June 2019

Dear Crook's family,

The walk-in cooler is filling up with the small containers, boxes, and bags from our nearby growers and producers. One of the most exciting aspects of the food community here is our proximity and connection to the small-scale agriculture around us, and this is the time of year when it starts to kick into high gear.

This week you can find Betsey's Italian pole beans, squash, and cucumbers on the menu. Justin has turned the cucumbers into a wildly flavorful salad with crispy garlic, chili oil, and NC Shad roe bottarga. You've never had anything like this at Crook's before.

He has also prepared a Local Squash Gratin to accompany Hoppin' John, collards, and grilled corn on a Southern Vegetable Sampler; and this weekend we have a gorgeous, bountiful Fried NC Seafood Platter with whole shrimp, soft shell crab, oysters, French fries, and corn. 

Justin, Shannon, and Gary took our Oysters, Shrimp and Grits, and Frozen Mint Julepto the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival last weekend. If you were there, I hope you got to see them hard at work and to sample some fantastic food. If not, we got you covered right here. No need to travel far for delicious! (Besides, the Crook's patio is a whole lot cooler than Atlanta.)

We have a game to play. Leah, our sales representative at US Foods, brought us a large, pig-shaped cookie cutter the other day. We will make one set of pig-shaped pancakes at brunch every week. Whoever gets the pigcakes (at random) instead of their regular order gets them for free. Come try your luck!

Please take the opportunity to check out Maria Frati's beautiful mixed-media paintings on display throughout the month of June.

Make your reservations any time through the Resy portal on our website, with the Resy app, or by calling us at (919) 929-7643.

Thank you for your continued friendship and patronage. As always, you are why we do what we do.


Susie Williamson