Monthly Archives: May 2015

foodie b’eat: Taking an inside peak and taste of the new Crafted–The Art of Street Food

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Last week I got to represent myself, YES! Weekly and foodies across the Triad (we ARE triadfoodies, after all) and we got to go where no foodies have gone before…inside Chef Kristina Fuller’s new Crafted. She revealed the name as Crafted–The Art of Street Food.

Everything was AMAZING. Greensboro is so lucky to have a talented chef like Kristina and the concept will be quite the hit I’m sure. She was just voted Best Chef in the Triad by the voters of YES! Weekly.

The new restaurant is set to open on May 19.

YES! Weekly’s CHOW… featuring the new Crafted The Art of Street Food. Some photos of the eats and the interior are below.

Read all about it here! 

The bar...graffiti spells out "Street Food"

The bar…graffiti spells out “Street Food”

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Indian Street Food: Bhel Puri

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Indian: Fried Okra

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Latin Street Food: Mexican Street Corn

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Caribbean: Jerk Chicken & Beans/Rice

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Asian Street Food: Ramen

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Asian Street Food: Spicy Prawn & Coconut Rice

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Dessert: Chocolate & Tamarind Ice Cream

Chef Kris Fuller and her mom and business partner, Rhonda Fuller
Chef Kris Fuller and her mom and business partner, Rhonda Fuller

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foodie b’eat: Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series is coming to Winston-Salem!

You may notice a few changes with Competition Dining. First, it’s now being referred to as the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series. Gone is the “Fire in the…” title. The other BIG change is that this year it’s in WINSTON-SALEM. And it’s about time! We know we have great chefs across the Triad and especially Greensboro, but it’s time that the rest of the Triad came on over to the Twin City to see its gorgeous downtown and enjoy this competition, where plenty of WSNC chefs will be featured along with their counterparts across the county line and beyond. Take a look at the brackets which were announced today at the media event at the Benton Convention Center.

The Winston-Salem series features 16 chefs starting May 26. Here’s the official release from the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series which lists the chefs and the match-ups. Come out for one of the greatest night’s of food…ever.  And be sure to catch the full story and some one on one interviews in the next issue of YES! Weekly coming out on May 13.

IMG_3721The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will pit 16 highly competitive chefs against each other in its upcoming regional tournament in the Triad. For the first time in competition history, the local series will be held in Winston-Salem. All of the 15 interactive battles will be hosted at the Benton Convention Center from May 26 through July 7, and tickets are now available at www.competitiondining.com/events/triad.

In every Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series dinner event, two chef teams battle it out preparing three courses each centered on a featured North Carolina ingredient that is revealed only an hour before they start cooking that day. Ticketed dinner guests savor a full-service, six-course meal without knowing which chef prepared which dishes. Unlike any other cooking competition, attendees vote on each course using a free app, and ultimately help determine who moves on to the next battle round and who goes home.

Series competitors are randomly assigned to brackets. The Triad preliminary match-up battles include:

“We’re excited to be going to Winston-Salem and really impressed by the level of culinary talent in the competition this year,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “We have chefs from Winston-Salem, Greensboro and across the state. They’ll all face off in what I know will be one of the most fun, competitive and delicious tournaments for everyone involved.”

During 2015, the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is hosting bracketed tournaments in three regions of the state: Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and two brackets in Charlotte. For the first time ever, the tournament will also host a bracket in South Carolina, which will be held in Greenville this summer. The five winners each receive a grand prize of $2,000, a handmade chef knife by Ironman Forge and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket” provided by ALSCO.  Additionally, all five move on to compete in the battle of champions at the end of the year.

All Triad events are held at the Benton Convention Center located at 301 W 5th Street in Winston-Salem. Tickets range from $55 to $75, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Guests can attend as many dinners as they like and tickets must be purchased by midnight the day before a battle. Reservations are open now at www.competitiondining.com/events/triad.

About The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Libbey, ALSCO, NC Egg Association, Hits Technology, Joyce Farms and local partners in each region of the state. The goal of the series is to celebrate local North Carolina products and agriculture, and to showcase the culinary ingenuity and talent across the state. For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.

foodie b’eat: Cinco de Muncho at YES! Weekly

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. It just happens to coincide here locally with Hope du Jour so please be sure to eat out at a local restaurant on May 5 as a portion of all proceeds benefit Crisis Control Ministries. You can read more about Hope du Jour and Crisis Control Ministries here.

And if you are having trouble making a decision, here’s a list of faves that are sure to have something to hit the spot this May. We call it our Cinco EN Mayo.

Read all about it in my YES! Weekly blog article here.

What’s your favorite Mexican restaurant?

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