ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Katharine Brasserie and Bar Brings Southern and French Cuisine to the Triad
We all know the Triad is home to some of the best food of the Carolinas, but this new spot is offering a gourmet hybrid of Southern and French cuisine.
Settled in the historic R.J. Reynolds location at the corner of 4th and Main streets, and named after the late Katharine Smith Reynolds, the May 2016 opening of The Katharine Brasserie and Bar has already impacted local tastes, measuring up to a favorite among Winston-Salem foodies.
Award winning Executive Chef Ed Witt leads the kitchen with previous experience in California, New York and DC. His soulful take on French cuisine is an appropriate fit for Winston-Salem, a cultural hub of the South.
General Manager Herbie Gimmel says, “Much of our inspiration is derived from spirit of Katharine Reynolds, philanthropist and wife of R.J. Reynolds, who had a reputation for bringing people together.”
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The Katharine offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, each with their own tasty menu options. For the weekend travelers Saturday and Sunday brunch includes a gourmet version of traditional chicken and waffles. The fried chicken breast is paired with fluffy waffles, covered in ancho butter and rich maple-bourbon sauce. For the omelet crowd, try the Fine Herb and Gruyere Omelet with a side of breakfast potatoes.
Gimmel says, “The menu item that has generated the most attention is our classic escargot featuring fresh snails baked with herb butter and garnished with hushpuppies.” Hushpuppies, a Southern favorite, compliment this traditional French dish. Another favorite is the Lobster Pot Pie served on Tuesday as one of the Plats du Jour. This upscale take on a classic soul food dish comes to the table with a buttery, crisp layer of pastry on top. It’s a hearty excuse to dine out on a Tuesday evening.
The drink menu includes an extensive selection of local and national craft beers, as well as Old and New world wines. The cocktail menu gets its inspiration from French aperitif cocktails, designed to compliment the flavorful food menus and satisfy the palette. Most of the cocktails are classic favorites with a modern twist and dash of fresh citrus or herb.
Gimmel says the Southern classic Mint Julep seems to be the star of the bar for The Katharine. It’s made with bourbon, rustic sugar and mint, and served in a copper cup. You don’t have to be at the Kentucky Derby to enjoy this traditional cocktail.
It’s not just the food and drink menus that will keep you coming back to The Katharine. The elegant, split-level design of the historic location includes a lower-level bar and lounge, which is accompanied by a raw bar with a daily selection of seafood options. The dining room includes brasserie tables and a clear view of the modern kitchen.
“We’ve crafted menus that reflect classic French cuisine paired with modern touches and Southern influence,” says Gimmel. “The Katharine is the kind of place you can go either for a big celebration or a relaxed cocktail with a friend.”
This restaurant is a well-received business in the flourishing downtown area of Winston-Salem, N.C. Whether you’re a local or a traveler, stop in at The Katharine for your next night out.