Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quarter Spring Farm

In case you did not know the way to a chef's heart, it is through his stomach. A chef is always knee deep in organized chaos and if not, soon will be. Often, it is hard to take a few minutes to stop what you are doing and focus on something new. Well, JB with Quarter Spring Farm has first hand knowledge of this having done his time in restaurants. JB brings me one of his all natural, whole chickens and just says to try it. No long conversation I do not have time for, no complicated ordering process to go through, "just try it, let me know".  What he knew was that once I tried it, I would take the time to find out about ordering, price, and those other necessary, but boring details. The chicken spoke for itself you could say.

JB and his wife, Heather Bradley are the master minds and backs behind the delicious, pasture-raised, all natural chicken from Liberty, Tennessee. It does not stop at chicken either. The unique and old favorite produce has been an added bonus to tag onto a bird order. I must mention the Mexican sweet gherkins as probably one of the most popular items we have ever served in my 15 years here. They look like the world's smallest watermelon! The guests loved them, and they were not just cute but tasty too. I am just glad I did not have to pick them.

You can find Quarter Spring Farm at the Nashville Farmer's Market  and the Rutherford County Farmer's Market with not only chickens, but produce, eggs, and goat milk soap! The Nashville Farmer's market did a very nice story on our new friends.  You can get all the "juicy" details about them there or on their facebook page.

We have been using their whole broilers on our Stonehaus wine tasting dinner in the past couple of weeks, as well as, lunches for several of our corporate clients. There will be more local chicken dinners to come and JB has planted the seed so to speak about the fall garden that is on its way too. We look forward to a tasty, healthful relationship with Quarter Spring Farm for a long time to come.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese

There is obviously much to love about Evins Mill and its neighborhood for me to have passionately stayed around to create in the kitchen for the last, almost fifteen years. I must say that I do often daydream of the days traveling the world and trying foods and flavors that open your mouth and soul to brand new experiences. Luckily, these days you can order just about anything from around the world and have it to play with here in middle Tennessee. But some foods do not travel so well. Artisan cheese would have to be one of these. I have so many wonderful memories of the European, New Zealand, and Tasmanian cheeses paired with simple local produce, bread, and wine.

It is my good fortune, and yours, that Evins Mill now carries a growing variety of Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese! We happened upon Kenny's cheese through one of our other local partners, Northfield Vineyard. We purchased some, and now we're hooked! After a little research and figuring out the best way to get it here from Austin, Kentucky, we now have a variety of different styles and flavors of Kenny's cheese.

I will not be able to adequately list and describe the two dozen varieties of cheese they offer, but I can say that we have the Nena, Barren County Blue, Kentucky Blue, Brie, Kentucky Rose, Reserve Cheddar - and that they are each unique and amazing. Kenny's website is beautiful and informative, with a full list of their cheeses with descriptions, beverage pairings, and information about the beginnings and the care that goes into creating the perfect milk and then cheese. It is clear that the only thing easy about the process is our getting to enjoy this fabulous cheese.

We will be offering up our new found goodies on salads, cheese boards, and the like. Please take a look at Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, order some cheese, and come see me at Evins Mill smiling and daydreaming a little less now that we have some of the best cheese around!