Vittles and Vino
Chefs and owners Sarah and Brian Carver of Twin Forks Wine and Provisions have everyday culinary adventures that give new meaning to the term ‘home-cooking.’ The cool couple, Sarah a native of Hattiesburg, and Brian, of Beaufort, South Carolina, spent a recent lazy Sunday butchering a whole lamb (for just the two of them, mind you) and have been savoring its succulent meat for weeks. I’ll happily take the leftovers.
Twin Forks is a welcome oasis (and my personal paradise) for wine and gourmand enthusiasts throughout the ‘Burg and surrounding areas. These grape stomping gurus delight in encouraging customers to step out of their cocktail comfort zone.
Brian notes, “We taste every bottle that comes into our store. We want to be able to talk to our customers about new wines and spirits.”
Ditto with cheeses. With wines from all over the world, 35 types of cheeses, and a relaxing unpretentious vibe, assertive or apprehensive palates will feel welcome to ask questions, taste, and try new varietals.
The pair, who have been married for eight years, met while attending culinary school at Johnson & Wales, in Charleston. While they admit that working with a spouse, is not always “smooth sailing,” their enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, and adoration for each other is beyond telling.
“We are best friends, like-minded in the kitchen and in life, ” affirms Sarah.
After living in bustling Charleston, the twosome embrace the kinship and special camaraderie of the ‘Burg’s downtown community, especially enjoying their dog walks because “we see everyone we know!” They also frequent the weekly Farmer’s Market for hard-to-find foodstuff like pickled shiitake mushrooms, which Brian declares are one-of a kind.
Chefs’ Night In
Inconceivable as it may sound, the duo look forward to coming home every night, having a glass of wine, and cooking mouth-watering gourmet meals. Sarah explains, “We are immersed in food all day long. We can’t wait to get home and try a new recipe. Chopping is like therapy for me.”
Motivation and approach differ depending on who’s leading the nightly effort. Sarah is more recipe oriented and Brian works by trial and error, often rummaging thru the pantry first before deciding what to cook. However, both agree that reading, be it Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, or Saveur Magazine, keeps them engaged, inspired, and on top of food trends.
Bottoms up…and a bargain!
Sarah says: Opt for a crisp, pink French Rosé to compliment Saturday’s brunch or an after-work sip on your back porch.
Brian says: If you like Pinot Noir, try a light- bodied Spanish Tempranillo, which is “totally underrated and affordable.”
Recently, a successful stint at Keg and Barrel’s Flights and Bites night featured their made-to-order charcuterie plates. Thankfully, a full service kitchen for Twin Forks’ gourmet shop is in the works. The hard-working husband and wife plan to make and sell their coveted homemade pimento cheese, specialty sandwiches, and delicious cheese & meat boards.
“We want to host private dinner parties here and give our customers a place to have wine and cheese out back by the creek, ” adds Sarah.
Count me in!
Twin Forks Wine and Provisions
408 Hemphill Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Find them on Facebook