Several Chefs from Select Registry properties have been featured in the cookbook, Chefs of the Mountains: Recipes from Western North Carolina. The cookbook, which was published in late 2012, was recently nominated for Best Cookbook by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.
Author John E. Batchelor sought out chefs who are creating culinary masterpieces in the mountains of Western North Carolina for his book. He interviewed each of the 40 chefs featured to explore their cooking philosophies, culinary influences and personalities. Interesting and entertaining information from these interviews are included in the book, followed by recipes these renowned chefs are growing famous for.
Select Registry inns and their featured chefs:
Marianne Blazar is both chef and co-owner of The Orchard Inn in Saluda. She expertly blends fresh local ingredients with European-inspirations to create delicious and healthful menus at the inn. In addition, guests can enjoy their meal in the glassed-in porch overlooking the gardens and in full view of the mountain landscape.
You can enjoy a delicious, gourmet breakfast and elegant, relaxed dinner prepared by Keith Davis at The Swag Mountaintop Inn. A luncheon prepared at the inn and carefully packaged into a brown bag, insulated thermal backpack or wooden picnic basket can be eaten nearly anywhere in the Waynesville area, thanks to the inn's picnic packing options.
Michael Foreman utilizes his training from Le Cordon Bleu and local, sustainable ingredients to create culinary masterpieces at the Restaurant G at The Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock. His ingredients include farm fresh produce and day-boat caught seafood from the Carolina Coast. For an even more enjoyable dining experience, visit the inn in the summer months when you can enjoy dinner on the inn's stone terrace.
Danielle Deschamps Stabler offers "slow food in a fast world" at the Mast Farm Inn every day of the week. It should come as no surprise that the Valle Crucis inn and Danielle were chosen for inclusion in the cookbook; they have been in the top 10 for the "Best Dish in North Carolina Award" in both 2010 and 2011. Danielle prepares every menu being mindful of the mountain region's heritage and with the highest quality natural ingredients.
However you choose to enjoy the cuisine of Western North Carolina, your visit to the area will best be enjoyed by staying at a distinctive Select Registry inn.