local ties

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Eating locally is all about knowing whose hands produced the food on your plate. On Monday, we took a trip out to Darby Farms in Monroe to meet the man who raises chickens for The National, Dan Dover.

Dan focuses on quality over quantity on his small organic farm where he raises chickens for both meat and egg production, as well as his latest addition – three pigs! Showing us around the whole operation, Dan explained the importance of working within nature’s framework instead of against it. From holding a warm, just-laid egg to touching toes with Georgia clay-coated pigs to watching Dan’s daughter Darby (the farm’s youthful namesake) horse around with the animals she knows so well, we left Darby Farms with a feeling of real connection to one of The National’s local vendors and a tinge of regret upon departing for our regular lives.

Look out for Darby Farms chicken on our menu. Grilled D.F. chicken breast and late night D.F. chicken wings in JC’s wing sauce are regular favorites!

Scarbolo Wine Dinner at The National  
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 pm 
$55 per person plus tax and gratuity 

 Our favorite Friulian winemaker, Valter Scarbolo,  
is back for a special wine dinner at The National. 
(If you’re into numbers, all four of these wines just  
scored over 90 points from Parker)  



  
1. fresh Sweetgrass Dairy goat cheese, local baby lettuces,  
carrots, radishes and pecans, spring pea jus  pinot grigio, Scarbolo, ‘Ramato XL’, Friuli, Italy, 2008  

 2. grilled Florida rock shrimp, fennel-eggplant tagine, saffron couscous  bianco, Scarbolo, ‘My Time’, Friuli, Italy, 2007  

 3. veal hanger steak, mushroom-spanakopita, pancetta  merlot, Scarbolo, ‘Campo del Viotto’, Friuli, Italy, 2007  

 4. skewered lamb kefte and rib barbeque, fava hummus, fenugreek  refosco, Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2006  

 5. pistachio-shortbread cookie, snow cap cookie sandwich  
with blood orange-buttercream  housemade tangerine-cello  

  
reservations:  706-549-3450 or  thenationalrestaurant@gmail.com

Scarbolo Wine Dinner at The National
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 pm
$55 per person plus tax and gratuity

Our favorite Friulian winemaker, Valter Scarbolo,
is back for a special wine dinner at The National.
(If you’re into numbers, all four of these wines just
scored over 90 points from Parker)


1. fresh Sweetgrass Dairy goat cheese, local baby lettuces,
carrots, radishes and pecans, spring pea jus
pinot grigio, Scarbolo, ‘Ramato XL’, Friuli, Italy, 2008

2. grilled Florida rock shrimp, fennel-eggplant tagine, saffron couscous
bianco, Scarbolo, ‘My Time’, Friuli, Italy, 2007

3. veal hanger steak, mushroom-spanakopita, pancetta
merlot, Scarbolo, ‘Campo del Viotto’, Friuli, Italy, 2007

4. skewered lamb kefte and rib barbeque, fava hummus, fenugreek
refosco, Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2006

5. pistachio-shortbread cookie, snow cap cookie sandwich
with blood orange-buttercream
housemade tangerine-cello


reservations: 706-549-3450 or thenationalrestaurant@gmail.com

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YELLOW GAL CANE SYRUP, POWELL FAMILY FARM,
SWAINSBORO, GA

I have the good fortune of knowing the Powell family in Emanuel County, GA. Their daughter, Jocelyn, and I met as kids in the 4-H club and have remained good friends ever since. Jocelyn’s dad, Ruskin Powell, grows yellow gal sugar cane on his farm and makes syrup each fall. A traditional southern ingredient, cane syrup is great on pancakes and biscuits, and makes a really nice glaze for ham. I liken it to southern maple syrup.

I’ve loved using Powell cane syrup on fresh pineapple, reminiscent of a dish I had in Barcelona. More recently, it’s been the base for a vinaigrette served with a salad of beets, frisee and blue cheese.