Stephanie Tyson,/chef and co-owner of Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem’s Arts District, will headline the Soul Food Week Dinner at Chicago’s award-winning Big Jones Restaurant on January 20. Chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones will be offering diners “a soul food family dinner” prepared from recipes in Chef Stephanie’s two books, “Sweet Potatoes, Well, Shut My Mouth” and “Soul Food Odyssey”.
Chef Stephanie and Sweet Potatoes co-owner and front-of-the-house manager Vivian Joiner will be guests of honor and make comments and answer questions from diners about cooking with soul and their successful restaurant venture in Winston-Salem where they were pioneers in the city’s fledgling Arts District. “We are delighted and honored to be invited,” said Joiner. “Big Jones was named Best New Restaurant in Chicago in 2009 and our friend Chef Paul was nominated for the Beard Foundation Best Chef in the Great Lakes title three years running – 2013, 2014, 2015.”
Chef Paul visited Winston-Salem about a year ago where he prepared a luncheon based on recipes from his Big Jones Cookbook. The luncheon at Meridian Restaurant hosted by Chef/owner Mark Grohman of Meridian and Chef John Bobby of Noble’s broke new culinary ground in Winston-Salem when the three chefs demonstrated butchery as luncheon guests gathered around at the end of the meal.
The menu at the January 20 dinner at Big Jones, located at 5347 North Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood, will include colloloo, catfish NOLA, red rice, crackling cornbread, braised short ribs with mushrooms, smother cabbage and collard greens, fried green tomatoes and fried okra, and Bernetha Weldon’s red velvet pound cake. Appetizers will include butterbean hummus on sweet potato biscuit chips, Carolina crab dip with benne crackers, and salmon croquettes with remoulade.
Chef Stephanie and Joiner describe their award-winning brand of cooking as “unique, southern inspired uptown, down – home cooking.” It continues to draw accolades and invitations for the two to make special appearances and participate in book signings throughout the southeast. “ Chicago is a big leap for us,’ said Chef Stephanie, “and we are excited to be able to share our recipes and talk about cooking with soul with folks who are not quite as familiar with southern, down-home cooking as our diners here.”.
Chef Paul knows something about soul, also. He has studied southern cooking, researched old recipes and consistently offers diners at Big Jones southern-inspired dishes. “When we met, I immediately felt a culinary kinship,” said Chef Stephanie Chef Stephanie, whose own friend chicken has drawn accolades, pointed out that Bon Appetit magazine declared Chef Paul’s fried chicken “Best Fried Chicken North of the Mason Dixon Line.” “That’s saying something,” she said.