Queen City Brewers Festival Coming to Bojangles’ Coliseum on Jan. 31, 2015

Jan 31, 2015

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The fourth annual Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the legendary Bojangles’ Coliseum. QCBF is a tasting event that showcases Charlotte’s breweries, brewpubs, bottle shops and craft beer-focused restaurants. Funds raised by the event benefit ACEing Autism. QCBF will be the first beer festival held at Bojangles’ Coliseum, which opened in 1955 as Charlotte’s first coliseum.

 

“The Charlotte beer landscape has soared since the inaugural festival in 2012,” said QCBF creator and Program Director of ACEing Autism-Charlotte, Nils Weldy. “We needed to find a venue that would properly host our city’s award-winning breweries, exhibitors and sponsors, while maintaining an intimate festival experience.”

Roughly 2,000 attendees will enjoy unlimited beer and food samples on the same floor that has seen performances by Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, and was once home to the American Basketball Association’s (ABA’s) Carolina Cougars and the Charlotte Checkers.
Brewers are encouraged to bring one “super” flavor or style of beer especially for QCBF, as the Super Bowl takes place the following day. Works by local artists and live music will be on hand during each of the two tasting sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

QCBF’s mission is to spotlight Charlotte’s craft beer industry while raising awareness and funds for ACEing Autism, a non-profit that uses the sport of tennis to connect with children on the autism spectrum.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 6, 2014. Updates will be posted regularly on:
www.QCBrewFest.com
www.ACEingAutism.com
www.facebook.com/qcbrewfest
@QCBrewFest #CharlotteOnTap #cltbeer
Event address: 2700 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205

About Bojangles’ Coliseum
Bojangles’ Coliseum first opened in 1955 as the largest unsupported steel dome coliseum in the nation. Since then, the 10,000-seat multipurpose venue has hosted a wide array of concerts, sporting events, family shows and other diverse entertainment events. The celebrated facility has been known by many names: Charlotte Coliseum, Independence Arena, Cricket Arena and most recently Bojangles’ Coliseum. bojanglescoliseum.com

 

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BEER DELIVERY STARTUP LAUNCHES IN CHARLOTTE

Nov 20, 2014

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LAUNCH EVENT SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 6TH

Charlotte, NC November 18, 2014 BREWPUBLIK, a Charlotte, NC startup, has officially started accepting orders for its custom tailored beer home delivery service. BREWPUBLIK curates a selection of craft beer for its customers based on their taste preferences, delivering a new selection every month.

 

To celebrate the opening of the business, BREWPUBLIK plans a “Flannel and Beer” Lumberjack themed launch event December 6th in the South End Food Truck Lot at the corner of Camden Road and E. Park Ave, from 2pm – 6pm. The event will include local food trucks, craft beer samplings, lumberjack games, a bonfire, artisan s’mores and, of course, plenty of flannel.

"We couldn’t be more excited about starting and growing a company in Charlotte," said Charlie Mulligan, cofounder of BREWPUBLIK. "We think that Charlotte is developing a
thirst for craft beer, and we want to help customers discover and experience these new beers that are being created both in our backyard and all over the country.”

The craft beer scene has been exploding in Charlotte in recent years, with several new breweries opening up this year, including Sycamore Brewing and Sugar Creek Brewing, numerous growler and bottle shops, and a couple of cideries hoping to open their doors in the next couple of years.

BREWPUBLIK’s other cofounder, Zach Jamison, says: “The entire definition of beer is changing. Increasingly, all sorts of people are looking for something more than mass produced domestic beer. The craft beer world is exploding, but there are so many choices. Everyone needs a guide to navigate through all these choices and truly find their favorites. BREWPUBLIK is that guide. You don’t have to stare at the beer fridge for 15 minutes at the grocery store anymore, trying to guess what you’ll like. We can help! And what could be better than getting beer delivered to your house?.”

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, BREWPUBLIK has begun accepting orders for its sampler, standard and premium packages online at http://www.brewpublik.com. Signing up is as simple as picking a package and then entering your favorite beer. Prices range from $15 $90 for the month to month subscription service.

DINGDONG,
BEER.

 

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Q & A with Howl At the Moon

Nov 13, 2014

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By Steve Caldwell

Elevate Lifestyle: What distinguishes Howl at the Moon from other local restaurant and night clubs?

Howl On The Moon: The show! Howl at the Moon’s live house band performs the hits, the classics, and takes requests for what you want to hear any night that we’re open.
 

 

EL: What type of parties can customers host at Howl at the Moon?

HOTM: All types. From corporate events to birthday parties, we have the space and availability to host private and semi-private events as well as table reservations. It’s not uncommon to see several bachelorette parties dancing the night away at Howl.

EL: Do you offer food or drink specials?

HOTM: We do offer weekly drink specials and you can find a detailed list of them on our website at http://www.howlatthemoon.com.

EL: What nights are good to visit for group outings?

HOTM: Any night! We have live music and drink specials Tuesday – Saturday, making it perfect for group outings any time of the week.

EL: What type of events are you offering for the holidays?

HOTM: You can always find our special events on the website, but this year we will be having a Black Wednesday party before Thanksgiving, an Ugly Sweater party in December, and a New Year’s Eve party.
Each of the parties will have their own specials.

EL: How can users find Howl at the Moon on social media?

EL: What type of parties can customers host at Howl at the Moon?

HOTM: All types. From corporate events to birthday parties, we have the space and availability to host private and semi-private events as well as table reservations. It’s not uncommon to see several bachelorette parties dancing the night away at Howl.

EL: Do you offer food or drink specials?

HOTM: We do offer weekly drink specials and you can find a detailed list of them on our website at http://www.howlatthemoon.com.

EL: What nights are good to visit for group outings?

HOTM: Any night! We have live music and drink specials Tuesday – Saturday, making it perfect for group outings any time of the week.

EL: What type of events are you offering for the holidays?

HOTM: You can always find our special events on the website, but this year we will be having a Black Wednesday party before Thanksgiving, an Ugly Sweater party in December, and a New Year’s Eve party.
Each of the parties will have their own specials.

EL: How can users find Howl at the Moon on social media?

HOTM: We’re all over the place. You can click on the icons at the top of the website for the specific handles, but the list includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube.

EL: Do you offer any special promotions on your social media pages?

HOTM: Sometimes, you’ll just have to follow and find out. 

HOTM: We’re all over the place. You can click on the icons at the top of the website for the specific handles, but the list includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube.

EL: Do you offer any special promotions on your social media pages?

HOTM: Sometimes, you’ll just have to follow and find out.

 

 

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Q & A with FRENCH QUARTER

Nov 13, 2014

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By Steve Caldwell

I’m sitting down with George Photopoulos, one of the brothers who own and manages The French Quarter. They are one of the area’s oldest restaurants, located in the Charlotte Uptown area. Come join them at the French Quarter, where every hour is happy hour!
 

 

Elevate Lifestyle: Describe the atmosphere when walking in to The French Quarter

French Quarter: When you first walk up to the building (Brevard Court) you feel like you’re in the 19 Century and that's because these buildings were built 100 years ago. When walking in the FQ you are greeted by plenty of the original exposed brick, pictures from areas of New Orleans, wide windows with views of the Romare Bearden Park. All in all it's a very comfortable setting.

EL: What type of food does French Quarter serve?

FQ: American comfort, some Greek and a twist of Cajun.

EL: Do you offer daily food specials?

FQ: Monday - Friday we offer homemade lunch specials that include tea & garlic bread for a bargain! "Best deal in Uptown"

EL: Do you offer daily drink specials?

FQ: We change it up from time to time. On Tuesday all NC pints are $3.50, on Thursday all pints are $3.50, and a few days out of the week we have $4 house wines.

EL: How many beers do you have on tap?

FQ: Twenty.

EL: Do you have lots of local craft beers on tap?

FQ: We've dedicated at least half to our local breweries.

EL: What can sports fans expect when coming to The French Quarter to watch a game?

FQ: We have 12 large TVs and a view from every seat. We're a great spot to come watch the Panthers when they're home, or even the New Hornets.

EL: What is your website address?

FQ: http://www.FrenchQuarterCharlotte.com

EL: How can our readers find The French Quarter on social media?

FQ: Search for French Quarter Restaurant.

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Q & A with Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Nov 13, 2014

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By Steve Caldwell

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is located in uptown Charlotte on the corner of 5th St and N. College St. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fitzgerald's provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits and great food. A variety of menu items and a perfect pint of your favorite frosty beer await; all of which can be enjoyed alongside our big screen TVs spread throughout the pub.
 

 

Elevate Lifestyle: How long have you been in business?

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub: We opened our doors in 2012.

EL: Where did the name of the restaurant originate from?

FIP: Fitzgerald’s was taken from President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s middle name.

EL: What type of restaurant are you?

FIP: We are an Irish-American pub that serves upscale pub food with both Irish and American influence.

EL: Are you a chain restaurant?

FIP: No, we’re privately owned, not a chain.

EL: Describe the atmosphere in the restaurant.

FIP: It’s a pub feel with a great atmosphere. We cater to a wide range of people from the after work crowd to families to people that want to relax and have a great time while watching the game on our many
TVs. We also do many private events in our private dining room and top bar area.

EL: What type of crowd does the restaurant attract?

FIP: We attract all types of people! Everyone is more than welcome; especially those who want great food and drinks in a welcoming environment.

EL: What type of food is on the menu?

FIP: We have an eclectic mix of American comfort food and classic Irish dishes. There are a variety of burgers, salads and sandwiches and entrees along with an extensive appetizer selection that’s very
popular for the sports-watching crowd.

EL: What’s the must-have dish that everyone should try when they come to the restaurant?

FIP: Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Tiramisu are must-haves for first time diners. If you’re looking for a colossal burger with lots of Irish influence, try the Shillelagh!

EL: Do you have daily food specials?

FIP: We have several food specials throughout the week on burgers, salads and more. There is a full listing at fitzgeraldscharlotte.com

EL: What drink specials do you offer and do you offer any other specials?

FIP: We have drink specials every day of the week on beer, wine and liquor. There is a full listing at fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.

EL: With the new Craft Beer movement do you all have lots of the local breweries on tap?

FIP: Yes we do. We always to keep a variety of local favorites and seasonal brews on tap.

EL: What keeps the patrons coming back for more?

FIP: We’d like to believe it’s the combination of food quality, service, convenience and overall experience we provide for our valued customers.

EL: What is the busiest times and days of the week for the restaurant?

FIP: We have late night, happy hour and game watches that all keep us pretty busy. Any time there is something going on at Time Warner Cable Arena we see a huge crowd,

EL: What are your business hours?

FIP: We’re open from 11AM to 2AM 7 days a week.

EL: Do you cater events or parties?

FIP: Yes, gladly. We have several different private event spaces as well as a full catering menu. For more information please visit http://www.FitzgeraldsCharlotte.com or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

EL: Do patrons need to make reservations?

FIP: We have reservations available if needed, but they are not necessary.

EL: How do you plan to grow your business?

FIP: We plan to continue our growth by serving great food at a great price and continuing to expand and develop our menu and events to keep our guests interested.

EL: Do you plan on opening any other locations?

FIP: We have other locations in Chapel Hill and Greenville, North Carolina, and we hope to eventually expand to other markets as well.

EL: Anything else our readers should know?

FIP: We validate parking in the Wake Forest Parking Garage from 5pm-3am during the week and all day on weekends. Patrons can bring their ticket in and we will validate for free parking with purchase.

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AL YOU CAN BOWL MONDAYS

Nov 10, 2014

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Case of the Mondays? Those don't exist at StrikeCity. Join us every Monday at StrikeCity for unlimited bowling for only $15, shoe rental included! This offer lasts from 11am all the way until 2 am, don't miss out.

 

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Class of ’64 Alumna Jane Spratt’s Work Spotlighted in November Exhibition at Winthrop

Nov 10, 2014

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One art history class taken senior year helped visual artist Jane Spratt ’64 recognize her passion for art. This month, an exhibition of Spratt’s artwork will reunite the artist with her alma mater, the place that changed the course of her life.  

 

Spratt’s upcoming show, titled “Homegrown: Life in Filbert, South Carolina,” depicts life growing up in Filbert, a tiny community located in York County. Organized by Winthrop’s Department of Fine Arts, the show will feature collages and oil paintings and opens to the public Nov. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the President’s House. Spratt noted that the exhibition illustrates her history with the hometown that shaped her – which she hopes will be a point of connection with people who view her work.

“I hope that the show will remind people of their pasts because I do think that we all have our past histories, and those histories form us,” said Spratt, adding that she is “very honored” to have her work exhibited at the President’s House.

Born in Filbert in June 1942 to Louis and Ruby Stacy, Spratt discovered her passion for contemporary art during her time at Winthrop, where she took a course senior year with art history professor Lee Hall. Hall introduced her students to abstract and modern impressionism, and Spratt recalled how Hall’s excitement made the subject matter “come alive.”

“She was so interested in her subject matter that it showed, and her enthusiasm made me get excited about art,” said Spratt, who now lives in York, South Carolina. She noted that the Winthrop experienced “broadened” her perspectives, as did her time living in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts.

Spratt, who earned her B.A. in history at Winthrop, went on to earn a M.A.T. at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She also studied fine arts at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Her artwork has been shown in galleries and museums in D.C.; Philadelphia; Maryland; Virginia; and the Carolinas. Over the years, Spratt and her husband, former U.S. Rep. John Spratt Jr., have remained passionate advocates for the arts. In 2004, their advocacy led the couple to be named recipients of the Medal of Honor in the Arts.

Spratt said that she hopes the November exhibition, which opens during 2014 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, will show people “something of the passion I have for art.”

“I hope that people will take some time to look at the pieces, ask some questions and perhaps get something out of the experience,” said Spratt.

“Homegrown: Life in Filbert, South Carolina” will be on display Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1-4 p.m. and Nov. 18-21 from 3-6 p.m. daily at the President’s House. Admission is free, and the exhibition is open to the public.
 

 

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PET PARADISE RESORT’S 6TH ANNUAL FOOD FOR PAWS PET FOOD DRIVE

Nov 10, 2014

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Pet Paradise Resort is kicking off its 6th Annual Food for Paws Pet Food Drive to benefit local animal welfare groups and pet owners in need beginning November 1.

 

Food for Paws will assist over 20 nonprofit organizations and numerous pet owners who are struggling to feed their pets. Local residents can help bring a little bit of paradise to pets in need this holiday season by donating a bag of pet food to their local Pet Paradise Resort. Families who donate 20 pounds or more of pet food to the drive will receive one complimentary night of boarding at Pet Paradise. Food for Paws will end December 20, 2014.

 "At Pet Paradise, we are honored to help and support our local animal welfare groups and pet owners in need," explains Fred Goldsmith, Pet Paradise CEO and Executive Chairman. "We are proud to go beyond a pet boarding company and hope to inspire others to give back to our community."
 

