Daily Archives: September 14, 2015

foodie b’eat: Help a Local Chef Advance to the Top 16 in a National Competition!

September is National Breakfast Month. And two of the Triad’s most beloved chefs will represent their cities in Thomas’ Breads Hometown Breakfast Battle. This isn’t necessarily a “local” purveyor of goods, but it’s fun and a way for you to support our local chefs. Let’s get all the nooks and crannies, shall we?

Greensboro Chef Chris Blackburn from Scrambled and Winston-Salem Chef John Bobby from A Noble Grille (yes, that’s the right new name)  will represent their towns in Hometown Breakfast Battle – a national chef recipe competition featuring 135 chefs from 135 cities across the country who will battle it out to create America’s best breakfast in honor of the 135th Anniversary of the Thomas’ brand. 

         Chris Blackburn Headshot_Greensboro                John Bobby Headshot_Winston-Salem
Chef Chris Blackburn                                              Chef John Bobby

Each chef has created one locally inspired recipe using a variety of Thomas’ iconic English Muffins and Bagels and added some local flair to breakfast – the most important meal of the day. Chef Chris Blackburn’s take is a Brown Butter Charred Thomas’ English Muffin Sandwich,

Chris Blackburn Recipe_Greensboro

while Chef John Bobby created the Cheezy McSqueezy.  

John Bobby Recipe_Winston-Salem
Go check out their dishes and the recipe and get recipes from all over the country to make your breakfast something special. 

Beginning TODAY, September 14, YOU, foodies,  will have just two weeks to vote online at ThomasBreakfastBattle.com to ensure your (OUR) favorite chef makes it into the next round of competition that narrows the pool from 135 to the top 16!

You can vote every day, but only 16 will advance. 

So check them out, visit ThomasBreakfastBattle.com and vote for your favorite. 

Chef John Bobby’s Recipe Page or …

Chef Chris Blackburn’s Recipe Page

I should have a couple of photos to post on here so that you can see the chef and dishes, but use those links, foodies, and vote vote vote!

Kristi

foodie b’eat: Big News! Jay Pierce Returns to Greensboro

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Foodies!

Jay. Pierce. Is. Coming. Back!

Best news ever!

I spoke with Marty Kotis this weekend and Jay Pierce gave me additional details about what is really an exciting opportunity for chef and really, foodies, we’ll ALL benefit!

After a brief stint with Rocksalt in Charlotte, Pierce, who formerly worked for Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, has been lured back to Greensboro to become Executive Chef of The Marshall Free House, a UK-inspired Gastropub and flagship restaurant for the Marty Kotis company, Kick Ass Concepts. In case you missed our blog review about MFH, check it out here. 

Pierce will begin his new role on September 22 at MFH, but Kotis says the chef will eventually oversee all of the restaurants in the group, including Darryl’s Wood-fired Grill, Burger Warfare and Pig Pounder Brewery. Kotis says, “We’re really excited to be able to convince him to come back to our area. Jay will be able to offer his team members the opportunity to grow and move up within the company with what we are doing in Greensboro, as well as any expansion in other cities.” That means Pierce will be involved in future projects as well, including  a couple of new concepts that Kotis has up his sleeve, like the new beer garden and speakeasy that will be located near the Railyard in Downtown Greensboro and an Argentine Restaurant & Tapas spot called the Vineyard Grill, which will be located behind the Village Tavern off of Battleground Avenue. Kotis is also toying around with the idea of a savory biscuit place, also in the newly dubbed “Midtown” area. In the future, Kotis says we should also see Pierce overseeing an anticipated Midtown Farmers Market, an urban-type outdoor market featuring local produce and provisions….

Read the rest of the story here.

We’ll keep you posted Foodies. And be sure to check out YES! Weekly again on Wednesday for the full story.

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