P.G. Werth’s and Norm’s Farms
P.G. Werth’s is doing some pretty cool things with our Elderberry Jams, Extract and Wellness Syrup. We love creating partnerships with local businesses like ourselves, and the story behind P.G. Werth’s is so inspirational. P.G Werth’s is a true labor of love for its founder, Chef Hamm. Chef Hamm is an educator and successful entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for good food. Cooking since he was tall enough to reach the stove, Chef Hamm’s life’s work was cemented through a wonderful relationship with Patricia Guy Werth, his high school culinary arts teacher. Chef Hamm credits her encouragement and careful guidance for the trajectory of his life, and P.G. Werth’s is his homage to her influence. Located at 927 West Morgan St. in Raleigh, North Carolina, P.G. Werth’s opened less than a month ago and is already receiving rave reviews.
Meet the Staff at P.G. Werth’s
Chef Hamm has established himself as a culinary powerhouse in central Carolina in the twenty years since graduating from Johnson and Wales University with his Culinary Arts degree. In addition to creating P.G. Werth’s, Chef Hamm is the Executive Director of the Culinary Institute at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and the owner of Café 121 in Sanford, North Carolina. His passion for locally sourced creative cuisine inspires the menus of both restaurants and the student run Natural Chef Café located at CCCC in Pittsboro, which has the distinction of being the only Farm to Table culinary program in the state. Fellow Johnson and Wales graduate Chad Aultman is the Chef de Cuisine for P.G. Werth’s and shares Chef Hamm’s passion for using as many local ingredients as possible and creating a memorable dining experience for all guests. Other staff include Emily Hester, Barista, Tobias Perrino, Front of the House manager and our in-house gluten-free baker (also owner of Moonflour Bakery) and guest services manager Zsuzsa Wahlen. Chef Donna Bauman, Market Manager, who is also an Adjunct Culinary Instructor at Central Carolina Community College, has the fun job of sourcing local foods for their market section and Norm’s Farms has claimed some coveted space on the market shelves and on their menu, too.
The Market, Coffee Bar and Restaurant
P.G. Werth’s opens its market and coffee shop at 6:30 am to help local residents get their day off to a good start with spectacular Barista made coffee creations featuring locally sourced Larry’s Coffee and a nice offering of prepared foods “to go”. The Market section, which is open all day, has coolers stocked with products made right here in North Carolina, including those made by Norm’s Farms.
The restaurant section of P.G. Werth’s is open for lunch and dinner and is equipped with a full service bar and an awesome wine collection. The lunch and dinner menus do a great job of incorporating locally grown and produced foods. You can find Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract in the Elderberry Mint Julep on the “Cheer Menu”. The lunch menu features our Elderberry Jam on the Oh My Cristo sandwich, and Grayson Farms grass fed beef in the Grayson Highlands Burger. The “Munch Menu” has a Cheese Board Appetizer which features our Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam. Whenever possible, ingredients for menu items are sourced from home grown food producers including Funny Girl Farm, Larry’s Coffee, Whitted Bowers Farm, Endless Sun Produce and Moonflour Bakery, just to name a few.
Building menus (and communities) around locally sourced foods is a talent of Chef Hamm’s and Norm’s Farms is honored to be part of the P.G. Werth’s experience. We think that chefs and food entrepreneurs committed to producing good food grown with organic methods in a sustainable fashion are changing the way America eats for the better. P.G. Werth’s promises to become a beloved local gathering spot, and it’s great to be part of that adventure!
P.G. Werth’s and Norm’s Farms Raleigh’s a great combination for area residents.