Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Grapes to Gravy




Saturday’s Chef Demo features Steven Hartman

of Le Vigne at Montaluce – 10:00 am on 9/11

Chef Demos are sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Looking for a mountain respite complete with gorgeous scenery, local food and house-made wines? Well, look no further than Dahlonega, Georgia, home to Montaluce Winery and Estates. And look to Chef Steven Hartman to bring your favorite flavors of the south, expressed using the best local products on offer, straight to your plate at Montaluce’s Le Vigne Restaurant.

Chef Hartman understands that fresh is better and local is best, not just because of the unparalleled taste, but also for the chance to foster true community. The food and wine shared at Le Vigne is deeply rooted in that community, including wine produced from grapes grown at Montaluce and many vegetables grown directly on the property. Chef Hartman also sources from local artisans and farmers to complete his regularly changing menu.

Though Hartman received his Culinary Arts Degree from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, his heart’s always been in the south. Shortly after completing his training he returned to Tennessee where, prior to coming to Le Vigne, he worked as the Chef de Cuisine at the five star, five diamond Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. He brought with him to Montaluce over a decade of experience spent honing his skills in southern kitchens. At Le Vigne, his focus is on using local produce and seasonal ingredients from area artisans in an effort to give back to the community and to help promote a more sustainable lifestyle.

During a time when cool breezes are beckoning us Atlantans to hop in the car and head to the hills, you’ll want to check out Le Vigne at Montaluce for their vineyard views and local, seasonal fare. You don’t just have to take our word for it – take a look at this recent review from Creative Loafing. And don’t miss this week’s demo with Chef Steven Hartman!


- Jennifer Maley

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