Get Your Taste & See NC Box with Coupon Code!

Hey, foodies!

You know fun it is to go to local markets, boutiques and shops and see all the yummy, local provisions? If only there was a way to see AND taste or taste and see. Well, there’s a new company, based right here in North Carolina that is giving us all a chance to bring home a box of North Carolina goodness. You pick your city and it’s delivered right to your door.

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My friend, Shayla, launched Taste and See NC earlier this year as a way to highlight local makers with a gift box of artisan food products from our fair cities. There’s a Winston-Salem box, a Durham Box, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville. You get the idea. Shayna reached out to the foodies and asked us if we wanted a box (uh…yes, Shayla, yes!) and let us choose our city. I was familiar with some of Asheville and all of Winston-Salem’s box. I haven’t had the benefit of enjoying a whole lot of Durham goodies, even though it’s one of the top Southern food towns. So Shayna sent me a Durham box and I just had to show you how cute and fun it is. Of course, I’ve tried all of these items and will be sharing them with you here.

Look! It was a like a little present from Tiffany. Only better. Yeah I said that (No thanks to the post office for getting it all dirty).

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Inside that Carolina Blue box was a selection from some of the finest makers in the Bull City:

Big Spoon Roasters: Apricot and Pepita Bar
Chocked full of real ingredients. I started noshing on this little bar so quickly that I forgot to snap a pic. Oops! But I did remember later to photograph this bar as a topping to my smoothie bowl. It was chewy and lightly sweet and satisfying. On a side note, you can find Big Spoon in the Triad (including Whole Foods) and all over the region as they are super popular with their nut butters. It was fun to see they’ve gotten into food bars for a quick, healthy snack. Big Spoon is known for their sustainable practices including supporting our NC Peanut Farmers. IMG_8466

Sangha Tea: Ginger Peach Black Tea
As I write this, I’m fearing I’m catching the microfoodies’ colds. So this tea is very warm and soothing. This tea is smells and tastes exactly as its name. It’s gingery. It’s peachy and wonderful.

Ello Raw: Cinnamon Sugar Donut Bites
Another healthy grab and go option, these little grain-free bites are made with raw, organic superfood ingredients.

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Durham Toffee: 
Man, oh man. This toffee though. Fortunately it made it to me without getting all melted in the summer heat. This toffee is melt in your mouth, chewy, buttery deliciousness topped with the crunch of almonds. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. It won’t be long now either.

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Double M Bakeshop:
Shhhh…don’t tell mr. foodie that there’s another nut butter in the domicile. He already shakes his head in disbelief. I have an entire pantry shelf devoted to nut butters (cashew, almond, flax and chia, peanut x 4, mixed nut)  and they are even stacked one on top of another. It’s almost embarrassing. Proudly, Double M now sits among its lower class peers. The peanut butter is all natural, with a little coconut oil and an ever so light lacing of honey for some sweetness. It’s a great blend of a little sweet, a little salty and the little girl who only eats peanut butter when she has to is Double M’s newest fan. On a bagel or with some crackers? Yes, please. Drizzled on a smoothie bowl? Done and done.

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So if you’re in, near or from one of these hometowns, they make a fun gift for yourself and especially for friends and family, to give them a taste of the local flavor. All City Boxes are $40. Find out more here.  City Boxes will get updated as well.

In December, Taste and See NC will begin offering a quarterly themed subscription box which will feature seven to ten NC food items. It might be a pantry theme or a chocolate theme, but you can bet it will be delicious. You can still order the City Boxes to sample the program or to give as a gift. Sign up for your quarterly subscription here. Get $5 OFF with the coupon code TRIADFOODIE

I also wanted to point out something about Taste and See…and Shayla didn’t ask me to tell you this, but it’s so worth knowing. Approximately 160,000 of North Carolina’s citizens receive emergency food assistance in any given week. One in four children live in food insecure households. You can help with your quarterly subscription.  A percentage from the sales of all quarterly subscriptions will support a NC-based charity specifically focused on feeding children in food insecure areas.  These NC makers are already doing their part by creating healthy, real food from our own state and supporting the farmers here. Now you can help Taste and See bring it full circle by enjoying your quarterly box or gifting them or a City Box to friends.

