This event features Tom Rutland, the former chef at Henry Campbell’s Steakhouse in Albany, Ga. A native of the Deep South, he is an alumnus of the College of Charleston as well as the kitchens at Carolina’s, The Colony House and My Tho in Charleston, SC, The Cassis at Hotel Nikko in Atlanta, The Granary at Jackson Hole, WY and Sonoma County, CA’s Chateau Souverain. Today, Tom is with Sysco Foodservice Corporation. Present at the launch of the New Southern Cuisine movement in Charleston, SC in the 1980’s, Tom remains dedicated to celebrating and exploring the glories of American regional cuisines and culinary traditions. He is also a strong advocate for farmer’s markets, nutritional education and for sound and sustainable agriculture. The home of Bo and Bonny Dorough, located in Merry Acres, is a testament to the original owner’s fascination with Colonial Williamsburg and the architecture of that period. Mrs. Fred Sims and her family frequently visited Colonial Williamsburg, and she gradually envisioned a residence which would be constructed according to a traditional Williamsburg floor plan. The residence was designed by local architect Hugh Gaston in consultation with Mrs. Sims. Ms. Sims, inspired by the restored homes in Colonial Williamsburg, presented Mr. Gaston with specifications, which included a formal living room and a formal dining room, situated on each side of the large bricked foyer. The formal spaces are symmetrical. Other features of the home accentuate the design. A carved pineapple, a symbol of welcome and hospitality, is situated over the front door. Fixtures throughout the residence, including door hardware, detailed woodwork, simulated pegged wood flooring, light fixtures, the windows, and the exterior dormers, replicate building materials and methods employed during the colonial era. Paint colors throughout the first floor are classic Williamsburg hues. The residence has five fireplaces, a den, a sunroom and formal study.