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Little Hen | Holly Springs | Chef Regan Stachler

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Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Double-Cut Pork Chop, Pepper Salad

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Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

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Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Mama's Grandaddy,Troy & Sons Moonshine (NC),Maker's Mark, vanilla, honey, house boozy cherries

Little Hen
Shoppes at Woodcreek
5160 Sunset Lake Road
Holly Springs, NC 27539
919.363.0000
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Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Libation Creation-ator and all around 'go to' Craig Rudewicz chalks up the locals.

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There are tones of achievement in Chef/Owner Regan Stachler’s voice as he describes the work that went into creating the atmosphere of Little Hen.  Not only does he seem accomplished in his own involvement in building out the space but he also speaks loud and proud of the help he has received from his family, friends and employees.  Whether it be a knitted wall hanging family quilt, shared splinters while hand making the wooden benches, or a mention of Dawn, his co-owner wife and her involvement in selecting much of the bric à brac that decorates the nooks throughout, Chef Regan seems to know how important it has all been to the success of Little Hen.  Although Little Hen may not be a Triangle household name yet, Regan is highly appreciative to those regular faces he has been seeing since opening the restaurant. He wants to focus the appeal of the Holly Springs locale as a consistent spot for these hometown regulars, but a favorable review from Greg Cox at the N&O has widened their exposure a bit as that is how this photographer first heard of the farm to table eatery.  Regan’s appreciations and understanding dive deeper than with just the ‘look’ of the space.  He makes sure to introduce me to Jonathan Daniel from Valley Love Organics as he delivers their order of Organic chicken and eggs, and makes extra special mention of the current team he has built including his Sous Chef, Bo Peterson and Pastry Chef, Samantha Kirby.  He reflects on the fortunate opportunities that come with being able to rely on those that have stuck with him and Dawn since the beginning.  He seems excited by the process of allowing those team members to flourish as he hopes to wean his necessity to be in the kitchen so that he can focus on expanding the business as well as relieve some of the front of house duties from his wife.  The excitement in his voice as he describes the work of bartender-all around ‘go-to’ Craig Rudewicz can attest to the value that someone like Craig brings as he creates interesting concoctions like beet infused bourbon and some fizz beverages that are carbonated and bottled in house that elevate the overall appeal.  Craig reciprocates that respectfully as he understands the importance of having the space and being allowed to experiment, which is encouraged by the Stachlers.  Be warned that Little Hen is a true farm to table so menu choices will change as often and as fast as whatever comes from their suppliers, so some of these dishes may not be currently available but rest assured, there will be something of interest to try.

Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Cauliflower & Potato Soup, Parma Ham, Shrimp, cauliflower, thyme

Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Grilled Romaine, melted Mangalista ham, fried farm egg, pickled onion & pimenton oil, toasted almonds

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Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Chef Regan Stachler, Dawn Stachler, Bo Peterson, Craig Rudewicz, Holly Springs Restaurant, Farm to Table

Pear Bake, Pumpkin Ice Cream

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Written by admin

October 23rd, 2012 at 10:33 am

Posted in Holly Springs