well happy spring to you all.  My bees survived the winter and are kicking buttt.  Getting ready to plant my tabascos, herbs and okra plus a few other plants, getting ready to pepper and smoke the hams to.  Yep, spring has indeed sprung.

speaking of art i'll be at the monticello arcade Monday 13th from noon to 1:30 for a 'Meet the Artist' before the show comes down the 15th so if you didn't see it and want to come on by and see me, the show is fun beautiful art and if you can't make it i'll have it up in Stove so you can see it there for sure.

got good shad roe coming in, some of the first soft shell crabs coming out of south carolina, i do these guys each year before the virginia crabs come in and they are big and beautiful and did i mention expensive, but who cares they're the first of the season so get on in hear, they arrive on friday.

did i mention my sister's are all here from miss., tenn. and missouri.  spending a lil time with the bro and boy do they talk loud, LOL.  i probably do as well.

that's about it for now, come on in and eat some good food, xo syd stove person 

Oh, one more bit of news, i didn't get past the semifinals of the James Beard Awards but i'm recognized as one of 20 best chef's in the mid-atlantic region and out of some 2000 + folks, that's dam good so i'm very happy with this recognition and flattered to be voted into this special group of elite gentlemen.  love yall to, xo sydney