Last week I attended the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in downtown Asheville. If the words "craft fair" makes you think of popsicle stick art and sock monkeys, you should know this is not THAT craft fair. The Southern Highlands Craft Guild, who sponsors the fair, is a non-profit and educational association dedicated to promoting and sustaining mountain craft. Member artisans are admitted by jury selection, and represent some of the finest in their respective fields. From jewelry to textiles, woodworking to pottery, this fair is the place to see the very best of southern Appalachian craft. In addition to the opportunity to meet the artists in person, attendees could also watch craft demonstrations and enjoy live local music throughout the event.
Courtney Youngblood is writing a series of "Best Of" posts for the SavorNC blog. You can read (and comment on!) her first post, "Best Of: Burgers in the Triangle" here.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch Iron Chef, I wonder about how some of the food actually tastes. Sure it looks good and sounds good. But what does it actually taste like?
Today we're introducing a new food blogger, Courtney Youngblood! Courtney is a native Charlottean with deep roots in Southern culture and traditions. After studying at UNC, she went on to receive a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, and now works as a line cook in Durham. As an eager diner and avid foodie she is always in hunt of the best foods this great state has to offer. Welcome, Courtney!
In honor of National Watermelon Month, we're partnering with our friends at www.watermelon.org to share fun ideas for enjoying this favorite fruit!
There’s a new chef in town. James Clark has been named the Executive Chef at Carolina Crossroads restaurant at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Chef Clark brings a bounty of experience with him from some of the top restaurants in the country, including the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, The Palette Restaurant in the Madison Hotel in D.C., and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. His style of using only the freshest local ingredients with a minimum of fuss to allow the flavors of those ingredients to shine through has won awards and praise across the country. “I am really impressed with the North Carolina agricultural scene connecting chefs and farmers. I can’t wait to get out into the community and meet all the farmers,” he says. Judging from the glowing reviews from across the county, we bet the farmers can’t wait to see what Chef Clark cooks up!
For three days in January, DIY Network host Josh Temple and the production crew of "House Crashers" ambushed a home in western Mecklenburg County, turning it into both a construction site and the set of a reality show. Charlotte renovation contractor Dryden Design Build served as the local design-build team for the race-themed garage transformation, which guest starred NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet.
Our area is home to some amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs, and I recently had the opportunity to explore the innovations of a husband and wife team with a product that is very close to my heart….or stomach — CHOCOLATE! Jael and Dan Rattigan celebrated the grand opening of the French Broad Chocolate Factory and Tasting Room on Friday, June 29th.