So, I was in the downtown Asheville restaurant on Valentine’s Day on the line testing out our new seasonal special – our Southern Chicken Piccata with Jumbo Shrimp and Lemon Cherry Pepper Cilantro Beurre Blanc. Whew, what a mouth full. Literally. But it is good. Really good.
At any rate, sitting in the restaurant were Seth Avett (one of the Avett Brothers) and his girlfriend Jennifer Carpenter, who is the beautiful girl on the television show “Dexter.” Seth and his brother Scott have spent a lot of time in Asheville doing recording at Echo Mountain Studio. They just played Morning Song on The Tonight Show as a matter of fact. It’s off their new album “The Magpie and the Dandelion.” Fantastic music.
I asked their server what they were eating and it turned out to be two vegetable plates. So I got the server to ask if they were vegetarians and if they weren’t would they like to try out my recipe I was working on for a possible menu special. Turns out they were game. So, I prepared the dish and brought it over to them. They liked it!
Seth said, “This has a little Asian flavor.” Good taste buds, Seth, because the chicken is marinated in a pineapple and soy sauce marinade before it’s cooked.
Fortunately, I had also made a batch of chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate truffles for Valentine’s so as I was leaving, I brought them a plate. I hope they enjoyed Tupelo and I hope they’ll be back soon. I also hope Scott and Seth keep on making really great music in Asheville.
Tupelo Honey Cafe Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus