It can’t be any coincidence that Chef Daniel Porubiansky and Managing Partner/General Manager Jon Hayano chose a cozy former residence, the historic Hubbard House, from which to launch their culinary adventures in downtown Woodstock’s much-beloved Century House Tavern. Indeed, visiting the restaurant is much like visiting a friend’s home…a home where you’re always welcomed, taken care of, and fed like an honored guest.

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The landscaped courtyard and veranda seating make for a perfect dining experience on these breezy autumn days.

 

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of sharing an autumn-inspired meal at one of my favorite gathering places, the Century House Tavern. Chef Daniel has always taken special care to incorporate seasonal and local ingredients into his dishes, so I was excited to see what he had planned for our fall dinner. When I arrived, the long courtyard table was already artfully set with colorful abundance: baskets of apples, pumpkins, squash and corn from local farms were just a pleasant foreshadowing for the magic about to materialize.

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A bubbly glass of Jacqueline Brut was paired with the Amuse-Bouche course of Butternut Squash Soup and Spaghetti Squash Salad.

Just as the Amuse-Bouche (a sweet and nutty Butternut Squash Soup and a spoonful of Spaghetti Squash Salad) and a bubbly Brut to match were placed before me, I looked up to see my dear friends Nichelle and Tim Stewart arriving. Owners of Rockin’ S Farms in Free Home, Georgia, Nichelle and Tim were invited as special guests to honor all of their toils and the beautiful food that they had literally brought to the table that evening.

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Just a taste: Spaghetti Squash Salad with Goat Cheese Mousse and Truffle Vinaigrette

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Second Course: Seared Sea Scallops with Braised Mustard Greens and Turnips. Pairing with a glass of Gerard Bertrand Rose.

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Third Course: Century House Pot Roast with Sweet Potato Puree, Sweet Potato Chips and Roasted Local Porcini. Pairing with a glass of Lodi Estates Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Fourth Course: Ellijay Pritchett Orchard Gala Apple and Frisee Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette and Nature’s Harmony Gold Cheddar

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Dessert Course: Autumn Apple Cocktail Martini

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Double Chocolate Chip Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. (I’ve heard it  said that there are colors in heaven we’ve never seen before during this earthly life. This dish convinced me that there might just be celestial flavors as well, and I accidentally got to taste one at Century House. Just try it.

I left that evening with not only a full stomach, but a full heart. Superb food, good friends, a little wine, autumn breezes, and a Woodstock sunset had nourished and sustained me until next time. And I’m hoping that “next time” will be very soon.

Century House Tavern Info:

125 E. Main Street

Phone: 770-693-4552

Website: http://www.centuryhousetavern.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Century-House-Tavern-356629644386641/

Jennifer Carter is a freelance photographer and writer living with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. Her work has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, Woodstock Patch, and the city of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. The “I Love Downtown Woodstock” blog is what she considers a “passion project,” an experiment in homage that she calls “A Collection of Love Letters to a City.” See more of her work at  jenwanders.com.

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