Crafted: Where Art and Food Meet
Ask anyone for their opinion on where to go to get a really great meal in the Triad and nine times out of ten the one place that will get mentioned several times by different people is Crafted – the Art of the Taco. And for good reason – the Mother/Daughter team of Rhonda and Kris Fuller have dedicated themselves to creating dishes that has all of the Triad talking with an almost cultish following!
Chef Kris Fuller is largely a self-trained Chef who started as an apprentice with Chris Russell of B. Christopher’s fame. After a brief stint at GTCC she realized that she’d rather focus her energy on being IN the kitchen and began training with other local chefs, as well as a year working in New York City. An unexpected health crisis in their family ultimately led them to the decision to embark on opening their own restaurant and in 2008, Kris and Rhonda opened a fine dining restaurant in 2008 called The Bistro.
The Bistro was well received but Kris quickly realized that they were only serving a limited demographic, so she began incorporating some fun appetizers into the menu and started with tacos. The tacos became a hit and Kris realized that this was a food that they could sell to several demographics – not just the higher end clientele. The price point of the tacos was more affordable yet still chef driven. The tortilla essentially was a vessel for fresh ingredients and creativity as opposed to it ‘just’ being a mexican dish and when the building that housed the original Crafted became available the mother and daughter team said “let’s do this!” and Crafted – the Art of the Taco was born!
Since opening the original location, Kris and Rhonda have opened two additional restaurants. 2015 ushered in Crafted – the Art of Street Food and another Crafted – the Art of the Taco in WS in 2017. While the Winston menu is exactly the same as the GSO location, Street Food is a bit different and breaks from the original concept which gives Kris and her team the chance to create items that don’t necessarily go on a tortilla. Guests will find items such as pad thais, sandwiches, empanadas, short ribs, etc. Each of the three locations has its own unique vibe but still stays true to the Crafted roots with the large open kitchens and the “industrial meets modern” decor.
Kris and Rhonda have strong footholds in the Triad and believe in supporting the communities that they feed. Red Dog Farm, Urban Ministries, IRC, and Authoring Action are just a few of the community based organizations that they contribute their time and services to. When last year’s tornado devastated one of GSO’s poorest neighborhoods, Kris and her team jumped into action along with other local restaurants collecting needed items and serving food to those who needed it most.
When asked if they were considering opening any new locations any time soon, Kris chuckled and said that while that may be the plan a little down the road, right now they just want the dust to settle on the whirlwind that the past few years have been and just focus on the three current restaurants. One can wish for that to happen but until then, we’ll happily visit the three outstanding restaurants that live up to the being crafted dishes of art!