We love sourcing locally and we’re very excited about the evolution of North Carolina’s viticulture over the last few decades (let alone centuries). We’ve come a long way from being referred to as the scuppernong state (America’s first grape) and we’re now known as the only place in the world where every major type of grape is grown. We’re home to more than 400 vineyards and 100 wineries and our wines are getting more complex and interesting all the time.
On Saturday, September 13, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market (2914 Sandy Ridge Rd, Colfax, NC) will open its doors from noon to 6 pm for the 12th Annual Taste Carolina Wine Festival. More than 23 wineries will be represented and a musical line-up of Evan and Dana, The Plaids, Andrew Gibson and the Back Porch Orchestra will entertain attendees. The event is sponsored by the Greensboro Jaycees and General Admission is $30. VIP tickets are $40. Two of our favorite wineries – Hazel Jean Vineyards and Stonefield Cellars will be there!
To follow up our fall love-fest with NC wine we are having our Stonefield Cellars Wine Pairing Dinner on Thursday, September 25 at 7pm. The event is 49$ per person and we’ll be serving four amazing courses with a surprise thrown in for good measure! Call us for a reservation now as seating is limited! (336.379.9414)
Make your reservations now folks! On Thursday, September 25, Chef Matt Adams will prepare a four-course wine dinner paired with selections from neighboring Stokesdale's Stonefield Cellars Winery. Seating is limited so call us at 336-379-9414. Cost is $49 per person. Here's a sneak peek at the menu!:
First Course: Grilled North Carolina shrimp in a tomato wash with roasted zucchini cubes, crisp parsnips and a cilantro garnish paired with Stonefield Cellars Chardonnay.
Second Course: Fresh mahi-mahi in a sherry cream sauce with roasted scallions and jalapeno cornbread served with Mountain Mama Madness White Reserve.
Main Course: Espresso-seared lamb with purple mashed potatoes and asparagus with a rosemary demi-glace accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dessert: Tempura-fried goat cheese with candied walnuts and a honey drizzle and alongside it a Midnight Moonlight Blend.
We are also plotting a secret course pairing for your pleasure, so please join us for a very special evening!
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is a gourmet extravaganza and auction and Southern Lights is proud to be a part of it! The event takes place on Thursday, October 2 at 6 pm at the Empire Room and our own Chef Matthew Adams and team will be on hand.
The event pays tribute to some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the area and benefits the nation's top mother and baby non-profit.
Greensboro's finest will prepare a culinary array of their unique specialties for event guests. In addition, live and silent auctions will offer a variety of items, including travel, entertainment and dining packages. For more information please contact Jonathon Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 231-3766.
On Thursday, September 25, Chef Matt Adams will prepare a four-course wine dinner paired with selections from neighboring Stokesdale's Stonefield Cellars Winery. We're still working on the pairings but please save the date and call for reservations as seating is limited (336-379-9414). Cost is $49 per person. Here's a sneak peek at the menu!:
Grilled North Carolina shrimp in a tomato wash with roasted zucchini cubes, crisp parsnips and a cilantro garnish.
Fresh mahi-mahi in a sherry cream sauce with roasted scallions and jalapeno cornbread.
Espresso-seared lamb with purple mashed potatoes and asparagus with a rosemary demi-glace.
Tempura-fried goat cheese with candied walnuts and a honey drizzle.
More info to come!
The Staff at Southern Lights
As summer eases into fall we've switched up our specials to bring value and quality to our customers. In addition to our fresh daily offerings, we're continuing the Monday half-price burger special because -- apparently -- you can't get enough of it. It IS called the "Reference Burger" for a reason!
On Tuesdays we invite you to Create-A-Salad at half-price. We have book clubs, girls-night-out groups, the after-work set and a host of regulars who enjoy this weekly treat.
Wednesday is our famous Mussel Night, where we serve up a steaming hot bowl of these bodacious bivalves in different incarnations for just $8.
Wines by the glass are half-price on Thursday and we've just updated our list, so please join us for a taste!
On Fridays we invite you to sample our Reserve Wine List for 25% off. It's a great way to make date night special or just treat yourself!
Saturdays we up the ante with half-price Mimosas and Bloody Marys, so enjoy a leisurely lunch, afternoon cocktail or dinner with us to wind down the week.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Team at Southern Lights
On Thursday, August 7, artist and art educator Connie Logan filled our private room with aspiring artists. Canvasses on easels lined the linear space and Connie held court as one of our artists in residence.
