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Foodie Tours Story

As a travel foodie myself, I have always loved visiting new places and trying the local cuisine. I will often go for the cheapest flights and hotels to save for the food and activities in the area. After participating in many food tours in these cities all over the world from Rome to Paris, I decided to bring back this classic activity to small towns across the US. Starting in Moore County, NC. Foodie Tours works directly with restaurants to learn where the food comes from and the history behind each cuisine.

Martin Brunner – The Bakehouse & Cafe

Growing up living over the family bakery business in Hartberg, Austria, Martin Brunner became the fifth generation of family bakers, and trained under an Austrian Master Baker.  In 1991, when Martin was 13, his family relocated the bakery to the U.S.

Chef Brunner earned an associates degree in Bakery & Pastry Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C. in 2000. In 2010 Brunner received his bachelors degree magna cum laude in Business Administration from UNCP in Pembroke, N.C. and became a Certified Executive Pastry Chef through the American Culinary Federation (ACF). He has taken advantage of continuing education classes and trained with Swiss and French Chefs to learn sugar artistry and French pastries.

He is the executive pastry chef and owner of The Bakehouse in Aberdeen, N.C., taking over the family business in 2003. Brunner has also served as lead pastry cook at the Pinehurst Hotel, head baker at the Rococo Bakery in Charleston, S.C., and a pastry cook at Max and Moritz Bakery in Abdereen, N.C.

Martin Brunner brings old world and local experience to his position in the Sandhills Community College Culinary & Pastry Arts program, where he has been teaching since 2003.

Mark Elliott – Elliott’s on Linden

When it comes to fresh ingredients, Mark Elliott likes to go to the source. The Sandhills culinary entrepreneur has made a career – and a life – of sourcing and serving only the freshest local foods.

Elliott studied culinary arts at South Devon Technical College of England. During his early apprenticeships, he often provisioned ingredients from local English farmers, fishmongers and butchers. This direct connection with the foods he cooked instilled in him a deep appreciation for local ingredients. After working his way through Europe and the Mediterranean, he cooked with renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi in Hawaii. He eventually made his way to Pinehurst, where he served as executive chef at the Magnolia Inn.

Elliott’s on Linden opened in Pinehurst in 2004. The restaurant is known for using farm-fresh, local ingredients in a creative, modern way. Elliott’s involvement goes far beyond the kitchen, from watering plants in his gardens to visiting farms across the state.

His attention to detail has paid off. Elliott’s on Linden won the 2011 NC Best Plate award for fine dining in the Piedmont and Eastern Region of North Carolina, and in 2013 Elliott was named among the Best Chefs in America.

The Linden Street location is but one of Elliott’s local endeavors. The Sly Fox in Southern Pines is the consummate “gastropub,” serving ales and eats, such as Yorkshire pudding sliders and Shepherd’s Pie. With a motto of “Know Thy Food,” Elliott’s Provision Company (EPC), the chef’s retail shop, offers local produce, dairy products, artisan cheeses, grass-fed Angus beef, fresh pastries and specialty gourmet products. Meanwhile, Elliott’s Catering Company (ECC) provides catering services for the Pinehurst area, crafting world-class cuisine from regionally grown agricultural products.

With so many irons in the fire, Mark Elliott and his various enterprises are in large part the reason Sandhills diners now search out fresh, local foods deliciously prepared.

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