The Local Palate Newsletter
Sign up to recieve news, updates, recipes, cocktails and web exclusives about food culture in the south

Share this article via email


Save 72% off of newsstand price now!

Subscribe to The Local Palate
Shop Marketplace Savor the South Newsletter Tableaux Newsletter Shop the South Marketplace Newsletter Snapshot: Nashville Newsletter Snapshot: Atlanta Newsletter Snapshot: Charlotte Newsletter Snapshot: Austin Newsletter Subscribe Digital Edition Send a Gift Customer Service App Store Google Play

Get the latest from the Local Palate, straight to your inbox.

Sign up

Get the latest from the Local Palate, straight to your inbox.

Vera Stewart’s Masters Menu

Vera Stewart’s Masters Menu
Photo by Peter Frank Edwards

Augusta’s Vera Stewart shares a few favorite party bites


Vera Stewart.

Every April, the biggest names in golf convene in Augusta, Georgia, for one of the South’s most quintessential sporting events: the Masters Tournament. For many attending, getting a taste of Augusta National’s illustrious pimento cheese sandwiches and sugar-sweet tea (it’s just $3 for the duo, plus chips) is all part of the experience.

But for those of us viewing the action from our living rooms, the weekend can still be an occasion with the right menu. Vera Stewart, an Augusta caterer who’s been in the business for nearly thirty-five years, has just the lineup. She shares some entertaining favorites from her debut book, The VeryVera Cookbook: Recipes from My Table, out this April from Story Farm.

The VeryVera Cookbook: Recipes from My Table is out this month from Story Farm.

The party pro has a few tips for first-timers. “One of the first pieces of advice I can give is plan, plan, plan,” she says, recommending hosts keep notes on everything from menu plans to last-minute items. And, “When cooking for a crowd, I steer clear of anything that must be micromanaged.” (Think dishes that can be assembled ahead of time and are easy for guests to enjoy.)

Stewart’s Masters-viewing menu showcases Southern ingredients with assortment of dips—Vidalia onion, honey pecan, and bacon-tomato—made for spreading on her signature buttermilk biscuits. “Add in a cold beer, a golf umbrella, and maybe even a practice putting green and scoreboard in the backyard, and it’s like you’re there!”

Vidalia Onion Dip

Buttermilk Biscuits

Bacon and Tomato Spread

Honey Pecan Spread

Mentioned in this post: