For its fall Seasons of the Sea dinner – a seasonal, multi-course dinner featuring guest chefs, fishermen and organizations supporting sustainable seafood – Piedmont Executive Chef John May brings Chef Dean Neff of Wilmington’s PinPoint restaurant on board for a six-course Gullah-inspired dinner celebrating sustainably farmed oysters.
As Dean’s restaurant is named for a Gullah community near his home in Savannah, Georgia, the pair decided to highlight this cultural influence, creating courses that start with oysters on the half shell with three vinegars; lamb tartare with smoked oyster, mullet roe and hot sauce; and peanut soup, oyster poached and fried before moving into courses like oysters & grits; pine-smoked bass, okra stew, rice, peas and oyster pie; and wrapping up with a rice pudding.
“Because oysters and champagne are a classic pairing,” John says, “and a delicious way to toast the holidays, General Manager Crawford Leavoy will offer six sparkling wines from six different regions to also show the sheer variety of styles among sparkling wines.”
Set for Wednesday, November 30, at 6:30pm, the dinner is $65/person with the option of wine pairings for $95. Make your reservations by calling 919-683-1213.