If you’ve been to PepperFest, you know how diverse the offerings can be… who knew you could make jalapeño ice cream or habañero infused vodka? How many things you could use to stuff inside a Tobago pepper? You’ll have as much fun tasting these dishes and drinks as the creators had making them.
PepperFest couldn’t happen without the dozens of creative concoctions dreamt up by our region’s best chefs, organic farmers, brewers, distillers and artisans.
2019 CHEFS and BEVERAGE-MAKERS!
Check these lists out often, as new chefs are added weekly!
CHEFS, RESTAURANTS & ARTISANS
Angelina’s Kitchen strives to offer healthy, affordable, in season and local food with a Greek and Southwestern flair for the folks of Chatham County. We work with farmers from around our area to bring you everything under the Chatham Sun. Come on by and taste the REAL local difference – food is always best when it comes from a farm nearby and is produced by real folks you know and love.
Beehive Yourself offers raw honey and hive products, mentorship and honeybee removal/relocation.
THE BELTED GOAT AT FEARRINGTON
The Belted Goat is Fearrington Village’s casual dining spot for lunch and dinner. We offer a delicious menu with salads, sandwiches, entrees and a host of small bites perfect for sharing. The Belted Goat serves our Fearrington blend coffee roasted on-site, perfect to pair with House-made baked goodies.
BIG SPOON ROASTERS
Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters and snack bars from scratch in Durham, NC. Our world-class ingredients are sourced directly from local and like-minded producers who share our dedication to authentic quality and sustainability. Our promise: To make the most delicious foods possible without compromise, setting the highest standards for integrity, flavor, and freshness in the process.
BLUE DOT COFFEE
Blue Dot Coffee features coffee drinks made with freshly roasted coffee from Joe Van Gogh roasters in Hillsborough. Coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, americanos, mochas, chai tea, hot chocolate, and more. Lattes with honey and vanilla, smoothies, and more, with daily specials. Muffins, sweet breads, biscotti, brownies, and granola also available.
Chatham Marketplace is a co-operative business owned entirely by members of the community – more than 2,800 households. The Buzz Cafe features local organic, fairly traded, shade grown coffee and an abundance of local java joy. From rich biscuits to distinctive, flaky croissants and fresh fruit muffins, the Co-op Bakery offers an incredible array of made-from-scratch sweet and savory treats. We are committed to quality ingredients and unique, delicious foods. Delicious and inventive breakfast and lunch menus will keep you coming back again and again.
We wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, we’re slow-smoking award-winning barbeque and making sides and desserts from scratch. We cater incredible events: we promise a flawless and fun experience for any occasion. Personalized, friendly, and affordable, our catering is perfect for formal wedding receptions, casual backyard get-togethers, and everything in between. We serve our communities: we’re serious about supporting our teammates and neighbors; giving back to local charities and non-profits; and celebrating life’s happy moments in a fun, family-friendly environment. We live our values, day in, day out. We’re dedicated to serving competition-quality barbeque with genuine backyard hospitality; improving ourselves and our processes a little every day; and staying true to our purpose. At City Barbeque, we exist to serve and create happiness.
COPELAND SPRINGS FARM
Copeland Springs Farm stewards the land at their beautiful Pittsboro, NC location, to grow the healthiest produce they can. They prepare delicious farm-fresh meals at Copeland Springs Kitchen to nourish Community.
COTTAGE LANE KITCHEN
Cottage Lane creates a fiery, distinctive Southern Pepper Relish made from fresh chile peppers, with not a cucumber in sight, our relish has a modern, bold SPICY flavor with a firecracker personality to boot! We have two flavors – Get Me A Switch is based on an heirloom family recipe. Its name embraces our southern roots and identifies its lingering zippy sweet/heat character while Cape Fear is a modern recipe and its name identifies its lingering habanero fruity/fiery character. People say they bite back, but we prefer to say they nibble.
Imaginative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
Led by Executive Chef Thomas Card, Counting House celebrates North Carolina’s rich heritage of fresh seafood using local, high-quality ingredients.
“Deli Edison is the latest project from Sam Suchoff, owner of Lady Edison hams, as well as the pork-centric restaurant The Pig and around the corner watering hole, Your Neighborhood Bar. Suchoff’s Lady Edison brand is best known for its country hams, but makes other artisanal pork products like chorizo, sopressata and even hot dogs. With Deli Edison, Suchoff said he’s adding a new venue for his hams and charcuterie, but is keeping alive one of Chapel Hill’s favorite bagel stops.”
Everything Bagels features locally sourced gourmet bagels, avant-garde sandwiches, and bagel-burgers daily. We have a seasonally standard menu with several daily specials.
Fiddlehead Farm is an award winning, farm and micro-jammery in the amazing little town of Pittsboro NC. We’ve been growing on our little plot of land since 2007 and in 2011 started selling our vegetables, eggs and herbs, plus enough bread and baked goods to fill out our table, at the Chatham Mills Farmers Market. Over the years we’ve added preserves, hot sauces and finishing salts to our lineup. Nowadays we’re still growing produce, but we’re also making lots of preserves, finishing salts and sauces inspired by what’s in season, at market, and growing in our garden. Making our products in small batches and using the best possible local/organic ingredients is the most important thing we can do and it brings us great joy. There is a lot of hard work and love in each jar, so much love in fact, that we were a Good Food Award finalist for our Blueberry & Cinnamon Basil Jam in 2016, our Blueberry Hibiscus Jam in 2017 and in 2018 we were winners for our Roasted Strawberry Preserves!
Fullsteam’s mission is to craft distinctly Southern beer that celebrates the farm and food traditions of the American South.
We express our love for community and the land through the Southern Beer Economy. Through the act of commerce — including our commitment to a living wage for our employees — our purchases (and yours) foster community and agricultural pride, create wealth, and encourage entrepreneurship within the post-tobacco South.
And though our mission is lofty, we aim to keep it all fun. At the end of the day it’s beer: the beverage of celebration, backyard gatherings, good food, and good people.
Glasshalfull is a contemporary American restaurant, bar, and wine shop located in downtown Carrboro. Both the food and the wine selection are influenced by the cuisine of the Mediterranean, and the menu features ingredients from valued local purveyors. Glasshalfull’s menu changes regularly depending on what is in season, and the dishes are meant to be enjoyed with wine or spirits. Most of the dishes can be shared in a festive exploration of both near and far. Executive Chef Tony Del Sarto, co-owner of Glasshalfull with Jim Wald, crafts dishes that shine, which puts Glasshalfull’s food in the spotlight.
GRANITE SPRINGS FARM
Granite Springs Farm is located 6 miles north of Pittsboro, NC off Highway 87 in Chatham County. We are a market farm and CSA, growing vegetables and mushrooms without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. We also supply produce to several local restautants.
Harvest 18 is a unique neighborhood eatery offering chef-driven cuisine with over 80% of our foods sourced from local farms, ranches and fishmongers. Our 3,000 square-foot space offers 70 seats, exclusive of the bar and outdoor patio section. At the heart of the kitchen is the restaurant’s signature wood-fire grill, an integral component to the menu preparation. The craft beer list includes favorites from local brewery Fullsteam and Lonerider in addition to national popular craft brews including Allagash White and Bells Two Hearted ale. The seasoned wine list highlights a rounded selection of both foreign and domestic bottles and a large selection of wines by the glass.
HAW RIVER MUSHROOMS
Haw River Mushrooms is a family owned mushroom farm based in Saxapahaw, NC. We offer mushroom related workshops, and grow lions mane, oyster mushrooms, shiitake, cinnamon caps, and reishi. Laura is a certified mushroom forager for NC, SC, and Georgia. You can buy our mushrooms at the Eno River Farmers Market, the Chapel Hill Farmers Marke, and the Greensboro Curb Market. We are also proud suppliers of cultivated and foraged mushrooms to several restaurants in the triangle and triad.
HEART SONG FARM
Heart Song Farm is a new Chatham farm offering peppers to PepperFest and creating something delicious for our festival!
HONEYSUCKLE TEA HOUSE
The Honeysuckle is an experiment in land conservation, community farm creation, and local farm to beverage businesses. We seek to convert your love of local, craft beverages and food, into an engine for nature and farmland conservation.
Imbibe is Chapel Hill’s new restaurant, taproom, and bottle shop with a focus on beer and wine education.
IN GOOD HEART FARM
In Good Heart Farm is a small, family farm in Pittsboro, NC. They grow everything sold through their CSA, starting everything but their strawberry plants from seed. About half of our seeds are heirloom & none are GMO.
LITTLE RIVER ECO FARM
Little River Eco Farm specializes in grassfed beef shares and pasture-raised pork shares delivered directly to customers in central North Carolina. Our farm is located on the Upper Little River in Erwin, Harnett County where we raise livestock based on principles of sustainable agriculture and high animal welfare.
All our animals live in a natural setting and are rotationally grazed so they stay healthy and happy. They have no need for antibiotics or growth hormones, and our pastures are free from synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Our goal is to nurture the land, water and wildlife around us while providing wholesome and healthy “clean” meats that you can feel good about eating.
LAUREL Bar I Food
Laurel is a restaurant in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
LILLY DEN FARM
Lilly Den Farm provides Sustainable Meat & Raw Pet Milk From North Carolina. “I have been working with animals since I was born and am passionate about the farming way of life. It is my honor and responsibility to provide a variety of naturally raised meats to the community and beyond.” Tucker Withington
Pelican’s SnoBalls offers a tradition born in New Orleans. Smooth fluffy snow is combined with over 100 bold flavors and served to customer for over 20 years! Come by and visit us to find your favorite flavor!
PICKLE JAR CAFE
The Pickle Jar Cafe and Catering specializes in fresh, local ingredients and made from scratch recipes. We strongly believe in supporting our local farmers, shopping small and overall sustainability. And, we are committed to serving our families, friends, guests, and our community the best food, hospitality and dining experience possible .
North Carolina is known for its legendary barbecue joints. The Pit proudly continue this tradition by serving authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue in Raleigh’s warehouse district.
Pittsboro Roadhouse is a Restaurant. A Lounge. A Stage. A Store.
We serve a fresh New American menu for lunch and dinner in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere naturally lit with floor-to-ceiling windows in the showroom of a former mid-century downtown auto dealership. Our creative menu of fresh food, sourced locally when possible, is prepared in-house by professional chefs who cater to your dietary preferences. Live bands take the stage every Friday, Saturday and Monday nights in the “Garage,” a huge room that once housed the repair shop, now transformed into a performance venue and dining room with a dance floor, full bar, and large circular booths, and an outdoor patio.
Postal Fish Co. is a Southern Atlantic Fish House restaurant in the Pittsboro. James and Bill have over 40 years of combined cooking experience and have spent the last decade developing and learning about the underutilized bounty of our coastal waters. Join us and be drawn into a place where the sweet smells of the ocean flow thru the air and the sounds of Blues to Classic Rock create the perfect climate! Our comfortable atmosphere, top-notch service, and great food will turn you into one of our new friends for a long time to come.
RAY OF JOY FARM AND PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES
RAY OF JOY is a local farm focused on sustainably grown delicious chef-approved Heirloom vegetables.
VALLEY BROOK FARMS
Valley Brook Farms makes small batch gourmet preserves.
THE ROOT CELLAR
The Root Cellar specializes in scratch-made sandwiches, salads, pizzas, soups, and desserts, as well as locally roasted coffees. Although we offer a casual dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we’re serious about the food we serve. We believe the best food comes from within our own community, and we strive to use seasonal ingredients from NC farmers and local producers when possible. Everything we serve is prepared fresh daily.
SAINT JACQUES FRENCH CUISINE
Saint Jacques French Cuisine brings a truly authentic French fine dining experience to Raleigh, NC. Opened in 2004, Saint Jacques French Cuisine aims to showcase France’s culinary heritage, with its love of exceptional food and fine wines. We are dedicated to using the freshest and highest quality ingredients, which we source locally by working closely with North Carolina farmers. Saint Jacques is currently ranked as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the nation on OpenTable.com.
SAXAPAHAW GENERAL STORE
The Saxapahaw General Store is a spot where a village gathers for food, drink, and provisions, run by folks whose varied backgrounds. They serve the residents of Saxapahaw with a range of products that allows everyone to feel welcome. They are stewards of local foods, good wine and beer, nutritious snacks, and eco-conscious dry goods. They participate in a new kind of local economy that strengthens fellow small businesses, promotes conscious farming. They are part of a network of small communities finding a better way to live and to do business together.
Skippers Fish Fry serves only the freshest seafood available. We don’t cut corners when it comes to the quality of the food we prepare for you.
We strive to offer you the best value dining experience around, with generous portions at fair prices.
Don’t look for our food in other restaurants. At Skipper’s, the food is homemade from our own special recipes. Your food is cooked fresh for you seconds after you order it.
SOUL FRESH SPRING ROLLS
Soul Fresh Spring Rolls makes spring rolls with fresh, minimally processed ingredients. A mobile food business based out of Durham, NC, Soul Fresh Spring Rolls feeds consumers who are looking for fresh, healthier options and superior taste. Our non-traditional flavored spring rolls are grilled in grapeseed oil. We offer over 10 delicious combinations such as Buffalo Chicken and Kale, BBQ Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean (vegan friendly) and many more. They all come with a variety of dipping sauces that pair perfectly with the crispy rolls. Soul Fresh catering is available for customers who would like to bring our unique food to farmers markets, street festivals, sporting events or private events.
Tribeca Tavern creates entrees prepared from-scratch in our kitchen, and offers authentic North Carolina hospitality. It’s all about flavor and charm here at Tribeca Tavern. Handcrafted flavors and homegrown charm always served with a splash of local flair, that is. Let your taste buds do the choosing from our thoughtfully designed menu with selections ranging from delectably health-conscious to decadently indulgent. We honor the roots of our local communities, celebrate their vibrant presents, and actively support their foundations of what’s to come.
YO MAMMA’S STYLE
What’s Yo Momma Got? Why Goodness in a Jar! What started as a labor of love to create wonderful food turned to a passion for all things delicious! Most people think of jams and jellies as something to put on toast, bagels, biscuits, or between two slices of bread with some peanut butter. Yo Mamma’s Style likes to think of them as vehicles that transport ordinary into extraordinary. Our Blackberry Cinnz Jam was voted “Best Jam/Jelly” for 2018 by the N.C Specialty Foods Association in September at the fall conference in Bermuda Run North Carolina. Spice Rubs that will rock your world, they got you covered there too!
BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES and NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
Brothers Vilgalys Spirits started in 2012 to bring Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of Spiced Honey Liqueur, to the American market. Our Krupnikas has a delicious and complex flavor unlike any other spirit or liqueur. It is smooth enough to sip on its own, starting out with sweet honey flavors that build to a warm spicy finish.
Our recipe started on our stovetop at home as a special drink we made for friends and family. We still make it the same way, using only whole spices, North Carolina wildflower honey, and pure grain neutral alcohol.
Krupnikas is an 80-proof liqueur that’s remarkably appealing to all types of adult drinkers. It can be sipped and savored, taken on the rocks or neat, or mixed in many different types of cocktails.
THIRSTY SKULL BREWING
Thirsty Skull Brewing is located in Siler City, NC with retail distribution to Pittsboro, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. The brewery was started in 2018 by four individuals that shared a vision for creating a small, high-quality and locally-focused brewery in the Pittsboro community.
Vecino is a brewery and restaurant built by neighbors, for neighbors. Located in the heart of Carrboro, NC, we take pride in offering great quality beer and food with a focus on locally-sourced products. We hope we get to share our passion for tasty craft beer and incredible food with you!
Carolina Brewery’s menu is filled with appetizers, entrees, and desserts that everyone will love. We have great go-to dishes that you can enjoy year round plus tasty seasonal items to keep you wanting more! The next time you sit down at our bar or relaxing tables make sure you ask your server about our seasonal beers and menu items. In addition to our handcrafted beers, we also feature an extensive wine and cocktail selection. Whether it’s one of our signature mixed drinks or your go-to glass of vino, we’ve got you covered.
Boro Beverage is a socially responsible and community driven company. We produce non alcoholic, fermented beverages that are seasonally sourced and agriculturally inspired.
BOTANIST AND BARREL
Botanist & Barrel crafts a variety of ciders, sours and dry fruit wines. Using techniques from wine-making, brewing, and mixology they are constantly blurring the lines. They are Orange County’s first winery and cidery, also raising organic blueberries on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm, where the winery/cidery is located. Our farm is certified organic and dry farms for the best estate grown fruit on earth. Botanist & Barrel is hyper-local, sourcing ingredients whenever possible from within 200 miles of our farmhouse winery. Even the labels and corks are made in NC!
Carolina Heritage Winery
Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery is located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley along the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a fertile, sun-soaked landscape – the perfect place for our grapes to grow unadulterated. Organically raised and handpicked, we use the fruit from our 9 acres of hybrid and muscadine winegrapes and our 1.5 acres of blueberries to produce naturally delicious wines in our estate winery for your drinking pleasure. We use no animal by-products or grains in the production of our wines resulting in wines which are “Vegan friendly” and Gluton-free.
FAIR GAME BEVERAGE COMPANY
Fair Game’s Tasting Room is in the heart of the Chatham Beverage District, at the end of Lorax Lane in Pittsboro. Sample our spirits. Take some bottles home with you. Sample our ciders. We keep a rotation of NC ciders on tap and sell bottles of ciders as well. Do a wine tasting. Get a beer. We have a selection of NC wines–from sweet to dry in reds and whites. Also check out our selection of NC specialty food products. You might like the mustard. Or our pretzels. Come see us. You might walk away scratching your head, amazed by what you will find on the eastern edge of Pittsboro.
The Happy Hippie harvests North Carolina grown loose leaf tea to make your soul happy!
MYSTIC FARM AND BREWERY
TOPO ORGANIC SPIRITS
TOPO. A full line of organic spirits, crafted with care. Exclusively made from North Carolina-grown wheat and US-grown sugar cane. Every product USDA-certified Organic. 100% Fermented and distilled in Chapel Hill, NC.