We are thrilled to announce the official air date of the Travel Channel’s upcoming episode of Food Paradise, featuring Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro. The episode, “Hotel Hot Spots” will premiere on Sunday, November 5th at 8:00 pm EST on DIRECTV Channel 277, DISH Channel 196, and Comcast HD Channel 1488 & non-HD Channel 61.
Based on the restaurant’s rave reviews, the Travel Channel contacted Dancing Bear several months ago about featuring The Bistro in their hit series which focuses on, “must-see food spots across the country that offer unique dining experiences.” On June 2nd, they ar...
At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we strive to create uniquely memorable Appalachian cuisine that not only tastes amazing but also, “feeds the soul.” When you dine with us, you’ll be taken on a culinary adventure that is complemented by the beauty and naturally relaxing ambiance of the Great Smoky Mountains, at every turn.
Staying true to her Appalachian roots, Executive Chef Shelley Cooper takes great care and when sourcing the ingredients she uses in her continually evolving, innovative dishes, in order to provide only the freshest and highest quality products available.
Some of these ing...
Authenticity is a word that gets thrown around a lot lately, especially in the culinary scene. Ever since the local food movement took off and eating green became the thing to do, people are craving “real” food that is simple, unprocessed, and has a story. They want to taste a place. As much as we crave something authentic, though, diners also love the exciting and new. There’s never been a bigger moment for fusion cuisines, from bahn mi tacos to poke nachos, made by brilliant cooks with no ties to either cuisine’s place of origin. But at Dancing Bear Lodge, the secret is what happens when a c...
Eating seasonally has always been a huge part of Appalachian heritage. It started thousands of years ago with the Native Americans who hunted and gathered in these hills, and it became a refined practice when they settled into villages where they grew the three sisters: squash, beans, and corn. Cherokee leaders lived in large townhouses atop mounds, from which they could oversee their communities, which cultivated vast communal gardens.
The Cherokee largely lived off fresh produce in the spring and summer, enjoying nuts, berries, mushrooms, and wild plants such as poke and ramps that are still...
Ramps appear in two of the dishes on our current menu, including the Braised Rabbit, which comes with pickled ramps, and the Wild Mushroom “Toast.” If you aren’t familiar with Appalachian cuisine, you might be wondering what on earth a ramp is. If you’re in the know, you might be pretty excited to see this regional ingredient with our spring dishes. The simple answer is that ramps are essentially a wild leek (that’s allium tricoccum to you botanists) indigenous to the eastern United States and especially the Appalachian Mountains.
Ramps have a spicy, pungent flavor similar to spring onions or ...
The Oxford American magazine published an outstanding article on New Appalachian Cuisine In the Spotlight and At the Margins’ Courtney Balestier noted the link between current food trends and traditional Appalachian foodways, and how that link is under recognized amidst the hubbub made over New Southern recipes and buying local. She wrote, “People are, in some sense, rediscovering Appalachian cuisine; they just don’t know it. Without getting swept away “without forgetting that these hunter-gatherer acts represent an era that many barely survived” it’s still important to remember that trends li...
RECIPE: CHEF SHELLEY’S QUICK PICKLED GARDEN VEGETABLES
These pickled garden vegetables are sweet, tart, spicy and crunchy. They complement any meat and are especially delicious with pimento cheese and deviled eggs. Now is broaching peak growing season, so we've included everything we can get our hands on in the mix.
Step 1: Prepare your chosen vegetables and keep them separated.
1 Carrot Peeled, Cut into ¼Inch Thick Sticks
1 Cup Celery Cut into Sticks
1 Cup Radishes
1 Cucumber Cut into Sticks
2 Jalapeno- Keep Seeds If You Want Heat, If Not Remove Seeds & 1/2 Peppers
1 Cup Green Beans Of Choice, Sug...
Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro Chef Shelley Cooper brings a wealth of worldly experience to the table when it comes to fine cuisine. Today, she offers a recipe for a party-perfect snack: Butternut Squash, Burrata and Sage Crostini.
1 large Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 teaspoons canola oil
2 teaspoons (packed) light brown sugar
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
24 fresh sage leaves
2 balls of fresh burrata
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
12 half-inch-thick baguette slices, toasted
Add fresh le...
Set oven to 350 degrees
Clean 1 dozen large squash blossoms
Pick any shells from 1# Best quality fresh crab meat
In a bowl mix 1/8 cup fresh chopped tarragon, Zest and juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 orange, ¼ cup best quality mayonnaise, 2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp white pepper and crab meat. Taste mixture and adjust seasonings to your liking
Gentle stuff crab mixture in blossoms
Place blossoms on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper
Brush blossoms with 1 egg slightly beaten and then lightly dust with ½ cup breadcrumbs
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until crab is hot
Enjoy with green goddess dressing—r...