We're a craft winery firmly committed to tradition--when we're not busy overturning it.

Meet Kaylon Sweet, founder of Sweet Mercy and our new partner in the Hermit Woods Kitchen

Posted 01/24/24

Kaylon Sweet, renowned as Sweet Mercy following his tenure at Osteria Poggio, is set to helm the kitchen at Hermit Woods Winery & Eatery starting February 1st, 2024. After nearly six successful years, Kaylon, affectionately known as “Sweets” by friends, made the decision to close Osteria Poggio, prompting the owners of Hermit Woods to extend a warm welcome.

Join us on Monday, January 29th, as we sit down with Kaylon (Sweets) and learn more about his passion for food and what he intends to bring to Hermit Woods.

About Kaylon: Born in Tennessee to Tim and Cheryl, life has always been about embracing the journey, starting with a move to Misawa, Japan, at just ten months old. The essence of Sweet’s culinary creations is a fusion of life experiences artfully expressed on each plate. Prioritizing the finest ingredients while infusing joy into every dish, each plate tells a compelling story.

With 14 years of professional culinary experience, Sweets embarked on this path to fuel his creative pursuits while funding his love for music. A pivotal moment occurred during the late-night shift at McDonald’s, sparking his culinary journey through culinary school and various restaurants. Sweets is driven by a desire to build, grow, and pursue his passions.

For Sweets, food is more than sustenance; it’s love, passion, and a narrative waiting to unfold. He eagerly anticipates having you all become a part of this flavorful journey.