Belle Chevre’s Southern Reinvention Day

October 15, 2013 | By | Comments (6)

IMG_2466This past Saturday, world-renown goat cheese maker Tasia Malakasis took her home-grown, award-winning business Belle Chevre to yet another level by transforming a former cotton warehouse into a new 8,000-square-foot creamery in the small but spirited town Elkmont, Alabama.

IMG_2464To celebrate the creamery’s opening, Tasia hosted the first Southern Reinvention Day, a gathering of Southern artisans including fashion designers Natalie Chanin and Billy Reid, MasterChef winner  Whitney Miller, and a host of local businesses.


Belle Chevre’s Tasia with Cooking Light editor Scott Mowbray

Samovar Gardens kept guests cool with quart jars of iced tea while they waited for Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ. The Overall Company and Pie Lab served strawberry-balsamic popsicles and slices of pecan pie while our friends at Cooking Light dished out deviled eggs. Sadly, Gadsden’s Back 40 didn’t have their beer on hand, but they did have bottles of their beer-flavored vinegar and honey.


U.G. White General Mercantile from Athens, Alabama packed up their vintage truck for the occasion.

Hungry attendees and longtime readers were happy to see Southern Living‘s Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin who demonstrated how to make our October issue’s Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime.


Check out Belle Chevre’s website for more information on visiting their cheese shop and tasting room and upcoming events at the creamery.


  1. Mary Catherine Folmar

    Had so much fun at this event representing Cotton + Quill with custom stationery and recipe cards for Belle Chevre!

    October 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm
  2. Bob Smith

    This event was such a wonderful southern Celebration put together by Tasia and Belle Chevre! We loved every bit, especially that amazing tea! It really hit the spot on such a warm day. The Samovar Gardens family is so cute and passionate about their work.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm
  3. Sarah Joy

    Wow, what a Day! Great job Tasia! We LOVED those moonshine persimmons. Also, who knew tea could be SO GOOD, especially with local herbs and fruit??? It was amazing!

    October 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm
  4. Anna Sue Canida

    I am so proud to be southern. Belle Chevre and everyone there nailed it! The food was great and I never though I would say that I love Carmel Apple Pie tea. Samovar Gardens is my new favorite! I love tea and mason jars! Those goats were soooo cute too :-D

    October 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm
  5. Cindy Gill

    You’ll make me wish this PA girl were southern!

    October 17, 2013 at 10:29 am
  6. Jessica B.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this event. Great food, great crowd, and great fun! My only disappointment is that I forgot to pick up the recipe card for the amazing pickled okra deviled eggs!

    October 18, 2013 at 9:31 am