From the Kitchen - Chef and the Farmer

Saturday Tasting, 2/28/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

Castillo Perelada Cava, Spain
Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)
“Pale yellow color. Good bubble detachment. Thanks to its aging, it has developed a fine aroma with fruit hints. It’s well-balanced structure, elegance, and sensorial richness form an unmistakable personality.”

www.perelada.com

2012 Chardonnay, Medlock Ames, Russian River Valley
Saturday Only $34.19 (regular $37.99)

“Bright floral aromatics and hints of slate and minerality are nicely balanced by subtle richness of French oak and spice. Candied hazelnut on the finish. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.” www.medlockames.com

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Medlock Ames, Alexander Valley
Saturday Only $53.99 (regular $71.99)

“This wine opens with beautiful and powerful aromatics. Filled with red fruits, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe cherry, strawberry, and a touch of cranberry flavors. A tiny percentage of Malbec and Petit Verdot provide the accent notes, while the Merlot lends additional structure. The subtle oak component reflects the wine’s balance and bold structure with nicely managed tannins.” www.medlockames.com

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/21/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

Broadbent Vinho Verde, Portugal
Saturday Only $12.59 (regular $13.99)
Varietals: Loureiro, Trajadura, & Paderna. This white shows floral fruit, lime, and green freshness on the nose and palate. Overall, it’s lightly fizzy and possessed of zippy acidity. -www.Broadbent.com-

Broadbent Bingo Verde Rose
Saturday Only $13.49 (regular $14.99)

Varietals: Borracal, Espadeiro, Amaral, Vinhao. This lightly pressed rose delivers flavors of crisp watermelon, tart strawberry, white pepper, lemon zest, and that classic fun fizz that made Vinho Verde famous. -www.Broadbent.com-

Quinta de La Rosa Ruby, Portugal
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

Traditional Port varietals: Touriga, Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tints Barroca, and Tints Roriz. Showing beautiful deep ruby colour of forward fruit, full bodied with a long dry finish. The slight dry finish is typical of Last Rosa’s house style. -www.quintadelarosa.com-

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/14/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

NV Ugni Blanc/Columbard, Jacques Pelvas Brut, Blanc De Blancs, Provence, France
Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)
Pale yellow color, complex nose with delicious bouquets of citrus fruits (lemon and grapefruit), other fruits (peach) and, small white flowers. Fresh mouth with moderate acid, a very harmonious wine with good persistence.

2012 Grenache Blanc, Groundwork, Paso Robles
Saturday Only $26.09 (regular $28.99)

“Medium yellow straw. Aromas of stone fruit, dried flowers and wild herbs. Unctuous on the palate with minerals and notes of dried mango, honeycomb and earth, finishing long with thick extract.”

-A Sans Liege Winery Project www.sansliege.com

2011 Merlot/Cab Sauv/Sangiovese, Rocca Di Frassinello, Poggio alla Guardia, Toscana, Italy
Saturday Only $31.49 (regular $34.99)

“The entry level wine for the Rocca di Frassinello project, Poggio all a Guardia is a wine with a stung character that is still easy to drink. The native Sangioveto (Sangiovese) and the international varietals Cabernet and Merlot are blended together to realize an ideal Italian-French wine. Nose of red fruits. Fresh and rounded with good persistence.”

-Imported By: Vias Imports www.viaswine.com

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/7/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2013 Gruner Veltliner, GroBer Satz, Kremstal, Austria
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

Harvest by hand, Fermentation under controlled temperature in a stainless steel tank. Light green-yellow color, fruity, like yellow fruits. Mineral and juicy taste with a lively acidity, fresh and animated.  A versatile food companion for the classic and modern kitchen! Goes well with white meats like chicken or turkey, grilled fish, seafood, light pasta, as well as salads and fresh vegetables.

2013 Cabernet Franc, Les Epinats, Saumur, Lorie Valley, France
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

This Cabernet Franc uses grapes from a single vineyard that is abundant with silex, giving the wine a dense backbone of minerality. A lovely transparent ruby color in the glass, with delicate aromas of violets. Bright and lively on the palate, with a hint of cherries and licorice. Just enough grip and a supremely balanced finish:  this wine really offers bang for your buck.

