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‘The Toughest in Business’

A message from Caroline Skinner, our Chief of Staff I read a quote yesterday describing restaurant entrepreneurs as some of the ‘toughest folks in business.’ With razor thin margins, endless competition, and an onslaught of ‘added services’ like 3rd party delivery that chip away as every profit dollar; restaurants are accustomed to fighting for their […]


Why We Serve Wild American Shrimp

We’re proud to serve wild-caught and sustainable wild american shrimp at all our locations. In addition to helping support the U.S. economy, wild-caught shrimp are significantly better for the environment! According to the World Wildlife Fund, farmed shrimp accounts for a whopping 55 percent of the shrimp produced globally. A steady stream of organic waste, chemicals […]


Food for Thought: Collard Greens

What are collard greens? Collard greens are a staple vegetable in authentic Southern cooking. A member of the cabbage family, they are similar in flavor and texture to kale. Collards are more resistant to frost than any other cabbage variety, making them easy to grow and harvest in mild Appalachian winters. They are incredibly nutrient-dense […]


Food for Thought: Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potato is a staple in our Southern kitchens! The state vegetable of North Carolina, sweet potatoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors (some are even purple!). They can be prepared dozens of different ways – fried, baked, topped with marshmallows, pureed into soup, and more. Keep reading to learn why […]


Food for Thought: Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a quintessentially Southern dessert, beloved by many for its delicately sweet flavor and modifiable recipe. But what makes this dessert a Southern staple? Bananas aren’t grown in the lower U.S. and Nilla Wafers (a traditional base for the dish) are sold internationally with the recipe right on the box. How did banana […]


Food for Thought: Hominy

What is hominy? Hominy is a staple in many Mexican & Southern recipes and used in many of our dishes at Tupelo. Hominy is simply corn kernels that have undergone a process called nixtamalization. The kernels are soaked in either lye or lime (the mineral, not the citrus) which causes them to puff up to […]


Food for Thought: Okra

What is Okra? Okra, also known as lady’s fingers or gumbo in certain regions, is a flowering plant in the mallow family (along with cotton and cacao). The plant is synonymous with its edible green seed pods. It thrives in warm climates, making it a favorite in many Southern recipes. The pods slightly resemble jalapeno […]


Food for Thought: Sorghum

What is Sorghum? Sorghum is a type of grain with a multitude of uses, making it one of the most versatile crops around. It grows tall like corn, and can be used for food, as animal fodder, in the production of alcoholic beverages, biofuels, and more. In fact, this super-grain is one of the top […]


Food for Thought: Watermelon Radish

At Tupelo Honey, we love using unique ingredients that are as eye-catching as they are delicious. One of our favorites is the watermelon radish! It’s beautiful coloring and mild flavor makes it the perfect addition to many of our dishes. What is a Watermelon Radish? A watermelon radish is an heirloom Chinese Daikon radish. It’s […]


Food for Thought: Burrata Cheese

Summer begs for lighter, fresher meals that don’t weigh you down. We’ve been loving the addition of burrata to some of our dishes for this reason. However, many people aren’t familiar with the little slice of heaven known as burrata. We’re here to explain your new favorite ingredient! What is Burrata? Burrata is a fresh, […]