Some of the best artisanal goat cheese in the country is made and sold in the little town of Elkmont, Alabama. Belle Chevre has been around for about 20 years producing award-winning chevre (French for “goat cheese”). In fact, the different varieties of Belle Chevre have been awarded over 50 national awards from the American Cheese Society and other institutions.
On October 12th, Belle Chevre hosted Southern Reinvention – an event that celebrated the “South’s traditions while, at the same time, embracing change and evolving with time.”
Those who attended were served some truly delicious Southern fare. Below are a few pictures of the tasty delights from Jim ‘N Nicks.
Cornbread and condiments.
A paleo lover’s dream.
Jim ‘N Nick’s started cooking pork “low and slow” in 1985 when Nick, along with his dad Jim, reclaimed an old dry cleaners on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL where they opened the first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Today, with 30 restaurants in 7 states, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has become a Southern institution. Jim ‘N Nicks website
Stills Crossroads shared there recipe and samples of a delightful, fruity appetizer.
Yes, there is legal moonshine in Alabama.
Attendees also had some delicious bites to sample from the folks at Cooking Light.
Deviled Eggs (above) and Salted Caramel Cheesecake (below).
The chili below is featured in the October edition of Southern Living.
Fresh produce for the chili.
Back Forty Beer Co. – This honey had a nice, mild taste.
Pull up a chair, have a slice of pie, and strike up a conversation. Check out the video below to learn more about Pie Lab.
Handcrafted Pumpkin Popsicle by The Overall Company. Insanely delicious! And it was made with organic milk. Yea!
There were several seating areas made with pallets.
Continuing the rustic motif, lights inside the creamery made using pallets.
Rolling goats milk cheese into logs.
Artisinal goods for sale inside the creamery.
It appears that “honey” is the crowd favorite.
I concur that “honey” is a winner!
Tasia Malakasis was so kind to autograph her book for me. She is beautiful inside and out.
Antique store in downtown Elkmont.
This cake must have been really good.
“I wish I were in the land of cotton, old times they are not forgotten; Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.”
If you ever find yourself on Interstate 65 near Elkmont, consider making the short trip to Belle Chevre. The Tasting Room hours are:
- Tuesday – Friday : 8-5
- Saturday : 9-6
- Sunday : 11-4
18849 Upper Fort Hampton Rd
Elkmont, AL 35620