Charlotte continues to garner media attention and accolades as one of the top emerging culinary destinations in the U.S. After positive feedback last year, the city will return to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival with a diverse group of culinary innovators to give Charleston— a city known for its cuisine— a taste of Charlotte’s ever-evolving culinary landscape.
“Charlotte’s culinary community is incredibly diverse and dynamic,” says Laura White, CRVA Director of Communications. “We have established ourselves as a city of culinary opportunity while continuing to grow in ways that garner regional and national attention. We are excited about opportunities like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival because it gives us a platform to showcase our culinary talent and inspire residents of important drive markets like Charleston to take a trip to Charlotte to experience it firsthand.”
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority will host the following events to showcase the Charlotte talent that will be represented at the festival:
- Monday, March 4 (6-8 p.m.) – Charleston Wine + Food Festival Charlotte Send-Off Party at Sophia’s Lounge in Charlotte, North Carolina (invitation only)
- Thursday, March 7 (7-10 p.m.) – Bob Peters Pop-Up Bartending at 5Church Charleston (open to the public)
- Friday, March 8 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) – Charlotte Tastemakers Media Brunch at The Restoration in Charleston, South Carolina (invitation only)
- Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (12-5 p.m.) – Charlotte tent in Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Culinary Village (purchase tickets)
Below is the schedule for the Charlotte tent in Charleston Wine + Food’s Culinary Village:
- Friday, March 8 (12-1:15 p.m.) – Thomas Marlow, Mimosa Grill
- Friday, March 8 (1:45-3 p.m.) – Robert Hoffman & Henry Schmulling, Angeline’s and Merchant & Trade
- Friday, March 8 (3:30-4:45 p.m.) – Miranda Brown, The Asbury
- Saturday, March 9 (12-1:15 p.m.) – Shai Fargian, Yafo Kitchen
- Saturday, March 9 (1:45-3 p.m.) – Michael Rayfield & John Marino, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
- Saturday, March 9 (3:30-4:45 p.m.) – Greg Collier, Uptown Yolk and Loft & Cellar
- Sunday, March 10 (12-1:15 p.m.) – Zhang Qian and John Nisbet, The Dumpling Lady
- Sunday, March 10 (1:45-3 p.m.) – Michael Noll and Amanda Britton, Bardo
- Sunday, March 10 (3:30-4:45 p.m.) – Whitney Thomas, 5Church Charlotte
Additional representatives from the Charlotte region will be in Charleston participating in various events throughout the festival including:
- Smokin’ Ed Currie, PuckerButt Pepper Company
- Amy Fortes, The Flipside Cafe
- Troy Gagliardo, Ink N Ivy (Bottle Cap Group)
- Joe Kindred, Kindred and Hello, Sailor
- Jamie Lynch, 5Church Charlotte
- Bruce Moffett, Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, Stagioni, N.C. Red (Moffett Restaurant Group)
- Bob Peters, Innovative Cocktails & Consulting
- Paul Verica, The Stanley
As part of the culinary activation at the Charlotte tent, festival attendees who stop by will have the opportunity to enter for the chance to win the Ultimate Charlotte Culinary Trip giveaway.
As a city both inspired by its culinary traditions and intrigued by unexpected flavors, Charlotte chefs, brewers and bartenders challenge themselves to craft recipes that reflect the personality of a growing, global city. In Charlotte, farms, breweries and restaurants form a tight-knit, collaborative community that makes every meal and every drink more adventurous than the last.
Charlotte’s culinary success is evident through the individual stories of dedication, perseverance, creativity, courage and hard-won loyalty from the city’s diverse mix of young, inventive chefs (many graduates of local culinary school Johnson & Wales University), James Beard Award nominees, well-established restaurateurs, international chefs, and award-winning brewers, distillers and bartenders.