We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, how does your business help the community?
Kooth Supper Club has such a positive impact on my community because the business model we’ve created directly supports local farmers. Each supper club is a four coursed, plated dinner that highlights several Georgia farmers produce in each course. In preparation for each menu, I have a developed a close relationship with farmers. I learn of their many struggles in yielding crops for that season, farmers markets being closed due to COVID-19, and the overall stress that comes with being a small, local farm.
At the forefront of our suppers, we want our guests to create a closer relationship with our food and the hands that grew it. We want to celebrate Georgia agriculture with each menu we curate. We want to show that theres more to Georgia crops than peanuts and peaches. For example: did you know that we have over 120 different types of freshwater mussels? Or that 87% of Georgia farms are family owned? I think thats something worth celebrating! By attending a Kooth Supper Club you are not only supporting local farms, but also small business.
I truly believe that by going back to our roots (no pun intended), we can learn a lot from each other. What makes me most proud about Kooth Supper Club is the inclusiveness. I want to show how food is a unifier, an equalizer. The guests who attend our Supper Clubs may be strangers. However, during the course of the meal, they leave as friends.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Kooth Supper Club strives to bring the community together through seasonal, locally grown food. We are highlighting Georgia farms on menu at a time. I couldn’t be more proud of what I do as the Executive Chef. We are giving new life to the term “farm to table”. We are going beyond the tired staples of Southern cuisine. To me, learning about why a crop was grown, where it was grown, and how to incorporate it into the best version of itself is the most important aspect of my business model.
The hardest challenge that I’ve faced is learning to adapt to eating seasonally. It’s easy to head to your big box grocery store and grab a pomegranate and not think twice about it. But did you know that pomegranates do grown in GA and are readily available come the end of August? Whenever I am curating a menu, I have to be conscious of what is in season. Each course is meticulously created with what the farmers have available (which can change at the snap of lightening or the sudden downpour of rain).
Throughout this business journey, I’ve learned to adapt with Mother Nature. I have learned to be patient in crop yields. Most of all, I have an appreciation of where my food comes from and the people who made it happen.
Kooth Supper Club is an experience that you cannot have at any restaurant. We are the only business of its kind offering 100% GA grown ingredients in the form of a four coursed, plated dinner. For more information on where we will pop up next, head to KoothSupperClub.com
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I spent five years living in Atlanta. While many of my favorite spots might be tucked in the shadow of a large, looming apartment complex now, they stand the test of time. Homegrown is a great spot for a Southern breakfast. The wood paneled walls and diner service counter give off the perfect amount of nostalgia. The “Comfy Chicken” is a staple. Just do it. For great cocktails and snacks, I’d recommend “Victory Sandwich Bar”. They change their menu every now and then which I love. They make a great Sazerac that pairs nicely with the “Tea Bird” sandwich that has a sweet tea mayo and ghost pepper punch to the tastebuds. Lastly, go to Kimball House. To me, they have the greatest oyster program on the East coast. Great caviar. Amazing cocktails.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kooth Supper Club wouldn’t be anywhere today without the local farmers who’ve tirelessly provided produce for our menus. I’d like to personally thank Furrowed Earth Farms, Honeywood Farms, and Mayflor Farms. These specific three farms have been such a crucial part of my menu curating. The farmers themselves are such a treat to work with.
Furrowed Earth Farms is located in Orchard Hill, GA. Garrett, the owner, definitely knows his stuff! He’s been farming for many years now and one of my favorite things to do when I visit him for a pick up is to walk the fields and hear the latest about his crops.
Honeywood Farms is located in Barnesville, GA. Jennifer has been running the farm as well as their little cafe for a few years now. The Market Cafe has the best chicken salad sandwich I’ve ever put in my mouth! Honeywood is so special because we actually hosted one of our first ever sold out supper clubs there. Whenever you walk in you just feel like family. Big shout out to Russel, the Great Pyrenees who is always waiting for you at the door.
Lastly, Mayflor Farms is located in Stockbridge, GA. Mayflor is always elbow deep in some sort of weeding or pruning out in the field when you first arrive. She always greets me with a huge smile and a wave. Mayflor is a retired RN who prides herself on regenerative and biodynamic techniques and avoids the use of industrial or commercial techniques.