In addition to celebrating Winston-Salem residents that have moved on to do significant things outside of the Twin Cities, this blog will also celebrate local people who make a difference currently in Winston-Salem.
Chef Tim Grandinetti is not only one of the best chefs in Winston-Salem, he is also one of the nicest guys in town. For the past ten years, he has made some of the best meals you can find in the Dash at Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar and at Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar.
Both of his Winston-Salem restaurants are located near each other in the heart of Downtown Winston-Salem, and he also recently opened Quanto Basta West in Bermuda Run, NC. The New York transplant has been a key part of the Winston culinary scene for the past decade.
Below you can find answers to some of Chef Grandinetti’s favorite things about his new “hometown,” Winston-Salem:
How long have you lived in Winston-Salem?
I’m incredibly proud to say that Winston-Salem is my HOME!
Born and raised in Hudson, NY; and in 2008 I moved to Winston-Salem from St. Louis with my wife, Heidi and two adorable kids. I was an Executive Chef with Marriott International Hotels, previously working in Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, MO; I had accepted a Regional Chef position with Marriott – with culinary responsibilities in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and Macon, GA.
What has changed in Winston since you moved here?
So much…! The evolution I have witnessed in W-S over the last 10 years has been INCREDIBLE. Visit Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem Downtown Partnership have done an amazing job of sharing our story with locals and attracting new visitors. The positive energy in Winston-Salem is one of the things I love most. The community support we’ve received in bringing back an abandoned former mansion to create Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar over 6 years ago; and following it with the opening of Quanto Basta three years ago is proof that this city is ready to embrace its position as a culinary destination AND the city of Arts & Innovation.
What are some of your favorite things happening in Winston today?Winston-Salem is the perfect combination of Southern history and lore; a fresh, young, spirited university vibe; a multitude of artistic endeavors; and business with cutting-edge innovation. It has such an iconic feel and it’s not only growing, but becoming more exciting all the time. The city and its people provide daily inspiration for our hospitality efforts at our restaurants.
Which Winston-Salem neighborhoods have you lived in?
Both Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar and Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar are located in Downtown W-S. In saying that, I’m grateful to consider Downtown as “My Neighborhood,” & I look forward to the many adventures that lie ahead!
What are some of your favorite Winston-Salem (that you don’t work at) restaurants of all time?
Foothills Brewing – my mug number is 83!
Pit Master Mark Little – Bibb’s Downtown; amazingly delicious!
Triad Community Kitchen – Chef Jeff Bacon is a W-S celebrity Chef with character and integrity that I truly admire.
Meridian Restaurant – Chef Mark Grohman & I have been friends for years, and I couldn’t be prouder of his culinary accomplishments.
There are also several “new culinary destinations” in the W-S culinary scene, and as soon as I can escape from our busy kitchens, I plan to explore them!
What is your favorite nickname of our minor league baseball team: Spirits, Warthogs, or Dash?
Warthogs is definitely my favorite nickname! I have enjoyed many ballgames at Ernie Shore Field. However, we are now Dash fans; and absolutely LOVE the new stadium! I am a HUGE baseball fan and really enjoy having such great baseball in Winston-Salem.
Are you more of a Hanes Mall or Thruway fan?
Thruway! The shopping center consists of many locally owned/operated businesses, which is FANTASTIC! One of my favorite shops, Southern Home & Kitchen, has just about anything one could want in terms of home and kitchen goods, and we collaborate on monthly cooking classes! Be sure to check out their class schedule at Shopsohonc.com.
Where is your favorite day trip outside of Winston?
Hanging Rock State Park – the hiking, the waterfalls, the vistas – it has it all! And, so very close to Winston-Salem.
What is your favorite North Carolina Beach?
Holden Beach – it’s very family-oriented and quiet. Although, Wrightsville Beach seems to be calling to me…
Where is your favorite place in the mountains in North Carolina?
I LOVE the mountains! Stone Mountain, in Roaring Gap, is one of my favorites to explore/hike.
Could you ever imagine leaving Winston and if so, where would you go?
I absolutely LOVE the energy and bustle of Downtown. I really can’t imagine leaving Winston-Salem – however my family and I are always thrilled to break away from time to time and “unplug” at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.