Norfolk, VA – Chef Sydney Meers may have hung up his apron temporarily when he closed his iconic restaurant Stove back in May, but you can’t keep him out of the kitchen for long. He will be debuting as a vendor at the weekly Hampton Blvd Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 25 with an array of neo-southern and gourmet goodness from his line of Cowboy Syd’s Products.
Chef Meers has been well known and loved by the Hampton Roads culinary community for many years. He has the distinction of having been a 2016 Mid-Atlantic Best Chef Semifinalist for the James Beard Award of Excellence. These days he is taking a step back from a very successful 45-year restaurant career, which includes his legendary eateries The Dumbwaiter, Cowboy Syd’s and, most recently, Stove, in Port Norfolk, to bring unforgettable items from his kitchen and farmette to you at the Hampton Blvd Farmers Market.
He explains, “I still use the same standard now as I always have to futhur garner your trust for my food products.” At the market, he will be offering many of the items used in dishes at his restaurants over the years–including his Cowboy Syd’s Sauces World Famous D’lish Sauce, his “Not Hot” Pepper Sauce, two varieties of his famous cured hams (one a salt cured country style ham, and the other a fast, wet cured tasso-style ham he calls his “Smoochie Bear Ham”), heirloom grits that are ground to his specifications, his signature coffee beans, his popular hamburger relish, his signature spice mix, and his 15 year-old barrel aged vanilla extract.
Market co-manager Amy Jordan said, “We could not be more thrilled that Sydney will be joining us here at Hampton Boulevard Farmers Market. This market is all about locally produced artisan food and agriculture, so he fits right in and will even further elevate all we have going on here. We know Sydney has a huge following in Norfolk, and now his fans, friends and former restaurant patrons can connect with him here to enjoy his amazing food and line of signature items.”
The Hampton Blvd Farmers Market features 24 vendors and is held every Wednesday, April through September, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the parking lot of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 7400 Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk. For more information and to see a full vendor list, visit hamptonblvdfarmersmarket.com. Parking is available in the church lot and on nearby side streets.
Contact: Amy Jordan, Co-Manager, Hampton Blvd Farmers Market, 757-636-7922