Brian Adornetto

Upcoming Classes:
Yankee Meets Dixie, August 11, 2012 4:00 PM
Grilling for Beginners – Barbecue Basics — September 9, 2012 2:00 PM 
Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Chef’s knife, tongs, fish spatula, wooden spoon, and a 14 inch saute pan
What is your favorite culinary destination?
Florence, Italy
What smell evokes a wonderful memory?
Actually, I guess it’s more of a combination… read more

North Carolina Sturgeon Caviar: No Longer a Rumor!

by Jason Piekarski

This just in!
One of the reasons I love working at Southern Season is the arrival of something rare and unusual. It’s exciting to see faces light up like they’ve just seen an old friend and bewilderment blooming on the new faces in the crowd. It’s a time when we get plenty of stories, some of which may induce blushing, and misty eyes as we instill our excitement into our colleagues; training them by anecdote.… read more


Masa Tsujimura

Upcoming Class:
Taste of the Triangle: Waraji — August 26, 2012 2:00 PM 
Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
A knife, my sharpening stone, a makisu (bamboo rolling mat), a good cutting board, and one more knife
What is your favorite culinary destination?
My hometown of Shimonoseki, Japan is where I would go. I would eat kamameshi, a rice stew prepared in an iron pot, and then some kawarasoba, tea… read more


by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

If you been through Southern Season’s Wine Department in the last week, you will surely have noticed the ongoing changes.  I thought this week would be a good time to give you a preview of our vision for the new Southern Season Wine Department.
I find that I and the rest of the sales staff are often asked if we sell beer…what?  Of course we do…it’s just well hidden.  Alas, no more! The “Beer Nook”… read more

A tribute to Daphne Zepos, a leader and visionary in the American Cheese Community

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Cheese

Years ago, when I first began working with cheese, I met a wonderful woman named Daphne Zepos.  At the time, she was just beginning her importing business, selling only one type of cheese, a Comte from Marcel Petite Fort Saint Antoine.  She worked alongside Jason Hinds of Neals Yard Dairy , where he would visit the Fort and hand select each wheel of Comte based on a certain tasteprofile.  They even set up a small stand… read more

In my life prior to Southern Season…

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer

In my life prior to Southern Season, I had the distinct pleasure of working with some spectacular winemakers. One of my favorites has always been Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Family Vineyards. Jim is truly a giant among men and it is always a pleasure to have the chance to converse with an artist about their craft, especially one so soulful and passionate. Au Bon Climat (loosely translates to a well… read more

The Brothers Kast; Wine & Cheese Class of Italy 6/28

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese

Cheese and wine are old world friends who have a lot of history together. Alsatian Munster with Riesling, Champagne with Triple Crèmes and Stilton with Port are just a few of the classic pairings one can make and be assured that they would be complementary. It is truly a joyous moment to have the perfect wine and cheese harmonize with one another and be enjoyed in the company of friends and family.
My brother, Maximilian… read more

Austria Uncorked

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese

With Father’s Day having just passed, I thought about the fact that my Father attended University in Austria when he was young. It’s a part of my dad’s story that I really know little about, which is also true about my knowledge of Austria’s extensive wealth in the world of cuisine.
Fortunately, it is not hard to find information about this world of culinary treats! As a matter of fact, some of the most famous foods… read more

A Summer of Riesling

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer

A wonderful thing is happening across the US and globally…June 20th begins the “Summer of Riesling.” As participants, Southern Season will be pouring Riesling throughout the summer (as well as various and sundry other products), all 94 days of it!
The rollout of the SoR falls in conjunction with our Friday’s Uncorked Wines of Austria Tasting. We will be sampling 7 different wines from Austria, one of which… read more

Wine Matters

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

With Father’s Day right around the corner, this seems like the perfect opportunity to showcase wines made for grilling. What makes a wine pair better than another for grilled foods? According to a Weber grill watch survey, the top Grill items in America are steak, chicken, hamburgers, salmon and ribs. Pair these with the sensory aromatics of a charcoal grill and what you really need are wines with ripe fruit, firm tannins… read more