Regionally, when someone talks about a promising chef, Krista Williams’ name keeps climbing to the top of the list.
She has been featured in several magazines, including her first appearance on paper when she was discovered by Lake Oconee Living. She was named “Best Chef in Walton County”.
Completely self-taught, she says, but like any success in life, she approached the profession with a passion.
Now that same passion and drive to succeed has arrived in downtown Rutledge, next door to where Krista started her popular “Farm to Fork” pop-up dinners at Caboose. Krista and her mother Kim Williams last week opened the door to Harvest & Honey, a downtown brick-and-mortar store where the Williams girls hope to spread Krista’s culinary knowledge both in a display case featuring items from kitchen and catering kitchen. Krista is currently conceiving.
It all comes together on West Main Street in Rutledge and Krista is putting her reputation as a terrific caterer and chef into a new venture. Kim, who spent over 30 years working for the Georgia Underwriters Association, currently works at Caboose and says she wanted to be part of the company to be with her daughter. “We weren’t able to spend a lot of time together,” she says. “I just want to help him make his dreams come true.”
Krista, currently executive chef at Monroe’s South on Broad, believes her catering kitchen will be finished in November in the store. Since starting to organize events, including weddings, she says her business has grown. Kim took part in the catering race and agrees. “It has developed to the point that we have to grow. It was time to have our own brick and mortar space.
The front of the Harvest & Honey house features shelves full of ‘culinary slant’ offerings, including apple butter and jams made by Kim, special holiday dip mixes, ‘statement glassware’ and sauces and spices. But, says Krista, the store is changing daily. A local resident, Blue Chilton, recently came over and asked that they stockpile honey. “Blue asked for honey, so we’ll get some here,” she said.
Krista also says the store may start offering a “take out” menu for take out meals when its catering kitchen is finished. Right now, Kim and Krista say, the company is gently feeling the reaction of local residents to determine the direction. “We are responsive to requests from our customers,” says Krista. Last Tuesday was the smooth opening of the store.
Harvest & Honey is open on West Main Street in Rutledge. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.