Moonshine—it’s what’s for breakfast. Well it may be once you try some of Shari Leavitt’s moonshine jelly.
Shari has been making and selling small-batch gourmet jellies from her Jackson County, West Virginia, farm for years. But her moonshine jelly is a recent addition.
Shari originally achieved notice among jelly aficionados with her Tea Jellies. Unusual flavors like Bengal Tea, Chocolate Tea, Lavender Tea, and Chai Tea stood out and gained a following. She also makes traditional fruit jams and jelly styles. Her The Leavitt Farm brand products are popular at specialty/fancy food retailers around West Virginia. Continue reading “Leavitt Farm puts moonshine on the breakfast table”
There is something so magically special about strawberry season in Appalachia. Rich, hill-country soils and micro-climates, the gardening savvy of accomplished growers, a sunny day in late May—all these combine to produce such a remarkable, ruby-red experience.
Appalachian chefs and restaurateurs are well represented among the list of James Beard Award semifinalists announced yesterday. Fifteen different Appalachian region chefs and restaurateurs made the cut.
The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in the United States. Eight Appalachian chefs and restaurants became semifinalists in 7 of the 11 national categories. Seven more made the cut for Best Chef in their respective geographic regions.
With so much focus on craft breweries and their latest and greatest brews, it is easy to overlook the important contribution to craft beer made by our restaurants and taverns. We owe buckets of appreciation to our favorite on-premise proprietors who help keep the masses up to date with the big bad world of craft beer. Continue reading “B&D Gastropub supports beer community”
The annual Cast Iron Cook-Off®returns to the Charleston, WV Marriott January 30-31, 2015. By incorporating events for professional chefs, amateur cooks, culinary students, and the general public, the cook-off becomes a fun weekend focused on the best in contemporary Appalachian cuisine. Continue reading “2015 Cast Iron Cook-off features Appalachian cuisine”
Swover Creek Farms officially opens its new farm brewery this Wednesday (Nov. 26) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The farm is located about six miles west of Edinburg, Virginia in rural Shenandoah County.
On tap will be a Blueberry Wheat and a Dark Cascadian Ale. The Blueberry Wheat features blueberries raised on the farm.
Farm owner Dave St. Clair, who also handles the brewing duties, says they are only able to open with two beers; however, he has more brews in their final conditioning stages, including a Black IPA, that will be available real soon.
I love to visit a farmers market this time of year here in Southern Appalachia, but I also know that the summer garden season is coming to an end.
Apple harvest is in full swing and cider production is well underway. Local wineries and cideries are busy places now. It will likely be a few months though before we get to taste the magic of the 2014 vintage, especially for the red wines and hearty ciders that need a good bit of time in the barrel to mature. Continue reading “September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest”