The entire evening of the James Beard House Preview Dinner can best be described as evergreen. Fresh ingredients, lively atmosphere, and talented chefs made for an overall fabulous event. The evening began with a cocktail hour in White Oak’s Barrel Bar Lounge, where guests enjoyed Sapelo Island Clam Rockefeller, Okra & Tomato Gazpacho, and many more delectable appetizers.
Once guests made their way into the Lookout Dining Room, they were welcomed by the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black. “The food you are about to consume did not come from a box, it was not in the food processing line, it all came from a family farm because of their passion for fresh ingredients. Let us all be passionate about what we do.”
The Commissioner invited everyone to toast with their bottled Coca-Cola, which was before them accompanied by a bottle opener and said, “There’s nothing more Georgia grown than a Coca-Cola. Let us toast the Coca-Cola Company, farm families in GA Grown, and all of our sponsors. Thank you, and God bless you.”
The tasting plates which followed included two plates from Executive Pastry Chef of White Oak, Meg Brent. Her intermezzo was comprised of parsley fennel sorbet over watermelon. For dessert, Meg created, “Sweet Corn and Blueberries,” which is pictured below. This sweet corn cremeux, blueberry confit, corn cake, kernel buttercrunch, and blueberry-thyme sorbet was a new White Oak favorite.
Alan and Cindy LeBlanc, hosts of the evening as owners of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, took delight in the company and cuisine procured by the James Beard House Preview Dinner. Alan LeBlanc stated, “I think what impressed me the most was the diversity. The diversity in food, people, and wine. I believe this is the hallmark of the state of Georgia. We talk about the coastal, countryside, and urban areas of Georgia, and know that one without the other is not a true reflection of what the state of Georgia offers for both the people who come to visit and the people who are here to live. And this is what we love about Georgia.”
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails is beyond proud to have been apart of such an exquisite evening.
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails is honored to partner with Georgia Grown to host The James Beard House Preview Dinner this evening. We anticipate cuisine of the finest ingredients and flavors to be created in our kitchen by seven astounding local chefs, including White Oak’s own Executive Pastry Chef Megan Brent, a Georgia Grown Executive Chef Program Award-Winner.
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.
It’s not too late to reserve a space for you and your mom at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails! Give us a call at 404.524.7200 or click here to reserve your table online.
See our Mother’s Day Garden Club Brunch menu below
Saturday May 6, 2017
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails- A Great Bourbon Bar of America
The Kentucky Derby calls for Bowties & Bourbon! Come see our bow-tied bartenders whip up three special Derby Day cocktails:
The Bourbon Smash
What’s better than fresh and locally sourced raspberries in a cocktail? We’ll tell you- fresh and locally sourced raspberries in a cocktail with BOURBON!😍
Raspberries | Lime | Mint | 1816 Bourbon
Derby Day Julep
Nothing like giving new life to a southern classic! Our julep has the most delicious homemade rhubarb syrup in it that will make you want it to be Derby Day everyday!
1816 Bourbon | Mint | Rhubarb
The Blush Rose
This light pink cranberry drink goes perfectly with big hats and pearls. 👒
Lime | Cranberry Juice | Luxardo Liqueur | Cathead Vodka
We’ll see you at the gates!
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails invites you and your mother to our annual Mother’s Day Garden Club Brunch on Sunday, May 14th between 11:30 and 4:00pm.
Not only are we preparing a unique brunch menu for you to enjoy on this exciting occasion, but special guests Bobby Britt, one of White Oak’s local produce providers, and his mother will be joining us to celebrate the art of gardening.
To reserve your space, call us at 404.524.7200 or make a reservation through OpenTable.
Be sure to check in on the WOKC blog for the Mother’s Day menu.