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Thoughts from Chef Paul Smith: The Rising Tide


“Oh, you’re from West Virginia? I’ve driven through there before…you have a beautiful Capitol.”

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I heard a variation of this statement over the years when talking to someone about where I was from. Although it was intended to be a compliment of sorts, I always found it to be incredibly frustrating.

While I was able tell the person I was speaking with some of the OTHER great things about West Virginia, it always left me thinking about how many people undoubtedly passed through our state every day and had the exact same thoughts and experience. If they only understood what they were missing, how many would have taken the time to experience what we knew – that our state’s beauty extends far beyond the gold dome of a building?

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