Pepperfest 2014

2014 CHEFS


518-West – Chef Serge Falcoz-Vigne

518 West, an Italian restaurant in Raleigh, opened in 1996 and is located in the heart of Glenwood South, a short drive from the Raleigh/Durham Airport (RDU) and the Research Triangle. The menu is inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean and features locally grown ingredients whenever possible. We make our pasta on premise every day, and our delicious thin crust pizzas are baked in an Italian wood-fired oven. The menu features traditional Italian favorites, but we are best known for our creative pasta dishes, seasonal specials, fresh seafood, and hand-cut steaks. Enjoy your meal with a glass of wine from our extensive and affordable wine list and be sure to leave room for our incredible house-made desserts.




Angelina’s Kitchen – Angelina & Chili Shack John (Pepper King 2010 & 2012)

Angelina’s Kitchen works with local farmers to bring you seasonal sustainable food cooked from scratch with plenty of special touches from our Greek and New Mexican background. Our year round relationship with our local farmers fuels our kitchen and keeps us going. We have now branched into prepared food – look for our grab n go section at our shop and at Western Wake Farmers Market. We will be expanding and adding more markets – so stay tuned through FB and our website




Cackalacky – Page Skelton

Around the turn of the century, in our family’s tiny cottage kitchen in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we set out on a mission to create an extraordinary spiced condiment that is made with naturally delicious sweet potatoes – the uniquely Southern root that has the ability to “make bland and ordinary food taste better.” And, that’s exactly what we did. We called our original creation, “Cackalacky®.” (Pronounced “kak-uh-lak-ee”)




Natural Chef Program at Central Carolina Community College – Chef Gregg Ham

Locally sourced and sustainable meals prepared by CCCC students.







City Tap Bar – Lynette & Stephan

The City Tap is Pittsboro’s local watering hole. We feature 10 taps of all North Carolina brewed craft beer. We are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, featuring local produce, homemade soups, Boars Head meat and cheeses, and daily specials. We have live music in the evenings Thursday through Saturday and some Sundays. Please visit our website for details and like us on facebook “citytapbar” We look forward to meeting you, Cheers from The City Tap




Cottage Lane Kitchen – Samantha Swan

Founded in 2011, Cottage Lane Kitchen’s intention is to bring flavor to food without overpowering it. Condiments to compliment different dishes, cooking styles and palates are the main focus of the business. Our mission is to relish the world and entice tastebuds with ‘happy heat’!

The company’s flagship product, ‘Get Me A Switch’, a sassy yet sweet, pepper relish, was launched in October 2011. This relish is based on a heirloom recipe passed down from the founder’s great grandmother in the 19th century; to be refined by her grandfather in the 20th, perfected by her father and updated by her in the 21st. The name, ‘Get me a Switch’, acknowledges its southern heritage with spirit and describes the switching of the relish’s flavor from sweet to heat. It is made with jalapeno and serrano peppers and goes well with a variety of foods. It is made from all natural, locally sourced ingredients with no preservatives and is gluten free.




Fearrington Granary – Colin Bedford, Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef

Serving fresh, innovative menus by Chef Colin Bedford for lunch, brunch, and dinner in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Full bar, local craft beers and a broad selection of wines.






Fiction Kitchen – Chef Caroline Morrison

The Fiction Kitchen’s goal is to not only prepare inspiring and beautiful vegan and vegetarian cuisine but also to support the community, local growers, bakers, brewers and artists in order to provide a vibrant culinary experience. The Fiction Kitchen is located at 428 S. Dawson Street and open evenings, Tuesday-Saturday, as well as Sunday brunch. Come experience a local food revolution!




Galloway Ridge – Chef Michael Ahern

Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is a senior retirement community located just 8 miles outside of Chapel Hill. It opened in 2005 as the premiere retirement community in the Triangle offering “Lifecare” to its residents.

Our community offers several dining venues and menu selections for our residents and their guests to enjoy. We also offer full service catering menu options to outside groups for meeting space needs in our Auditorium.




Glasshalfull – Chef Mickey

Glasshalfull is the friendly, optimistic restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop in the heart of downtown Carrboro. You can meet your friends for a delicious lunch or dinner of skillfully prepared, contemporary American cuisine, browse the wine shop for an intriguing bottle to take home for dinner, or just relax at the beautiful marble bar with a spicy margarita or frosty craft beer. Glasshalfull is a neighborhood destination dedicated to providing our customers with tasty, healthful food from local producers, a world-wide spectrum of delicious wines in your glass, and the conviviality of friends greeting friends.




