This 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.
To 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.
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.
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.