Urban Wren’s Taylor Montgomery emerges victorious with double “Tomato” award wins

August 10, 2023

Urban Wren, a culinary standout in the Upstate, is proud to announce that Executive Chef Taylor Montgomery recently clinched not one, but two “tomato” awards this summer.

The Travelers Rest Farmers Market’s tomato sandwich taste-off was the first win for Montgomery, where his ‘Black Beauty’ tomato sandwich mesmerized the taste buds of more than 700 tomato aficionados and earned the top spot. The unique black heirloom tomatoes were grown by Chef Taylor – seeds planted by his kitchen team in the garden at his own Montgomery Sky Farm – harvested, and then showcased in this annual taste-off event.

“I am so proud of this award,” said Executive Chef Taylor Montgomery, “it’s fun, but it is also a direct result of my incredible team coming out and planting a variety of tomatoes for the season and then helpingme execute a really cool, really different tomato sandwich.”

“The ‘Black Beauty’ was such a success at the farmer’s market, we decided to offer it as an August feature in therestaurant,” Nick Lincoln, Executive Director of Urban Wren shared. “You can’t beat a $5 tomato sandwich in the

Urban Wren’s second win was the Duke’s Mayo Hot Tomato Summer competition – a weeklong celebration of summer’s iconic duo: tomato and mayonnaise. Twenty-five local restaurants competed, and the results of community voting named Montgomery’s Tomato & Chorizo Empanada the winner.

To experience Executive Chef Taylor Montgomery’s culinary artistry and the one-of-a-kind dining experience that Urban Wren delivers, visit UrbanWren.com to make a reservation.


About Urban Wren

Located in the heart of downtown Greenville in the historic Markley Station, Urban Wren is a local restaurant that was born out of a love for food, wine and hospitality. Wine guides the entire guest experience at Urban Wren, and the menu delivers the perfect pair by highlighting local ingredients and flavors that reflect the seasonality of the South Carolina Upstate. Named best Chef (Taylor Montgomery), Best Restaurant, Best Wine Selection, Best New Restaurant, and Best Bar Staff by The Greenville News’ Best of the Upstate Awards. Learn more by visiting urbanwren.com or by following Urban Wren on Instagram (@urban_wren) and Facebook (/urbanwren).