Clan! Destino, Birra Vivente, Piedmont, Italy
Saturday Only $12.59 (regular $13.99)

Hazy pale golden colour. Inch-thick white fluffy head, good retention, leaves snowflake-shaped lacing. Aroma of straw, yellow apple, citrus, honey, almonds. Medium/light body, average carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet and ’dusty’ taste initially, that turns drier and ends with a solid bitterness, well-balanced overall. Lasting citrus-dry aftertaste.

 

Saturday Tasting, 1/31/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2013 Pinot Grigio, Poggiobello, Friuli, Italy
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

This Pinot Grigio is yellow in color. There is a variety of elegant fruit and floral notes on the nose. It is well-structured and full-bodied on the palate with a fruity finish. Pairs well with pasta Bolognese, eggplant parmigiana, cold cuts, and Tuscan fennel.

2012 Malbec, Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina
Saturday Only $29.69 (regular $32.99)

The 2012 Malbec is a blend of three vineyards from Medrano, one from Lujan, one from Gualtallary (the highest altitude) and one from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. There is a short fermentation (7 days) but it resulted in a very dark-colored, ripe wine with aromas of blackberries, a touch of red fruit, and hints of smoke and spices.

2011 Merlot, Deep Sea, Paso Robles, California
Saturday Only $31.04 (regular $34.49)

2011 Merlot shows classic leather and cedar notes followed by a hint of cherry cola and vanilla. This wine starts off subtle, but is quick to show bold tannins that complement the red fruit flavors.

 

Saturday Tasting, 1/24/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2012 Rieslaner Spatlese, Keller, Rheinhessen, Germany
Saturday Only $42.29 (regular $46.99)

Intense white flowers, citrus, apricots & grapefruit. Also some ripe apples that take away some of the freshness from the impression. Quite a lot of residual sugar on the palate, which is balanced by high acidity that really gets the salivary glands going.

www.vomboden.com

2007 Pinot Noir Trocken, Koehler-Utrecht, Pfalz, Germany
Saturday Only $24.29 (regular $26.99)

Light garner color. Volatile, red cherries with underlying earth/leafy noted. Fairly woody aromas. Moderate plus acidity with moderate tannins, and short finish. Perhaps a little green in the mouth. Wonderful food wine.

www.louisdressner.com

Foggy Ridge Handmade Cider, Virginia
Saturday Only $11.70 (regular $13.00)

“This cider is characterized by apple and tropical fruit aromas. The entry is soft and supple with a full round mouthfeel underpinned by apple, peach and pineapple flavors. The finish is smooth yet crisp.”

www.foggyridgecider.com

 

Saturday Tasting, 1/17/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

Degli Ultimi Prosecco Extra Dry, Conegliano, Italy – Saturday Only $17.09 (regular $18.99)
Based around flavours of grapefruit, pear and hints of lemon zest, there is also a nice degree of persistence and a forthright, prickling mousse. Not the creamy off-dry style of Prosecco that has traditionally been produced, this “Sanguefreddo” gives history a modern twist.
Jacques Pelvas Brut, Blanc De Blanc, France – Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)
Complex nose with delicious bouquets of citrus fruits (lemon and grapefruit), of fruits (peaches) and, small white flowers. In mouth, straight attack and a lot of freshness; a very harmonious wine with good persistence. An excellent aperitif wine. 80 % Ugni-Blanc – 20% Colombard
Dr. Loosen Riesling Sekt, Germany – Saturday Only $18.44 (regular $20.49)
Fresh and fun and made with 100% Riesling, this bubbly goes down very easy. Fresh lively fruit – apples and citrus are layered with ginger and honey flavours. Nice acidity and a kiss of sweetness – very clean.

Saturday Tasting, 1/10/15

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

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2013 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc
Saturday Only $22.04 (regular $24.49)

This chardonnay is charming and unoaked with a crisp and vibrant character – it is described as “the perfect weekend white. Imported by: Kermit Lynch

2013 Clos de La Roilette, Fleurie, Beaujolais
Saturday Only $27 (regular $29.99)

“Twenty-five to thirty-three year old vines and terroir composed mainly of clay and manganese covers 22 acres of one of the best plots in the Beaujolais Crus in the village of Fleurie at Clos de la Roilette. This wine has a rich, full mouth with aromas of cassis, black cherries, and a nutty character that finishes with zesty acidity. This wine also ages gracefully and takes on the aromatic character of a Pinot Noir. Imported by: Louis/Dressner


2008 Château du Levant, Sauternes, Bordeaux
Saturday Only $21.59 (regular $23.99)

Sauternes is one of the most famous regions for sweet wines in the world and this wine is balanced with fresh flavors of apricot and citrus along with hints of caramel, vanilla, and cream. Fantastic acidity complements the sweet fruits leaving the palate refreshed.