Overall, Pet Paradise Resort has donated 75,000 pounds of pet food in the past five years. In 2013, Pet Paradise Resort collected and distributed over 34,000 pounds of pet food to numerous animal welfare groups in the United States.

 The holidays are a great time to help others and Pet Paradise Resort is committed to helping four-legged friends in need. For a full list of the charities the pet food drive will be impacting, please visit http://www.petparadiseresort.com.

About Pet Paradise

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.with more than 400 employees, Pet Paradise was formed in 2002 and currently has 20 facilities in operation of which nine are located throughout Florida; three are in Houston, three in the north Dallas area, two in North Carolina, and one each in New Orleans, Atlanta and Phoenix. At Pet Paradise our mission is to create a safe, clean and fun environment for our four-legged guests. The Pet Paradise facilities include spacious dog and cat boarding suites as well as day camp and grooming services. For more information about each resort, visit http://www.petparadiseresort.com or visit our social media sites: Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
 

 

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“She REVIEWS IT” 2014 Hot Holiday Picks

Nov 10, 2014

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By Francene Morris

It’s that time of year for the “She REVIEWS IT” 2014 Hot Holiday Picks. According to the National Retail federation the average person is expected to spend about $804, that’s up nearly 5% from last year. The creator of “She REVIEWS IT” handpicks and critiques consumer products 24/7. This year all items are female centric, offering the ultimate feminine experience. For more reviews check out: http://www.SheREVIEWSIT.com or http://www.TheFRANReview.blogspot.com
 

 

Angel Perfumed Body Cream by Thierry Mugler is the #1 seller in America! The rich silky texture is sensuous as it glides on your skin, filled with notes of vanilla & chocolate. There’s a wide variety of gift sets for your naughty & nice holiday list, and on November 7th & 8th, the Thierry Mugler fragrance counter at Belk-South Park will engrave your used or new refill bottle of Angel & Alien as a thank you. Layering Thierry Mugler products on your skin will get you in the right state of mind.

DSW Shoes in South Park carries this tall drink of water called RETTA, in regular & wide leg; it’s super comfy and stylish. From the front door to clearance rack you’ll find Michael Kors, BCBG, and more at DSW in South Park; and all sales associates are nice! When you wear a pair of DSW shoes people always say, “Where did you get those boots.” Purchase a DSW e-gift card for the shoe-lover in your life at http://www.DSW.com and get to the South Park location located at 3900 Colony Rd. Charlotte. NC.

“Irregular Choice” is for the creative and confident woman who lives for daring and unusual shoes & boots. Every shoe screams exceptional detailing, as even the soles on each shoe, shootie and boot is decorated. Some shoe designers don’t care about producing comfortable shoes for women, but Irregular Choice shoes are comfortable, even the heels! Affordable for the unique flair they exude, and styles go both ways, perfect in the office or holiday party. Look at the shoe selection at: http://www.irregularchoice.com and find one that says your name!

Karen Kane V-neck Scallop Hem Lace Dress has beautiful detailing! Pair it with a blazer for the office and remove it for the party. If you read any of our blogs, She REVIEWS IT loves Karen Kane clothes because the clothes fit your budget and fashion personalities. We love Liliana Jarrell – sales associate in the Karen Kane dept. at the Belk-South Park store; she’s pleasant and actually listens to your needs & wants. As always Karen Kane’s 2014 Collection is timeless and comes in a variety of sizes to fit small body types to plus size beauties. http://www.KarenKane.com

Versona Fashion accessories put an exclamation point on any outfit! It’s the place that women go to stock up on necklaces, earrings, scarves and purses. There are not many fashions that college students and their moms can agree on, but Versona is one of them. If you need some fancy neck-candy or holiday bag, Versona is the place to go! The beauty not only lies in the merchandise, but the price point is outrageously affordable. From stocking stuffers to birthday or something just for you, Versona stores satisfy the quest for quality & style!

The Beer Cave
Join the big craft-beer scene with hundreds of choices at the Healthy Home Market. Yes, this local grocer of 30 plus years has a brand new “Beer Cave” in Plaza Midwood, supporting Charlotte’s craft-beer scene with brands like: Mystery Brewing of Hillsborough NC. Amber Smith at the HHM says, “Try Highland Brewing Company’s Thunder Struck Coffee Porter or Black Mocha Stout.” Choose from local, regional and imported beers for the holidays! Healthy Home Market’s new location is in Plaza Midwood @ 1330 Central Avenue in Charlotte, NC.

GoPro Hero4 Video Camera has been released and is the #1 choice for active lives… even your animals. Being in media, She REVIEWS IT enjoyed shooting with the signature camera mounts to capture unusual angles; this camera does it all! If you upload your footage to social media, the company loves to retweet & share your footage. Perfect for your motorcycle, surfboard, even kids soccer game; trained staff will assure you purchase the right camera mount for your adventure. Literally go anywhere with this camera! (888) 600-4659 http://www.GoPro.com

The Yellow House Bed & Breakfast in Waynesville, NC is the best getaway! Carl White - host of “Life In The Carolinas” told us about the stellar accommodations and AMAZING homemade food, and he was right. Nothing is random at the 120 year house sitting hilltop overlooking Blue Ridge Mountains with ten luxurious rooms & suites. Perfect for couples, authors, executives and entrepreneurs to release and relax. The owner Shawn Bresnahan & staff Connie, Angie & Maja are super nice! Call The Yellow House; rates are affordable (800) 563-1236! http://www.TheYellowHouse.com
 

 

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Chinese Five Spice & Burnt Blood Orange Madeleines

Nov 10, 2014

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Let me let you in on a little secret (and by secret I mean “a thing that I’m gonna try to force you to agree with because I’m right, damnit”). Menus aren’t just lists of the food you want to shove into your mouth, even if it’s that one at the Denny’s you like that shows you pictures of dancing ham when you’re drunk at 3 in the morning.  

 

Menus are expectation-formers, and you’ll agree if you think for more than two seconds about it. You know the feeling: it’s late, you’re hungry as hell. You stumble into whatever bar/gastropub-like-thing is lucky enough to be graced with your presence. And you already know what you want, not because of what your stomach’s telling you, but because it’s been locked in your mind for the last week. I don’t even have to try to describe it to you, because you’re already thinking about it.

Despite all that, you go in and read it on the menu anyway. Why? Because you like putting the image in your head, that’s why. You want that same, warm, slow, methodical description on the page that you’ve read all the other times to paint you a picture, and you want that picture to marinate in your head for 30 minutes while you sip a beer and wait for it to appear in front of you. The actual eating part almost (almost) doesn’t even matter. It’s almost incidental to the real thing: the picture. I mean, the eating takes all of what, half an hour at the most? But the image, that’s the thing that stays with you; before, after, and during the digestion. Doesn’t that sound a hell of a lot more potent than the stuff on the plate?

Or maybe I’m just a fatass and like thinking about tiny cakes way too much. Either way I made madeleines, so enjoy thinking about those for a while. Or just look at that picture up there and dream away.
I won’t judge.

Here’s what you need:

- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 ½ teaspoons Chinese five spice
- 1 teaspoon blood orange peel (from blood orange)
- 1 tablespoon blood orange juice
- 1 cup flour
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup sugar
- Powdered sugar (for topping)

Here’s how you do it:

First, preheat your oven to 375.

Beat together the eggs, egg yolk, and sugar in your stand mixer.

Zest your orange, and use a kitchen torch to lightly burn the zest. This stuff tends to spark up quick, so give it light, one to two-second bursts of heat. When you see embers, blow them out, and repeat. Basically as long as you don’t have a smoldering pile of garbage on your hands, you’re doing ok.

Mix in the vanilla, burnt orange peel, and orange juice.

Whisk together the salt, flour, and five spice in a small bowl, then mix it into the rest of the batter just until blended together. Don’t over-mix this stuff, people: air bubbles are bad news here.

Put the mixer on low, and slowly pour in the melted butter until it’s all mixed in.

Spoon the batter into a madeleine pan (yes, you need one of those…obviously) that you’ve sprayed with non-stick. It’s a little tough to get it in there evenly, but if you use a spatula you should be ok. Just try and spread the batter as flatly as possible, or else you’ll have weird, misshapen seashell cakes instead of slightly more normal-looking seashell cakes.

Stick them in the oven for about 16 minutes until they get nice and golden brown. Let them cool for 5, then take them out of the pan.

Once they’re cooled completely, all you have to do is dust them with some powdered sugar and you’re set.

Set yourself up with some beats too, this time from a personal favorite. It’s Tomoya Tomita with Big-Bean Vine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S05ZgmM-UU

Don’t misconstrue me, here. I’m not saying the end goal in all this isn’t going to town on a plate-full (or several) of something delicious. Hell, I’ll readily admit to being the mayor of that town. But it’s the image, that perfect Platonic ideal of puffy, pastry perfection you have in your head, that gets you to the plate.

Sure, the food itself is the light at the end of the tunnel, but the stuff in your head just is the tunnel.

Don’t neglect the tunnel, folks. That’s all I have to say about it.

See you next time.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Q&A with The Wooden Vine

Nov 06, 2014

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ELEVATE LIFESTYLE: What distinguishes The Wooden Vine from other wine bars in the area? 

 

WOODEN VINE: The Wooden Vine Wine Bar & Bistro in Uptown Charlotte has an amazing selection of wine from all over the world which has been hand selected by Sommelier, Andrew Lundquist, a Johnson and Wales graduate who is also Court of Master Sommeliers certified. The list caters to those with a taste of adventure. If you care to try an assortment of wines, the “Wine by the Glass” list has 38 wines to choose from in all sorts of price ranges so everyone can find something they will enjoy. For those looking for a much larger variety of wines to choose from, our “Wine by the Bottle” list has over 350 different selections.

What really makes the Wooden Vine stand out over other wine bars is our cuisine. While most restaurants pair wines with their food, the Wooden Vine pairs food with our wine. Each dish is made to enhance your wine experience. We have some of the most outstanding food in the city. Our Executive Chef, Nicholas Tarnate, will amaze you with his creative, seasonal menus. Chef Tarnate searches for the finest local seasonal ingredients and turns them into amazingly flavorful entrees designed to be shared or savored alone. Chef Tarnate studied French cuisine for 8 years and has worked under some of the most respected Chefs around. His studies and training have made him one of the best Chefs in Charlotte.

EL: What inspired you to open The Wooden Vine?

WV: The Wooden Vine was opened in February, 2011 by Certified Sommelier David Soper, along with his family. David spent his childhood in his family’s vineyards helping with their small production winery in New Market Virginia. His parents, Ted & Karen also owned a wine and cheese shop in downtown New Market. The vineyards and the wine shop fostered a “world of grapes and wine” which ultimately gave birth to a passion. Fast forward several years, David moved to Charlotte to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales. After graduating, David spent a term studying wine in Europe. He then returned to become a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Being passionate about wine and food, David convinced his family to help with the purchase of the restaurant when he noticed this space became available. David had a vision of creating a restaurant in uptown that would focus on providing patrons with a unique and unforgettable wine and food experience.

EL: Describe the atmosphere when walking in to The Wooden Vine

WV: Walk inside the Wooden Vine and you will understand why the Wooden Vine is called Uptown’s wine and gastronomic sanctuary. The hand-hewn furnishings and the reclaimed wooden walls lend the interior to a warm and inviting atmosphere. The furniture is sourced from Total Reclaimed Timbers in Rochester New York. The Wooden Vine Wine Bar & Bistro is meant to be a casual, relaxed, un-pretentious atmosphere. Come on in, sit have an enjoyable conversation in an environment where you can actually hear each other. The combination of the cozy atmosphere, our award winning wine list and our highly rated cuisine, provides Uptown Charlotte with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and a true wine and gastronomic experience.

EL: What type of food do you serve?

WV: All of our food is local, seasonal and is prepared fresh to order. We strive to bring out the best in flavors that nature has created. Our style of food is New American with a French influence. We offer items that should suit those with a traditional to those with an adventurous palate, which really makes our menu stand out.

EL: How do you decide what types of wine to carry?

WV: All of our wines are carefully hand selected by our in house sommelier, Andrew Lundquist. Our wine list is constantly evolving as Andrew discovers wines that are outstanding.

EL: Do you have wine tastings?

WV: The Wooden Vine offers private wine tastings and wine flights anytime. On Tuesdays we have a themed wine tasting special.

EL: Do you offer daily food specials? 

WV: Chef Tarnate has daily specials in addition to our seasonal menu.

EL: Do you offer daily drink specials?

# Mondays are ½ price bottles of wine (up to $65)

# Tasting Tuesdays, where we offer themed wine tastings – 5 wines for $5

# Wednesdays, we offer a selection of classic cocktails for $8 and under

EL: What special events or promotions do you have coming up?

WV: We are currently planning a special New Year’s Eve dinner.

EL: Does The Wooden Vine offer space for meetings or group outings?

WV: The Wooden Vine hosts private events of all types up to 55 seated and 75 standing.

EL: What is your website address?

WV: http://www.thewoodenvine.com

EL: How can our readers find The Wooden Vine on social media?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WoodenVine
Twitter: https://twitter.com/woodenvine
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/woodenvine
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WoodenVine
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Q&A with StrikeCity

Nov 05, 2014

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Next Generation Bowling! StrikeCity features a bowling experience like none other. Everything about bowling at StrikeCity is high tech and cutting edge. The furniture is stylish and comfortable and you will get nothing but excellent food, service and hospitality. We offer everything from bowling to dining to private events.

 

ELEVATE LIFESTYLE: What makes StrikeCity stand out from a traditional bowling alley?

STRIKE CITY: StrikeCity stands out for a number of reasons. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by a stylish and modern facility with 21st Century amenities. With 2 private rooms, 3 full bars, a VIP lounge, gaming, and more, StrikeCity is far from traditional. Our facility aims to be the perfect balance of upscale and down to Earth. Whether you want to relax, play, party, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered.

EL: Do you have special bowling specials?

SC: Pricing varies throughout the week but our most exciting bowling special is run every Monday from 11 am – 2 am. For just $15 we offer unlimited bowling with shoe rental included.

EL: Do you offer daily food specials? 

SC: During all major events at Time Warner Cable Arena, Bank of America Stadium, or BB&T Ballpark, customers can bring their ticket on that day to receive buy one, get one free appetizers. That goes for sports games, concerts, and special events like WWE!

EL: Do you offer daily drink specials? 

SC: Yes. Each day StrikeCity has different specials that change throughout the year based on season, trends, and which sports are in season.

EL: Does StrikeCity offer space for meetings or group outings?

SC: Absolutely! As far as meeting space is concerned, StrikeCity has a variety of options. If you want to keep it small, during the daytime the facility is usually a quiet and calm spot to grab a table and some food to discuss over. For something a little bigger we also offer 2 private rooms. And if you want to go REALLY big, you can rent out our entire facility. Each room and area of the facility has audio visual hookups, private sound, and more. We guarantee PowerPoint presentations are a lot more fun when they’re on a mega screen at the end of a bowling alley.

