Press and Accolades

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From Asheville Citizens Times  07

The Inn on Church Street in Hendersonville took top honors this week in a culinary competition to determine the best breakfast at an inn or bed-and-breakfast in North America. The inn’s smoked mountain trout cakes won a gold medal in the first “Inn-Credible Breakfast Cook-Off,” sponsored by Select Registry, a trade association that represents more than 400 inns and other small hotels. Chef Michael Atkinson and inn manager Michelle Briggs traveled to the Coeur d’Alene Resort& Spa in Idaho, where they prepared the trout cakes on fried green tomatoes and poached eggs finished with chive Hollandaise as part of a live cooking competition. “It’s great for a little inn in a little town to win such a large and prestigious competition,” front desk manager Nick Recktenwald said. “Were as proud as we could be. All credit goes to them,” he said in reference to Atkinson and Briggs, who were still in Idaho Thursday. The inn’s restaurant is open to the public for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Recktenwald said, and the smoked mountain trout cakes should return to the menu soon. Culinary experts judged the entries based on creativity, presentation, overall appeal and taste. Casa Laguna Inn& Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif, placed second, and the Inn on the Twenty in Jordan, Ontario, Canada, took third. As first-place winner, the inn was awarded a “TurboChef” oven. “Chef was real excited about that,” Recktenwald said. Visit www.innon for more