Well, there's a restaurant I hear that's just about that sweet in Asheville, NC (one of my favorite places) called the Tupelo Honey Cafe. They have a great menu designed by Chef Brian Sonoskus a 2001 graduate of Johnson and Wales. He has created an incredible Southern Fusion menu that has my mouth watering. How could you pass up a dessert like Brown Butter Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean and Caramel Sauce. Honestly, that just sounds sinful and beyond delicious. Chef Brian also has come up with some delectable sides and main dishes that meld the best in Southern food with international cuisine. How about some Appalachian Egg Rolls featuring pulled pork tossed in smoked jalapeno barbeque sauce rolled with braised greens, pickled onions and shredded carrots served with Dijon and smoked jalapeno barbeque dipping sauces and a garnish of seasonal greens? Doesn't that sound incredible?
Maybe this is more your style: Root Beer Molasses Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Green Apple Salsa. A succulent pork tenderloin takes on the wonderful hints of sassafras and sorghum with its marinade. It’s served with green apple salsa, smoked jalapeno barbecue sauce, smashed sweet potatoes and garnished with asparagus spears. Wow!
But here's the fun part. You have an opportunity to impress Chef Brian with your own creativity. Tupelo Honey Cafe is sponsoring a contest this holiday season where you can submit your own recipe(s) to see if they can make Chef Brian's mouth water! They have three categories: sides, desserts, and leftovers. To enter the contest just go to the Tupelo Honey Cafe Holiday Recipe Contest on their site and follow the directions.
Now here's the fine print, courtesy the good folks at Tupelo Honey Cafe:
The ‘Tupelo Honey Cafe - Holiday Recipe Contest!’
At Tupelo Honey Cafe, we’re dedicated to marrying Southern tradition & ingenuity with vibrant, refashioned flavors. We currently serve two locations in Asheville, NC. A third Tupelo Honey Cafe opens this month in Knoxville, TN, and an additional location is slated to open in fall of 2013 in Johnson City, TN!
With the holiday season fast approaching, we’d love to see what fantastic festive fare you can come up with!
Do your tasty recipes have what it takes to impress Tupelo top-chef Brian Sonoskus? This holiday season we're accepting creative and flavorful holiday-inspired recipes in three categories:
The Holiday Recipe Contest runs from October 1st through November 16th, and all entries will be judged by Chef Brian Sonoskus and his hungry team of taste-testers! The three winners will be announced on December 3rd, each receiving a $200 gift card to be used at the Tupelo Honey Cafe Online Store, or at one of our restaurants.
Each week during the contest a drawing will also be held where one lucky participant will win a copy of our cookbook: Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen.
We can’t wait to see what delicious holiday helpings you’ve shared with us!
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