Canyon Kitchen

True to its history and agrarian roots, Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen offers a humble yet extraordinary connection to food that both sustains and entertains the senses. Massive oak beams define the structure of Jennings Barn and its open-air dining. Broad, rolling meadows and magnificent granite faces set the scene. Guests are invited to stroll through the gardens; enjoy the soft hues of sunset and the dazzling display of fireflies. Nature’s aperitif.

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Executive Chef Adam Hayes is a North Carolina native with more than 18 years of experience working with leading restaurants and hotels in the region. He grew up working alongside his grandmother in her bakery in Asheboro, NC.  In his late teens, Adam took a job as a fry cook at a sandwich shop, and he was hooked on the energy, creativity and camaraderie of working in a restaurant.  Shortly thereafter, he fell in love with the woman who is now his wife, and they decided to attend culinary school together. Chef Hayes has spent much of his career at the helm of some of the most renowned restaurants and resorts in the region.  He spent five years as the executive chef of the highly acclaimed Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville.  In that role, he received many awards and accolades including hosting a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York where he used all North Carolina ingredients in the meal.  After a short stint at Barnsley Resort, a luxury boutique resort located north of Atlanta, Chef Adam joined the team at Lonesome Valley in early 2015.  Adam and the Canyon Kitchen culinary team will be returning to the James Beard House for a dinner in November 2016. The award-winning chef is thrilled for this season and is committed to continuing Canyon Kitchen’s tradition of using fresh, locally sourced produce (some from the gardens of Lonesome Valley), meat, poultry and fish in the daily modified menu.

Canyon Kitchen Daily Menu

Fresh, seasonal ingredients are at the heart of Canyon Kitchen’s culinary philosophy. As a result, the menu changes regularly or due to availability, quality, or the whim of the chef.

The menu for Thursday, September 15th and Friday, September 16th.  Canyon Kitchen will be closed for a private event on Saturday, September 17th.  Menu may change due to availability, quality and the whim of the chef.


The Pans in the Yella

Eggplant Croutons, Juusto Cheese Croutons, White Bread Croutons,

Marinated Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Garden Herbs, Muscadine Vinaigrette


Low Country in Cabo

Jalapeño Cheese Grits Chili Relleno, Johnny Cake Batter, Micro Cilantro,

Port Royal Shrimp, Tasso Gravy, Guajillo Sauce


No Soup for You!

Short Rib Steamed Bun, Shiitake Mushrooms, Butternut Squash, Baby Mustard Greens, Mushroom Miso Broth


How Did the Redfish Get So Black?

Blackened Redfish, Red Rice, Cucumber Salad, Pea Shoots


Smoked on the Water

Smoked Pork Loin, Desiree Potato Au Gratin, Fried Squash, Apple Cider Gastrique


The Shortest Loin on Earth

Grilled Elk Loin, Sweet Potato Puree, Cremini Mushrooms, Golden Beets,

Braised Greens, Blackberry Demi-Glace



Sweet Home Lonesome Valley

Fried Sweet Biscuit, Roasted Hillside Caramel Apples, Oat Streusel Crunch, Autumn Olive Puree,

Cinnamon Crème Anglaise, Dolce De Leche Ice Cream



Doughnut Bread Pudding, Peanut Brittle, Torched Figs, Foie Gras Mousse,

Brown Butter Ice Cream, Red Wine Gastrique, Dark Chocolate Sauce


Sparks Will Fly

Daquoise Cake Brie Mousse, Ck Raspberry Gelie, Almond Creameux,

Grilled Pear, Hazelnut Ice Cream, Ck Raspberry Sauce, Lemon Crème Anglaise, Honey Comb Candy


Dinner $56

Plus An 18% Service Charge And Tax, Not Including Beverages.

Canyon Kitchen is open seasonally, Wednesday through Sunday nights for dinner (5pm-9pm) from May – October.

For reservations (828) 743-7967

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150 Lonesome Valley Rd Sapphire, NC 28774 We are located 2.5 miles east from Cashiers on Hwy 64 East. Turn left into Lonesome Valley and follow the signs to Canyon Kitchen. *Click to see map below.


Reservations for dinner are suggested. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres are available at the garden bar without a reservation (weather permitting).

Dress Code:

Mountain casual, no coat or tie required.


Full bar is available along with an extensive wine selection.

Private Events:

Email Sarah Jennings, Event Director or call (828) 743-7696.


$56 – $66 depending on the evening, plus drinks, tax and 18% gratuity.

Corkage Fee:

$30 corkage fee per 750mL

Upcoming Events:

November 11 – Highland’s Food & Wine, Highlands, NC

November 17 – James Beard Foundation Dinner, New York, NY


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