September brings the popular wild-growing pawpaws to the Hocking hills; and this year we’ve enjoyed a bumper crop of the sweet, pulpy fruit that’s often described as a cross between banana and mango. Using pawpaws, Chef Anthony created a crème brulee, cheesecake, chutney and his own take on a rumrunner cocktail.
In the spa, Randy created a pawpaw facial which have an innate ability to soften and moisturize skin, while providing a natural anti-wrinkle treatment. All are being enjoyed now by our guests.
Pawpaws are often called a “super food,” with benefits including the wild-growing fruit’s tremendous nutritional value. In fact, pawpaws exceed apples, peaches and grapes in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, anticarcinogens and beneficial bioactive compounds.
The pawpaw facial, dishes and cocktails are available at theInnthrough mid October, so call right away to schedule your visit to experience the goodness of locally grown pawpaws.
Inn‘s offerings lure national magazine
All that goodness caught the eye of editors at Better Homes & Gardens’ “CountryGardens” magazine. In mid September, a talented crew from the national gardening publication descended on the Inn to photograph it and these great locavore offerings. Art Director Nick Crow and Photographer Bob Stefko and his assistant Shelby geared up to painstakingly light and photograph all of the different ways pawpaws are used around the Inn.
Beginning in the spa, the team shot Spa Director Randall Wellman giving our pawpaw facial. Then, they moved on to Chef Anthony Schulz’s creative dishes and cocktails, including grilled duck with pawpaw chutney, pawpaw crème brulee and a pawpaw rumrunner.
All were photographed using the Inn’s stunning property as a backdrop. The crew then headed south to shoot the fields where pawpaws grow and to attend the Pawpaw Festival, which took place Sept. 14-16. Given his expertise in crafting creative recipes using pawpaws, our own Chef Anthony was asked to judge the festival’s popular pawpaw cooking contest.
The art director, photographer and his assistant have packed up and gone, but you can look for the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls to be featured in the “CountryGardens” pawpaw article in the fall 2013 edition of this popular national magazine. Watch this blog and we’ll post details the minute the story is out.