And as for group outings, we can accommodate almost any group whether it is 6 or 600 people. Groups often come through for teambuilding, networking, happy hours, social meet ups, meetings, or just plain old fashioned fun. We have multiple event coordinators on staff to make all of your group outings and wishes come true.

EL: What special events or promotions do you have coming up?

SC: All of our events can be found on our website, the EpiCentre website, and our Facebook event tab. Just to highlight a few with some more information though:

# 10/31 – From Beyond the (G)rave – We’re tired of the same old costume contests and house parties so we decided to spice things up a little bit in Charlotte. At 10 pm StrikeCity will be transformed into the glow party of your dreams… or perhaps even nightmares. Come as you are or in costume and enjoy DJ Botz and DJ Erok.

# 11/6 - Strike and the City Presents; Ladies Night – This is our season finale of Ladies Night before we give it a complete makeover for the 2015 season. We’ll be giving away designer prizes like a Michael Kors bag and not to mention a free Botox session with Criswell and Criswell. Beauty vendors and pole dance fitness will also be in the house for some extra flirty fun. Raffle proceeds benefit Loaves and Fishes.

# 11/14 - Balls to the Wall – November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and we’re going balls to the wall for testicular cancer. From a meatball eating contest to a celebrity signed ball auction and raffle, you don’t want to miss this event.

#Every Thursday – Reverse Happy Hour – With NCAA and NFL football season in full swing, StrikeCity is a Thursday Night Football hot spot showing games from both leagues along with other major sporting events. The fun doesn’t stop there though; we host VIPs on those nights as well with exclusive drink specials and an appetizer spread. Signing up for VIP is easy; see our website or social media pages to find out how.

EL: What can sports fans expect when coming to StrikeCity to watch a game?

SC: StrikeCity is one of Charlotte’s elite sports bars with over 75 mega and HD TVs as well as Charlotte’s largest sports ticker. We are best known for our Ohio State game watches. Every Saturday the facility is completely taken over by rowdy Buckeye fans. We are also Charlotte’s home to San Francisco 49er fans. But most of all, we’re a fan of anyone who loves sports and strive to be the best spot in Charlotte to catch a game… or 2… or 5… depending on which TVs you look at.

EL: What is your website address?

SC: www.strikecitycharlotte.com 

EL: How can our readers find StrikeCity on social media?

SC: We are on all major social media platforms under @StrikeCityCLT

http://www.facebook.com/StrikeCityCLT
http://www.twitter.com/StrikeCityCLT
http://www.instagram.com/StrikeCityCLT


 

 

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Cyclists Ride at the Beach for a Cure

Nov 03, 2014

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Sunset Beach hosted 450 cyclists October 18-19 for Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach 

 

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society would like to thank the city of Sunset Beach, NC for their hospitality this past weekend at Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach. This Bike MS ride found its new home in this beautiful town on North Carolina’s coast. Cyclists left from the Sea Trail Resort on 30, 50, 75 or 100 mile routes. 450 cyclists and more than 80 volunteers participated in the 29th annual Bike MS ride October 18-19, which has raised $400,000 to date and is on track to meet its $585,000 goal. The fundraising deadline is November 30.

Scott Cameron, Bike MS participant said: “This weekend was awesome! I hope we continue to keep the event at Sunset Beach. The four different ride lengths and the layout were great. Thank you to the National MS Society team and all the volunteers for all your hard work. You successfully put this event together and everything worked flawlessly.”

This event would not have been as successful without the support of Left Hand Brewing Company. This generous brewery raised over $1,000,000 nationwide to support National MS Society’s efforts to end MS. The company was represented by Team Left Hand, one of our top fundraising teams. LHBC also provided beverages for participants at the VIP Party on Friday evening and sponsored a beer garden after the ride on Saturday.

National MS Society thanks all the other sponsors: MS One to One and Genzyme, TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries, Endurance Magazine, MPI Media Partners, and WBTV. Technical support on routes was provided by participating bike shops: Cycle Center, The Bike Gallery, Cycling Spoken Here, Summit Cycles, Ultimate Bicycle, Island Hoppers Bicycles, Sun & Ski, and Bike Source.

The Greater Carolinas Chapter would also like to thank all of our volunteers who were at each site and rest stop, as well as our amazing HAMS, medics, motorcycle marshals, truck drivers and everyone else who gave their time this weekend. We would like to thank several standout volunteers: Roy and Mary Cundiff, Allan Richards, Pat Kern, the Mayor and his wife, Ron and Adrienne Watts, and the residents of Sea Trails. This event would not have gone as smoothly without all of your help!

To learn more about this event or donate to a team, visit http://www.breakawaytothebeach.org. We hope you’ll join us in 2015 for our 30th Annual Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach ride.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $145.2 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $48 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at http://www.nationalMSsociety.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

 

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Here’s What’s Happening at Discovery Place

Nov 03, 2014

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November 2014 Events & Activities

All Museum events and activities are free with admission unless otherwise noted. For more information on exhibits, movies or special events, call 704.372.6261 x300 or visit discoveryplace.org.
 

 

EXHIBITIONS

DINOSAURS IN MOTION
Dinosaurs in Motion is an engaging exhibition that blends art, science and innovation together featuring fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils. Touch and move each dinosaur as you explore kinetics, biomechanics and robotics. Learn about drawing, sculpting and puppetry through the story of John Payne, the Master artist who created the dinosaurs. Walk away with his inspiring message: "If you can dream it, you can do it."
Explore More Collections – **New** Collection Stage – Water – November 7, 2014
What covers over 70% of our planet? What is needed for survival and you cannot live without it? WATER! Water is everywhere and a necessity for almost everything on earth. This year in Explore More Collections, we will focus on water and all things associated with it. Come discover some of our collections that would be found in water. Learn all about moose and beavers and how well they are adapted to life in water. We will also have some of our vast collections of shells and other ocean collections on display including our harbor seal and antique diving helmet. Guests will also learn about our own local water sources in the Greater Charlotte region, like the Catawba River. Did you know Catawba means people of the muddy water? Discover some of the famous Catawba pottery along with other important artifacts from our cultural Collection.

Turkey Hats - It’s that time again! Get ready to wobble, gobble and strut during the month of November as we talk turkey, examine artifacts from real turkeys and learn more about these feathery friends. Join as daily in Explore More Collections to make your own turkey hat to take home. Daily, 2:00 p.m.

Explore More Life Lab – Life under the Lens – Learn more about what you can see through the lens of a microscope. Discover a microscopic world as we investigate protists, parasites and even your skin.
Stentor Sightings- A Stentor is a type of protozoa that is found worldwide in lakes and streams. We’ll take a closer look at using microscopes to find out what a Stentor might eat. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.
Explore More Stuff Lab – Electricity and Magnetism – Complete circuits and manipulate magnetic fields as you explore this highly charged subject. Build circuits that make motors move and lights glow, use electricity to power up an electromagnet and generate power with your own muscles.
Special Event Day: Siemens Science DayFriday, November 15
Do you want to know more about electricity and energy? Join us in Explore More Stuff for a day of science and exploration. Come learn about all the different ways that Siemens engineers test large turbines and other vital equipment here in Charlotte in order to keep our electricity and energy flowing. Siemens engineers and members of the non-destructive testing department will facilitate hands-on demonstrations of magnetism, infrared light and ultrasound.

KidScience – KidScience is Discovery Place's early childhood exhibition where young children, ages 0-7, and their caregivers learn about science and math as they experiment, create and play together. Explore biology and earth science at 9:30 a.m., meet a resident animal at 10:30 a.m. and experiment with physics or chemistry at 11:30 a.m., with hands-on activities designed especially for little ones.


SCIENCE WORKSHOPS

Want to further explore the world of science? Sign up for one of our Science Workshops. Space is limited so call 704.372.6261 x300 to reserve your spot.

Pre-K- 2 Family Workshop: Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose Saturday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Kind-hearted Thidwick lets other creatures live on him. Would you? We'll read the classic Dr. Seuss tale and then explore ecosystems and symbolic relationships. You might be surprised to learn where some organisms call home. This workshop is for families with children in grades Pre K – 2.
Cost: $12 for one adult and one child and $5 for each additional participant.

Grades 3 – 5 Family Workshop: Geocaching, Saturday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Geocaching is a global phenomenon, an interactive scavenger hunt for hidden things (caches) found in neighborhoods, parks and cities. We'll teach you how to use a hand-held GPS and send you out to find your first geocache. This workshop is for families with children in grades 3 – 5.
Cost: $12 for one adult and one child and $5 for each additional participant.

Build it, Make it, Take It – Soldering Workshop, Saturday, November 8, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Learn the basics of soldering by creating a blinker circuit. Participants will make their own blinkie to take home using a circuit board, LEDs and simple soldering skills. Space is limited to 18 participants, for ages 10 and older.
Cost: $12.00 per kit

Build it, Make it, Take It – iPad Microscopes, Saturday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Join Discovery Place staff to build a microscope that you can use with an iPad, iPhone or other smart phone device. Space is limited to 12 participants, for ages 10 and older.
Cost: $15.00 per kit (does not include iPad or smartphone device).


SPECIAL EVENT DAYS

FREE Military Admission on Veterans Day - Tuesday, November 11
The IMAX film D-Day: Normandy 1944 is dedicated to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians who gave their lives in the battle of Normandy during World War II. Discovery Place wants to say thank you by offering all Military and Veterans FREE admission to Discovery Place and a complimentary IMAX ticket to see D-Day: Normandy 1944 on Veterans Day. Tickets for family of Military personnel are available at a discounted rate of $2 off ticket prices. Current Military and Veterans must provide proper identification to redeem. IMAX Showtimes run every hour on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
(Please note: Journey to the South Pacific will not be shown in IMAX on November 11).
This offer cannot be combined with any additional discounts.

Science on the Rocks: Gears & Beers Friday, November 21, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
From craft beer to craftsmanship, this adults-only night celebrates innovation and steampunk-style artistry. Grab a glass and head down to the Biergarten for a taste of local craft breweries. From Pale Ale to Pilsners, this brewfest will have a draught for everyone. Sip and stroll through the Museum as you explore the science of beer, compete in our Junkyard Challenge and interact with steampunk performers. Then discover new heights of artisan mastery in Dinosaurs in Motion, where you can interact with life-size dinosaur sculptures by Master artist, John Payne. But watch out, Dakota the life-like Deinonychus might be roaming the floor. Science on the Rocks: Gears & Beers is presented by Red Ventures. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Must be 21+ to enter.
Talking Turkey Saturday, November 22, noon. – 2:00 p.m.
Mr. T, the famous rescued turkey from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, will be fluffing his feathers and strutting his stuff at Discovery Place on November 22. Learn more about these festive creatures and make a turkey hat to take home.

MOVIES

Discovery 3D Theatre – Hold on to your seat and your senses, and get ready to experience Discovery 3D Theatre, the Museum’s 3D digital movie experience. Featured films are 15 – 20 minutes in length, show throughout the day and are FREE with Museum admission.

Penguins 3D **Final Weeks** Closes November 26
Narrated by David Attenborough, Penguins 3D celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is also home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals, as well as six million penguins. Somehow our hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family.

The Lost World 3D - **New** Opening November 28
Take a wild jeep ride through dense tropical rainforest and soar above a forgotten island for the flight of your life in The Lost World 3D. Bob, a stressed executive, heads to a deserted island for a much-needed vacation. It’s a perfect place to relax, with sandy beaches and coconut trees…until his paradise turns out to be home to a lost world of prehistoric dinosaurs! Join Bob and his unlikely rescuer, Professor Lizzie, as they outrun fierce Raptors, flying Pterosaurs, giant Triceratops and Stegosaurus, and the mighty T-Rex.

Fly Me to the Moon 3D –Now Showing
Team up with three tweenage flies and sneak on board the legendary Apollo 11 spacecraft for a mind-blowing experience that puts you in the middle of the action as Nat, I.Q. and Scooter become the first insects ever to journey into space… but this is no ordinary thrill ride. After a potentially disastrous mechanical problem, these daredevil flies must save the day.

The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre – The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre is the largest screen in the Carolinas, spanning five stories high and 80 feet wide. The unique curvature of the IMAX Dome surrounds movie viewers with 15,000 watts of sound and light, creating the effect of being in the film. Note: There is an additional charge for IMAX films.

D-Day: Normandy 1944 – Now Showing
June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 pays tribute to those who gave their lives for freedom. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all.

Journey To The South Pacific –Now Showing
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he encounters whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth.

Discovery Place admission is $15 for adults (14-59); $12 for children (2-13) or seniors (60+); and free for Discovery Place Members and children younger than 2. IMAX tickets may be added for an additional $5 per person. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Guests can purchase tickets online at discoveryplace.org., via phone at 704.372.6261 x300 or in person at Discovery Place.


 

 

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Here’s What’s Happening at Charlotte Nature Museum

Nov 03, 2014

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November 2014 Events & Activities

All Museum events and activities are free with admission.
For more information call 704.372.6261x300 or visit charlottenaturemuseum.org
 

 

November: The Beauty of Biomes. Stop over to Charlotte Nature Museum this month where we are learning all about different biomes and the distinctive plant and animal groups that live there. Join us for stories, crafts and activities surrounding these diverse geographies.

 

Weekend Activities
Weekend activities listed below take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

November 1 & 2 – Temperate Forests: This biome has four seasons—spring, summer, fall and winter— and it’s the biome in which we live. Take a hike outside to find some animals that make their home in a temperate forest and do some leaf rubbings. (Meet on Back Deck)

November 8 & 9 – Deserts: At first sight, a desert may seem empty but the plants and animals that live there have some amazing adaptations in order to survive. Meet and greet with some Museum residents that make their home in a desert landscape. (Dragonfly Theater)

November 16 – Freshwater Wonders: We need freshwater in order to survive and lots of other animals do too. Meet some Museum residents that live in the freshwater biome and then come explore the Museum’s pond. (Dragonfly Theater and Fairy Garden)

November 22 & 23 – Great Grassland Animals that live in the grassland may live above or below the ground. Go on a scavenger hunt through the Museum with a Naturalist to find residents that may live in a grassland area. Then make a fun animal mask to take home. (Dragonfly Theater)

November 29 & 30 – Biome Mixup: Test your knowledge of biomes by matching up the Museum specimen with the biome it is found in. Get the chance to examine many unique animals. (Dragonfly Theater)

 

Wild Wednesdays 

 

Wild Wednesday activities listed below take place at 12:30 p.m. 


