Under the watchful eye of Georgia's Grand Dame, Executive Chef Holly Chute of the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Georgia Grown program, each of these young superstars will be reinterpreting Southern summer classics in fresh and exciting ways.
The chefs include Duane Nutter of One Flew South, E.J. Hodgkinson of King and Duke, Nick Leahy of Saltyard, Savannah Haseler of Twain's, Matthew Roher of The Landings Club, and Roberto Leoci of 700 Drayton. Renowned Georgia mixologist Julian Goglia will round out the Southern dream team.
"Georgia is a treasure trove of fresh flavors in July," Chute explains "Our chefs don't have to look far for inspiration... most of them have relationships with local farmers, so they're serving produce and proteins that are as fresh as it gets."
700 guests will be treated to summer favorites such as fried chicken, barbecue, blueberry and watermelon salad, Summer slaw, roasted sweet potatoes and... of course... peach cobbler. "We're bringing the best of the best" Chute emphasized, adding that her local poultry, Springer Mountain Farms, was just named best-tasting chicken by Cooking Light Magazine. "Plus we'll be cooking on the (Georgia-based) Big Green Egg... so the whole waterfront should be treated to a mouth-watering, smoky aroma."
The Taste of Georgia is being produced by Georgia's Gumbo Marketing and hosted -- as part of the cookout NYC series -- by Jimmy Carbone's Food Karma Projects. This years' sponsors include Big Green Egg, Springer Mountain Farms, Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Grown.
About Georgia Grown:
The Georgia Grown program is a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The organization’s No. 1 goal is to aid agricultural economies by bringing together producers, processors, suppliers, distributors, retailers, agritourism and consumers in one powerful, statewide community. They exist to help new agribusinesses grow, and established agribusinesses thrive. For more information please visit https://www.georgiagrown.com/ and connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/georgiangrown, on Twitter @GeorgiaGrown, and on Instagram @IAmGeorgiaGrown.
About Springer Mountain Farms:
Springer Mountain Farms® is a Mt. Airy, Georgia-based poultry producer that raises 100% antibiotic, steroid and hormone free chickens on family-owned farms. As the first poultry company in America to be recognized by the American Humane Association for the humane treatment of chickens, Springer Mountain Farms chickens are raised on pesticide-free vegetarian diets, and all aspects of the animal care from egg to processing are developed and inspected to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare and optimal taste. Springer Mountain Farms promises the healthiest, most flavorful and top quality chickens on the market. To learn more about Springer Mountain Farms®, visit m.springermountainfarms.com and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SMFchicken, on Twitter @SMFchicken and on Instagram at @SMFchicken.