Ermilio’s Paul Wilson wins Krewe du Korker award
Paul Wilson, owner of the very popular Ermilio’s restaurant, has been awarded the 2020 Krewe du Kork’s Korker, an annual award recognizing outstanding individuals in Eureka Springs’ culinary industry and those who have contributed to culinary destination that Eureka Springs continues to be. Wilson was announced this year’s winner at the Krewe du Kork’s annual fundraising wine dinner during Carnival season on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Grand Taverne Restaurant and Lounge.
“Eureka Springs entertains around a million visitors a year and most all visitors can tell you where they had dinner,” said Ilene Powell, Ko-Kaptain of the Krewe du Kork. “Eureka Springs’ restaurants keep us on the map and very well fed.”
Cne’ Breaux, the Krewe’s other Ko-Kaptain said,“There aren’t too many corporate types here in Eureka, but Paul held corporate hospitality jobs across the nation. One day, he had the good sense to click his ruby red slippers and say, ‘There’s no place like home.’ ”
Armed with his mother’s and grandmother’s recipes, his supportive family and the perfect location, Ermilio’s was born. In those early days, you’d find Paul and Mama in the kitchen converting recipes from five around the dining table to 50 in Ermilio’s dining room. Today, he serves that many in the first hour.
The love story of Grandpa and Grandma Ermilio continues through Paul, his partner Calvin, his extended family, Eureka residents and the many, many visitors who proudly say, “But I had dinner at Ermilio’s.”
Established in 2017, Krewe du Kork follows the Carnival institution of the “Social Aid & Pleasure Club” and celebrates wine, spirits, food, fun and cultural and historical heritage. Krewe du Kork hosts tastings, dinners and other festive outings throughout the year, including their Mardi Gras Bead Tree. In addition to planning social events, Krewe du Kork promotes a sense of unity in the community through fundraising events for organizations serving Eureka Springs.