November 5: Jungle Madness: Join us for a reading of Jodie Shepherd’s I See You in the Jungle and learn all about those animals found in a rainforest. Stick around to make your own rainforest parrot to take home. (Naturalist Lab)

November 12: Polar Plunge: Take the plunge and learn about the animals that live in the polar regions of the world. Make sure you stop by to do the penguin waddle with us! (Naturalist Lab)

November 19: Ocean Adventure: What types of animals live in the ocean? Find out more by examining some Museum specimens. Then join us for a reading of Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish. (Naturalist Lab)

November 26: Mountains and Caves: Find out more about the special animals that can live high up in the mountains or deep in a cave. Then make your own cave dweller to take home. (Naturalist Lab)

Creature Feature
This monthly special event is included with paid admission or Membership and features themed activities, crafts and vendors. Event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
November 15: Fall Fest: Celebrate the wonder-fall season of autumn at Charlotte Nature Museum! Meet a few of the animals who active this time of year and explore puppet shows, crafts and Story Time.

Special Promotion:
November 11- Veteran’s Day: As a thank you to our US Military, we are offering all Military and Veterans FREE admission to Charlotte Nature Museum on Veterans Day. Tickets for family of Military personnel are available at a discounted rate of $2 off admission. Current Military and Veterans must provide proper identification to redeem.

Daily Programming
Animal Feedings & Encounters: Daily at 2:00 p.m.
Meet and greet live animal ambassador species and observe feedings while learning more about their habits and habitats.

Puppet Show: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
The Unloveables: Meet our cast of creatures who some might consider to be icky, sticky or gross. Hear their stories and you can decide who is the most loveable of the unloveables.

Nature Dome Experience: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.
Autumn Woods: Join Grandpa Tree as he points out the different animals that can be found in the autumn forest and shares how each animal gets ready to face winter.

Charlotte Nature Museum admission is $8 per person and free for Members and children younger than 2. Guests may purchase tickets online at charlottenaturemuseum.org, via phone at 704.372.6261 x300 or in person at the Museum. Charlotte Nature Museum is open is open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Monday.


 

 

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Here’s What’s Happening at Discovery Place KIDS–Huntersville

Nov 03, 2014

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November 2014 Events & Activities

All Museum events and activities are free with admission.
For more information call 704.372.6261x300 or visit discoveryplacekids.org.
 

 

Weekend Activities
Weekend activities in November take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays unless otherwise noted

November 1 – Community Yoga: Chui Russell from Community Yoga will be here to engage children with relaxing exercises. Join us at the Town Hall to learn healthy stretches and movement activities that children and adults will enjoy.

November 8 – Apple Tasting: Join us for apple tasting today with The Produce Box. Taste different apples and learn more about this healthy fruit in the Café.

November 15 – Huntersville Animal Care Hospital: Animals need to stay healthy, too. Meet a veterinarian from Huntersville Animal Care Hospital in the Pet Vet.

November 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving Snack: Join us in the Café this weekend for a special Story Time and make a healthy Thanksgiving snack.

November 29 & 30 – I CAN Create Healthy Art: Story Time at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. will lead into health-focused art in I CAN Create. Find out how we can include healthy foods in our diet by including them in our artwork.

Wonderful Wednesdays
Join us each Wednesday for fun, themed activities that take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


November 5 – Fitness Fun: Use various instruments and materials for exercise. Shake some egg shakers, dance with bean bags and get your blood pumping at the Town Hall.


November 12 – Healthy Art: Participate in vegetable stamping and other art projects today centered on healthy food. What can you make in I CAN Create?

November 19 – Toddler Movement: Bring your littlest guests to the Town Hall today for music and movement that is age-appropriate. We’ll learn about body parts and body movement in today’s program.

November 26: Turkey Treats: Join us in the Café today for a special Story Time and make a healthy Thanksgiving snack. Don’t miss this tasty treat.

Special Promotion:
November 11- Veteran’s Day: As a thank you to our US Military, we are offering all Military and Veterans FREE admission to Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville on Veterans Day. Tickets for family of Military personnel are available at a discounted rate of $2 off admission. Current Military and Veterans must provide proper identification to redeem.

Daily Programming
Puppet Show (9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.)

Sammy Squirrel’s Holiday Party: Sammy Squirrel wants to throw a Holiday Party. What does he need for his party? Find out in this fun puppet show with Sammy and his friends.

Science Show (3:45 p.m.)
Join us at the Town Hall all month at 3:45 p.m. for an adventure in science. Predict, observe and experiment with different topics. From magnets and color-mixing to chemical reactions and sensory explorations, our Science Show is sure to instill curiosity in our littlest scientists.

Story Time (10:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m.)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
I Will Never, Not Ever, Eat a Tomato – Lauren Child
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) - Philemon Sturges
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear – Don and Audrey Wood
Spoon – Amy Rosenthal
Feathers for Lunch – Lois Ehlert
The Giant Jam Sandwich – John Vernon Lord
Apple Farmer Annie – Monica Wellington

Big Fun (11:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.)
Big Fun is the time of the day when children and adults move and groove to three of our favorite songs. Put your dancing shoes on and join us for this daily dance party!

I CAN Create
Join us in I CAN Create this month as we see how talented we can be. Little artists can stop by anytime to paint, color, build or draw a masterpiece.

Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville admission is $10 per person and free for Members and children younger than 1. Guests may purchase tickets online at discoveryplacekids.org., via phone at 704.372.6261 x300 or in person at the Museum. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville is open is open Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Monday.

 

 

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Local Company Makes Last Push to Open Charlotte’s First Cidery

Nov 03, 2014

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Charlotte’s first local hard apple cider producer, Red Clay Ciderworks, is planning to open this winter (2014). In an effort to help ensure this happens, they are raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign. 

 

Anyone interested in supporting their project can learn more at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1736993382/red-clay-ciderworks-first-cidery-in-charlotte-nc?ref=email

Red Clay Ciderworks will be located in the developing South End area of Charlotte at 245 Clanton Rd, between South Blvd and Tryon St. which was previously occupied by THE ENGLISHMAN’s antique furniture warehouse. Owned and operated by Denver NC residents Jay and Deanna Bradish, this small, craft cidery will add a new twist to Charlotte’s popular craft brewery scene.

The Hard Cider industry is becoming a craze across the country. Cider maker Jay Bradish has been making beer, wine and cider in his garage for almost 20 years. Recognizing the abundance of apples in North Carolina and the lack of a local producer as an opportunity, in 2013 the Bradishes decided to attend a national cider conference to see if their dream was feasible. They walked away optimistic. Additionally, their confidence was boosted when in the last two consecutive years, Jay won several amateur awards at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition). A plan to open their own cidery ensued and they incorporated in April 2013. After a year of searching and working through many challenges with locations/zoning, Red Clay Ciderworks finally found their home on Clanton Rd.

Renovating the facilities and acquiring their alcohol production permits from the State and Federal authorities is the next step in the process, expected to take about 90 days. Upon opening, Red Clay Ciderworks plans to sell their cider on their own taps, through kegs at other bars and restaurants and eventually in bottles and cans.
 

 

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CRAFT TASTING ROOM & GROWLER SHOP TO OPEN IN SOUTH END

Nov 03, 2014

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All-in-one trio unique to Charlotte: growlers, beer garden & specialty grocery

 

Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop opened on October 23, proving patrons with a craft beer selection to be taken home in growlers, or enjoyed in flights at the shop. There is a 36-tap selection of craft beer; half are dedicated to local breweries and the other half to regional and special edition beers. Additionally, the farm-to-table shop offers bar bites for the beer garden, and specialty cheeses and other unique regional provisions in the grocery area.

“I want to give Charlotteans a way to enjoy the taste and freshness of craft beer and special releases in a bar, as well as at home: growlers are the only way to do so at home,” said Dan Davis, owner of the shop. “I was introduced to Growlers about five years ago, and I’ve seen the momentum build in the U.S. I’ve had this idea in my head for two years and I’m excited that I am finally able to bring it to fruition with the recent law passage in Charlotte.”

The shop sells growlers in two sizes: 64 oz. and 32 oz. Patrons can buy a growler and refill it as many times as they want. Unlike some shops, Craft Growler Shop patrons may exchange any size empty for any size full at no extra cost.

For Dan, craft beer and good food go hand in hand, which is why the shop offers elevated yet simple bar bites – all prepared with local ingredients. Local is important to freshness, and the sense of community he wants to build. He  partners with local breweries, cheese makers, and farmers to pull together their labors of love and infuse it in the shop.

The shop is created to practically be an adult candy store for beer lovers, foodies and party hosts. Patrons can add an eclectic touch to his/her cocktail hour, party, picnic or gift by simply choosing an item from the shop. It’s not an average grocery store.

The shop is 3,000 square feet, with an additional 1,000 square feet dedicated to the beer garden, and located at 1320 S. Church St. (near the intersection of South Church and Bland Streets).

Visit http://www.craftgrowlershop.com for more information. Photos are available upon request.


ABOUT CRAFT TASTING ROOM & GROWLER SHOP
CRAFT TASTING ROOM AND GROWLER SHOP is a specialty food grocery and beer garden located in the Gold District of Charlotte’s South End. Our focus is on local craft beer, North Carolina Cheeses and other agricultural sundries. This was all started by Dan and Alyson Davis. Originally from Tennessee, we relocated to Charlotte in 2013 after 12 years in NYC out of a burning desire to get back South. Twitter: @craftgrowler; Instagram: craftgrowlershop; Facebook: Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop

The Story – Dan Davis & CRAFT Tasting Room & Growler Shop

About Dan
By trade, Dan is a chef. And, even before it was a job, it was a passion. He grew up loving good food and drinks. Most recently, he worked in New York City for 12 years alongside some of the best chefs in the industry where he learned how to make simple yet delicious food. Dan is from Nashville originally. With a growing family, his wife and he (with their four kids) were ready to get back to the south and relocated to Charlotte two years ago.

Why CRAFT?
Dan was introduced to Growlers about five years ago, and since then, has seen the momentum build in the U.S. He’s had the idea for CRAFT in his head for two years and is thrilled to finally be able to bring it to fruition in Charlotte with the recent law passage. With his all-in-one trio concept, Dan’s intent is to give Charlotteans something they don’t have yet.

First, patrons can have a way to enjoy the taste and freshness of craft beer and special releases in a bar, as well as at home: growlers are the only way to be able to do so at home. Secondly, craft beer and good food go hand in hand. Bringing food into the space has a lot to do with his background as a chef. He wants a place where both the beer and the food are labors of love whether it’s from the brewer, the farmer or himself. So, he will offer simple bar bites and a specialty grocery so that folks can add an eclectic touch to their cocktail hour, picnic, party or gift. Essentially, it’s like an adult candy store! It combines everything Dan loves in one place; he hopes it does for the Charlotte community as well.

Dan’s Philosophy – Local & Fresh
Local is important to freshness and the sense of community Dan wants to build, so the entire shop will be farm-to-table. Daily trips to the green market showed him what an impact you can make when you buy locally for two reasons. #1: freshness and #2: that sense of community. As a chef by trade, he believes it’s important to let the ingredients speak for themselves: freshness is key to the quality of the food and drinks. He will partner with Charlotte’s breweries, cheese makers, and farmers to pull together their local treasures and infuse them in the shop.

His philosophy is a result of memories of going to the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings with his dad. His dad has been getting tomatoes from the same farmer for 30 years and that’s the type of relationship Dan wants to build with CRAFT and the local community. Relationships with passionate people is something he wants to have whether that’s with a farmer, brewer, cheese maker, or really anyone who creates something out of elemental things.

SouthEnd – the Perfect Spot
Dan looked all over Charlotte but narrowed it down to Southend, not just because of the building availability, but also because the area’s energy and character speaks to him. It’s a diverse and fresh area – he firmly believes it will mesh well with the feeling he wants to infuse into the shop.
 

 

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Shrimp and Grits

Nov 03, 2014

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The Midwest baffles me.

Without making this as much of a Biography Channel Original Movie ™ as possible, I lived in the South for 6 years before I came here. And despite what you might think, not think, or despise about that place, they are damn good at using what they have.   

 

Fields full of okra and tomatoes? You’d better believe a gallon of chow chow is coming out of that. Pigs as far as the stomach can see? Barbeque. A lot of it. They know what tastes good, and they can churn it out in staggering quantities. It just makes sense.

But here in the flatlands they haven’t seemed to get the damn picture just yet. Here we have a region infested with corn, but when I try to find some goddamned grits, I come up empty. Grits, people. The traditional breakfast treat MADE FROM CORN. It’s literally just tinier corn bits. That’s it. 

And yet, I go to 50 (that might be some slight hyperbole, but bear with me) damn grocery stores and only manage to find the stuff at the 51st. Stores, I might add (and I will), that’re a stone’s throw away from acres of corn, but instead of using the stuff for something useful we get tubs of ranch dressing and white bread.

I don’t get it, people. I just don’t. 

So it’s time for a little educational experience. What To Do With Tons of Corn: 101. And the answer is put shrimp and beer in it.

Pull out your pencils; there’s gonna be a quiz after class.

Here’s what you need:

Grits:

- 1 cup yellow grits (not instant)
- 1 cup grated sharp white cheddar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Shrimp/other meat-related things:
-1/2 cup whatever breakfast meat you want, I went with breakfast sausage
-3 garlic cloves, sliced
-1 tablespoon unsalted butter
-16 large shrimp (about a pound), peeled and deveined
-1/3 cup dark beer
-1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
-1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

Here’s what you do:

First, bring 3 cups of water to a simmer in a big-ass pot and whisk in your grits. Turn it to low and keep stirring once in a while for an hour. Add a little water if it starts to look too thick. You want to do this about 30 minutes before you start up the shrimp, otherwise you’re gonna be staring at the wall while your grits finish cooking. And that would look stupid.

Heat up a big skillet and toss in the sausage. Cook it for about 5 minutes, until it starts to turn brown.

Throw in the garlic and butter, stir it until it melts, then add the shrimp. Cook for a minute more, then pour in the chicken stock and the beer. Make sure you go for a beer that’s dark and stout-y; we don’t want any of that thin stuff in here. If you can read a pamphlet through your beer glass; it’s too light.

Get everything simmering for a couple minutes, until the shrimp turns opaque, then take the skillet off heat.

When your grits are done (and if you know how to read and tell time, they should be by now) add the butter, jalapeno, cream, cheddar, and a little salt and pepper. Stir it up until the cheddar melts and everything’s mixed together.

All that’s left is to spoon some of the grits in a bowl, add some shrimp and sausage, and top with a little chopped terragon. Oh, and finish the rest of that beer; it’s a sin around here to waste it.

It’s also a sin to ignore these fresh beats from the Beastie Boys. It’s Root Down (Free Zone Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjrHzcYUF6s

Ok, so maybe we didn’t revolutionize the food-eating world with this one. But at least with a little luck, someone in this husk-strewn wasteland will read this damn thing and realize there’s more things you can do with corn than make scarecrows and mazes out of it.

And yes, maybe you actually are from the North and think the South is a bunch of racist, barbecue-slobbering assholes. Maybe you’re from the South and think the North is just as prejudiced, detestable, whatever your least favorite adjective is.

Regardless, there’s lessons to be learned, and ways you can just make the food you have better. Hopefully this is one of them.