 

Employee Highlights, Volume 12

In this edition of our Employee Highlights, meet Richard – a chemist turned foodie that found his way here to us at Chef & the Farmer!

Share with us a little about your background, your interests, and how it all brought you here!

My interest in local, fresh food really goes all the way back to my childhood.  Growing up my family grew most of our own food including, not only a huge garden, but raising pork and poultry.  So the farm-to-table work of producing food was just part of life from the time I was old enough to help in the garden.

Once I grew up, went away to school, and got married, there was a period where I wasn’t able to do much gardening, but my wife was home with our children, and she started baking bread and working toward a whole food diet for our family.  From that came an interest on both of our parts in preparing delicious and nutrient rich food.

At this point in my life I was interested in changing careers from industrial chemist to chef, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to volunteer on Saturday nights at a local fine dining establishment to assist the young chef.  This restaurant was much like The Chef and the Famer in that it featured local produce and meats and served up a sophisticated cuisine.  I became the Saturday night salad maker and got very good at cutting up vegetables quickly and assembling quite impressive salads of all kinds.

By this time, my wife and owned land for gardening, so a garden—this time organic—came back into my life.  I had an opportunity to work and learn at another fine restaurant in Charlotte doing whatever was needed, whether that was chopping 20 pounds of onions or assisting the chef.  About this time, too, our son was working his way through Appalachian State at an Italian restaurant with an excellent wine list, so with him I began to learn about wine and added that to my list of avid culinary interests.

Eventually my industrial chemist career came to an end when my company closed the plant where I worked.  Finding myself unemployed, I went to work at Olive Garden (with two of my teenaged children) and worked part time as a server.  There I had some opportunities to assist and train in the kitchen and learn about the corporate restaurant business—very different from the small, fine dining restaurants where I had worked before.

By now I had spent a number of years watching chefs and restaurant managers work 12 to 14 hour days 5 or 6 days a week, and I reconsidered that type of career for myself.  However I found that I had fallen in love with restaurant culture—lots of interesting and slightly crazy people seem to gravitate toward restaurants and have a grand time together, and I fit right in—even though I was old enough to be the father of most of my colleagues.

The final step in my career before Chef and the Farmer was as manager of a natural foods cooperative market in Indiana.  When that job opened, I thought, “I’ve been eating whole foods for a long time.  It seems like the right job for me.”  There I found that I was good at retail management—which frankly surprised me.

What brought me to Eastern North Carolina was the lady I love and have loved for a long time.  She got a job here, and we moved together.  At first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do regarding employment, but my wife and I came to the Chef and the Farmer.  I thought, “This is the right spot for me.”  I came in, applied, and got hired on the spot.  I’ve been here for about 2 and a half years now, mostly working in the wine shop.  Recently though I have been working on developing a system for determining the cost of recipes along with analysis of the numbers aspect of the restaurant.  It’s a perfect fit with my interests and experience:  farming, whole foods, Southern cuisine, wine, restaurant culture, and fiddling with numbers.  What’s not to love?

 

Saturday Tasting, 1/3/15

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

2011 Maldonado Chardonnay, Parr Vineyard, Sonoma County
Saturday Only $43.19 (regular $47.99)

The color is reminiscent of golden apples while offering up aromas of vanilla, pear, candied lemon peel, maple, and a hint of barrel spice. A creamy entrance with subtle minerality and a bright, spicy finish.

www.maldonadovineyards.com

2012 Maldonado Pinot Noir, Parr Vineyard, Sonoma County
Saturday Only $43.19 (regular $47.99)

Dark violet in the glass with aromatics of white pepper, anise, fennel, figs and black berries mixed with hints of wild game. Gives an opulent, velvety mouth feel.

www.maldonadovineyards.com


2013 Palama Arcangelo Rosato, Salento, Puglia, Italy
Saturday Only $12.59 (regular $13.99)

100% Negroamaro from vines that are over a decade old, Arcangelo Rosato is the estates mid-range rose, and it is bright, lush, and succulent. Bursting with aromas of wild strawberries, this wine has a rich sunset complexion and ringing acidity that carries loads of minerality and fresh fruit.
Small Vineyard Imports: www.enjoysmall.com