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Dine by the Nantahala

by Luke Osteen

Winding Stair Farm, 12 miles west of Franklin, has earned a reputation stretching all the way to Atlanta and Charlotte for growing heirloom and artisan vegetables, pasture-raised meat, and eggs.

That reputation can only be enhanced on Sunday, September 8, when the farm plays host to an afternoon with two great Atlanta chefs: Kevin Rathbun and Gerry Klaskala.

Should you decide to attend, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes experience of a diverse yet small farm, followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings, while also supporting Macon CareNet, a great organization working to feed neighbors in need.

Begin with an afternoon tour of Winding Stair Farm, and learn the intricacies – the unique challenges and rewards – of managing a small farm in the 21st century.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Grist Mill. At the northern edge of the farm on Trough Branch, this picturesque mill, with its 18-foot diameter water wheel, is located in a pasture of Icelandic Sheep with a view to Firescald Ridge.

As the evening cools, guests will dine at tables along the Nantahala River, just below the a picturesque mountain range. Focusing on produce from the farm and foods sourced from the surrounding area, the five-course meal will be prepared and served family-style by the chefs, complete with wine pairings.

After dinner, enjoy the music of Ol’ Dirty Bathtub, and mingle with other guests, and the chefs in the large open pavilion or by the river.

This exclusive event is limited to just 20 guests on September 8, from 3:00 to 9:00 P.M. Round-trip transportation is included from a central pick-up point in Highlands, Cashiers, and Franklin.

Tickets are $500 per person. An online event registration form posted at windingstairfarm.com/chefs. Attendees will be allocated a space on a first-come, first-served basis – limit two tickets per registration.

All net proceeds from the event will go to Macon CareNet, who provide food assistance to meet the nourishment needs of Macon County residents.

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