Green Planet Catering – Chef Christi Preddy

Green Planet Catering is an award winning, sustainable caterer specializing in great tasting, locally sourced food and drink. We strive to operate with a triple bottom line approach, within a closed loop system. Green Planet Catering creates waste free, eco friendly events through use of compostable serving ware, running our delivery van on biodiesel, and operating our own farm (with NCSU) from which we source produce for catered events. Green Planet works with local farmers to provide the freshest, seasonal products around! We are also a certified B-Corp and certified Green Plus.




La Residence – Chef John Gualtieri

La Residence takes pride in providing the freshest ingredients possible to our customers. We are dedicated to supporting local farmers and sustainable agriculture, which are highlighted in our seasonal menus.





Lilly Den Farm – Tucker & Mackenzie Withington

Our mission is to provide a wide variety of natural and locally raised meats for individuals and families to enjoy with the peace of mind knowing the meat was raised healthy and humanely.









Little Hen – Chef Regan Stachler

70 seat farm-to-table restaurant serving modern American cuisine using seasonal, organic ingredients in a fine dining setting.








Southern Kitchen – Chef Jay Pierce

Earnest food and hospitality in an upscale joint! Recreating the future of Piedmont cuisine from our collective past experiences with particular emphasis on locally produced ingredients.




Oakleaf – Chef Brendan Cox

Oakleaf, in Pittsboro, North Carolina serves seasonal, progressive cuisine with French and Italian influences and small production wines in the historic, stylish setting of a 1920s textile mill. The restaurant space is both grand and intimate. Exposed beams support the soaring, 25 foot ceiling. Huge windows line the brick walls on both the northern and southern sides of the space, bathing the reclaimed heart pine floors in light.Oakleaf is dedicated to seasonal cuisine and supports local farms and fishermen. Our menu changes frequently, depending upon the harvest brought to us each day by our farmers.




Provence – Chef de Cuisine Baptist Knaven

Chef Baptist came to the United States about 10 years ago and quickly earned his accolades at his successful Mediterranean restaurant “Café Zito” on the North Carolina coast until he made the decision to move to the Triangle and begin working at Provence. Working with Felix Roux, a Provence, France native, gave him the edge in classic French cuisine and that is what his menu is based on.

Enjoy a casual dining atmosphere with an impressive French and international wine selection. Enjoy our great seasonal salads and entrées, and choose from our all in-house made desserts like Pain Perdu and Chocolate Fondant.
The menu is changed daily, with seasonally available seafood and other specials, including salt encrusted whole fish!




P.G. Werth’s – Chef Jordan Keyser & Chef Hamm

Owner along with Chef de Cuisine Jordan Keyser prepare Blue Ridge Inspired favorites using locally grown foods. P.G. Werth’s is a division of Chef Hamm INC. Named after Chef Hamm’s inspirational Culinary instructor the late Dr. Patricia Guy Werth.



Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen – Chef Elizabeth Gibbs

Small Potatoes mobile kitchen is a brand new mobile food business operating in the Triad but available for on- farm dinners and pop up dinners near you. We specialize in soup subscriptions through out the year using local farm products. Our weekly offerings include a weekly special hearty salad, side and sandwiches of all types. Join us at the Pepper fest for a sample of our roasted pepper soup and another seasonal pepper specialty.
We run on biodeisel!!




Top of the Hill Restaurant – Chef Trey

Opened in 1996 to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating downtown Chapel Hill, the mission of Top of the Hill is to embody and enlarge Chapel Hill’s culture and heritage by providing independent, unique and innovative food and beverage.Top of the Hill has won dozens of “Best in the Triangle” awards. The Brewery has won scores of gold medals in international competitions and three of its beers – BlueRidge Blueberry Wheat, Rams Head IPA and Singleton Ale – have been recognized as the best example of their styles in the world.




Tribeca Tavern – Chef James Johnson

Locally owned. Features NC beers, and great Burgers. We’re a From-scratch kitchen. You can count on us for handcrafted flavors with a dash of homegrown flair. Settle in for relaxed dining amidst area images of days gone by and every day neighborhood moments and memories. Then, let your taste buds do the choosing from our thoughtfully designed menu with selections ranging from delectably health-conscious to decadently indulgent.




