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Dressler’s Spotlight: Chef Scott

Chef ScottMeet Scott Hollingsworth, Executive Chef at Dressler’s Restaurant.

Chef Scott has more than 25 years of professional experience in the restaurant business. He joined Dressler’s Restaurant in Lake Norman in October 2005.

Growing up in Cornelius, some of Chef Scott’s favorite foods included tomato sandwiches from the garden and Sunday dinner at his grandparents’ house. He developed a love for cooking at a young age, helping out in the kitchen when he was a kid. By the time he was a teenager, he was cooking for his family. The first thing he learned to cook was fried chicken (thanks to his Mom). To this day, Chef Scott prepares the meals in his own home.

Chef Scott, what do you enjoy more, cooking or eating? “Eating, definitely!”

Name one of your favorite dishes to make at Dressler’s. “North Carolina Trout with foraged mushrooms. I like that the trout and mushrooms are local and I’ve enjoyed building a relationship with the family that raises the trout.”

What qualities make a great chef? ”Experience.  An even temper.  Using salt and pepper.”

What makes Dressler’s special?  ”Every person who comes into Dressler’s is important. They are here for a superb dining experience, and that is exactly what we strive to give them. It’s all about the service, the food, and the atmosphere.”

Why do people love dining at Dressler’s?  “Warmth of service and delicious food.”

What’s your cooking style?  ”Southern Eclectic.”

And your philosophy when it comes to food? “Keep it simple.  Don’t get in the way of the food.”

Do you love being a chef? “Absolutely. It’s a lifestyle.”

Tips for Choosing a Delicious Steak

For those of us who love red meat, there is nothing better than a juicy steak cooked to perfection. At Dressler’s, we love steak. We want you to love it too, whether you’re dining with us or eating at home. Getting a restaurant-quality steak at home is not impossible, but many people struggle when it comes to buying and cooking it. Here’s some of our tips for selecting and preparing a mouthwatering steak.

What’s in a name? Steaks with Chuck and Round in the name are lean cuts, which means they usually cook up tough. These steaks need to be marinated or prepared in a slow-cooker. Chef Scott does not recommend grilling these types of steaks–you may be disappointed.

Steaks with Rib and Loin in the name (rib-eye, rib steak, strip, porterhouse or T-bone) have more fat in them. These steaks stay tender and juicy when cooked on the grill. One of Chef Scott’s favorites is Dressler’s Blackened Heart of Ribeye served with fingerling potatoes, asparagus, and herb blue cheese butter.

Look for marbling (little white flecks of fat) when you are purchasing steak. The bits of fat melt away while cooking and add flavor to the meat. Don’t trim off the bigger pieces of fat until you are finished cooking, because it keeps the meat moist. Look for steaks with plenty of marbling, and choose ones that are between one and two inches thick.

You’ve selected a steak, now what? No matter how you choose to cook your steak, make sure it is cooked to your taste (rare, medium-rare, medium) by using a instant-read meat thermometer. The USDA does not recommend consuming beef below 145℉, but most of us do not like to eat our steak that well-done. Here are the steak temperature guidelines from the Food Network:

  • 125℉ rare
  • 130-135℉ medium-rare
  • 135-140℉ medium

Once you’re finished cooking, let the steak rest for a few minutes (this allows the juice to be redistributed throughout the meat). Then slice and enjoy!

Enjoy Fall in Charlotte. Get Outside and Have fun!

Fall in Charlotte is simply amazing! Don’t miss out on the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season. Whether you are looking for adult-only events or activities for the whole family, you’ll find something here for everyone. Spend the day with your family at a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch, or join your friends for a concert or beer tour! Then stop in and see us at Dressler’s for lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

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Cigar and Scotch Tastings Charlotte NC

Dressler’s Birkdale and Burners Cigar Company
is hosting a cigar dinner
Avo cigars and MaCallan Scotch

Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m.

We will start with a three course dinner in our private room, featuring our 16oz Ribeye-man food!
Then we will move to our patio area to enjoy three tastings of MaCallan Scotch.
MaCallan 12 year, 15 year, and 18 year and of course, three Avo cigars.
Burners Cigar Company will also be providing a swag bag of goodies.
Three course dinner
Three MaCallan Scotch tastings
Three Avo Cigars
Please contact Burners Cigar Company 704-892-5112
Dressler’s Birkdale 704-987-1779
for reservations