Honey Jalapeño Lacquer Roasted Chicken is soaked in Southern sweet tea brine and glazed with jalapeño-steeped honey syrup.
In a world of global flavors, the beloved, traditional ingredients of Southern cuisine can fuel the passion of a chef.
A chance to update Southern classics lured Eric Gabrynowicz from the big-name kitchens of New York City to bucolic Asheville, N.C., home base of Tupelo Honey. There he puts an imaginative spin on the region’s outstanding proteins and produce as executive chef and vice president of culinary at this group of 14 upscale-casual restaurants pleasing patrons from the Carolinas to the Rocky Mountains.
Tupelo Honey Executive Chef Eric Gabrynowicz
Why move to Asheville? The answer is part lifestyle, part opportunity. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it offers a wealth of outdoor recreation, a great family atmosphere, and an abundance of farmers and food artisans. In career terms, it made him the culinary trailblazer of a respected, growing chain.
It may be an unlikely home for a New York chef, but Gabrynowicz has esteemed Southern cooking since his days as a young culinarian in Danny Meyer’s lauded Manhattan restaurants.
Three Tupelo Honey riffs on fried chicken: Honey Dusted, Sweet & Sour (with sriracha honey) and Bleu Buffalo (with Buffalo hot sauce, bleu cheese crumbles, shaved celery).
Honey Chipotle Wings showcase a pepper that's unexpected in Southeastern cooking.
PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® chicken is a philosophical fit for this mission. It gets no antibiotics ever, is fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no animal by-products, and never receives hormones or steroids.* In addition, it’s raised by family farmers following the Perdue high standards of responsible animal care. The company is ranked in the top 15% globally by the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.
“I fell in love with the opinionated nature of Southern regional cuisine and the passion that it inspires,” says Gabrynowicz. “I’d like to think that I’m Southern by fire now.”
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