Otherwise I’m gonna go hide in one of those corn fields while I wait for redemption.
See you next time, folks.

Recipe inspired by this one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Shrimp-Grits-367141
 

 

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Charlotte Invastion Hosts its 1st Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive to Feed Families in Need

Nov 03, 2014

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 The Charlotte Invasion will host its 1st Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive, in conjunction with Silhouette Hair Studio – 3117 N Sharon Amity Rd in Charlotte – from November 3rd through November 24th. 

 

Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected through the month of November leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. All food donations will go directly to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry located in Mecklenburg County, which will provide emergency groceries for families in need.

Charlotte Invasion women’s semi-pro basketball team has already made an impact in the Charlotte community by hosting a free basketball clinic for youth ages 8-14. The clinic, which started on October 4, will run through November 22nd at Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center on Tuckaseegee Rd and has boasted more than 50 young athletes in attendance each week.

“We have a dedicated commitment to making a difference in the community in which we reside. It means everything to this organization to be able to give back through the basketball clinics and now with this upcoming food drive,” says Tonya Phifer, Charlotte Invasion owner.

For more information on where to drop off donations, youth basketball clinics or team information, please visit our website at www.charlotteinvasion.com or call our Director of Marketing, Alexis Davis at (919) 673-6736 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About Charlotte Invasion:
Our purpose is to provide ladies ages 20 and older in and around our community the opportunity to compete in basketball beyond amateur status. The vision of the organization is to create a positive impact on the community by developing athletes into positive role models with the desire to exhibit excellence in everyday life.

About the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League:
The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older (by May 1st). The competition level ranges from former College players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current international players. In addition, the WBCBL has built a networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents to broaden the possibility of higher-level professional jobs being offered. ###

About Loaves and Fishes:
Loaves & Fishes provides a week's worth of nutritious groceries to individuals and families in a short-term crisis. In 2013, Loaves & Fishes provided groceries to 105,015 people.

Loaves & Fishes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondenominational organization, founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations. It grew out of an effort in 1975 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church to respond to the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County North Carolina and continues to expand to meet that need.
 

 

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Sliders with Onion Jam and Fried Bananas Foster

Oct 16, 2014

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So, irrevocably or not, food trucks are a thing. We know this mainly because there are roughly 800 top ten food truck shows on Netflix being narrated by a sweaty and slightly aroused John Goodman.  

 

Mainly I’m alright with it. I mean, the food’s usually really damn good, and it’s mobile. I like the idea of walking around a city and randomly having a cargo truck filled with grilled cheese sweeping around the corner like a half-possessed chariot of fire and subtly-aged cheddar bits.

But I get off the gravy train (truck?) when people start deciding that owning a food truck means you get a free pass to make the “zaniest” food possible. I get that it took you a whole hour to come up with a clever pulled pork pun and that you’re just super proud of it, but that doesn’t mean you get to do whatever the hell you want as long as you write it on a chalkboard with a funny picture next to it.

If you’re gonna make food that’s a little off the beaten path, the least you can do is put some ingredients together that work. A lot of these places are awesome, but there’s plenty that go for shock value instead of “does it taste good”, and that’s just not the proper prioritizing, son. Make the flavors count, and make it something you can carry around a fairly large city with minimal judgment-stares; then you get to make it crazy.

Hopefully I did something along those lines this week. If not, I’m sure a sweaty John Goodman will barrel through my door and tell me so after littering my floor with splintered door chunks and pretzel bites.

Here’s what you need:

Burgers:

- 2 pounds ground beef, with a 20% fat ratio (just ask your butcher/meat person)
- 8 pieces thick applewood-smoked bacon (any bacon works, but this bacon works the best)
- Slider-sized buns
- 8 slices cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Bananas Foster:

- 3 fairly ripe bananas
- ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup dark rum

Onion Jam:

- ¼ cup olive oil
- 6 cups thinly sliced red onions
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup dry sherry

Here’s how you do it:

As you should know about onions, the longer you cook them, the better they get. That’s why we’re gonna do the onion jam first; it’ll let us give them all the love and attention they need, so they won’t divorce us and try to take the kids.

Heat up the olive oil on medium-high in a big pot until it starts shimmering.

Add the onions in, cover them, and let them sweat it out for 15 minutes. Stir them once in a while too.

Add the brown sugar, vinegar, and sherry. Stir everything together, uncover it, and stir until it gets nice and thick. Should take about 40 minutes.

Add in a little salt and pepper, and let it cool while you do the rest of the recipe.

For the bananas, melt a couple tablespoons of butter on low heat in a big skillet, and slice up the bananas while you do it.

Once the butter’s melted, stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon until the sugar dissolves and everything’s nice and mixed together.

Take the pan off the burner if you value your eyebrows, then slowly add the rum in. If you’re clever/have any modicum of motor skills, tip the pan so it makes contact with the flame on your range. If you’re like me, use a kitchen torch or a long lighter. Either way, let the rum burn until the fire naturally goes out.

When you no longer have a fire hazard on your hands, cook the sauce for a couple more minutes until it gets syrupy.

Add the bananas in and cook for about a minute on each side, then take them out of the pan and set aside.

Heat up a pan to medium-high and add in the bacon. Pour the maple syrup on top, then set it aside on a plate lined with paper towels once it’s crispy.
Pour out most of the grease left behind by the bacon, leaving just enough so the bottom of the pan is lined with it. Heat it up to medium-high heat, then fry the bananas for about a minute on each side, till you get that golden-brown crispy goodness.

Form the ground beef into small patties roughly the size of your palm (or whatever size your buns are), and season with salt and pepper.

Heat up a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat, then throw the burgers on for about 4 minutes a side for medium-rare, or more if you want dry, overcooked garbage. Your choice, people.
All that’s left is to lightly toast the buns, melt the cheddar on top, throw the sliders together, and keep it all stable with a toothpick.

Keep your ears stable with a classic: The Temptations with I Want a Love I Can See:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB1BhWTXVjE

Maybe the real lesson is this: there are no free passes in the kitchen. Period.

Even if your kitchen happens to be in the back of a questionably reclaimed ice cream truck, the game’s still the same: make damn good food, make it well, and push the borders just enough to make it stick in someone’s head. Just because you have a truck and a barely functional twitter account doesn’t mean you get to ignore the first two in favor of border-pushing and Guy Fieri-ism.

Get the flavors first, then worry about the flash.

I’ll see you next time.

 

 

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BY THE PINT | craft beer on the rise

Oct 16, 2014

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By Prinmchit Lee

Keep Calm and Brew On

As 2014 is closely coming to an end, there are tons of breweries that will open up in late 2014 and early 2015. You don’t have to travel so far to have a taste of delicious brewed beer. There will be over ten breweries opening up here in Charlotte area, all which will have their own specialty that you don’t want to miss out. There will be many different styles being brewed.
 

 

Sugar Creek Brewing

On Friday September 19, 2014, owners Eric Flanigan and Joe Vogelbacher opened up Sugar Creek Brewing. The brewers are Joe Vogelbahcer and Todd Franklin. Their taproom opened in late September of 2014. The capacity of barrels is 5000 per year. Sugar Creek Brewing’s emphasized styles will be Belgian, wits (also including cherry wit), dubbel, and Sugar Creek XV (15% abv). Other activities available onsite is restaurant, beer garden, and a private event space.
South End | 215 Southside Dr., Charlotte 28217| 704.521.3333 | SugarCreekBrewery.com

Sycamore Brewing

Both husband and wife, Justin and Sarah Brigham will be opening up their taproom for Sycamore Brewing in October 2014. The brewers will be Justin Brigham and Jordy Smith. Sycamore Brewing started brewing in September 2014. The initial capacity of barrels is 15. They will have many styles and they will also have 16 in-house beers on tap that will rotate often and an additional of four taps. Other exciting onsite activities that they will have available are Run club, yoga classes, some food prepared in-house, and they will also offer wine and ciders.
South End | 2161 Hawkins St., Charlotte 28203 |SycamoreBrew.com

Red Clay Cider Works

Owned by both husband and wife Jay and Deanna Bradish, Red Clay Ciders will be opening in November 2014. Red Clay Cider Works will begin brewing in 2014. The capacity of barrel per year will be 500. Emphasized styles available at this brewery will be semi-dry to dry ciders, sweet cider, hopped cider, barrel-aged ciders, and fruit-flavored ciders. Other onsite activities that will be available are apple and fruits pressed at the source, but some will be pressed onsite.
South End | 245 Clanton Rd., Charlotte 28217 | RedClayCiderWorks.com

Free Range Brewing

The dynamic duo, Jason and Jeff Alexander will have Free Range Brewing open and going in November 2014; on top of owning the brewery they will be brewing as well. The initial capacity of barrel will be 3.5. The Alexander brother’s emphasized style will have just about everything which also includes coffee brown ale, oyster stout, and farm house ales. Other onsite activities available for customers will be some in-house prepared foods.
Noda | 2320 N Davidson Ave., Charlotte 28205 | 704. 898. 4247 | FreeRangeBrewing.com

Primal Brewery

Primal Brewery will be opening up in October 2014 by Ray Steimel and David Hoy. The capacity of barrel will be 1000 per year. Emphasized styles that will be available are all, already perfected pale ale, kolsch, saison, IPAs, and porter. Other onsite activity that will be available is a hop garden.
Cornelius | 16432 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville 28078

Three Spirits Brewery

Husband and wife, Tabu and Jennifer Terrell will kick start 2015 by opening up Three Spirits Brewery. Tabu will also be the brewer. The capacity of barrel will be 10. All styles will be available including notably unfiltered beers, multiple lagers, and golden ale with apricot, honey porter, Munich helles, and Belgian saison. The taproom will have an old English pub ambiance to it. Available activities onsite will be a mini-arcade and a quiet are called “Curmudgeon’s Corner.”
Edge of South End| 5046 Old Pineville Rd., Charlotte 28217

Wooden Robot Brewery

Spring/Summer of 2015 by both owners and brewers, Dan Wade and Joshua Patton is expecting to open Wooden Robot Brewery. The capacity of barrels will be 1000 per year. Emphasized styles will be Farmhouse ales (wide range), unique twist on pale ales, porters, stouts, IPAs, and lager. Other onsite activities available to enjoy will be music, art gallery events, and famer/supplier events.
South End | 1440 S Tryon St. S110, Charlotte 28203 | 722. 359. 4493

Archive Brewing

Owners Jeromy Witmore, Daniel Stroud, and Will Cathcart anticipate opening Archive Brewing in 2016. Both Jeromy Witmore and Daniel Stroud will also be the brewers. The location of the brewery will be in either Charlotte or Matthews. The capacity of barrels will be 10. The emphasized styles will be UK/English styles, rootbound approach (Irish red, English IPA, English Pale Ale, ESB, and 2500 year old Roman Celtic Ale). Other onsite activities will be live music and a Christmas blowout!
980. 533. 1074 |ArchiveBrewing.com

DukBone Brewing

Coming Soon! Owner and brewer David Wallace will be exploring central Charlotte to seek out the perfect location. The capacity of barrel will be 2000 per year. The emphasized styles will be American and Belgian ales, barrel-aged sours, coffee and vanilla porters. Other activities David plans to have onsite will be a dog-friendly environment and have a restaurant open in this brewery.
Central Charlotte | Dukbone.com

GoodRoad CiderWorks

Both owners and brewers, Brian Beauchemin and Kevin Martin will be seeking out a location in Southend of Charlotte in hopes of opening GoodRoad CiderWorks as soon as possible. The capacity of barrel will be 2000 per year. Emphasized styles will be dry cider, semi-dry cider, English cider, and meads (fermented honey). This site will be a dog-friendly environment and also have a restaurant open for customers to dine in.
South End |GoodRoadCiderWorks.com
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Dish De Jour

Oct 16, 2014

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By Sheila Fate

If you haven't notice Charlotte seems to be exploding with new and unique dining options. Check out below some of the hottest and newest places that have just open or will be soon.
 

 

YAMA IZAKAYA (Plaza Midwood)

Enjoy an authentic Japanese dining experience at recently opened restaurant, Yama Izakaya, located on Central Avenue. Dishes are typically shared by everyone at the table and served on small plates, similar to Spanish tapas. For a traditional Izakaya experience, order your meal in courses, with dishes such as edamame or tofu ordered first, followed by more filling dishes as the meal progresses.
1324 Central Ave., Charlotte 28205
704.910-6387 | YamaIzakaya.com

DOGWOOD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR (SouthPark)

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar will be opening in November 2014, and will be located directly behind Whole Foods. Centered around an open kitchen preparing elevated regionally sourced Southern cuisine. Dogwood will serve lunch, dinner, and brunch, as well as a late night menu on the weekends.
4905 Ashley Park Ln., Charlotte 28210
704.909.6295 | DogwoodSouthernTable.com

TREEHOUSE WHISKEY & FORK (South Park)

South Park's newest American restaurant – The Treehouse Whiskey and Fork is slated to open October 2014. Along with great American cuisine, the Treehouse will offer an extensive whiskey and bourbon menu. Making it all about the ambiance, the food, the drinks, and the service – the Treehouse is sure to be where great food and good times meet.
4423 Sharon Rd., Charlotte 28211
704. 226.0979 | PartyAtTreehouse.com

VIVA CHICKEN (Ballantyne)

Slated to open location #2 – October 2014, Viva Chicken is a Peruvian inspired restaurant, specializing in Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Peruvian flavors, affordable prices and a great atmosphere make Viva Chicken the perfect casual spot.
12206 Copper Way Ste. 138, Charlotte 28277
VivaChicken.com

CITY TAVERN (Waxhaw)

Voted top ten restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina 2012 & 2013 – City Tavern carries on the “good food” tradition in its newest location in Waxhaw, NC. Specializing in a casual, elegant atmosphere, with a menu that is simply irresistible – City Tavern offers a chef driven menu featuring comfort foods and crave items. In addition to their delicious menu, there is a full service bar complete with an extensive wine and martini list.
701 South West Main St., Waxhaw 28173
704.256.2022 | City-Tavern.com

TERRACE CAFÉ ( Ballantyne)

Charming bistro ambiance, exceptional service and dining experience, and delectable southern comfort foods describes Terrace Café in South Charlotte’s Ballantyne shopping center. Although serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner – having a renowned breakfast menu served daily until 2:30 p.m. — Terrace Café is quickly becoming the perfect go to place if you want to grab brunch with friends, have a brunch date with your significant other, or even breakfast with the kids. With menu items like the salted caramel latte, mimosas, bacon bloody mary [great for Sunday Fun day], biscuits & gravy with hash browns, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, quiche, pancakes, fresh fruit, lobster benedict, red velvet waffles, etc. This may be a little premature to say – however, this is by far one of the BEST breakfast hotspots in Charlotte!
14815 Ballantyne Village Way Ste. 150, Charlotte 28277
704.369.5190 | TerraceCafeCharlotte.com

BASIL THAI (Ballantyne)

Bringing their classic favorite creations, and authentic tastes of Thai to its newest locality – Basil Thai opened its second Charlotte location this summer in StoneCrest at Piper Glen. The décor is chic with a consistently “Zen” atmosphere. In addition to the amazing cuisine consisting of high-quality fresh ingredients – Basil Thai offers house specialties as such, Pad Thai, crispy red curry duck, tilapia, and shrimp served with vegetables in ginger sauce. Gluten-free options are also available, as are select wines and cocktails. Offering the best in Thai cuisine – Basil Thai is sure to keeps its customers coming back.
EatAtBasil.com

BAKERSFIELD TACOS TEQUILA WHISKEY (East Blvd.)

