Highland Avenue Restaurant in Hickory, North Carolina welcomed Sous Chef Sam Stachon to their culinary team. Stachon comes to Highland Avenue from King’s Kitchen in Charlotte, where he was the Executive Chef. At the unique not-for-profit restaurant and bakery, Stachon developed and ran a program for individuals coming from prison, rehab centers and local ministries.
“Sam’s talents in the kitchen are only surpassed by his character. He is a great addition to our culinary team and his skill set perfectly complements our gifted Executive Chef, Kyle McKnight,” says Meg Jenkins Locke, owner of Carolina Moon Hospitality, the management group behind Highland Avenue Restaurant.
A Michigan native, Stachon graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte where he studied culinary arts and dabbled in bread and pastry. His talent as a baker and chef took him from Noble’s South Park to King’s Bakery, and then to Executive Chef at King’s Kitchen. Before leaving the Queen City, Stachon supplied breads to Charlotte’s top restaurants including Emeril’s, Luce and Malabar.
“Sam has upped our bread game tremendously,” says Highland Avenue Restaurant General Manager, Robert Locke. Stachon is putting his spin on double sourdoughs, ryes, ciabatta, focaccia. He is responsible for the Paparadelle pasta on the new Duck Confit dish and several other recent specials. He is not only bringing an impressive background to the Highland Avenue team, he has expanded the restaurant’s relationship with North Carolina farmers and purveyors.
About Highland Avenue
Highland Avenue changed the culinary landscape of Hickory, North Carolina when the farm-to-table restaurant opened in 2013. Executive Chef Kyle McKnight has garnered national praise for his passion for locally sourced foods, and Highland Avenue, is quickly becoming a destination for people who love good food. Located on the second floor of the beautifully renovated former Holler Hosiery Mill in the up and coming Southeast District of Hickory, Highland Avenue pays homage to the city’s rich manufacturing history while focusing on New American cuisine. For more information, please call 828-267-9800 or visit www.highlandavenuerestaurant.com.