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LOCAL FLAVORS

LOCAL JAMES BEARD SEMIFINALIST MELISSA CLOSE-HART OF JUNCTION RECOMMENDS THREE DIFFERENT PAIRINGS FOR ALL PALATES

Pairings

SOUTHWEST

When Adam Frazier approached me about opening a Southwest-influenced restaurant back in 2015, I was excited to take on the challenge, one that would open up my expertise to a whole new cuisine. The restoration of the historical building at 421 Monticello Road took several years to complete, giving the team plenty of time to bounce around ideas for concept, food and drink. What is now Junction takes on a wide range of cuisines with a fun twist using the flavors from the Southwest, Mexico and Central America while also using the available bounty of local products. By having such a unique food menu and a diverse beverage program, we are able to pair each dish with an array of options that will enhance the diner’s experience. Here are a few examples of such pairings, many of which include my signature seasoning blend I call “Cowgirl Spice.”

WORDS BY MELISSA CLOSE-HART PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. L. JOHNSON 58

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Wine and Country Living Fall 2017  

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