Crepes, Comfort and Community
Crepes, comfort and community are the cornerstones of Blue Ridge Cannery and Crepe Café.
Owned and operated by Jennifer Bryant and Lindy Adams, Blue Ridge Cannery and Crepe Café focuses on creating a comfortable, community environment built around a delicious delicacy – crepes.
For those who are unfamiliar with crepes, Bryant explained what they are, and how she and Adams make them special.
“Crepes are thinner than a pancake,” Bryant said. “They originated in France. We stuff them with all kinds of good stuff: breakfast stuff, brunch stuff, fruits, veggies.”
According to Bryant, while crepes are not hard to find, it is the café’s other aspect, the cannery, which makes her crepes unique.
“What makes it different, so that you can’t get it anywhere else, is that we use our cannery products in the recipes,” Bryant said. “The cannery is where me make our own jams, sauces, marinades, pickling and seasonings. We sell that to the public, as well, but we use those items in our menu recipes.”
Beyond the crepes, the café’s other menu items, such as spaghetti, feature items like tomato sauce, straight from the café’s own cannery. The menu also features more familiar items like soups, meat pies, grits and quiche.
“We just have whatever we feel like making,” Bryant said.
Bryant’s and Adams’ personalities appear in more than the menu. The café is decorated with the intent to provide a slow-paced, relaxed environment.
“Our intent was just for everyone to come and have a place to be comfortable,” Bryant said, noting how patrons often remain after eating to play games, play the piano or simply converse. “We devote a lot of time to the people that come here.”
A gift shop within the cafe features crafts from local crafters, bakers and authors.
Bryant and Adams also provide catering, often in coordination with their immediate neighbor, Four Seasons at Beech.
Blue Ridge Cannery and Crepe Café is located in Four Seasons at Beech on Beech Mountain and is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the cafe, its gift shop or catering, call (828) 387-4211, extension 200, during business hours, or call (828) 260-8091 or (828) 260-3919 after business hours. Guests can also learn more about the café by visiting it http://www.blueridgecannery.com or finding it on Facebook.
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