Those of you spending this weekend in Charlotte, NC, should be prepared to eat. The city is serving up some food, fun, and music as world-renowned and local chefs meet up for the Shout Culinary Arts Experience. The two-day event features interactive cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Cat Cora from Iron Chef America, Billy Strynkowski, executive chef for Cooking Light magazine, and Curtis Stone of TLC’s Take Home Chef (check the blog next week for my interview with Curtis). I'm going, and looking forward to some of these highlights:
- Culinary groups are offering mini cooking seminars that teach you how to make your own sushi or tabouleh. And local upscale restaurants will be dishing out samples of a variety of popular menu items – from tapas to seafood to Southern classics – for a fraction of the usual price.
- Teetotalers may want to steer clear of the Robert Mondavi tour, which includes tastings and cooking demonstrations.
- And, thanks largely to Compass Group North America, a Charlotte-based food management company, Shout will be a “green” event. They plan to recycle plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminum and cardboard. And, as they did last year, Compass will donate leftovers to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte. (Stay tuned for an upcoming story on Shout going “green”).
The Shout Culinary Arts Experience will take place on Friday, Sept. 26 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12-9 p.m. at the Johnson and Wales University Campus at 801 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC.
Photo courtesy of Charlotte City Center Partners