Sam Stachon grew up farming. In Michigan, Sam preserved vegetables, tapped maple trees for syrup and raised animals. He attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, and opened King's Kitchen with the Noble Restaurant Group. Hickory, NC called him, and now he's the executive chef at one of the hottest restaurants in the NC foothills. We can't wait to see what happens when two farmers at heart -- Krenz and Stachon -- fire up the kitchen!
Chef Kyle McKnight was at the helm of Highland Avenue Restaurant (which earned a 2015 nod from Southern Living as one of the South's Best Restaurants) when he joined Fullsteam Brewery at our April Collaborative Dinner last year. Sean Lily Wilson is a North Carolina beer pioneer and JamesBeard semi-finalist nominee for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. This year, the two teamed up to open the new Fullsteam kitchen in Durham.