Bakersfield is a small agricultural city in southern California, where there was and still is a heavy Mexican influence. Thus Bakersfield serves Mexican-influenced street fare with a focus on tacos, tequilas, and whiskeys. Their tequila, whiskeys, and beers will range from super premium to super affordable. Their food is simple, street-driven, authentic Mexican. Their music and feel is inspired by honky tonks around the country. They play everything from rock to country, blues to funky…Stop in and hang with them soon!
130 East Blvd., Charlotte 28203

VA DA VIE GELATO (Myers Park)

Débuting May 2014, Va da Vie Gelato is the sweetest addition to revitalized historic Park Road Shopping Center. Va da Vie Gelato brings you the finest flavors minus preservatives and artificial ingredients; milk from Homeland Creamery in Julian, North Carolina; seasonal sorbets are frequently made with fruit from local and regional farms. Va da Vie, which loosely translates to “the road of life,” also imports traditional ingredients like Bronte pistachios from Sicily, and hazelnut paste from Italy. Va da Vie Gelato is truly the new standard for Gelato in North Carolina.
4203 Park Rd., Charlotte 28209
980.201.9159 | VaDaVieGelato.com

EIGHT SUSHI & ASIAN KITCHEN (Uptown)

Just open this past month at the NC Music Factory; whether it be a celebration, a romantic dinner or a night with good friends. The interior features simple table and bar seating in order to place focus on the exquisite food. Eight embraces the industrial elements of the 120-year-old mill buildings that make up the Music Factory. Local artists introduce a modern twist with the use of graffiti style street art as well as metal and wood elements. Eight is moderately priced, approachable cuisine that will appeal to conservative diners as well as the adventurous.
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte 28206
704.900.6167 | EightCharlotte.com


 

 

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Inside Dish

Oct 16, 2014

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By Jennifer Watson

Every Charlottean knows the options of delicious restaurants are limitless in this town. A quick drive down the street and you will notice a new restaurant or bar that seemed to pop up overnight. From high-end steak dinners and authentic ethnic cuisines, to fun hole- in the-wall burger joints and traveling food trucks—you can truly find anything your taste buds desire within city limits.
 

 

However, with all of these choices, keeping up with the ins and outs of Charlottes growing restaurant scene can seem near impossible. With this in mind, Elevate Lifestyle wants to bring you the “Inside Dish” with the latest happenings from some of Charlotte’s most talked about restaurants.

Our local restaurants want to update you with exciting news or recent changes to their business. Whether it be updated menus, restaurant renovations, a new chef, or weekly specials, “Inside Dish” will tell you what you need to know to stay in “the-know” about your favorite restaurants.

BARRINGTON’S RESTAURANT

After being closed for renovations, Barrington’s Restaurant re-opened mid-September. Although the seasonal menus remain the same, Barrington’s has a new, updated look. Visually there are changes to the interior of the restaurant including a fresh color scheme and the use of textiles reminiscent of the northern sea town of Barrington, Rhode Island. Congratulations to award-winning owner and chef, Bruce Moffett, who is being honored this month by Johnson & Wale’s University as a Distinguished Visiting Chef.
7822 Fairview Rd., Charlotte 28226
704.364.5755 | BarringtonsRestaurant.com

LULU DINE|WINE 

Come check out Lulu’s great weekly specials! On Tuesday, Lulu offers half off any bottle of wine up to a $32 value. Thursdays, kick back with a bottle of wine & cheese for just $30. Everyone knows that nothing beats a good bargain on the weekends. Start your Saturday with $20 mimosa carafes during brunch, or bring your kids in on Sunday from 5-7 –buy one main plate; get one free kid’s meal!
1911 Central Ave., Charlotte 28205
704.376.2242 | LuluDineWine.com

BLUE RESTAURANT AND BAR

Come get your cook on with Blue Restaurant’s very own Executive chef, Gene Brigs. Learn the simple steps on how to prepare Chef Gene’s delicious recipes. October 6th will feature ‘Fall Game Dishes’, November 8, ‘French Autumn Country Dishes’ and on December 6th, ‘Blue Christmas’. Blue Restaurant and Bar will also be hosting ‘Best off the NW Wine Dinner’ on October 24.
206 N. College St., Charlotte 28202
704.927.2583 | BlueCharlotte.com

STAGIONI

Stagioni is pleased to introduce new Executive Chef, Ashley Quick. Utilizing fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, Quick helps craft seasonal dishes complete with hand-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and slow roasted meats.
715 Providence Rd., Charlotte 28207
704.372.8110 | StagioniClt.com

THE FIG TREE RESTAURANT

A new menu has just debuted, with different set-ups on favorite dishes, as well as some new appetizers. Customers will be happy to hear that fan favorite ‘Apple Beggars Purse’ is re-debuting on the menu this month! On Monday nights, Fig Tree has started their "Wine Class Series" which runs from September 8-October 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and $195 per person for series.
1601 E 7th St., Charlotte 28204
704.332.3322 | CharlotteFigTree.com

OSSO RESTAURANT

Come enjoy ‘Cocktails and Cool Jazz’ on the first Friday of every month at Osso Restaurant & Lounge. The lounge resonates with soul as David Hamilton and Classy Jazz perform classic jazz standards live from 8pm-12am. While you’re listening, you can grab a cocktail, made by mixologist Justin Smith, who brings creativity and expertise to each drink. Osso Restaurant and Lounge has amazing Classic and Modern Cuisine from Executive Chef Gene Briggs. A customer favorite, “Osso” Buco, features slow roasted pork shank with house-made three cheese ravioli, cremini mushrooms, and cipollini onions.
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte 28206
704.971.0550 | OssoCharlotte.com

COWBELL BURGER & WHISKEY BAR

Cowbell is now offering $5 bar bites from 4 to 6 pm, Monday through Friday! Come satisfy your taste buds with this happy hour menu including an array of options: Two Chef’s Choice Sliders, Fried Pickles, Dali’s Fries, Pretzel Bites, and Deviled eggs. Charlotte’s gourmet burger joint and whiskey bar is also hosting ‘Whiskey Wednesday’s’ where you can indulge in $5 whiskey specials while watching live entertainment (9-12pm)!
201 N. Tryon St. S1010, Charlotte 28202
980.224.8674 | EatMoreCowbell.com

LEROY FOX

Come support breast cancer with the Third Annual Fox Rocks for Pink event on October 4th. The “Fox Rocks for Pink Party” will be the official post Race for the Cure benefit for Susan G. Komen of Charlotte event. This year’s guests can expect another glamorous pink carpet event with paparazzi, a dance party with a DJ, and a silent auction with enticing prizes. Limited pre-sale tickets may be purchased at foxrocks.lerorfox.com for the fundraiser starting at 8pm on Saturday, October 4.
705 S. Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte 28211
704.366.3232 | LeroyFox.com

ZEBRA RESTAURANT 

Zebra has announced several upcoming events in the coming months. On October 14, put your “safari hats” on for a unique South African Wine Dinner. Then, on November 7 and December 3, ZEBRA will be presenting a wine dinner featuring Hannibal the magician. This continuously sold out show is an event you won’t want to miss!
4521 Sharon Rd., Ste 100, Charlotte 28211
704.442.9525 | ZebraRestaurant.net

BLOCK & GRINDER

Block & Grinder is excited to announce the opening of a second location during Spring/Early Summer, 2015. The new restaurant will be located in the new LangTree Development on Lake Norman. This much larger space, will allow for more menu options and private parties/meetings. Need a place to help supply your tailgating needs? Block & Grinder offers Custom Grilling Packages and Butcher Case Selections to help make your game days run a little smoother!
2935 Providence Rd., Charlotte 28211
704.364.2100 | BlockAndGrinder.com

MORTIMER’S CAFE & PUB

Wear your purple and gold, and come cheer on the ECU Pirate’s at Mortimer’s Cafe. Mortimer’s will be live streaming every ECU football game and providing you with great drink specials along the way!
210 E. Trade St., Charlotte 28202
704.688.0366 | MortimersPub.com
 

 

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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IT’S A GUY THING | hot stuff for cool men

Oct 16, 2014

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By Troy Adams

It’s October. And that means fall…football…and tailgating. 

To many, tailgating is a social event as exciting, or more exciting, than the events themselves. So in this month’s “It’s a Guy Thing” column, I’m going to share some ideas on how to take your tailgating to the next level. But before doing so, there’s one word that applies to everything tailgating-related:

MacGyver

 

If you’re too young to remember MacGyver, find some old episodes on Netflix, watch and learn. MacGyver could work his way out of anything. He was prepared, clever, creative and inventive. And if you want to be a Tailgating Legend, you need a little MacGyver in you. So let’s break down the four fundamentals of tailgating and how to MacGyver each.

1) Food & Beverage – C’mon men, think about how food speaks to us. As host, your spread not only represents you, but also shows what you think about your guests. So make sure it’s enough…and it’s good.

Whether its college football, Panthers football, NASCAR, concerts or other events; select a spread that’s fun and filling. And a little theme here and there shows you have attention to detail. Too much and well, no leather MacGyver jacket for you.

So you have a warm pack of beverages you need to get cold quick? Submerge them in ice of course, but then pour some water over the ice and add salt. It’s all about physics. Stir it around for even faster results.

One thing you always need when tailgating and eating…is a place to wash your hands. So rinse out an empty laundry detergent dispenser, fill it with water, have a catch bucket underneath and a bottle of soap next to the dispenser and you’re set! Need a towel station? Hang a roll of paper towels on bungee cords from your tent. 

Want a cooler MacGyver would be proud of? Check out CoolestKickStarter.com. This cooler has a rechargeable blender, removable speaker, USB charger, LED light, cutting board, bottle opener, integrated storage…and both extra wide tires and a gear-tie down.  

2) Music & Sound – As the owner of Carolina DJ Professionals, I know the power of music and sound. And at a tailgate…it can set you apart and set the mood. Let’s start with music. You can go the compact route with things like the Bluetooth speaker from the cooler or the Bose SoundLink speaker we’ve discussed in previous issues (of which they have 7 NFL-themed styles). 

You can of course go big with a full DJ setup. Or you can get something like the Ion Block Rocker (ionaudio.com) which runs anywhere from $150-$250 and allows you to put it on a tripod, plug in a mic, play your iPod or run your TV sound through it. 

Ahh yes, TV. Not only does setting up TV allow you to tune in all the pre-game shows or throw on a movie…but it also allows you to display your inner MacGyver.

Check out TailgateTVStand.com. It’s pretty simple, but yet genius. Think of your bike rack that connects to your Trailer Hitch, but instead…it mounts a TV and swivels. Wanna go bigger? Check out sites like Displays2Go.com or simply search for portable TV Truss setups.  

Of course you need a quiet generator to power all this. The Honda EU series has long been the tailgate champion with its noise-hampering system (53-59 dB), 1600 watts of continuous power and ability to run 9.6 hours on just 1.1 gallons of fuel. But check out the Ryobi 2200 model, which is the same size, has more power…and is almost half the cost. MacGyver would be proud.

3) Comfort – After eating, dancing, socializing and playing games…at some point your guests will want to just chill and people watch. So make sure you’re set up for comfort at your tailgate. You can rock out themed chairs and inflatable couches. Or you can stand-out and show your history knowledge at the same time. 

Tailgating is named as such because people would unfold their pick-up tailgate and have a party in the parking lot. But of course tailgating has evolved since the days of just sitting on a cold hard truck tailgate. However…you can give a nod to history AND step it up a notch…with a Tailgate Couch. Simply put, it’s a futon couch on your tailgate. You can make your own or you can buy one for $199 at Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com.

4) Something Different – You want to create something different at your tailgate. Find a way to stand out and be unique. And don’t be afraid to experiment with something different each time. MacGyver didn’t always succeed the first time you know. 

Check out some of these fun ideas:

Get your weekend workout with the Beerbell Koozie (beerbell.com). Yes, it’s like doing a curl every time you take a sip with the 3lb customizable koozie. 

Everyone has a corn hole set. But how many have a glow-in-the-dark set for AFTER the game when you can’t get out of the parking lot? I have two sets of these myself and they are AWESOME. You can make them or buy them. Check out GlowCity.com or HayNeedle.com for some ideas.

Wanna go spread the word about your tailgate? Check out the Cruzin Cooler (CruzinCooler.com) which has been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen.  

Displaying your inner MacGyver and making your Tailgate legendary isn’t just about products though, it’s in the details. Pack a toolbox full of tailgating essentials. Know how to properly pack a cooler. Marinate your meats days in advance. Label your coolers. Freeze water. Use empty 6-pack holders for condiments. Float a balloon from your car so friends can find you. Learn how to open a bottle with your car door. And make a checklist to help prepare.

You never know who or what you’ll run into when tailgating. So MacGyver it by being prepared. And by having great hair, a Swiss Army knife and duct tape.

Happy Tailgating!
 

 

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SACHHI ENTERPRISE DESIGN CENTER

Oct 16, 2014

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I am sitting down here with Denise Sparks, CEO of Sachhi Enterprise, Head designer at Sachhi Design & Couture, Executive Director/Founder of Derby City Fashion Week and CEO of Sparks A/C-Heat & Home Improvements. Denise is an entrepreneur who is diverse in the fields of fashion and home improvement renovations.

 

Elevate Lifestyle: Denise, how long have you been in the fashion industry and what sparked your interest for fashion?

Denise Sparks: I began fashion illustrating, and designing in my formative years making patterns from Sunday newspapers. My parents bought my first sewing machine when I was 13 and later attended college for fashion design.

EL: As for Sacchi Design, it is very unique in its own ways. What makes you different from other fashion designers? You also provide other services within Sacchi Design as well, could you tell us about the different services?

DS: Majority of my clients are very active, traveling and social businesswomen. Sachhi creates multiple uses in one design that takes them from the board room to happy hour or from the wedding ceremony into the reception with one simple change or reversal of a few design pieces. What makes Sachhi Couture unique is versatility in design. I have 3 companies under the Sachhi Enterprise umbrella: Sachhi Design - Couture & Alterations, Sparks A/C-Heat & Home Improvements, Derby City Fashion Week Foundation, and Sachhi Enterprise.

EL: Derby City Fashion Week 2015 is coming soon, what can we expect to see in this collection?

