Les Dames d’Escoffier’s North Carolina Chapter will host their annual fundraising event to benefit the Interfaith Food Shuttle and the NC K-12 Culinary Institute. The event, showcasing dishes created and served by Dames, station-style, will highlight NC products. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and sample the work of Les Dames d’Escoffier members who are chefs, caterers, journalistic writers, cookbook authors, restaurateurs and leaders in the culinary industry.
The event will take place at Dame Coleen Speaks’ chic new event space, Whitaker & Atlantic (1053 East Whitaker Mill Road), from 6:30 – 9pm (complimentary valet service is provided). Tickets are just $70 and include tastings from a variety of food stations as well as two beverage tickets for wine, beer, cider and craft cocktails made from North Carolina spirits. The bar will be hosted by The NC F&B Podcast. Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable to a friend or guest and may be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3339002 and at the door.
Guests will discover dishes by Colleen Minton, Hadassah Patterson, Jill Santa Lucia, Sera Cuni, Margaret Norfleet-Neff, Rhonda Jones, Jamie Dement and Coleen Speaks, as well as a cheese and charcuterie board by the NC Department of Agriculture - a sponsor of the event, and artisan breads from La Farm Bakery’s Missy Vatinet.
Entertainment will be provided by Susi Gott & the Kitchen Dudes, and by the a cappella group Stella. Susi is a singer, dancer, and prize-winning fiddler and songwriter, a veteran of the Appalachian style, both in music and culinary arts. She has appeared in festivals and theatres across the U.S., Europe, Africa, and South and Central America. Stella is a Triangle-based septet, passionate about sharing the songs they love with communities they care about. The group’s inventive arrangements span from spare to lavishly ornamented, as background voices dip, soar and swirl in gorgeous harmonies that accent and fulfill each lead singer’s storyline.