The Gordons, who met as students at Appalachian State University in nearby Boone, N.C., share an affinity for the mountains, its people and its culture. That much is evident in their personal hobbies – they’re both avid hikers, snowboarders and gardeners – and also in how they run their restaurant. Ken and Wendy have taken care to preserve the old stone cottage that houses the Gamekeeper, working with the rustic charm rather than against it.
When an old tree on the property threatened to fall on the house, the Gordons harvested the wood and split it for use in the wood-fired grill. This respect for the mountains and the local environment extends to the menu, which reflects their love for Southern cooking and use of traditional smoking methods. Ken and Wendy strive to use only the freshest ingredients, locally grown organic produce and eggs when available and meats humanely farm raised, grass fed and federally inspected. They have been long time members of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project. As members and through their menu, they support the local farmers who are their neighbors and pay homage to the region’s cuisine.
The Gordons actively support local conservation by annually hosting the High County Conservancy Wine tasting. Proceeds of the event go towards land trusts established to prevent the over development of the Appalachian Mountains.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project
New River Organic Growers Association
Humane Farming Association
Watauga County Humane Society
The Carter Center
Appalachian Skate Park Council