As many of you may know, Rabun County was named the “Farm-to-Table Capital of Georgia” this year. That new title has given validity to what has already been going on in the area – purchasing from local farms by our local chefs. Northeast Georgia Farm to School has been lucky to have local chefs experienced with working with local farmers as part of the team. These chefs are constantly catering events like School Nutrition Director gatherings and community meetings, and have been an invaluable resource for teaching cooking lessons for kids and sharing recipes for cafeteria taste tests. This school year we are excited to add two chefs to the list!
Ben Findley, previous chef of The Laurel Bar, has replaced Ryan Spruhan as head chef at The Lake Rabun Hotel. Though we were sad to see Chef Ryan leave to Kansas City, as he was enthusiastic about being involved in farm to school events, we are excited to have Chef Ben as a new member of the team. He is a huge proponent of buying fresh local produce for his dishes, and you can always count on a yummy nutritious meal at his restaurant.
Tyler Williams is a new chef to the area. This year he moved from Atlanta, where he was the Executive Chef of Woodfire Grill, to Northeast Georgia to get more involved with the farm-to-table movement. He opened his restaurant, By Hand, on Lake Burton this summer where he makes gourmet pizza with all local ingredients. He has amazing plans for bringing fresh and delicious food to the area, and we can’t wait to have him be involved in the farm to school program.