New Vendor Alert: Banner Butter and Murhelvic Woodworks
, by Isabelle Adler
, by Isabelle Adler
The Local Palate Marketplace is excited to partner with two new vendors, Banner Butter and Murhelvic Woodworks. These small Southern businesses, based out of Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, share a common work ethos that focuses on preserving each product's one-of-a-kind features, producing quality work, and have backstories rooted in family.
This husband-and-wife-run creamery in Atlanta is built on the simple idea of creating classically crafted and flavorful compound butters. This small-batch company sets itself apart from the large industrial ones by using fresh and hormone-free cream in all its spreads. The dairy cows graze in large grass-filled pastures, which results in a sweet and smooth cream for churning. Banner Butter is interested in quality over expediency: They allow the cream to ripen before beginning to churn it into butter. Each batch of butter is carefully observed and guided through the process to create the best possible product.
Because Banner Butter is handmade, no two packages are exactly alike. Drew McBath and his wife Elizabeth have embarked on a journey of reminding their customers what it’s like to taste the love and care in their food. A few examples of their comforting flavored butter are roasted garlic, smoked sea salt, unsalted, and dark chocolate, and many more types to be added to any recipe.
Based out of Wadmalaw, South Carolina, these handmade live-edge cutting and charcuterie boards offer the perfect conversation piece for any get-together. Each board has been beautifully carved from the artist Murray Thompson's family’s Southern pecan trees, which were recovered after a South Carolinian hurricane. After the recovery, the wood was stored and aged for several years while it underwent the spalting process, which creates intricate lines and captivating colors adorning each board. Thompson has patiently shaped, sanded, and coated each board in at least six layers of food-safe glaze to ensure the piece's preservation and long-lasting beauty.
Every Murhelvic Woodworks board is reversible with a sanded groove on one side to help limit the mess of chopping and dicing. These boards are not only useful but also a stunning addition to any kitchen.