Part of the restaurant's extension -- The Gallery at Southern Lights -- Connie's class is one of a number of events that we will be hosting throughout the year to expand art awareness in the community.
The Gallery at Southern Lights welcomes your feedback on events, artists and issues facing the area arts community. Contact us at email@example.com or 336.379.9414.
August c'est arrive at Southern Lights and we are in high summer harvest heaven. We've gazpacho'd the watermelon and tomatoes, pie'd the blueberries, slivered the corn into dishes and cobbler'd the peaches. Now, inspired by a customer, we're bringing the South of France to you via ratatouille Nicoise.
"We cube the squash, eggplant, zucchini and chop the garlic and saute that in olive oil with oregano and basil from our garden. Then filets of plum tomatoes that have been blanched and deskinned go in with white wine and salt and pepper. And then we just let the flavors of the vegetables speak for themselves," says John. "I love getting inspired by our customers!"
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, we celebrated our 29th with the launch of The Gallery at Southern Lights! We had more than 20 artists represented throughout the restaurant, patio and gallery and upwards of 300 event attendees. Some of the favored artists were on hand including Connie Logan, Denise Landi, Scott Harris, Pat Griggs, Tim and Amy Kluttz, Irarado, Kim Mchone, Kevin Rutan, Betty Trotter, Lawrence Feir, Hinda Berkelhammer, Leanne Pizio and fish man Frank Russell.
John spent the better part of the day shucking oysters for shooters that were accompanied by Southern sangria, watermelon gazpacho, pimento cheese crostinis, deviled eggs, oysters and much more! Molly Miller and Casey Horton of Amelia’s Mechanics and Mal Devisa took turns rocking the gallery and welcoming the Triad arts community to the new experience that is Southern Lights!
En Vino Veritas
It’s been said that in wine there is truth, and the Southern Light’s staff knows a thing or two about both. On Sunday, June 8, Bistro staffers and friends gathered for a rigorous tasting of scores of reds, whites and roses in an effort to update the list.
Partner Clyde Collins assembled a cascading flow chart’s worth of tasting notes from the group and came up with the following new offerings available by bottle or in 6oz. or 3oz. pours:
Laguna Chardonnay – Russian River Valley, CA $38/$10/$5.50
Maso Canali Pinot Grigio – Trentino, Italy $28/$8/$4.50
Astoria Pinot Grigio – Veneto, Italy $23/$6.50/$3.50
Overstone Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, NZL $24/$6.75/$3.75
Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc – Napa, CA $33/$8.25/$4.75
Kiona Riesling – Benton City, WA $24/$6.75/$3.75
Aveleda Vinho Verde – Portugal $18/$5.25/$3
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz – Barossa Valley, Australia $28/$8/$4.50
Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend – Napa Valley, CA $28/$8/$4.50
Joel Gott Alakai Grenache Blend – Saint Helena, CA $31/$8.25/$4.75
Join us on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 8pm at Southern Lights Bistro, 2415-A Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, for the official launch of the new gallery.
We’ll be serving up Southern sangria, watermelon gazpacho, pimento cheese crostinis, deviled eggs, oysters and much more! Molly Miller of Amelia’s Mechanics and friends will be on hand to play a few tunes and art is on display throughout the building.
Well known for our art-adorned walls for close to three decades – we are celebrating our birthday with a new installation of works by some of the favored artists over the years including Connie Logan, Kevin Rutan, Betty Trotter, Lawrence Feir, Hinda Berkelhammer, Leanne Pizio and fish man Frank Russell.
We’re also inviting the Triad arts community to come forth. We’re excited about expanding The Gallery at Southern Lights and nurturing new talent. So come on out! We want to meet you, get your feedback and welcome you to the new experience of today’s Southern Lights.
Kevin Rutan – Painter
Kevin Rutan has been a decorative artist for over 20 years. A graduate in faux woods and faux marbles from the prestigious Guegan Institute of France, he has introduced faux finishing to thousands of students. He has worked with top designers, historical groups and some of the finest homes in the United States. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Southern Living and McCall’s. Kevin teaches at his studio, Fe Fi Faux, in Greensboro, North Carolina. His clientele includes the vice president of the United States, the governor of North Carolina, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood director Chris Columbus among many others. His fine art commands attention as well and we are lucky to have his work on display at The Gallery at Southern Lights.
Leanne Pizio – Potter
Leanne Pizio is a potter and painter interested in creating art about life, animals, birds, kings and queens, fairy tales, and the like. Everything she makes is hand made personally and made in her home studio. All pottery is food safe unless stated otherwise.
