About Carol

If you ask Chef Carol Irwin, CEC how she ended up as a Certified Executive Chef, she'll tell you "It just happened this way." Lucky for Texas, "it just happened this way" here.

After dabbling in other interests, Carol Irwin enrolled in El Centro College, in Dallas, as a culinary student. Upon graduating she became an instructor at the school and Certified Executive Chef. On a family vacation to New Braunfels, she fell in love with Historic Gruene, which is now home of the Buttermilk Cafe as well as the River House Tea Room.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Since opening River House Tea Room, Chef Irwin has been honored as San Antonio Chef of the Year, Texas Chef of the Year, and the River House Tea Room was recently recognized with the Achievement of Excellence Award by the American Culinary Federation - one of only two casual dining restaurants in the nation to receive this award.

The Buttermilk Cafe is Chef Carol's take on comfort food with an upscale twist. The aromas and flavors conjure up memories of family feasts, filled with good food prepared by loving hands. C'mon by!