Welcome to New York
Being invited to cook at the James Beard Foundation House in New York City is kind of a big deal. Some notable Greenville chefs — Greg McPhee (The Anchorage), Jason Scholz (both Stella’s), and Anthony Gray (Bacon Bros.) — have previously earned that distinction, but another rising star is making his way there next week. Chef Nick Graves from Restaurant 17 will be joining five other Southeastern chefs on May 31 for the annual Shepherd and Friends dinner featuring Border Springs Farm lamb as the star ingredient. Locally made Blue Ridge Creamery cheeses are also on the menu, and with Nick cooking, that likely means a bounty of local produce will accompany his dishes. Way to show up in the Big Apple, Greenville. Rumor has it this will also be the very first James Beard House dinner broadcast live on Facebook, so tune in to the JBF Facebook page at 7 p.m. to see our hometown boy throw down. If anybody wants to throw a viewing party, I’m in. And if by happenstance you’re in NYC and want to join the festivities, tickets are still available at jamesbeard.org.
Return of the Renegade
Chef Joe Clarke (of Vault & Vator and formerly of American Grocery) and his wife/sommelier sidekick Darlene are reviving their Renegade Vittles dinner club for a worthy cause on June 3, 2-5 p.m. Titled “Hipp-ster Bazaar: a Global Street Food Event, ” the soiree held in a secret location TBA the day before will feature bites from local chefs in order to raise money for Feed & Seed’s mission of promoting local food. Expect to take a culinary world tour, and the event is BYO, so come appropriately prepared. Tickets are $45 and available on eventbrite.com.
Your coffee dreams have come true
So at least once a day, someone on my social feed laments that coffee delivery doesn’t exist and wouldn’t it be nice to have that double coco-whip skinny caramel macchiato (I just made that up) delivered desk-side instead of the bad office drip variety. Or, even more often, stay-at-home moms of littles on a sleep boycott voice their need for caffeine delivery. (Now is not the time to recommend they make coffee at home… FYI). Waitr and Liquid Highway to the rescue. Now, you can order your favorite espresso bev from a local source via Waitr and have it delivered to your door. What a time to be alive. Download the Waitr app and marvel at all the other types of cuisine that can magically appear on your doorstep.
ICYMI from UBJ
Yee-Haw Brewing Co. in Keys Court next to CycleBar is so close to opening, finally, we can almost taste the award-winning Dunkel dark lager and the 24-hour brined and chargrilled wings on the menu. By the end of June, if all goes as planned, we’ll be sipping on 20 brews (not all at once, please) and munching via the brand-new restaurant concept Eats at Yee-Haw on the patio while the children run around and play yard games. Partner Joe Baker says it’s designed to be a family space, so plan to bring the whole clan and hang out for the day.