Menu Announcement: It’s Getting Hot & Hot in Here with Scuppernogs & Muscadines

Scuppernogs & muscadines!

James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Hasting’s menu is set for his August 15 pop-up at Harry’s Pizzeria, and he is NOT messing around! We will get our first taste of the wily wild berries above, scuppernogs and muscadines, which will snuggle up to Lake Meadow Natural’s guinea hen in the third course. With its name originating from the Scuppernong River in North Carolina, the scuppernog is a large variety of muscadine native to the southeastern United States. It is usually a greenish or bronze color and is similar in appearance and texture to a white grape, but rounder and larger and first known as the ‘big white grape’.  According to Wikipedia, it was first mentioned as a “white grape” in a written logbook by the Florentine explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano (!) while exploring the Cape Fear River Valley in 1524. Possibly the oldest cultivated grapevine in the world is the 400 year old scuppernong “Mother Vine” growing on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.  But it’s all about a great big Alabama-Florida hug at Hot & Hot Pizzeria.  See how you’ll be served a big one, below, and click here for tickets!

Welcome cocktail
Donny Draper-Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Sassafras Syrup, House Bitters and Lemon

Passed
bruschetta of eggplant, heirloom tomato, and goat cheese
ceviche or crudo of best fish available
lambs heart crudo with celery, fried capers, sherry vinegar and Dijon
hot and hot pepperoni pizza with eggplant, pesto and mozzarella

First
Avocado, hearts of palm, red grapefruit and arugula with chervil vinaigrette

Second
Whole roasted mangrove snapper with tomato saffron broth, rouille crouton W/ vegetable sides of ; fennel, baby carrots, small onions

Third
Whole roasted guinea hen in wood oven with muscadines, scuppernogs and verjus. Side dishes: McEwen and sons stone ground white grits & heirloom okra sautéed in lardo

Dessert
Roasted white peaches, petals from the past figs and cherries with fig sorbet, vanilla ice cream and almond cookie

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