Holiday Vignettes: Randall Warder

DSC05158by Steven Doyle

Having worked in the restaurant industry for 30 years Randall Warder and his wife Courtney recently opened their own business on lowest Greenville Avenue recently to much praise and success. Clark Food & Wine features a tight menu with smoked meats, interesting items made in his brick oven. Come January of 2015 the couple will open their second restaurant, conveniently located next door, called Ceviche.

We asked chef Warder to hare some of his past holiday experiences with us. 

Tell us about one of your favorite holiday memories.

My first trip to Paris at 13 and getting to explore the city alone during the day, seeing all the sights, eating great foods and exploring the Louvre museum.

Any particular foods stand out for Christmas?

Feta cheese ball, tamales (of course), traditional shrimp cocktail, horseradish mashed potatoes, lots of beef, this year it will be brisket.

What would an ideal cocktail be for the holidays?

Anything Tequila but definitely margaritas spiced with chilis, Vodka martinis, whiskey sours

What is the worst gift you have received?

Socks, embroidered like christmas, kind of like a bad christmas sweater, but for your feet!

What is the best?

Honestly, being blessed to have many great friends and family and to share this time of year with as many as possible.


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