Thursday, February 24, 2011

Small town restaurant thinking big

Panciuto chef Aaron Vandemark was recently recognized via two national cooking wards—nominee for Food and Wine Magazine's 2011 People's New Chef, Southeast, and semifinalist for the James Beard 2011 Best Chef, Southeast.
Panciuto is a small Italian restaurant located on Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough. Gathering 80 to 90 percent of the food used in his dishes from local farmers, Vandemark adds a hint of the American South into his Mediterranean cooking, creating unique and delicious dishes that simultaneously help support local agriculture.
To vote for Vandemark in Food and Wine Magazine's 2011 People's New Chef, click here. Voting runs through March 1. Finalists for the James Beard award will also be announced in March.
For more information on the awards, Vandemark or Panciuto, see the Feb. 23 issue of the News of Orange.

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