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Feb 21

Rye: Local History, Farm-Fresh Food and Craft Cocktails

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM by Beth Shumate

A Slice of McKinney, TX: Rye Craft Food and Drinksheri bell
By Guest Blogger Sheri A. Bell

I am having a great time highlighting the fab peeps who are helping to make Historic McKinney, Texas, so cool. In this post I focus on Michelle and Jeff Qualls, proprietors of Rye Craft Food & Drink, at 111 W. Virginia just off the Square. Flush with community support from day one, Rye celebrated its first anniversary in November!

Michelle Qualls is one busy gal. When I finally get on her calendar, we meet up at Rye, claiming one of the small square tables for two. Little do I know that we’ll roost there for the next four hours, people!

Not that I wasn’t as happy as a pig slurping slop to do so. Michelle’s charm is hard to resist. As is Rye’s. Though not a big place, it has a soothing vibe and dreamy cocktails and craft food built around seasonal offerings from the 42 local farms and vendors Jeff uses to achieve his farm-to-table vision.

To read the rest of Sheri's blog entry (it is chockful of great stories and photos, so you don't want to miss it!), click HERE.