Dig Into Local at Relish--July 14th through 23rd
Grown. Raised. Caught. Made. Got To Be NC

We are pleased to be a part of the NC Department of Agriculture's first annual "Dig Into Local" Restaurant Week (July 14-23) which requires participating restaurants to create a special menu where each item offered is tied to a North Carolina product or ingredient.  As you all probably know, we at Relish try to use local NC products every chance we get (just as long as we can keep the menu prices in the range that you all have come to expect from us).  We are so lucky in North Carolina to have such a diverse range of agricultural choices coupled with such a creative group of culinary entrepreneurs.  So when we were invited to participate in this special ten day event, we decided to go all in and completely toss out our current Test Kitchen menu (so sorry to all you Chicken Taco, Key Lime Pie and Fried Avocado lovers, but they'll be back soon enough) and replace it with one where every menu item has at least one and often multiple ingredients that were either grown, raised, caught, or made right here in North Carolina.  


The Menu--page 1 

The Menu--page 2



 More about the Restaurant Week from the NC Dept of Agriculture site 

Watermelon and "Pheta" Salad
Since we are in the peak of the summer harvest season, this category (grown) is the easiest for us to fill.  Pictured here is our watermelon salad (served as a side) made with watermelon from Freshpik in Wilson, topped with fresh made feta cheese from Chapel Hill Creamery, drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar from the Olive Wagon in Raleigh, and then sprinkled with fresh basil grown right here on our patio.  Look further on our special menu and you will also find tri-color sweet potatoes from Scott Farms in Faison, peaches from McLamb Family Farms in Four Oaks and from Lyon Farms in Creedmoor, zucchini and yellow squash from Full House Farms in Clinton, peanuts from Bertie County Peanuts in Windsor, heirloom tomatoes from Windmill Farms in Mayoden, and blueberries from American Blueberry in Faison.   The short distance from farm to market means this produce is a fresh as you can get short of picking it and eating it right in the fields.
Good Morning Burger
We are most excited about this category here at Relish and we're representing with cows, pigs, and chickens (eggs).  Pictured here is the Good Morning Burger made with dry aged ground beef from Mills Family Farm in Moorsville topped with our own pimento cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and a fried egg from Harvey Hills Farm in Creedmoor.  We've had the local eggs on our regular Saturday and Sunday brunch menu for a couple of months now and we absolutely love them!  They just have so much more flavor than what you can find in the grocery stores.  As for the local beef, we've been wanting to test it out for quite some time but need to figure out if our customers would be willing to pay the higher price (as much as $2.50 more per burger) for the higher quality product.  So for this week, we are using this delicious farm fresh ground beef not only on the two burgers on the special menu but also on all of the burgers on our regular menu--without changing the prices.  We invite your feedback to help us figure out if we should make the switch permanently.     
Fried Catfish
Fried Catfish Sandwich
"North Carolina harvests some of the finest fish and shellfish available anywhere in the world.  From the highest peaks of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains to the elegant shores of our Outer Banks, Freshness From North Carolina Waters is a Treasure to be shared." We copied and pasted that straight from the NC Department of Agriculture website, but we couldn't agree more.   Pictured here is our pick for the "caught" category, fresh farm raised NC catfish from Carolina Classics in Ayden.  We're frying these filets up in our favorite Atkinson seafood breader (a Johnston county treasure since 1757) and serving them with our own cilantro tartar sauce and slaw on perfect Neomonde bakery brioche buns. 
Peach Cobbler
We didn't have to stray far at all from our normal menu to fill up this "made" in NC category, but you should know us well enough by now to realize that we couldn't resist adding a lot more artisanal/specialty food products to our already diverse mix, right?  So you're going to have to get to Relish ASAP (you have until this coming up Wednesday the 23rd or until we run out) to try the cinnamon ice cream (pictured here on our peach cobbler) made specially for us at Fresh. Local Ice Cream just around the corner on Glenwood Ave,  the tomato bruschetta from our favorite friends at Yah's Best Products in Huntersville, the Pheta cheese from Chapel Hill Creamery in Chapel Hill, the Give me a Switch Relish from Cottage Lane Kitchen also in Chapel Hill, the handmade marinara sauce from Nello's Sauces in Hillsborough, the white cheddar cheese from Cultured Cow Creamery in Durham, the Original Sin stone ground mustard from Lusty Monk in Asheville, the handmade Italian sausage and brats from Acre Station Meat Farm in Beaufort County, and the layers of baklava in our sampler from Angels Gourmet Desserts in Raleigh.   Also, don't think we've overlooked the wine/beer category because you won't want to miss the Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay (Asheville), the Childress Pinnacle Meritage (Lexington) or the Hibiscus Wit beer called Pinky and the Grain by Raleigh Brewing Company (yes, I said Hibiscus and yes, it is pink).
Italian Sausage MAC

Brat Melt Grilled Cheese


You didn't think we'd leave our market out of this special promotion, did you?  We are extremely excited to add Chad's Carolina Corn from Greensboro and Butterfield's Candies from Nashville NC to our retail product mix.  Stop by the market and sample some of Chad's popcorn--we believe you'll get addicted to the dill pickle and pumpkin pie flavors, but you won't want to miss the chocolate, white cheddar, buffalo, salt and vinegar, kettle corn, or jalapeno cheddar flavors either. 

You've also got to check out our very special new local decorative art in the market.  We are pleased (and a little proud) to be the first to offer the beautiful letter art of Raleigh-graphy.  Check out the cool display on the green door across from our hostess stand and you'll be spelling words with local letters in no time.  

And of course, as always, just about all of the "made" products from above plus many more of our old favorites (Vintage Bee honey, Chapel Hill Toffee, Bertie County Peanuts, Yah's Best Salsas and Jams, Muts 'R Us dog biscuits, Goodness Gracie Toffee Cookies, Heirloom Goodness applesauce, and our own peanut butters and pimento cheese) are available to take home from our market--just check with your server or at our market register. 

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