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Annual Society Gathering

In September, G&G hosted the second annual Garden & Gun Society Gathering at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, North Carolina. During the event, forty-five loyal readers and friends came together for three days of Blue Ridge Mountain experiences including curated workshops and sporting excursions, live performances, talks with special guests, and a number of memorable meals.

Special thanks to:
High Hampton Inn
Lonesome Valley
Maneet Chauhan
Hailey Whitters
Amlés Wine
Tom Beckbe
Caroline’s Cakes
Hubs Peanuts
Floressence Flowers

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Guests arrive at the beautiful, newly renovated High Hampton to kick off the Society weekend in Cashiers.

photo: Maggie Braucher

During the event’s first evening, guests connect with friends at a cocktail reception on the veranda.

photo: Maggie Braucher

G&G cofounder and CEO Rebecca Darwin catches up with chef, author, restaurateur, and television personality Maneet Chauhan.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Hosted in High Hampton’s private wine cellar, the cozy welcome dinner features a five-course menu with wine pairings.

photo: Maggie Braucher

On Friday, guests Amina Dearmon and Linda Walker embark on various daytime excursions, including a guided hike through the Nantahala Forest to Silver Run Falls. 

photo: Maggie Braucher

Prepared by Chef Ann Kim of the Garden & Gun Club and Chef Ed Selle of Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, smoked oyster deviled eggs are passed during cocktail hour on Friday evening.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Chef Ann Kim prepares the evening’s second course: tomato salad with avocado, Benton’s bacon, arugula, and buttermilk dressing.

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Guests dine by the fire at Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Smoked fried quail with collard green and kimchi fried rice is a hit during Friday’s dinner. 

photo: Maggie Braucher

On Saturday, artist Dorothy Shain Henderson leads guests through a workshop titled “Art in the Elements” while overlooking High Hampton’s lake.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Kara Berly hooks five trout during her day on the water with Brookings Anglers.

photo: Susan Renfro

Robert Taylor sets up at a report pair station at Smoke Rise Sporting Club during a day of friendly clays shooting.

photo: Susan Renfro

Editor in Chief David DiBenedetto joins special guest Maneet Chauhan for an intimate conversation surrounding her unique experience as an Indian chef in the South.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Sporting brand Tom Beckbe rolls out its Overland Chest, a custom wooden piece that creates the ultimate tailgate for sportsmen.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Amlés Wines cofounders Scott Miller and Sharon Virts prepare for a special tasting of their wines, Portrait and Reflectionist, during the finale dinner.

photo: Maggie Braucher

From left: Robert and Sheila Pauley, Nancy and Jason Wisniewski, and Julie and Greg Benefield.

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Scott Miller and Sharon Virts with David DiBenedetto.

photo: Maggie Braucher

On Saturday evening, the tables are set with a tasting of Amlés wines, as well as the gift of a custom fly tie box.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Country musician Hailey Whitters and her fiancé and producer Jake Gear join guests during cocktail hour on Saturday.

photo: Maggie Braucher

From left: Justin Lewis and Lindsay Fleege with Mary and Radcliff Menge of Tom Beckbe.

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Susan and Harry Dillard arrive for cocktail hour.

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Sheila Pauley samples Amlés’ Reflectionist wine during the evening’s tasting.

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Nashville singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters closes out the weekend with an intimate acoustic performance.

photo: Maggie Braucher

Cheers to another wonderful Society Gathering!

photo: Maggie Braucher