Lee has been a huge proponent of the Farm to Table movement partnering with local growers to serve the freshest ingredients possible. He is so commited to it that he even writes a blog called New Americana Cuisine, a term he coined to describe his cooking style.
What is New Americana Cuisine? Well here’s what Lee thinks it is…
“New Americana Cuisine is a style of cooking involving the creation of dishes with local and seasonal ingredients. It also maintains a connection to the tradition and history of the geographical region and foundation of cultural influences of the people from which it derived. In our case it is entirely hand-crafted, as all things once were. New Americana Cuisine is, therefore, a celebration of our cultural past and an exploration of our cultural evolution.”
And part of the cuisine at the Capital hotel includes delicious offerings like Gulf Shrimp with Pinto Beans, Benton’s Country Ham and Pepper Marmalade or Diver Scallop with Pumpkin, Sweet Onions and Bacon.
Arkansas is so lucky to have Lee and Food and Wine Magazine has noticed how great he is too. Lee is currently in the running for Food and Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef . And in fact, he is currently leading The Midwest Category. So if you love Lee’s cuisine the way I do, please go and vote! Voting ends March 1st.
Day 26 of things I love…Chef Lee Richardson and his New Americana Cuisine. I hope you will visit Ashley’s soon and try it for yourself.