Enjoy these makers, foodies and don’t forget your coupon code!

 

 

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Great things are happening all over the Triad culinary scene. We are so excited that for the first time, we’re attending the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. I’ve always wanted to go, just for some reason or another it just hasn’t happened and I’m so honored to be asked to be a part of it.

What is the Signature Chefs Auction? It is a unique culinary event featuring the best of Winston-Salem and Greensboro.  This event is designed to feature the local chefs, their signature dishes, entertainment, silent and live auctions in an effort to raise funds to support the mission of March of Dimes…”Giving a Fighting Chance To Every Baby.”

Now just check out this lineup, you guys!

The Greensboro event is the first one up, on September 28. For tickets, click here. The 2017 Greensboro Chefs List Includes:

1618 Midtown-Chef Matt Kidd;  Undercurrent–Chef Michael Harkenreader, Sedgefield Country Club–Chef James Patterson;  Painted Plate Events–Chef Brad Semon, Cristina Gray’s Restaurant & Bar–Chef Derek Cress, B. Christophers–Chef Christopher Russell, Southern Lights Bistro–Chef John Drees, GIA Drink Eat Listen–Chef Eric Snow.

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The Winston-Salem auction is October 27. For tickets, click here.

The 2017 Winston Salem Restaurant List Includes: 

Meridian Restaurant–Chef Mark Grohman, The Porch Kitchen & Cantina–Claire Calvin, Village Tavern–Anthony Bonner, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub & Kitchen–Opie Kirby, Graze–Chef Richard Miller, Foothills Brewing–Chef Shane Moore, The Katharine Brasserie–Chef Adam Barnett, Bleu Restaurant–Jon Rumery

Don’t miss your chance to help a worthwhile cause and see these culinary greats in action!

Cheers!

foodie b’eat: Big News for Sander’s Ridge Winery! Chef Tim Grandinetti Brings Us Jasper’s.

 You guys know that I’m a big fan of all things local. You know mr. foodie and I are huge fans of Chef Tim Grandinetti and of North Carolina Wineries.

I’m so excited to tell you that Chef and Sander’s Ridge Winery have just announced a partnership. When Hearth closed at Sander’s Ridge and then later Sourwood, I was a bit worried about what might happen to that gorgeous restaurant that sits on the property of Sander’s Ridge Winery but we did a little digging and encouraged a few conversations. And then this happened!

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That is so exciting. I knew they’d been talking and that Cindy Shore was super stoked about the possibility of a partnership. And we know Tim Grandinetti can make magic happen. Here are some details from Sander’s Ridge.

 

 

Jasper’s Southern Farmstead Restaurant 

GRAND OPENING

Sunday, September 24, 2017   11:30 am-3:30 pm

 Restaurant Hours:  

Lunch & Brunch Service – Saturdays & Sundays 11:30am – 3:30pm 

Gourmet Brown Bag Service – Daily Noon – 5 pm

Reservations strongly recommended 336-677-1700

 

Chef Jared Tipton and Chef Timothy Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, announce the opening of Jasper’s | Southern Farmstead Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery.  Jasper’s | Southern Farmstead Restaurant is a partnership with Sanders Ridge Winery and Organic Farm.

 Jasper’s Restaurant will feature Farmstead Cooking; a way of life that has been handed down from generation to generation, rich in both history and flavor!  The creatively curated menu will include quintessential Southern breakfast and brunch dishes, Chef-crafted sandwiches, seasonally-inspired salads featuring deliciousness from Sanders Ridge organic gardens and olde-world, farmstead inspired dinner plates.

