“Love means eating with people you count on…
It means cooking in a kitchen with people who care…
It’s feeling like you belong in a community of food…”
Sunday, June 5th Margot Café and Bar celebrates 15 years!
Sometimes that Tuesday night 15 years ago feels like it was just yesterday. Looking through my collection of pictures we will share with you in a nightly slide show this week, the photographic evidence is clear that time has passed. And my what a good time we’ve had. Look at all the people we’ve met. The memories we’ve made. It’s been an overwhelmingly incredible ride. Looking out onto 5 Points now it’s hard to imagine that 15 years ago we were just one of a very few vibrant businesses here. On most nights there was nothing you would call traffic. Some things have remained constant- the harsh glare from the gas station; the chiming of bells on the door from Cumberland Hardware; the aroma of roasting coffee beans from Bongo Java. I’ve always been able to chart the years by how many neighbors we had but I’ve honestly lost track. Our community, our city is growing so rapidly. Some days I am impressed by our big city feel and success but there are others when I don’t recognize the town I grew up in.
The chefs have all been amazing and the folks I spend the most time with but the rest of my staff has been no less important. I owe a great debt of gratitude to anyone who has ever worked at Margot even for one hour or one day. Everyone from the dishwashers to the management. Great thanks to the front of house led by the incomparable Destin Weishaar and very special server Greg White. My wife Heather Parsons. My son Jacob. My former partner Jay Frein. My parents. March Egerton. Kay West. My mentors Jody Faision, Danny Saltiel. Our family of growers and producers. You have all enriched my life and made Margot Café and Bar possible.
I want to say a HUGE Thank You! to all of you who have remained constant with us over the years. We have so enjoyed the many meals and many memories we’ve made with you along the way. You all are awesome!
We’ve planned an entire week of festivities leading up to Sunday. We’ve invited all of our chefs back to cook with us. Each one of these talented chefs made significant contributions to the menus and the success of the restaurant over the years.
Tuesday, May 31 Tandy Wilson City House, James Beard Award winner (2003-2006)
Wednesday, June 1 Ryan Bernhardt soon to open TKO (2012-2016)
Thursday, June 2 Matt Davidson Mas Tacos (2006-2012)
Friday, June 3 Betsy Johnston Acme (2003-
Saturday, June 4 Etienne Janco (2001-2003)
Sunday, June 5 Hadley Long (2016-
Each chef will collaborate on the menu to include many of the favorites that became their signatures. There will be trivia questions on the back of each night’s menu. Prizes will be awarded. Chefs will help choose the music and there will be a slide show every night. These dates are filling up rapidly so please make your reservations now.