As the holiday season descends upon the State of Georgia, there's a longstanding tradition that brings the many flavors of our state to the forefront of our holiday tables. "Georgia Grown" is not just a marketing catchphrase, it's a celebration of the state's rich agricultural heritage and our combined commitment to supporting local businesses. Georgia Grown aims to promote and highlight the agricultural and food products produced within the State of Georgia, emphasizing the importance of supporting local farmers and businesses, especially during the holiday season.
Governor Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp are big supporters of Georgia Grown. “One thing that we have prioritized since moving into the People’s House is making it not just a portrait of Georgia, but also a tool to help promote causes such as our Georgia Grown agriculture," says the first lady. “We are proud that the entire mansion kitchen is stocked with Georgia Grown products.”
Georgia Grown is taking center stage on holiday tables across the state with hundreds of products available for home entertaining. Chef Holly Chute and Chef Olivia Rader, the culinary team at Georgia Grown, and Chef James Ellington at the mansion recently created the ultimate holiday table for us, featuring the best that Georgia has to offer. The menu started with a Sweet Grass Dairy cheese board followed by mini biscuits with pimento cheese and duck prosciutto, a Bramlett Trout Farm smoked trout spread and Georgia sourdough crackers. With a tip of the hat to the new year, our salad was made with collard greens and black-eyed peas. A delicious Riverview Farm crown roast of pork was served with carrot soufflé, green bean bundles wrapped with bacon and creamy grits with a ragú made from Ellijay mushrooms. And, to top off the holiday meal, a praline pecan cheesecake with caramel sauce.
The Governors Mansion holiday table was artfully decorated by Le Jardin Francais and included an antique state silver candelabra, the official state china and a beautiful collection of seasonal flowers, magnolia branches, and rustic grape vines.
Celebrating with Georgia Grown during the holidays captures the essence of our state's rich agricultural and artisanal heritage. It emphasizes supporting local businesses, celebrating regional traditions, and promoting sustainability during the season of giving and togetherness. Look for the Georgia Grown logo whenever you are shopping!
Holiday table floral design and décor from LeJardinFrancais.com