10.80 (regular $12)

Honoro Vera is produced by the esteemed Gil Family Estates of Rueda, Spain. This particular white blend offers intense aromas of white flowers with fresh fruit and tropical notes. The vineyards of Rueda are situated on sandy soils covered with gravel, where the vines produce the finest grapes of the region.

 

 

 

 

Viña Maipo, Carmenere, Chile 2012

Saturday Only $8.99 (regular $9.99)

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.

 

 

 


Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale, Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, GA
Saturday Only $7.96/4-pack (regular $8.84)*featured varieties only

This refreshing summer ale has all the flavors and aromas of freshly picked peaches combined with the complexity of well-executed farmhouse ales. Visit Terrapin Beer Company Online

 

 

 


 

Lager, Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI

Saturday Only $1.49 each (regular $1.65)

This is Munich-style Helles Lager made in the Detroit tradition of German-Style lagers. Visit Atwater Brewing Online

 

Employee Highlights, Volume 5

In this edition of our employee highlights, get to know our Sous Chef, Justise!

Tell me about your culinary background and how it brought you here to Chef & the Farmer.

As a little kid, I was always in the kitchen with my mother and my grandmothers. They are all very good cooks, and I think that’s what started it for me. When I turned 16, I began taking classes at LCC part-time, and continued full-time once I turned 18. I received my degree in

So you were inspired by family to go into culinary arts? culinary arts and spent some time working in various sectors of the industry. Years ago, while in college, I worked Carraway’s restaurant here in Kinston. I also spent time working at Aramark on East Carolina University’s campus in residential dining and catering, which was a lot of fun.  Working in the bakery there was where I started decorating cakes and found I had a passion for that as well. Later, I moved to Brook Valley Country Club and also worked with CPW’s as well before coming here. The first time I heard of this place, I was still working at Brook Valley Country Club, actually up for a promotion, but I was beginning to feel that I may have chosen the wrong career. I had known Kim (our pastry chef) from culinary school, and spoke with her about an opening at Chef & the Farmer. I came in and talked to Ben and Vivian, and I’ve been here ever since.

Yes, it was my mother and both my grandmothers. My mom was always in the kitchen experimenting and making delicious foods.

Are you originally from the Kinston area then?

Yes. I am from Snow Hill, just up the road, where most of my family lives.

How do you like being in a restaurant that does such interesting things with traditional southern foods?

I think it’s amazing. It’s great that we are able to inspire others through food. We are able to take something that everyone loves, and transform it into something much better.

Tell me about some of your favorite things.

In all of my free time, right? I really like movies, but I also really enjoy music. Music is a big part of my life, and love seeing live shows. I see music as an outlet for a lot of stress and emotions. I also love to sing, but I don’t tell a lot of people that.

If you were stranded on an island, what five foods would you want to have with you and what would you prepare with these items?

Wow, that’s a big one. Would I be able to fish and collect other seafood?

Yes—you would be able to fashion tools for fishing.

This is difficult because there are so many great things to choose from. These are all totally random, but they are some of my favorites. Tomatoes, Swiss chard, and garlic would definitely be included. Blueberries as well—I could eat blueberries each meal of the day and be happy. I would also have to have bacon. How could I not have bacon?!?

You were part of the team that went to the James Beard Dinner in New York recently. It’s such an accomplishment and I’m sure it was a fun experience. Would you mind telling me about it?

Having the opportunity to cook at the James Beard house has been the highlight of my culinary career to date, although one of the most stressful as well. The kitchen was a lot smaller than you would expect, but we had a great team and it was exciting for all of us! Although our visit was centered on work, we were able to enjoy some of the sites as well. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge was beautiful, and I love the “selfie” that Ben, Kim, Allen and I took there. It is a fun picture and it was a great experience overall. I’m happy was able to share that with Allen and Kim because the three of us had never visited New York! (see the pictures here: http://on.fb.me/1okno3L)