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.  Since that time, Adam and the Canyon Kitchen culinary team have been recognized for their outstanding work and participated in prestigious culinary events, including a return appearance at the James Beard House 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.

Thursday, May 25th, Friday, May 26th, and Saturday, May 27th 

The menu may change due to availability, quality and the whim of the chef.  


50 Shades of Green

Rock Shrimp Ceviche, Compressed Honey Dew, Cilantro
Tomatillo Sauce, Cucumber, Radish, Fir Shoots
Szechuan Button, Mezcal, Sea Salt, Topeka Caviar


“Sweep the leg Johnny!”

Soft Shell Crab “Chili Relleno”, Johnny Cake Tempura
Johnny Red Grits, Queso Fresca, Poblano Sauce


“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse…”

Nduja Arancini, Marcona Romesco, Preserved Lemon Aioli, Parsley Salad


“It’s a Fugazi, forget about it!”

Wild Salmon Pastrami, Horseradish Turnips
Rye Crust, Bagnarotte, Bok Choy “Kraut”


“Chip, I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey!”

Tea Brined Pork Loin, Anson Mills Clay Pot Beans
Greens, Roasted Carrots, Tasso Sauce, Cider Molasses


The Titanic

Ribeye Filet, “Loaded Potato”, Benton Bacon, House Sour Cream, Chive
Southern Harmony Aged Cheddar, Asparagus, Shrooms, Demi


“If he’s trying to drive me crazy it’s too late.”

Strawberry Pie, Pink Lemonade Curd, Cream Cheese Crémeux
Lavender Sable Cookie, Vanilla Ice Cream


“It ain’t got no gas in it.”

Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Corn Cake, Citrus Ganache
Kettle Corn Lace, Milk Crumble, Blueberry Sherbet


“The suspense is terrible…. I hope it will last!”

Bar of Chocolate Cake, Peanut Macaroons, Whipped Milk Chocolate
Salted Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Sorbet



Dinner $68

Plus 20% 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

Book Online


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.


$68 for 4 courses, plus drinks, tax and 20% gratuity.

Corkage Fee:

$30 corkage fee per 750mL

Upcoming Events:

May 24th – Chateau Montelena Back Vintage Tasting

June 21st –  Davis Family Wine Dinner

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