For the past year, Mountain Table in Renick has been the Tuesday night destination for community, family fun, delicious food, and coffee. Owners Alexander Durand and Nadine Sonneville turned their culinary and coffee roasting (Nadine is the Roast Maistress) expertise into an oasis of farm-to-table nourishment that collaborates with local producers, entertainers, and other talented folks to provide a different experience and menu each week. That isn’t all they do. Alex and Nadine partner with their community in the spring and summer months to host Mountain Table Market Nights, a weekly locale for farmers and vendors to gather and sell their goods. Once a month they collaborate the menu with a food truck on market night. This spring, May 7, their first collaboration will be held with A Taste of Eggcellence. They also provide recycling services for the community, and collaborate in part with Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider, who provides some of the receptacles for the recyclables.
Alex and Nadine focus heavily on sustainability, zero waste, and community collaboration. They try to source their ingredients as locally as possible, as much as possible. They also strive to provide the highest quality food and coffee they can. Nadine roasts the coffee weekly as it is ordered, for the
restaurants and other businesses who carry Mountain Table Coffee to ensure that the customers get the freshest product available. Another unique aspect of Mountain Table Coffee is the custom blends that they create for specific businesses and customers. For example, Primitive Goods, the featured Ronceverte Renaissance business for this month, has a popular, vanilla infused blend, and a whiskey soaked blend that Mountain Table created just for them, including a recently created blend named after their cats, Biscuits and Gravy.
About their variety of special blends, Alex explained, “When people go into the shops, they can say, ‘Oh, there’s a local coffee roaster;’ and they can see that they represent the businesses that have the roasts that nobody else has. Instead of just selling our product, which we gladly sell our flagships, our coffees that we stand behind, which are single origin, we also love creating blends. Say, you are having a birthday party, and you want a custom blend for your party. You can come in, see the roasting process, we’ll make you a small batch, and you’d have your own custom coffee to give away to guests. We can do it on a large level for a business and we can do it on a personal level, too.” You’ll find Mountain Table’s original and custom roasts in shops all over the Greenbrier Valley area and all over the state.
The couple also likes to focus on a different theme for their menu and entertainment every Tuesday night. Diners have been treated to Indian Cuisine, Taco Tuesdays, Barbecue, Mac and Cheese several different ways, and much more, while enjoying activities such as an ugly sweater contest during the Christmas season, a puzzle competition, live entertainment, and a Christmas concert from the wonderful “Greenbrier River’s optimistic ukulele players,” the Optimistics. In addition to all of this delicious food and fantastic entertainment, they also have a bar where they sell local craft beers, local cocktails, and local wine. Alex said, “While it has a bar element to it, it’s still very family friendly. It’s more like a nice addition to what we already offer, something you can have to relax and unwind. It’s not a rowdy bar.”
Mountain Table is also now serving breakfast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. They offer options like farm-to- table biscuit sandwiches; grab-n-go lunch items, gluten free fare, parfaits and smoothies, and of course, freshly roasted coffee.
I am thrilled to be part of Mountain Table’s community focus and collaboration with the community with our joint event, Mountain Table and Hashtag Breakfast for Supper and Trivia night on Tuesday, February 27. We are partnering with multiple producers in the Greenbrier Valley to give you a taste of amazing food represented from all over our community. The mouthwatering menu is:
Bullock toast- french toast dredged in bourbon creme and served with syrup sampler. Partners – Flavor Mutt, Moonstruck Maple, Jar Head, Blessings Farm, TL fruits and vegetables, Bullock Distillery.
Superior quesadilla- local bacon, farm fresh eggs, and cheese blend. Partners- Spring Creek Superior Meats and Heritage mountain farm.
Hashtag browns- local taters topped with beef and chorizo chili and a side of scrambled eggs. Partners- J and K farms, Heritage Mountain Farm, Milligan Creek Farms, Mountain Steer, Spring Creek Superior Meats.
There will also be special cocktails available:
Hawk-mosa – Hawk Knob elderberry cider, orange juice, and a splash of champagne.
Hot tots- organic house tea blend, bourbon, lemon, Local honey. Partners- Bullock Distillery, Taft Cochran Honey Co.
Moonstruck old fashioned- Local maple syrup, bourbon, orange maple bitters, bourbon soaked dark
cherry. Partners- moonstruck maple and Bullock distillery.
The full list of partners for the Breakfast for Supper event includes: Spring Creek Superior Meats;
Jarhead Jams and Jellies; J and K farms; Moonstruck maple; Bullock Distillery; Milligan Creek Meat; TL
Fruits and vegetables; Flavor mutt; Hawk Knob; Taft Cochran honey; Mountain Steer; Heritage Mountain
Farm; Blessings Farm. There will also be prizes for the winning trivia team. Trivia will be hosted by Ben
Food will be served from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and trivia will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can call
ahead with orders, and reservations are highly recommended. The number for reservations is 304-667-4504. You can also learn more about Mountain Table by visiting their Facebook page . We look forward to seeing you on February 27th!