DS: I am a proud Louisville, KY native, and I created Derby City Fashion Week (DCFW) in 2010 to
provide a professionally produced platform for aspiring models, emerging designers and those seeking fashion careers within the Kentuckian region to showcase their talents, learn hands on, build their brands and receive local and national recognition while promoting tourism and illuminating the City of Louisville in fashion. We are entering our 5th year with the event in Louisville; and will be expanding to the Charlotte area as the Derby City Fashion Week Charlotte to bring to life the KY Derby experience here for those 10K plus Louisville natives who now make Charlotte their home. Each year DCFW features a current project runway designer along with fabulous emerging and seasoned fashion designers at home in Kentucky and from around the country. In 2015, through our non-profit status and newly acquired sponsorships my prayer is to financially assist our designers, models, interns, and those wonderful people who diligently work so hard beside me move forward into the world of fashion.

EL: Denise, not only do you have a taste for stylish fashion but you also renovate homes? Sparks A/C-Heating and Home Improvements is a family owned business? How does your talent and taste in fashion influence the homes that you renovate?

DS: SACHHI is the abbreviation for Sparks A/C-Heat & Home Improvements. We are a family owned, operated and trusted company servicing the Charlotte and surrounding areas for over 20 years as A+ members of the BBB Southern Piedmont. Both fashion and home renovations are an art combining the complexities of design, textures, color palates and the usage of various materials within both genres. I am certified in HVAC with hands on skills in residential and commercial renovations and restoration. Up until a few years ago my home improvement clients weren't aware that I am a fashion designer. Now they call me for either home renovations or to create a fashion design for their upcoming event. Two of my models recently did a photo shoot for our 2015 DCFW model calendar in one of the homes we spent 2 months renovating for a real estate client. That is the creative way I combine fashion and home.

EL: Sacchi Enterprise also offers a venue for others to rent for events. Could you tell us more information about this venue? Why this is could be a potential perfect memorable spot for someone?

DS: SACHHI Enterprise is the entertainment and event brand among our companies. For years I have wanted to provide a non-alcoholic social environment for event clients who do not drink. Our personalized client services, affordable price, elegant and spacious venue provides the perfect and most memorable environment for clients to network, conduct meetings, family reunions, fundraising activities, fashion shows, weddings, church socials, parties and more. SACHHI Enterprise boasts over 4800 square feet of upscale event and conference room space for almost every type of private, group, organization and business event. Visit our website at http://www.sachhienterprise.com to book your next event or contact Denise Sparks to schedule a tour of the SACHHI venue at 704.449.4001.

1801 N. Tryon St. Ste. 610, Charlotte 28206
SachhiEnterprises.com 

 

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SIP | Three Hunters Vodka

Oct 16, 2014

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By Steve Caldwell, Editor

I'm sitting down with Brain, Mike and Stuart; they just recently launched Three Hunters Vodka. They are all from North Carolina. Brian and Stuart met in college at UNC and they met Mike through Brian’s college friends who went to high school with Mike in Greensboro. Who would have thought that they would go from drinking vodka at college parties to starting a vodka company?
 

 

Elevate Lifestyle: What is each of your backgrounds?

Brian- I have been in sales successfully for over ten years and have always had a passion for hard work, staying fit and remaining social with friends. It was the combination of those things that made me want to make it a lifestyle that I could fully appreciate. That’s where Three Hunters was born; the idea of early to rise, working hard at something you love, hit the gym with your friends, eat clean, hit the town and repeat. Beyond that, I compete in adventure races and have a passion for old cars and am currently restoring my ’73 Ford Bronco.

Mike - I was definitely engulfed in the rate race…my workweek was a vicious cycle of the snooze button played on heavy rotation, struggling to get up to another uninspired day echoing with a monotony of endless emails and bureaucracy. Until mid-2012 when I connected with these two ambitious “Hunters” through mutual friends and after talking about what we’d like out of life, I began to seriously search for something more, take risks and opened my eyes to what could and should be. Simply put, Three Hunters offered us all a great excuse for us to get out of the rat race and chat it up with friends old and new about our new venture…after all, it is vodka (and pretty damn good, at that).

EL: What inspired you three to go into this business?

Stuart: I told Brian a long time ago that I would love to go into business with him one day. I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, but I knew to be successful you need partners that you can trust and that work their butts off. All we needed was the idea! Same goes for Mike. He and I always clicked and there was always a level of respect we all had for each other. I think you also want partners whose strengths are your weaknesses. In that sense we all really complement each other.
 
Stuart – I grew up in NY and moved to NC as a kid. After college I went to work in the chemical industry for a giant company. While it gave me the chance to travel the world and learn so much about business, it wasn’t until we started Three Hunters Vodka that I truly found an outlet for my creative side. Being involved in a lifestyle brand that gave me the chance to really put my personality into my work was refreshing and something I didn’t realize I had been missing.

EL: How did Three Hunters Vodka first begin?

Stuart- 
It all began in 2012 at Brian’s 30th birthday party. Brian approached Mike and me separately with this crazy idea. I’ll never forget the conversation. He told me that he had been doing Crossfit for a while and that folks who do Crossfit often do the Paleo Diet. I had heard of Crossfit and Paleo but didn’t know much about either. He explained that people who follow the Paleo lifestyle are very limited in what they can drink when it comes to alcohol. Anything that comes from a grain, potato or sugar is off limits. That leaves tequila and very few types of vodka that are made from fruit. If we could make vodka from fruit and made it a way that was sustainable and natural, we’d be all set!

EL: How did the name “Three Hunters Vodka” come about?

Stuart
: We spent a lot of time on the name. We wanted a name that really captured the personality of the brand. Three Hunters Vodka, of course represents us as three partners. However, we like to think of ourselves as three very different types of hunters. We think of a successful hunt as getting what you want. Do you want a promotion? Do you want to live healthier? Do you want that pretty girl over there? How you are going to achieve these things is up to you. There is more than one way to hunt.

EL: Tell us a little bit about the process of making Three Hunters Vodka?

Stuart: We control the whole process from “farm to bottle”. We begin by using locally grown grapes and blueberries from the Lake Erie Wine Region. We use a Cool fermentation technique without adding sugars to create the base for distillation. The heart is all the good stuff; the cleanest and most palpable part of the spirit, and we distill ours three times for a clean and flavorful taste. Finally, it is chill filtered in a minimalistic manner to ensure a clean, bright final product. I know it may sound like rocket science, but it tastes delicious.
 
EL: What makes your Three Hunters Vodka different from other vodka's?

Stuart: For starters, most vodka is made from a grain or a potato base. Three Hunters is made from grapes and blueberries and that is it! This makes our vodka naturally gluten-free and compliant with the Paleo Diet. A lot of people don’t know the tricks of the trade that other vodka companies use. Often sugar is added and chemicals are used to enhance the product and lower costs for the producer. Some simply water it down to claim lower calories per serving. Our handmade approach means harvesting fresh fruit and distilling in the same place without additives, freezing and trucking in ingredients from all over the place.

EL: Where is Three Hunters Vodka available for purchase?

Stuart: It is available on our website ThreeHuntersVodka.com to buy and ship to all 50 states. We are available in North Carolina at ABC stores across the state and especially in Charlotte. If they don’t have it at your local ABC store just ask for it and they will get it for you. We are adding bars and restaurants everyday but these are a few that are carrying Three Hunters: BlackFinn American Saloon, Bubble, Vida Cantina, Vida Vida, StrikeCity, Whiskey Warehouse, Blue, Osso, Eight Sushi, Librettos, Vault, Stache House, 5Church, and Nan and Byron's.

EL: Anything else you would like our readers to know?

Stuart: If you care about what goes into your body and you read the back of the label before the front label than this is your vodka.
 

 

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SKYLINE | hot happenings in charlotte

Oct 16, 2014

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By Telisha “Teka Rose” Wheeler, Editor

Fall is upon us friends, and I for one, couldn’t be more excited! There’s so much to do in and around Charlotte in much cooler weather. Football, Fashion, seasonal delights that you only see once autumn has come; and Elevate Lifestyle of course has the best of the best things to see and do all in this month’s Fall Dining & nightlife edition. Grab your best buds, a scarf and get out of the house and enjoy all that Fall has to offer. Be sure to plan accordingly, because as most Charlotteans new and old know…this weather can be finicky. Cool one minute and hot the next so layer up and head OUT!
 

 

Taste of the Mint (Uptown) | October 8th

Enjoy specially selected small plates and beverage pairings at two restaurants inside Mint Museum Uptown: Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth and e2 Emeril’s eatery. Then, take a special guided tour inside the museum. Register by 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6th to reserve your spot. Menus are custom-tailored to each occasion and will be shared with participants in advance. Register by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 704.337.2018 to reserve your spot!

500 South Tryon St., Charlotte 28202
704.337.2000 |MintMuseum.org

Sunsets at Metropolitan | October 9th

The Met and Paschal Innovative Promotions concludes their sunset music series, Thursday, October 9th 6:30 to 9:30pm with a FREE performance by Silver Train. You not only get to enjoy great music and FREE parking, but you also get the amazing ambience of The Met with plenty of places to shop, dine & unwind. For more information or directions visit paschalpromotions.com.

1100 Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte 28204
704.335.3710 | MetropolitanCLT.com

Bars & Bites South End Food Tour (SouthEnd) | October 10th

On this "happy hour themed" walking food tour, you can enjoy refreshing alcoholic beverage samples paired with unique cuisine experiences. From different facets such as a wine bar, a local craft brewery, a tasty food truck, an upscale restaurant, or a neighborhood pub. You will even learn how to create great beverages & bites in the luxury of your own home! Get out of the house and explore some South End & Charlotte history, sample culinary & beverage creations from a variety of establishments & artisans.

980.258.9992 | FeastFoodTours.com

Charlotte Cider Fest (Uptown) | October 10th

Join Rooftop 210 and help to celebrate Fall’s arrival at Cider Fest! Relish in the cool fall weather while taking in breathtaking views of the Queen City from Rooftop 210, located on the third floor of the EpiCentre for their very FIRST Charlotte Cider Fest…featuring cider mixology and cider sampling!!! Get Your Tickets NOW!!!!

210 E Trade St., Charlotte 28202 | 704.936.5621

Elevate Lifestyle SOUTH END HOPS FESTIVAL (SouthEnd) | October 11th

The best beer festival in Charlotte will feature craft beer, live local music, and plenty of food from local food trucks! Attendees must be 21 or older to attend and good doggies are welcome! Join Elevate Lifestyle for a truly unique beer festival experience. Event is a rain or shine event and guests can bring their own chairs and blankets for your musical and social enjoyment. This festival will benefit the Chronic Illness Relief Fund. You can learn more by visiting elevatelifestyle.com.

308 W. Carson Blvd., Charlotte 28203
SouthEndHopsFestival.com

Latin American Festival (SouthPark) | October 12th

This year's 24th annual Latin American Festival, Charlotte's signature cultural event, is already promising to be a spectacular show. Last year's festival brought a record number of guests from other states to Symphony Park. The Latin American Festival has become a destination for world-renowned artists and nationwide visitors. This year's headlining bands, Bomba Estéreo, Los Rabanes, and Plena Libre will blow up the Rumba Stage along with many more! Come experience the Latin American Festival through delicious food, authentic dances and the best musical lineup the festival has ever seen!

4400 Sharon RD., Charlotte 28211
704.531.3848 | LatinAmericanCoalition.org

Pumpkin Patch at Romaire Bearden Park (Uptown) | October 25th

Pumpkin Patch is a family focused event featuring pumpkin carving stations, contests and children friendly games. There will also be a Hula Hoop show by Cara Zara and a magic show presented by Illusions and Confusions. Balloon artist and face painters will be on hand to make this one event you don't want to miss! Grab some kids (yours or a relatives only please) and head out for fun at the Pumpkin Patch!

300 South Church St., Charlotte 28202
704.432.4280 | CharMeck.org

Grave Diggers Ball (Uptown) | October 25th

Grave Diggers Ball turns the Queen City into the Scream City every October with area’s largest costume contest, DJs and live music performances by chart-topping acts. For over a decade, national recording artists such as Ke$ha, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, One Republic, and B.o.B have performed for thousands of fans dressed up in the craziest and most innovative. Grave Diggers Ball has garnered national attention as one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country and has cemented itself as an annual Charlotte institution. Grave Diggers Ball makes Charlotte scream every Halloween.
301 E 7th St., Charlotte 28202
828.260.3257 | KISS951com

Amazing Maize Maze (Huntersville) October – November 2nd

Rural Hill presents their giant seven acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths for you to get lost in. One of the largest in the Southeast, the Rural Hill corn maze is sure to please! Looking to spook things up a bit? Traverse the maze in the dark during one of our famous Family Friendly Friday Night Mazes! Bring your own flashlight and an appetite for adventure, there's even music and bonfires! (Weather permitting) The whole of Rural Hill's 265 acres is available to you and your group during maze hours- take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore our historic site, play in our mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike our trails, pick a pumpkin (in October,) & much, much more!

4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville 28078
704.875.3113 | RuralHill.net

The Carolina Renaissance Festival (Huntersville)
October 4th – November 23rd (Weekends)


The Carolina Renaissance Festival has grown to be one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide. A Carolina favorite, the Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and much more. You can sit back and watch, or you can become a part of the action, surrounded by over 500 costumed characters roaming the festival village.

16445 Poplar Tent RD., Huntersville 28078
704.896.5544 | RoyalFaires.com

The Haunted Mill (Belmont)
October (Every Weekend) – November 1st


The Haunted Mill celebrates its Sweet 16 and would like to scare your cakes off! Experience the Haunted Mill like never before. With actual documented ghostly activity, the 115 year old Haunted Mill is a "True" haunted attraction, which never disappoints its victims. Intense in-your-face scares actually put you IN the middle of the horror action. 40 actors, darkness, crazy mazes, animation effects, chainsaws and much more will have you begging to escape the clutches of the Mill. Voted TOP Haunted Attraction in NC and is NOT FOR THE TIMID.

6325 West Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont 28214
704.829.6455 | TheHauntedMillNC.com

With so many events to enjoy this October you can spice up your Fall with something other than that delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte! As always, you know that your friends here at Elevate Lifestyle’s HOT HAPPENINGS will continue to cover all there is in and around Charlotte for you to see and do. Don’t be bummed about summer’s end, appreciate all the HOT Happenings this fall and Live YOUR BEST Life!

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Cork | THE WORLD IN YOUR GLASS

Oct 14, 2014

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By Kenya Cooper

Charlotte is more than a diverse southern metropolis. With a wide array of entertainment options, the Queen City has something in store for everyone. For those that are self-affirmed wine aficionado’s the following breakdown of Charlotte’s finest and most unique wine bars.
 

 

D'VINE WINE CAFÉ (Ballantyne)

Set in the bustling Ballantyne Village, D’Vine Wine Café is an excellent spot to visit on a weekend night, where you can relax in their comfy seating areas both inside and on their patio overlooking the village. The wine list includes delicious red, white, and blush wines from all over the world. On some Saturday nights you can even enjoy live music from pianists and jazz singers.