Vimala’s Curryblossom Café – Chef Vimala

We believe in making healthy, delicious food accessible to all people and we trust in our community’s commitment to food justice. We grow our community by engaging intentionally in the farm to fork process and living our vision of creative resiliency.
We bring our community together with love, warmth and hospitality over delicious, healthy food. We prioritize worker, environmental, and social justice; accessibility through affordability; and sustainability at every level. We pay a living wage.
Our producers are local, our investors local, and our long-term goals are about transforming the local economy. We source our produce and meat from nearby family farms; organize our workplace around joy and liberation; honor the land and our relationship to it; and practice interdependence with other organizations and small businesses who share our values.





Carolina Brewery 

Carolina Brewery is a locally owned brewery and restaurant that has drawn international attention for its handcrafted beers, all brewed in-house by Director of Brewing Operations, Jon Connolly, and his team. Founded in Chapel Hill in 1995, Carolina Brewery is the fifth oldest brewery in North Carolina. A second brewpub, Carolina Brewery & Grill, opened in Pittsboro in 2007, greatly expanding the company’s brewing and wholesale sales capacity. The Carolina Brewery is committed to featuring North Carolina and local products whenever possible.



Crude Bitters & Soda

Crude Bitters & Sodas was started in 2012 with a DIY attitude and the thought that delicious cocktails and soft drinks could be improved upon. Each bitters and soda flavor is hand-made by human hands utilizing only the finest ingredients and careful attention.Crude Sodas are old-fashioned fountain sodas served via draft. The flavors are unique and crafted to be savored purely on their own, sweetened with a perfect balance of natural sugars. High fructose corn syrup is wrong and should not be in your soda pop. Crude Bitters are crafted from 100% maceration in alcohol, with no chemicals or dyes. Bitters are used to enhance a cocktail, give a slight edge to the nightcap, and bitters made with glycerin can leave your drink in ruin.





100% of our coffee is Organic, Fair Trade, and Shade Grown. This means the people we source our coffee from nurture the environment for their kids’ futures. This approach to farming also yields superior coffee beans. Everyone wins! Our approach to roasting is a CRAFT. Our one-of-a-kind slow-roasting style is part science, part art. Developed to bring out every wonderful note of flavor in every coffee bean. It’s one of the reasons our coffee has an ardent following and tastes so good.




Mystic Bourbon Liqueur

Mystic Bourbon Liqueur, a sweetened, spiced bourbon, is the work of Blitz, a Durham lawyer, and Sinclair, a Cary software engineer. They bonded over a mutual love of spirits, and this liqueur is their first foray into the liquor business. As it turns out, making a liqueur is easier than distilling their own bourbon. Their liqueur is bourbon blended with wildflower honey and a mixture of nine different spices, including anise, cardamom, vanilla and black peppercorn.




Regulator Brewing Company

Regulator Brewing Company is committed to the support of local farms, the spirit of rebellion, and, of course, great beer. The Regulator Movement in pre-Revolutionary North Carolina fought for small farmers’ right to participate fairly in the local economy. Not only do we support this standard, we believe that products grown by local farms are better for us and better for our beer. Our values include: Procure at least 75% of ingredients from local farms—Build a business that reinvests in the local community—Produce a consistent, quality product in tune with local tastes.




Steel String Brewery

Steel String brews high quality ales by adapting aggressively hopped American styles to the North Carolina vernacular. The North Carolina craft beer movement is growing in Carrboro. Steel String beer is always fresh, brewed 10 feet away from where it is served in our taproom. Our 7 barrel brewing system allows us to create the beers we are passionate about and consistently provide new offerings to our followers.




TOPO Distillery

TOPO Organic Spirits at our facility in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We are the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the South. Our vodka, gin, whiskey are world-class, award-winning selections that celebrate making great spirits from the finest ingredients available right here in our home state.






Yesteryears Brewery

Next-door to Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro serving some of the best IPAs, Saisons, Stouts,lagers and many more around. Great Beers! Great Friends! Great Memories!




