Peanuts and Coke aren’t the only drink to incorporate America’s favorite nut. Greg Best is a master mixologist who has worked with peanut ingredients for years, and he loves the flavor that peanuts add to a drink. He was one of the founding partners of the renowned Holeman & Finch Public House, and he recently opened one of the hottest bars in Atlanta today, Ticonderoga Club. Best knows a thing or two about operating a successful mixology program. So we sat down with him to find out how he’s popularizing peanuts behind the bar and get the scoop on his favorite peanut cocktail.
Step into a Texas Roadhouse restaurant, and you’ll immediately notice that they are nuts for peanuts. With peanut shells scattered about the main dining area, you’d be forgiven for mistaking their restaurants for a ballpark stadium instead of a steak house. Complimentary in-shell peanuts on every table are a signature part of their brand identity. But they also serve as a source of pride for the company, and a reflection of their humble values.
Chef Elizabeth Falkner is a tour de force in the culinary world. Not only is she a talented chef, she’s also a fitness fanatic and active with many causes to support women, health awareness and more. We gained some insights about what inspires her, her favorite ways to use peanuts and peanut butter in the kitchen and what she has planned for future.
When I first started my career as a kitchen apprentice, I was attracted to the kitchen brigade in the Western kitchen. Eventually I was recruited to an area where there very few restaurants with authentic Asian food. That was the turning point in my life when I decided to start figuring out how to cook food from home. And I never looked back.
Peanuts and peppers are common ingredients in molé, the national dish of Mexico. Their use is steeped in the rich history of the sauce’s origin. Their shared heritage with the sauce is why peanuts remain an important part of traditional Mexican cuisine, and why some modern variations of molé use peanuts as the predominant ingredient.
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