We are so proud of being one of the 21 West Virginia businesses included in the Bon Appetit Appalachia! food map/guide. Alissa and Seth Clayton were in Charleston at the Capitol Market on Tuesday (July 15, 2014) to serve samples during a launch event hosted by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. (The Chili Queen and the rest of the crew stayed in Webster Springs to finish a major project!)
Alissa used her iPhone to tape Gov. Tomblin’s remarks for her mom and the rest of the team when something quite exciting happened. His Honor gave a major shout-out to Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili and The Custard Stand restaurants. Watch the video to see what he had to say (you may need to turn up the volume):
“West Virginia is home to an authentic and vibrant agricultural community, and we’re proud to host the national launch of the Bon Appétit Appalachia map-guide in the Mountain State,” Gov. Tomblin said. “The diverse culinary heritage of West Virginia and the Appalachian region provides us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase our local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and a number of other culinary destinations and events.”
Gov. Tomblin also stopped by to grab a hot dog with Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili.
The Appalachian Regional Commission produced the Bon Appetit Appalachia food guide to celebrate the rich, diverse culinary scene in 13 states. The print version of the guide features 283 eateries and food businesses, while the digital version features nearly 600. The map appears as an insert in the summer 2014 edition of Food Traveler magazine.
Earl F. Gohl, the Appalachian Regional Commission Federal co-chairman, toured the 13-state region last month with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. Growth in local food systems has been one of the most promising economic developments the region has seen in decades, Gohl said Tuesday in Charleston.