518 West – NC grits and pepper, house made italian sausage, bacon tobago jam (contains dairy)
Angelina’s Kitchen – green chili frito pie (contains wheat)
Cackalacky – pork rinds w/ original Cackalacky® Spice Sauce and new Cackalacky® Cheerwine Sweet Sauce. Plus, spiced nuts, too. (spicy hot!)
Natural Chef Program at CCCC
Cottage Lane Kitchen – spicy pepper relish on cream cheese and crackers
Fearrington Granary –Fiction Kitchen – FILO cup with smoked tobego chow chow, roasted an Anahaim, potato and cream cheese mash, with optional Tabasco hot sauce (Spicy hot! Vegan)
Galloway Ridge – peach Habanero jam and Tobago – Carolina Reaper raspberry jam over pimiento cheese (spicy hot!)
Glasshalfull – Pepper Soup with Sweet Corn and Shrimp (contains shellfish)
La Residence
Lilly Den Farm – Lilly Den Sausage, pepper and onion sliders (contains wheat)
Little Hen – Green chili with pork and beans
Provence – fire roasted pepper and goat cheese soup (contains dairy)
P.G. Werth’s – Pepper Grit Cake w/Smoked & Braised Pork (contains dairy and eggs)
Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen – Roasted pepper soup and marinated pepper socca (vegetarian, contains eggs)
Top of the Hill Restaurant – carved roast beef with pepper condiments (spicy hot!, contains wheat)
Tribeca Tavern – Peppered Polenta, pepper vinegar seasoned shredded peppered confit pork with pepper jelly (spicy hot! contains dairy)
Vimala’s Curryblossom Café – dal and rice with pepper chutneys (vegan)




Bennett Farming – Margo Bennett

“Want to know where your food comes from and who is growing it? Are you ready for your own “personal” farmer? Bennett Farming can ease your mind about how the produce you eat is grown.

We are proud to be a part of the Chatham County sustainable farming community using the most environmentally responsible methods and materials. All fertilizers and soil amendments are made by Mother Nature. We control weeds by hand pulling and mulching. Our irrigation system incorporates a rain catchment system.

We know that great meals start with fabulous ingredients. There’s nothing better than fresh seasonal produce delivered from the farm direct to you. What is picked fresh from our gardens in the morning can be served on your table for dinner.”



Fiddlehead Farm – Emily and David Boynton

Fiddlehead Farm is a small 5 acre farm in Pittsboro, NC. “We sell baked goods and preserves made with love (and the best local and organic ingredients we can find!) and a small but mighty selection of vegetables grown using the best sustainable practices.”You can find them Saturday mornings at either the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market or Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market.

Their products include:
*Breads, baked goods and granola using locally milled organic grains.
*Jams, marmalades and jellies cooked in copper pots using the best local and/or organic ingredients.
*Hot sauces and salsas made with our own peppers and tomatoes along with other fine local ingredients.
* A variety of dried pepper mixes, some combined with sea salt and dried local herbs.
In addition to the value added products, in season we sell herbs, tomatoes, and a wide variety of hot peppers.



Granite Springs – Meredith Leight

Granite Springs Farm is located 6 miles north of Pittsboro, NC off Highway 87 in Chatham County.

“We are a Market Garden and CSA, growing vegetables and mushrooms without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. We sell fresh eggs from our happy hens raised on pasture. We also supply produce to several local restaurants.”

Find them at Pittsboro Farmers’ Market and Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market, and learn about their CSA.



The Farm at Penny Lane

The Farm at Penny Lane (FPL) provides holistic therapeutic services as well as fresh food to individuals with disabilities living in the Triangle area. At FPL, we seek to treat the whole person, supplementing traditional therapies with services that address the mind, body and spirit. In this way, individuals living with disabilities can heal and recover in order to live rich and fulfilling lives within the larger community.



Dog Day Farm – Wilma Schroeder

Dog Day Farm is nestled in the rolling hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont in Siler City. Founded in 2010, we produce a growing array of fruits and vegetables–many of them heirloom, all of them excellent varieties! Culinary herbs and flowers for cutting, adorn the garden.



Screech Owl’s Greenhouses – Screech

Screech Owl Greenhouses produces fresh, hydroponically-grown, pesticide free produce all year. The hothouses (greenhouses that are heated in the winter) are run with used motor oil, and we also use rain water to irrigate our crops. The greenhouses are open for sales on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 3-6. Screech sells at several of the local Farmer’s Markets, including the Pittsboro (Thursday, 3:30-6:30) and and Western Wake markets (Saturday mornings). In winter, we are at the market at Angelina’s Kitchen, Thursday from 5-7. If you need produce or have any questions about our operation, feel free to call us at 919 389 8643.
Plus many more!