Finalize menu to print. Four and a half hours to get 10 dishes complete to serve by 6PM. Not my preferred method of operating, but I keep my eyes on the finish line around 10pm tonight, as well as the folks who are looking forward to a memorable meal this evening. I will steward that trust.

The surprise find of the day was a bag of hickory shucks, the hard outer covering of the hickory nut. We will smoke the meatloaf with those this afternoon. As I’ve always heard it said, “It’s the wood that makes it good.”

The Road to Market to Table