June 2013

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Country Traditions hosts weekly cooking demos

Janet Chinners prepares a savory bread pudding

Janet Chinners prepares a savory bread pudding

Country Traditions, Dillsboro’s wine and gourmet food shop, is now hosting cooking demos that are free to the community.

The cooking demos are every Saturday evening from April to November. The demos feature live cooking demonstrations using products from Country Traditions, in addition to fresh produce from local farmers. There is always a vegetarian dish prepared and Janet Chinners, co-owner and chef, likes to feature dishes with lots of colors and flavors.

“If food looks good, it tastes good,” Janet contends. If so, the pictures here illustrate that the food was delicious!

The best part about the cooking demos is that the visitors get to sample the cuisine. In addition, wine samples are available to complement the gourmet fare from the cooking demos.

The cooking demos take place in Country Traditions’ newly renovated mini-kitchen that features two butane burners, a mini

Savory bread pudding

Savory bread pudding

convection oven and several other appliances. The atmosphere is very welcoming and relaxed. Occasionally, Janet also invites guest chefs to share their culinary expertise with the public.

On Saturday, May 25 the cooking demo featured beef in a roasted red pepper and wine sauce, paired with a savory bread pudding. The dishes had fresh shitake mushrooms from the Jackson County Farmers Market that had been picked one day ago. The freshness of the ingredients truly stands out in the finished meal.

Beef in roasted red pepper and wine sauce

Beef in roasted red pepper and wine sauce

Readers interested in the recipes from the cooking demos can find them at Janet’s blog here.

Janet also posts information about each cooking demo on their Facebook page, so be sure to like the Country Traditions Facebook page.

Country Traditions is a gourmet food, wine, and gift shop in Dillsboro that has been serving the community since 2006. It is located on 102 Webster Street, next to the Golden Carp. For more information about Country Traditions, email Janet Chinners at countrytraditionsnc@frontier.com or call 828-586-1600.


Mobile web app launch event receives award

hermesThe Western Carolina University special event that launched the Dillsboro mobile web app has won a Hermes Creative Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

The Hermes Creative Award is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies.

The Dillsboro Mobile Web App won a Gold Award in the special events category. The name “Hermes Creative Award” is derived from the Greek messenger Hermes and reflects the role of public relations as messengers and creators of communication materials and programs.

The launch event was coordinated by Dr. Betty Farmer and three senior-level public relations students in WCU’s Department of Communication. The Dillsboro mobile web app was created by computer information systems students in WCU’s College of Business. The app connects smartphone users to Dillsboro’s businesses and attractions. The app and its promotion are part of the ongoing Dillsboro/WCU partnership that matches WCU expertise with opportunities in Dillsboro.

The Dillsboro mobile web app can be viewed here or by typing mobile.dillsboroplaces.org into your mobile device or computer.

Jarrett House Blues

New signage at The Jarrett House

New signage at The Jarrett House

The Jarrett House is a landmark in Dillsboro featuring family-style country cooking in a friendly atmosphere. Mary Hartbarger says that their one rule is “You can’t leave hungry”. They make sure of this by offering endless sides including corn, stewed apples, green beans, pickled beets and hot biscuits with honey.

Established in 1884, the Jarrett House continues the tradition of providing great food and service to its clientele.

The popular bluegrass group, Balsam Mountain Range wrote a song titled the “Jarrett House Blues”, released on the album “Songs From Jackson County” in May 2010. The album features songs about local landmarks and historical events in Jackson County such as “Jarrett House Blues” and “Judaculla Rock”. The album won the N.C. Society of Historians’ Paul Green Multimedia Award.

The lyrics in “Jarrett House Blues” sing the praises of the Jarrett House’s country cooking and ample portions.

The Jarrett House has a rich history in Jackson County. The Jarrett House was first built and

opened by William Dills back in 1884, and was then known as The Mount Beulah Hotel. Frank

"Songs From Jackson County" CD Cover

“Songs From Jackson County” CD Cover

Jarrett purchased the hotel in 1894 and the name was changed to the Jarrett Springs Hotel. The name was an attempt to capitalize on the sulfur springs located behind the inn that were believed to have therapeutic properties. However, the ham, biscuits, gravy and fresh vegetables that were being served by Frank’s wife quickly became the center of attention.

The Jarrett House is currently owned by the Hartbarger family, who have been in control since 1975. It is one of the oldest and most popular places to dine in Western North Carolina and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

The Jarrett House is located in the heart of Historic Dillsboro on 518 Haywood Road and serves lunch from 11:30-2:30 and dinner from 4:30-7:30. To book a reservation or to learn more about the Jarrett House, email j.house@morrisbb.net or call 828-586-0265.

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