Last week The King and Prince hosted an event for food writers featuring Georgia grown food. We invited ten vendors from around Georgia to speak about their products. It was a wonderful experience for all that participated. We learned the history behind the product and the means of production, but also what led each speaker to the industry. They even brought samples for everyone to try!
1. Flat Creek Lodge– Make their own traditional aritsan cheeses and much more. They have won numerous awards in cheese competitions throughout the country and it is made in Swainsboro, Georiga.
2. Thirteenth Colony Distilleries– Georgia’s only craft distillery. Their products are Plantation Vodka, Southern Gin, Southern Vodka and Southern Corn Whiskey. They also demonstrated delicious cocktails with their hand crafted spirits.
3. Savannah Bee– Beekeeper and owner Ted Dennard has been keeping bees since he was a child. He talked about his passion for honey and how he launched his business. Not only do they make pure delicious honey, but they also have a body care line including hand cream, soaps and lip balms made from honey!
4. Georgia Olive Growers– The attendees of the event had the pleasure of tasting olive oil from the first olive pressing in Georgia. This is the first harvest of olives on the east coast since the 1800s.
5. Lane Southern Orchards– They have been growing peaches for over a hundred years and have 2,500 acres of peach orchards! We learned all about harvesting peaches.
6. Sugar Marsh Cottage– Gourmet sweets and specialty confections made 30 minutes from St. Simons in Darien.
7. Still Pond Winery– They produce eleven types of Muscadine Wines. We learned about the health benefits of these wonderful wines.
8. Vidalia Onion– “America’s favorite sweet onion,” a crop that orginated in Georgia during the depression.
9. Wild Georgia Shrimp– Along with a sampling of shrimp, we heard about shrimping history, what makes the wild Georgia shrimp taste so good and why wild shrimp are better than farm raised shrimp.
10. St. Simons Sweets– A local sweets store right here on St. Simons makes their own sweets. We learned about the history of Georgia pecans.
As a part of our goal to transform to “Farm to Table” products in our Restaurant, we plan to highlight each of these Georgia products in our Restaurant for a week in the upcoming months.
*Photos courtesy of Christine & G.W. Tibbetts