Blind Pig: “Q”

April 7 turned out to be the perfect day for Blind Pig’s “Q” Dinner with Pitmaster Ed Mitchell and The Admiral’s Chef Elliott Moss who truly out did themselves to make a delicious and special meal for Blind Pig’s patrons at Hickory Nut Gap Farm benefiting the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This was a traditional “family dinner” afternoon complete with parents, grandparents, cousins, kids, babies, foodies, newbies, friends, lovers and some of the best dang pork you are ever going to eat this side of Wilson, NC.  Pisgah Brewing donated a delicious keg of beer for the occasion.  Music filled the valley all afternoon with Bluegrass by QuarterHouse and the “Blues Doctor” Drink Small to set the tone from social hour till late in the day.  Special crowd favorites, beyond the succulent, hand seasoned chopped pork, were the fresh pork cracklins, smoked oysters, hush puppies, collards, mac n cheese and banana pudding.  I’m hungry all over again!

It was so much fun to see everyone in their picnic garb, kids playing in the creek, folks strolling in the pasture or propped up on their coolers in the field just stretching out; with a gorgeous sky in the most picturesque valley, calling it “the perfect day” just about sums it up.  LOTS more photos are at Blind Pig’s facebook page and the Mountain Express has a musical slideshow of my pictures to accompany Mackensy Lunsford’s article.

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Steep Canyon Rangers Pack the Peel

Local bluegrass favorites, the Steep Canyon Rangers, played to a full house at the Orange Peel for the Evergreen Community Charter School annual fundraiser.  They even had a cool on-line auction that will be going on through January 22nd so if you missed the show you still have a chance to help out the school.  The auction has a spectrum of neat stuff and experiences available to bid on from art to travel opportunities and you get the big excuse of “it’s for a good cause” to spend the money.  More pictures from the show will be up soon on the Orange Peel’s Facebook Page.  I’ll post a link as soon as it’s available.

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