 

  “This is delicious, old-school Farmstead Cooking!”  said Chef Timothy Grandinetti, who recently launched a series of Soulful Harvest cooking classes and dinners based on his newly published cookbook, Soulful Harvest: Signature Recipes, Timeless Techniques & Culinary Reflections.  “Cooking from the soul for the soul…  At Jasper’s | Southern Farmstead Restaurant you can “hear” the crackling of perfectly cooked fried chicken; you can “smell” the buttery biscuits finishing in the ovens and you can “see” the pie filling as it sweetly bubbles beneath a flaky crust…” 

Jasper’s | Southern Farmstead Restaurant GRAND OPENING is scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2017.  3200 Round Hill Road, Boonville, NC. Restaurant Hours of Operation: Saturdays & Sundays 11:30am – 3:30pm.  Holiday Celebrations, Private Events and Catering may be contracted via Ms. Wendy Collins, at Sanders Ridge.

 About Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar: Spring House opened in April 2012 in the former Bahnson House, a gracious 1920 residence in downtown Winston-Salem listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Lovingly restored by co-founder Lynette Matthews-Murphy and under the leadership of award-winning Chef Timothy Grandinetti, the culinary team creates made-from-scratch, seasonally-inspired dishes sourced from local producers. 

Check out the AMAZING Brunch Menu and  Gourmet Brown Bag Menu!!  

 

We certainly wish Chef Tim, Chef Jared and the team at Sander’s Ridge Winery all the best and we hope you folks in the vicinity of Yadkin County get out and support this local restaurant.

Eat local, foodies!

Don’t miss our next Chef’s Table with Vin205 Farm to Table Bistro!

 

19875109_1727926723902382_3901179146795174410_nTime for another Chef’s Table, foodies. This time we’re partying on the weekend!  Read it here and get your tickets on eventbrite here. Cheers!

This month the foodies are changing it up! We’re gathering on a Saturday! That’s right, Vin 205 Farm to Table Bistro and Wine Merchants owner Caleb Flint and Chef Oren Feuerberg are opening up their restaurant to us on Saturday, September 16.  Multiple courses of surprises await us at this little bistro that has been evolving and hopping…it’s become one of THE go-to restaurants for great wine, great plates and live music. You nearly feel like you’ve arrived in Tuscany.

Vin 205 is on a mission to give you a true farm to table experience along with giving you the best in wine pairings. The wine dinners at Vin 205 are incredibly educational and delcious. There will definitely be wine at our Chef’s Table, but this evening is all about getting to know Chef Oren and what he does with his wonderful cuisine.

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Nicoise Salad at Vin205

Here’s how it works. Reserve with a ticket here and you’ll join us at our table on Saturday, September 16.  Please note, this is not a typical Monday/Tuesday event and the time is set for 7:00. A reminder of our pricing: Your ticket price of $30 INCLUDES your multi-course meal including dessert as well as tax and gratuity associated with the meal. Beverage (and gratuity for the purchase of beverages) are not included in the ticket price. Please take care of your server on any beverage service.

Come a little early to get your shop on at the wine market next door. It has more than just wine with great meats from local farms, local cheese, chocolate, and that’s just for starters.

We’ll see you on September 16! Please keep in mind the special time and day of the week.

** Follow us on Facebook for the latest details and get in on the chatter by tagging @WineMerchantsVin205 and #triadfoodiesChefsTable on Facebook and Instagram.

Please notify me at Kristi@triadfoodies.com if you have any food sensitivity or if the chef needs to be aware of any concerns.

foodie b’eat: Three HOT New Food Trucks You Need to Check Out

From my latest story in YES! Weekly, which I haven’t been really consistent on posting each week. But I’m excited about this one. We visited and chatted with StrEAT Provisions, The Whisk and Tin Food Truck, and The Bahtmobile. Go read about them and find them on social media. Because that’s how you’ll know where to find them.

Click here for the story!