Meeting the Governor

Volunteers and members of the Danieltown Stew Crew meet with Governor Ralph Northam and Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax during Brunswick Stew Day at the General Assembly. Both Northam and Fairfax were presented framed logos promoting the county’s 300th Anniversary in 2020. Pictured left to right are Assistant County Administrator Leslie Weddington, Tiquan Goode, Bobby Conner, Nancy Watson, Supervisor Bernard Jones, Danieltown Stew Crew member Addie Bennett, County Administrator Charlette Woolridge, Northam, Fairfax, Supervisor Welton Tyler, Supervisor Fonz Seward, Joyce Powell and Lonnie Powell. ({hoto by Jack Mayer, Governor’s Office)

Cooking stew, promoting Brunswick County

RICHMOND – “It’s my favorite day of the year. I love Brunswick Stew Day.” The fourth Wednesday of January has been designated as Brunswick Stew Day at the Capitol.

The aroma of Brunswick stew filled the air on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Capitol as Stewmaster Clark Bennett and members of the Danieltown Stew Crew cooked two huge pots of our famous delicious delicacy. The members of the stew crew are Clark’s mother, Addie Bennett, Matthew Dark and Kyle Gee. The stew crew left the Alberta area around 1 a.m. and had stew cooking by 4 a.m. Stew is ready to serve at 11 a.m. and people lined up for a serving.

The Danieltown Stew Crew was the winner of the 2019 Taste of Brunswick Festival held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at the Lawrenceville-Brunswick Municipal Airport, earning the crew the opportunity to serve stew on Stew Day. The festival is held the second Saturday of October and stewmasters compete for the title and cash prizes. Making stew is serious business in Brunswick County.

Clark said this year two pots were used, one holding 75 gallons and one holding 50 gallons. The stew must be stirred constantly to prevent sticking. Many of the stewmasters learned how to cook stew from their parents and Clark enjoys carrying on the family tradition. He proudly calls his stew “the best” giving his dad, Billy, the credit.

To read the entire article pick up the Feb. 5, 2020 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.