So, we came to Kinston because there was cheap camping. Then an old Jeep leads to new friends. As part of the Brewery 5th Anniversary we attended a sake tasting event at the gallery owned by our new friends.
This chapter begins at that sake tasting.
Sake and Reality TV?
While MsBoyink and I were seated around the sake table we were joined by two additional couples, Warren & Jane, and “little Warren” & Holly. We made introductions and learned that Warren and Warren were local farmers.
Asking Holly what she did we learned that she was the personal assistant of a local chef..and chef’s local restaurant is featured on a TV show. Warren & Warren are also on the show because they provide many of the fresh local ingredients the restaurant is known for.
Wait, what? A TV show out of this town?
See, we aren’t TV watchers. We haven’t had cable for years - since even before our big shift to nomadic living.
That’s not to say we don’t see movies or the occaisonal TV show via online services like Hulu or Amazon Prime, but we have removed ourselves from that aspect of modern culture and - most times - don’t miss it one bit.
Never Heard of It, Sorry
In this case however I felt a bit embarrassed to say I’d never heard of the show. We still made pleasant conversation around the sake until they went to move on with their night.
Or, so we thought until Jane came back to the sake room and handed us a Post-It note with her name and phone number on it, inviting us to their house on “The Brothers Farm” the following Sunday for brunch and green Bloody Marys.
“Hospitality is what we do” she said with a smile.
Never Say No
We have tried very hard to adopt a never say no philosophy in cases like this. In the past we probably would have played shy, and not wanted to “put them out” at all, but have really learned that some of our most interesting experiences come from saying yes.
So we said yes.
Lost the Address!
And on the way home, promptly lost the Post-It note that Jane had given us.
Ugh. Kicking ourselves we Googled around and managed to scare up a phone number for the farm and got ahold of Warren to RSVP for the event.
We also searched around online to get a sense for the show. The show is entitled A Chef’s Life and covers the story of Chef Vivian Howard and husband Ben Knight leaving NYC to come back to Vivian’s hometown of Kinston and opening a white-cloth farm to table restaurant.
We got ourselves to the Brother’s Farm on Sunday and walked up to a nice spread of food on the large covered porch.
We met a number of people and hung out under the live oaks while Jane continued to bring out the food including a green smoothie for Miranda and plates of scrambled farm eggs and cinnamon toast to die for for us.
With full bellies we then climbed into the back of a pickup for a ride over to where the produce is grown. Warren is a 5th generation farmer and with his southern style and quick wit was an excellent bare-footed guide through the farm.