SWINE SUMMER CHEF TAKEOVER
Swine Southern Table and Bar announces a new chef residency program with guest Chef Ben Vaughn
Swine Southern Table and Bar, the award-winning southern eatery from the creator of southern sensations, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar and the fast casual concept, Spring Chicken, announce a unique guest chef residency with acclaimed chef, Ben Vaughn. Kicking off the holiday weekend, on July 5th and lasting through August 2016, Chef Vaughn’s sizzling summer takeover will introduce menu items that pay homage to his passion for southern cuisine, while still delivering delectable dishes that have made the restaurant a South Florida staple.
“I was lucky to meet Ben during the filming of one of his shows in Las Vegas and we immediately connected due to our Southern upbringings,” says John Kunkel, CEO and Founder of 50 Eggs, Inc. “We have been looking for a project to collaborate on for some time now, so I am thrilled to have him as part of our 50 Eggs team for the summer,” continues Kunkel.
Chef Vaughn is a best-selling author and Food Network host. His latest book, Southern Routes, chronicles his journey as he searches to discover the best dishes and restaurants from North Carolina to Texas. Chef Vaughn will be returning to television this summer with an upcoming show on the Travel Channel.
“I am passionate about southern cuisine and excited about incorporating my unique version of classic southern staples into the Swine menu,” say Chef Vaughn. “I look forward to creating new and inspiring dishes that will delight guests but still pay homage to the original roots and recipes,” says Vaughn.
During his two month takeover period, Chef Vaughn will be overhauling the Swine menu, while continuing to humbly honor the south by showcasing the best qualities of pork. The revamped menu, which will feature rotating dishes daily, will be inclusive of staples such as Line Caught Wood Grilled Grouper Cheeks, Celery Root Gnocchi with Vanilla Bean Buerre Blanc, Wood Fired Lamb T-bone with Carolina Gold Hoppin’ John, Heirloom Carrots and Melted Leeks and Smoked Pork Belly with Braised Mustard Greens, Delta Farms Rice Grits and Romesco Butter. Swine’s beverage program, boasting a wide selection of beers and an extensive whiskey and bourbon collection, will also feature a brand new cocktail program, curated by Juan Coronado of the famed Bar Mini in DC. The program will be rolling out in conjunction with the summer menu and include refreshing cocktails like Zona Rosa with Bacardi Superior, pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, muddled strawberry, angostura bitters and fresh mint and Kentucky Mule, made with Buffalo Trace, lime juice, angostura bitters, whiskey barrel bitters, Indi ginger beer and candied ginger.
Swine is located at 2415 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, Florida 33134. For more information, please visit www.runpigrun.com.
50 Eggs, Inc.
Founded by John Kunkel, 50 Eggs Inc. is a multi-faceted, full-service culinary and hospitality firm focused on developing cutting-edge brands with unparalleled dining experiences. As CEO of one of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “Coolest Multi-concept Companies in the Land”, John owns and operates the James Beard nominated and award winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami and Las Vegas, Swine Southern Table & Bar in Miami, Spring Chicken in Miami and Fort Lauderdale and is also known for creating and developing the fast casual national concept chain Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach opened to immediate fanfare in 2011. Since then, it has remained one of the city’s most popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants, including a nod from the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant” in 2012. Kunkel opened in a second Yardbird Southern Table in Las Vegas in The Venetian’s Restaurant Row in early 2015.