Connie Logan – Painter
Connie Logan is an impressionist painter and instructor and paints landscapes, figure studies, portraits, still lifes, and plein aire studies with the heart of an impressionist. Her colors are rich and intense and her compositions are carefuly planned with texture, accomplished brushwork, and dramatic light and contrast. Although she enjoys much diversity of style the common theme is deeply intimate and spiritual, revealing peace, joy, beauty, and hope. Connie teaches impressionist painting classes, lectures, and juries shows and has exhibited her own work in over thirty galleries, restaurants, and museums regionally. She opens her own studio twice a year to the public. She is currently teaching over 60 adult students at her own studio.
Lawrence Feir -- Sculptor
“My artwork conveys the way I see the world. My sculpture process has evolved over the years and it is my hope to convey these forms to the viewer in a thought-provoking manner.
I think that art should be meaningful and stir emotion in the hearts and minds of the people of view it.
I believe that real inspiration comes from the creative process itself. The more I work, the more ideas I get. The best ones come in an instant, usually while I’m doing some of the most mundane of tasks. Some of my best ideas occurred to me as I was stepping into the shower or waiting at a stop light. I like to look for things which - when juxtaposed - create a new meaning that is more than just a sum of the two parts. It's always exciting to find this accidently happening without my interference of deliberate thought. I’ve never been able to just “buckle down and make some art”.
I hope that my work inspires other people, and maybe makes this world a little better place to live."
Frank Russell – Artmaker
Frank Russell continues to amaze his collectors with uncanny skill & intuitive genius as one of the the south’s most prolific and popular makers of found object art. His choices of found objects, cast-off, manufactured and recycled materials must be seen to be believed. Every sea creature imaginable is delightfully executed and “reborn to be wild.” Sharks, hammerheads, crabs, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, jellyfish, bill fish, sea turtles, rays, eels, sea horses as well as every other fish you can name ... permanently assembled from ironing boards, musical instruments, tin roofs, cooking utensils, bowling pins, fruitcake tins, bicycle and automobile parts, chandeliers, sports equipment, almost anything metal.
Most are life-sized and quite accurate as to detail, profile and posture.
Betty Trotter – Mixed Media
Betty Trotter is a collage artist who creates archival quality works on canvas using mixed media, found objects, and hand-made papers. Growing up in Albemarle NC and rural Stanly County, she was inspired since early childhood by nature’s beauty, especially the waters of Lake Tillery. As an elementary school teacher for over 15 years, Betty delighted in integrating art into every subject. She enriched student’s lives with art and art history, just as her mother and aunts did for her as a child.
Betty has made Greensboro NC her home for the last 25 years and has created fresh art in her downtown studio on South Elm Street. She also spends much of her time in Valle Crucis NC, being inspired by the mystic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the graceful waters of the Watauga River. Her collage process includes application of acrylic paint to tissue as well as ‘rusting’ tissue by using a vinegar oxidation technique. Found objects in Betty’s work range from old WW II letters to handcrafted transfers of every imaginable image.
A COMING OF AGE FOR CURATED, CASUAL, CLASSIC CUISINE
As we rapidly approach our 29th birthday here at the bistro, we’re celebrating with a new website, foodie-friendly blog, social media campaign and a slew of events and specials that takes Southern Lights from a brick and mortar restaurant to a complete experience.
We’re also taking stock of what we’ve learned over the last three decades. As a gathering place for friends, foodies and families for nearly thirty years, we’ve learned to listen to our patrons. We’ve maintained many of our classic sandwiches and entrees but kept abreast of both global and local culinary movements with seasonality and freshness playing key roles. Today’s Southern Lights is still a neighborhood bistro specializing in innovative cuisine as well as classic, modern American fare – but we have a lot more to offer than just what’s on the menu.
Our new location just celebrated its four year anniversary and our expanded digs include a tented patio and a private dining room for special events, dinners and parties. We’ve also grown our catering business to be able to accommodate events of all sizes both on and off-site. Keep an eye out for upcoming Southern Lights Events that range from gallery gatherings to exclusive dinners.
The bistro itself entails a spacious and modern seating arrangement and the famous John Drees’ dream kitchen. The bar, “wo”manned by veteran bartenders Anna Keith and Michelle Nicholson has almost a cult following and offers classic and modern cocktails, craft beers and wines both unique and familiar. We just updated our wine list and we’ll share more details on that next week.
We’ve also officially launched the already familiar but expanded The Gallery at Southern Lights – featuring local artists and artisans and our latest installation is in the works. It’s all a part of the experience of Southern Lights, so stay tuned!