Chef John Fleer Tag

Chef John Fleer Tag

James Beard Best Chef restaurant

Chef John Fleer nominated for James Beard Award

We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Chef, John Fleer, has once again been recognized by the prestigious James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Best Chef: Southeast award.  John has had a long standing relationship with the James Beard Foundation.  He was named “Rising Star of the 21st Century” in 1999 when he was at Blackberry Farm.  He has been a semi-finalist for Best Chef: Southeast four times, with three of those occasions resulting in a nominee recognition.  His last nomination was in 2012.  We are thrilled for John and are crossing our fingers that this year will be his year.  We hope you will too.

Looking back…and ahead

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As we wrap up 2013 and begin 2014, we wanted to share our year in review.

Lonesome Valley continues to be attractive from a real estate perspective, selling a total of 15 homesites and 2 more contracts already in place this year. After several years of enduring a stagnant real estate market, we are beginning to see property values appreciate again, and we welcome the improvement. Our new members (including a pair of bald eagles!) are excited to be a part of Lonesome Valley and many are well underway with house plans.  In addition, a new “spec” cottage will soon to be completed on Long Lake.

To date, 60 owners have purchased 74 lots, and 25 houses are either built or are near completion. We are currently developing 18 spectacular new lots along the West Fork of Logan Creek for immediate release this spring/summer.  We currently have listed 5 resale lots and 2 resale homes. Our resale ratio is quite low compared to other communities, further evidence of the overall health and appeal of Lonesome Valley.

On the amenity side, we have begun the full renovation of the “Caretaker’s Cottage” which will open as the new Canyon Spa in May. The Spa will include three treatment rooms, a well appointed reception area and men’s and ladies’ changing areas.  In addition, we will continue to improve our fishing, trails, roadsides, signs, gates as well as the general landscaping and appearance of the community. In 2014 Lonesome Valley should look the best it ever has.

Canyon Kitchen enjoyed another outstanding year that featured a booming a la carte business in addition to many successful wine dinners and special events.  Along with John Fleer’s successful opening of his new restaurant, Rhubarb, in Asheville, his culinary staff at Canyon Kitchen has done a superb job.  John will be sharing his time between Cashiers and Asheville beginning this spring. We also commend Canyon Kitchen and our Special Events team for receiving the BizBash Event Style Award for Best Wedding Venue in North America for 2013!

We are planning more member gatherings this winter. Our goal is to continue to build our relationships as a community and have a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Davis Family Wine Dinner

It was a beautiful summer evening in Lonesome Valley on Saturday, June 22nd when we hosted a special wine dinner featuring Davis Family Vineyard wines in our acclaimed vegetable and flower garden.  Twenty four lucky guests enjoyed a picnic style meal under the willow tree while paired with some of the best Davis Family wines.  Owner and winemaker, Guy Davis, joined in on the fun and discussed how the wines paired with Chef John Fleer’s menu for the evening.  Guests raved about the snacks of Duck Liver Pate, Berber Pizza and Squash Fritters.  For the main portion of the meal, Leek Braised Rabbit Legs, Pinchito Roasted Okra and Chicharones of Lamb Belly were among the highlights.  Canyon Kitchen Pastry Chef, Chelsea Raby, provided the sweet treats to end the evening including Pecan Pie Cannoli that guests were still talking about days later.  Overall is was a beautiful evening filled with great food and wine and the view wasn’t bad either.  A big thank you to Guy Davis for joining us for this special night here in the Valley.

Chef & Guy Davis

Chef John Fleer and Winemaker Guy Davis

Chef Fleer expands to Asheville

A BIG congratulations to our Executive Chef John Fleer who will be opening a restaurant in downtown Asheville by fall.  Since John arrived in Cashiers, it has always been his intent to open his own place in Asheville in addition to being at the helm of Canyon Kitchen and it all seems to finally be coming together.  The Asheville restaurant has the working name of 7 Pack due to its location on Pack Square.  He will be taking a deeper look at Southern cuisine and basing his menus on the roots of this culinary genre.  The style will be a bit different than what he does here at CK but of course with John, it is sure to be delicious.

As the restaurant takes shape will we be sure to keep you updated.  I know we are looking forward to more opportunities to enjoy John’s food.  Who will be joining us on opening day?