Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren

Steven Satterfield



March 2013



Southern Chefs Named 2013 James Beard Nominees

Written by , Posted in inn at serenbe, Kevin Gillespie, Sean Brock, Southern Chefs Series, Steven Satterfield

Some people wait with bated breath for the Oscar nominations announcements, others for the Tony Awards’, still others for the Grammy’s or Country Music Awards’ announcements.  I wait for the James Beard Foundation’s nominations, and they are out!

Congratulations to some of my favorite people!  The following Southern chefs have been honored with nominations from the James Beard Foundation in the following categories:

  • Steven Satterfield, Best Chef: Southeast
  • Sean Brock, Outstanding Chef
  • Kevin Gillespie and David Joachim, Book Awards – American Cooking – for their cookbook Fire in My Belly
  • Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, Book Awards – American Cooking – for their cookbook Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

Steven Satterfield

Sean Brock

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie









Steven, Sean, and Kevin are all in my 2013 Southern Chefs Series lineup.  Nathalie has served as a guest chef in the series in the past. It’s exciting to have the BEST Southern chefs cook in my home kitchen for intimate classes of 10.  You can be one of those.

Call the Inn at Serenbe today at (770) 463-2610, to register for an upcoming class.  Classes sell out in advance.  Don’t delay.



November 2012



Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield visits my kitchen

Written by , Posted in marie nygren, Recipe Articles, Southern Chefs Series, Steven Satterfield

With my talented friend Steven Satterfield

This month, Steven Satterfield, of the acclaimed Atlanta restaurant Miller Union, graced my kitchen for the November installment of the Southern Chefs Series.  What a great time we had!  Steven is gracious, funny, interesting, and a consummate professional.  Oh, and how he debones a chicken, making it look effortless…crazy good.

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Steven’s menu included wonderfully savory flavors one associates with autumn: grilled pork tenderloin with an apple cider vinegar basting sauce; roasted butternut squash and apples; farro and roots; bean salad in vinaigrette, featuring field peas and roma beans; a crispy salad tossed with a tangy Dijon mustard/champagne vinegar/ginger root dressing; griddled pastured chicken (see photos); a to-die-for potato, sweet potato and sunchoke salad; and roasted pepper and eggplant soup (recipe follows). 

…in process…
to this…in preparation for several dishes
We chopped, diced, and roasted to our heart’s content, and the results were outstanding.  It’s impossible, really, to fully describe the complexity of the flavors.  Suffice it to say, we are excited that Steven will be returning for the expanded 2013 Southern Chef’s Series. In the coming year, he’ll be our June chef. I’m already looking forward to experiencing an early summer menu of Steven’s.  I know we will be equally impressed and completely sated after those meals. 

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to this…it was as good as it looks
Please enjoy Steven’s soup with its subtle hint of heat and savory goodness.  You’ll want to serve this soup with a crusty loaf of bread so you can soak up every drop…it’s that good.

Steven Satterfield’s Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Soup

Oven roast 2 large or three small whole eggplant; cool, peel

Oven roast 4 large or 6 small peppers; cool, peel, reserve liquid

Oven roast 3 fresh tomatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme sprigs; cool, peel

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 small or 1 large yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1 hot pepper, seeded

¼ cup local honey

2 quarts chicken stock

kosher salt

black pepper

smoked paprika

Heat butter and olive oil in a soup pot and add onions, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Sweat until translucent.  Add roasted vegetables, stock, and remaining ingredients.  Simmer 30-45 minutes and taste for seasoning.  Remove bay leaf and blend until smooth.  Serve hot in individual bowls.  Garnish with smoked paprika and drizzle with olive oil. 

Some members of our class with Steven
Happy Thanksgiving to all.