Table for Two

BY Peter Viele

A Quiet and Intimate Respite from the Holiday Crunch

Taking a break from shopping entertaining and socializing by soaking in some natural beauty over a well-prepared meal can be just the rejuvenation needed to finish the busy Thanksgiving-to-Christmas season with a fresh perspective. Empty-nesters retired couples young marrieds dating couples or perhaps those who simply need a break from extended family can find respite with a table for two in a less traveled setting.

This time of year having a meal with a loved one can rekindle connections and provide a special holiday spark. Enjoying it amid the idyllic setting of the coastal spoil and barrier islands after the tourists have all gone home and many of the college students are on break can be memorable.

Just because winter’s clutches are closing in doesn’t mean the hidden sandy dunes aren’t as special and inviting as the summer months for some dining or glamping fun. In fact some say it’s the best time of year because of the lack of crowds mosquitoes humidity and boat traffic. Whatever the reason taking time out to slow down in this busiest of seasons is important to help reprioritize. And what better way to do so than on an easy yet adventurous getaway with your favorite person?

Holiday Dinner for Two


Recipes by Chef Jeffrey Porter Executive Chef/Owner 22 North and Port City Pop-Ups

Organic Turkey Breast with Brie & Craisin Stuffing

Green Peppercorn Country Ham Gravy

Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes

Sauted Asparagus

Pumpkin Tiramisu

Serve with baked or roasted butternut squash and garnish with tomato rose pickled radish micro basil & grapes


Stuffed Organic Turkey Breast


1-2-lb turkey breast


Butterfly and lightly tenderize turkey breast. Place stuffing in the middle then roll turkey up with the seam sides down. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven on a lightly oiled baking sheet at 325 until internal temperature is 165 degrees. Let turkey rest for five minutes then slice 1-inch thick medallions.

Brie & Craisin Stuffing


1/2 a loaf of sliced white bread diced

1/4 cup of craisins

4 oz of sliced brie

1/4 cup celery diced small

1/4 cup yellow onion diced small

1 tsp of fresh rosemary chopped

1 cup of butternut squash diced small


Blanch butternut squash then chill. Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Green Peppercorn Country Ham Gravy


1 quart heavy cream

8 green peppercorns

1 small clove of garlic finely sliced

1/4 cup of diced country ham

1/4 cup of organic chicken stock

1/4 cup of small diced Vidalia onion

1 TBSP grapeseed oil

In a small saucepot add grapeseed oil garlic country ham green peppercorns and onion. Lightly saute on medium heat until lightly caramelized. Add chicken stock and heavy cream and let reduce until sauce thickens. Slowly incorporate thinly sliced garlic clove.

Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes


2 lb of red potatoes

1 stick of butter

1 pint heavy cream

3 cloves of garlic roasted in the oven until golden brown


Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and whip together adding butter heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste.

Sauteed Asparagus


1 bunch asparagus


Salt and pepper to taste


Cut 2 inches off the end of the asparagus stems. Blanch in salted hot water until just tender then chill. Saute in butter and salt and pepper.

Pumpkin Tiramisu


8 oz of mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin

1/4 cup of shaved Belgium chocolate

1 package of ladyfingers

1 cup of cold instant espresso

1/4 cup of sugar

*Optional ingredients

Whipped cream and shaved chocolate (chef Porter used peppermint whipped cream and Belgium chocolate in this recipe)


Mix mascarpone sugar and pumpkin together and place in a piping bag. Dip ladyfingers in espresso quickly. Place two ladyfingers on plate and pipe pumpkin mixture onto ladyfingers followed by whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Produced and Written by Peter Viele

Staging and Supplies by Epic Excursions

Recipes and Food Preparation by Jeffrey Porter Executive Chef/Owner 22 North and Port City Pop-Ups