There is a new Chef in Town and his name is Elvis.
Elvis Hammersley has taken over the kitchen at Twang restaurant and we had a chance to meet with him to talk about southern cuisine and find out what motivates him when it comes to working in the kitchen.
Elvis is a man who gets inspired in the kitchen by his mood on any given day and he is looking to bring some Rock & Roll style into Twang’s kitchen! He has traditional Georgia Roots, being from Monroe County, but that didn’t stop him from traveling to Hyde Park in New York where he graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. After graduating in 1995 he worked with James Beard Foundation Winners, Frank Stitt and Miles James. He’s also a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance which documents, studies and celebrates the diverse food culture and changes taking place when it comes to Southern cuisine. Who better to head up Twang’s taste palate than a man with southern roots and lots of culinary tricks up his sleeve?
During our sit down with Elvis the team talked about some of his creations, one item being “Pork Cigars”. They actually brought out a couple of them for us to try and Oh my, they were fantastic! I asked if they were going to be on the menu and Elvis gave me that “Maybe” look… Don’t be cruel Elvis! The pork cigars were out of this world good with a unique flavor that is hard to match by any other pork dish I have tried recently. Elvis said that his style of cooking is simple and not over complicated. I simply ate an entire basket of Port Cigars and had no visible complications or regrets!
Twang is about to get all shook up! Elvis and the Big Boss Man (Management Team) at Twang have been working hard to put together a new Lunch and Dinner menu that will have you dancing in your blue suede shoes for more. The new lunch menu will still have some of the favorite menu items Twang’s faithful have become accustom to and a few new twists like “dip and serves” to make sure that you can get in and out during your lunch time. Elvis and company were pretty tight lipped when it came to the new dinner menu, but did indulge me with a few items they will have as specials: BBQ Chicken and Hoppin' John Egg Rolls, Pecan Battered Corndogs with a Habanero Honey Mustard, Atlantic salmon croquettes with a Lemon Infused Aioli, Cajun Smothered Pork Chops, Sweet Tea Smoked Chicken, Nana's Banana Pudding, Mango-Key Lime Pie with a Spiced Rum Chantilly Cream, Caramel Apple Bread Pudding. One thing Elvis made sure to mention is his love for using local vendors, he gets all his pork from Butcher Boys and most of his produce is fresh from the farmer’s market.
They also said keep an eye out on their Facebook page for these divine specials. Elvis wants to make sure his kitchen team is fully up to speed before tackling a new dinner menu. He did tell us the new dinner menu would remain true to Twangs Southern tastes theme and stay within the family friendly budget range.
One area that Elvis was visibly excited about was the addition of a Sunday brunch to the Twang weekly dining lineup. The new brunch menu has been code named the “Big Bad Brunch” and Elvis assured us it would become a local favorite in short order. The tentative launch date for the Big Bad Brunch is April 26th and will be from 11-3 with lots of Southern favorites and a full bloody Mary bar. We at Gateway Macon have been invited to a Brunch preview party Sunday the 19th and you can bet we will keep you posted on how the Big bad Brunch stacks up to other local choices.
Twang is located on Rose Avenue in Macon, with plenty of space for parties, and lots of parking. It’s the perfect place to have dinner or a few drinks and meet up with friends. Every Tuesday night there is live music by B Keith Williams in the dining room at Twang. You will also want to wander next door where your dinner receipt will get you FREE admission to the Tractor Room music venue. The Tractor Room is Macon’s newest live music hotspot.
You can read more about that venue here
And check our live music calendar for a complete line up of Tractor Room music acts.
A special thanks to Elvis for taking the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us and feed us some of those awesome Pork Cigars. You are the Man Elvis!