14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte 28277
704.369.5050 | DVineWineCafe.com

J. SAMS WINE BAR (South Park)

In another village-type setting, J. Sams is a delightful wine bar that also acts as an art studio. Sip and stroll the stylish setting while you peer at the art-decorated walls. With whites, reds, and sparkling wines, their list has many wine offerings from California, Oregon, Spain, France, and Chile. Enjoy a Banshee Pinot Noir in their softly-lit dining area and try their venison NY strip.

4625 Piedmont Row Dr., Charlotte 28210
980.406.3762 | JSamsPlace.com

THE WINE LOFT (South End)

Owned by a former international banker, The Wine Loft is a treat that has some of the best pumpkin ravioli in town. Nestled in the vibrant South End of Charlotte, The Wine Loft is a cozy spot where there are always trendy bar-goers, first dates, and the perfect ambience for a low key night or a few drinks before heading further uptown. Come by on Tuesdays where they have half price appetizers, or Wednesdays for a $5 martini! No matter the night, The Wine Loft is a good choice.

2201 South Blvd., Charlotte 28203
704.919.0222 | WineLoftCharlotte.com


WOODEN VINE WINE BAR & BISTRO (Uptown)

Speaking up Uptown, Wooden Vine Wine Bar & Bistro’s Executive Chef Nicolas Daniels can whip up a variety of dishes from rabbit dumplings to conch fritters. Try a few appetizers while you gaze out onto the busy streets of Uptown and sip on anything from their award winning wine list that features red, whites, sparkling wine, and fortified wines from all over the world.

231 N Tryon St., Charlotte 28202
704.376.8463 | TheWoodenVine.com

CRU WINE SHOP (Pineville)

Set right off I-485 on Johnston Rd, Cru Wine Shop is a casual venue where you can try different glasses of wine while watching amateur poets and musicians try their luck at fame during open mic night every Tuesday, or buy a bottle of wine from various countries all over the world. With major discounts on cases and with monthly specials, you can try new wines that you might have never discovered. Pair your glass of wine with a selection of cheeses, meats, small plates, flat breads, and delicious desserts. There is a wine tasting every Thursday at 6, and Friday at 5:30.

12206 Copper Way, Charlotte 28277
704.369.5050 | CruWineShop.com

PETIT PHILIPPE (Myers Park)

Wine, chocolate, and a tasting room? Yes! We are in. Petit Philippe are owned and operated by Mark Meissner and Casey Hickey – husband and wife, corporate refugee cum wine aficionado and pastry chef/chocolatier. The perfect combination delights patrons that venture to their lovely Myers Park shop. Planning a party? Interested in starting your own wine cellar? Petit Philippe has you covered. They will deliver shipments of wine to your door, create custom chocolates, and will consult you on the creation of your personal wine cellar. Just looking for a robust red or a bite of chocolate, simply stop by their show room and explore all of the glorious products that they have to offer.

2820 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte 28209
704.332.9910 | PetitPhilippe.com

TWENTY-TWO (Plaza Midwood)

Twenty-Two is located on Central Avenue in the fun Plaza-Midwood area of Charlotte. Enjoy a corner view of the city while you drink a cold craft beer or wine, listen to music, and view the unique art. Twenty-Two is quite unique, and a breath of fresh air. With free sake tastings, jewelry exhibitions, themed parties, and events that celebrate local artists, Twenty Two is definitely a place you must explore.

1500 Central Ave., Charlotte 28205
704.334.0122

VINTNER WINE MARKET (NoDa)

Explore over 1500 wines from all over the world. Try a free wine tasting. Taste the finest cheese selections in Charlotte. Try a craft beer on tap while you dine on locally sourced and seasonally-inspired dishes. Located in the Arboretum Shopping Center on Providence Rd, Vintner Wine Market is the perfect place to relax after work with a glass of imported and domestic microbrew beers or wine, and listen to local musicians. The shop has walls of well-stocked wine and specialty beers, and their staff of professional and friendly wine aficionados are always willing to help you decide on which bottle to choose. Sit at the bar and select one of their craft beers on tap while watching sports on their overhead flat screens, and enjoy the beautiful ambience of a shop that makes you feel like you’re in another land far away.

8128 Providence Rd., Charlotte 28277
704.543.9909 | VintnerWineMarketNC.com

CORKSCREW WINE SHOPPE & BAR (Lake Norman)

Relax. Uncork. Unwine. The tagline of Lake Norman’s Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar says it all. With lovely outside seating, you can enjoy the mild weather and try a bottle of wine from Germany, Italy, California, New Zealand, and more. An Elk Gove Pinos Gris from Oregon is sure to delight the senses with its vibrant citrus, and grapefruit. Or perhaps a spicy Vina Ardanza from Spain is more your style. Either way, Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar has wines ranging from sweet, crisp, bold, sparkling, smooth, spicy, and rich. You cannot go wrong. Hungry? Stop by on select Mondays for their food truck events. In the mood for some tunes? Enjoy live music on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They even have beer tastings. Every night has something to offer in Huntersville’s Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar. A visit here is sure to please. With a glass of wine in one hand, friends to join you, or a solo venture with a book, you’re sure to have a pleasant outing.

16916 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville 28078
704.987.0011 | TheScrewCrew.com

Kenya Cooper is an international bestselling author that also goes by the pen name, K.N. Lee. You can follow her on twitter @knycolelee or visit her website at http://www.kn-lee.com
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Interview with…Chef William Michael Nichols

Oct 14, 2014

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Number of years with City Tavern? Five months

How long you been a chef? Nine years
 

 

Where are you from? Wadesboro, NC

Which location are you at? Southpark location.

Favorite dish you like to make? My award winning Bourbon Braised Sweet and Sour Ribs… They do not suck!

Chef who inspires you? Frank Altomare Executive Chef of Aria Tuscan Grill downtown.

Weirdest request from a customer? A customer asked me to purée his 11oz prime Filet Mignon and then cook it.

Favorite thing to do when you're not working? Going out to eat good food and drink good Bourbon.

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Donuts Filling Glaze

Oct 06, 2014

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There’s a lot of ways to get frustrated (believe me, I’ve tried most of them). But being a connoisseur of things that tend to make you want to shout/throw appliances out of multiple-story windows, I think I’ve managed to settle on the king; the single most irritating and bone-shakingly frustrating thing I can conceive: 

 

Screwing up at baking.

And there’s a reason why I chose baking specifically, and not just “anything you happen to be flailing about at in the kitchen”. Sure, spending a few hours on a roast and watching it come out dry as an African desert and taste…well, also like an African desert is pretty damn discouraging. But screwing up a cake or a pastry is its own special level of hell. 

That’s because unless you’re making something offensively easy like bread pudding, baking is a fine art, and a craft that comes down to the millimeter. If you’re making something ambitious (and really, why would you be a baker if you weren’t?) it’s going to take hours of proofing, frosting, mixing, and eyebrow-furrowing to get it right.

So when all that work deflates in the oven or explodes in your face, your measly little cupcake artist-cum-Martha Stewart wannabe aspirations go right along with it. Being a normal, average frustrated person is plenty enough to make you want to put your first through the nearest non-fist-supporting object. Being a frustrated baker is like meticulously building a house of cards, and then trying to fill that house of cards with frosting and praying it all doesn’t fall down in the process. It’s maddening.

Which is all to say that this week I (metaphorically) tried to do just that, and met with predictable results. Turns out yeast doesn’t like to do the whole rising thing when it’s cold out, so I ended up with the world’s flattest donuts on my hands. Luckily, the cream filling and the glaze turned out just fine, so if you’re not an idiot like me and actually check your damn thermometer, this should go well. If not, then you’re gonna have the world’s worst game of 52-pickup on your hands…along with a crap-ton of frosting. 

Here’s what you need:

Donuts:

- 3/4 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 egg yolks
- Vegetable Oil 

Filling: 

- ¾ stick of unsalted butter (room temp)
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons bourbon (I ended up adding another tablespoon, if you want it more bourbon-y, go for it) 

Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons strongly brewed coffee or espresso

Here’s how you do it:

First, warm up the milk and sugar in a small pot over medium heat until it reaches about 110 degrees. Make sure you stir the sugar the whole time it’s heating, that way it’ll dissolve instead of forming clumpy piles of sugar garbage.

Take the milk off heat, stir in the yeast until it dissolves, then let it foam up for 10 minutes. If you don’t see the foam; you screwed up. Do it again, or get a new batch of yeast.

Whisk together the flour and salt in your stand mixer bowl. Make a well in the center and add the egg yolks, yeasty stuff, and butter.

If you’re lucky enough to have a stand mixer, put on the dough hook and mix it on medium for about 4 minutes. If you’re not…guess you’re gonna be kneading for a while. Either way, you want to mix until it forms a ball, then cover the top with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place to rise for an hour.

Once the dough’s had a chance to rise, put it on a floured flat surface and roll it out to about 3/8 of an inch thick. Use your preferred cookie cutter to cut them into circles, and don’t cut out the holes in the middle. Yes, I know you’re used to downing entire crates of donut holes on the way to your cubicle hell-hole in the morning, but we’re filling these with cream, so you’re gonna have to make do.

Put the soon-to-be-doughnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spray the tops of the doughnuts with non-stick spray, then cover with plastic wrap and stick in a warm place for another 30 minutes.

The dough should be doubled by now (key word: should). Once it is, pour enough vegetable oil in a large pot for the doughnuts to float in it. Heat it to 350 degrees, then fry the doughnuts for about a minute on each side, until they’re golden brown.

Let the doughnuts cool on a wire rack (and put some paper towels underneath so you don’t go medieval on your kitchen counter with that boiling hot oil). When they’re completely cool, start in on the cream and glaze.

To make the filling, cream the butter in a stand mixer at medium speed for 2-3 minutes, then mix in the powdered sugar on low until it’s combined.

Next, add the cream and bourbon and mix on high for 3 minutes. Like I said up there, if you like bourbon (as every living, breathing human being should), give the filling a taste and add more if you want. Or just put it in a glass and drink it; I don’t give a damn.

The glaze is easy: just stir together the coffee and powdered sugar in a small bowl until it magically becomes glaze. You want it to just barely be thin enough to still drip off of your fork, so just add more coffee if it’s too thick, and more sugar if it’s too thin, until you get the right consistency.

Next, with as little sexual innuendo as you can manage, use a pastry bag to fill the insides of the doughnuts with the cream filling. Make sure you watch the doughnuts while you do it: if they start to crack, that’s when you wanna stop pushing the cream in there.

Cover the doughnuts in glaze, check to make sure the kitchen’s empty, then lick it off your fingers like the disgusting human being I am you are.

After that, all that’s left is to let the glaze set, and then pop a few in your mouth with a cup of coffee.

Pop this week’s song in your ears too; it’s Crush! by Soil & Pimp Sessions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axzOcH9KhN0

As you can see from the pictures, and as you heard from my ever-endless kvetching in the intro, my doughnuts ended up a little flat. But that’s part of the risk; that’s what makes this worth it. If any soccer mom or dad or person could just fart some croissants onto a plate in under half an hour, why would you give a damn about the true masters? It’s because you know that the good stuff takes time, practice, and a whole lot of screwing up to get right. So get in there, slap some dough around, get all huffy when it doesn’t rise or bake or whatever…and then do it again. And again. And again. Until it comes out right.

Or just throw some appliances out of the window when it doesn’t.

See you next time, readers.

Recipe inspired by this one: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/glazed-doughnuts.html

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

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Bibimbap

Sep 30, 2014

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Let’s say the world ends. Right now.

That means no phones, no fancy tablets to pull up your precious Epicurious.com on. You can’t retreat to the tattered (a word which apparently only applies to books and magazines, instead of, say, puppets, like I think it should) pages of a Food & Wine issue from 2009. But you have some flour, butter, sugar, maybe rice, water, spices (if you're lucky), other assorted odds and ends that survived in your pantry.
 

 

What do you make? Can you make anything?

After being deprived of Internet for a week, the answer (for me at least) is a resounding: no. Not even close. A decent, knowledgeable chef would've acted on memory, taken a cabinet full of ingredients and made something tasty happen. I, on the other hand, darted to and from a stove full of boiling pots and pans to a fledgling 3G connection on an equally fledgling phone halfway across the room.

I suck. You probably suck too. And as impressive as it is that you, or I, can follow a complicated, five-course french-fusion-whatever recipe down to the letter, it's way more impressive when you can make a loaf of bread from scratch using just your brain and your bare hands. I started this blog with a quote from Achewood's (the best damn comic ever, in case you're not familiar) Ray Smuckles:

"A dude who can walk into any kitchen in the world and make bread is COMPLETELY RAW!"

And he's right. Ain't nothin' impressive about reading a bunch of numbers and dumping them in a pot. Start closing your eyes while you're cooking. Get uncomfortable. Then you can make some bread when the world ends.

And after that intro, I'm gonna give you an insanely long and complicated recipe for Beef Short Rib Bibimbap that you'll have no chance of making correctly without following everything down to the letter. Hypocracy! Because I can.

Here's what you need:

For the Short Ribs:

-2 lbs beef short ribs (going a little over on the weight won't kill you)

-2 cups roughly chopped onions (about 1 1/2 onions)

-1 cup chicken broth

-3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

-1 tablespoon sesame oil

-2 tablespoons mirin

-1 packed cup pitted prunes (yes, it's gross. But this is where 90% of the sweet flavor comes from, so quit complaining and add it in.)

For the Bibimbap:

-2 cups sushi rice (if you can't find it it's fine, but sushi rice is stickier/goes with the rest of it better)

-1 carrot

-1 cup bean sprouts

-1 bunch swiss chard

-1 cup shittake mushrooms

-4 eggs (or one egg for however many people are eating this goodness)

-1 tablespoon sesame seeds

-2 tablespoons sesame oil

-2 or 3 green onions (it's a garnish, doesn't really matter how much you have)

Here's how you do it:

First we're gonna do the short ribs, because they're gonna be simmering for a long-ass time. You can do 'em a day ahead if you want.

Get the biggest pot you have and heat up a couple tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high. Go ahead and throw some salt and pepper on the ribs while that's heating.

Once the oil's ready, put the ribs in and sear them on both sides, about 3-4 minutes a side. That way all the delicious juices stay in the beef, and you get tenderness instead of a dry, jerky-like mess.

Take the seared ribs out of the pot and put them aside on a plate with some paper towels, then pour out everything from the pot except a tablespoon of fat-liquid-stuff.

Add another tablespoon of olive oil, then throw in your onions and saute them until they're not clear anymore.

Throw the ribs back in, followed by everything else in the ingredients list FOR THE RIBS. If I see you throwing uncooked rice in there we're gonna have to have a little talk. It won't be a pleasant one. There may be yelling. Possibly tears.

Stir everything around a bit, then bring the whole pot to a boil. Cover it and let it simmer for 2 1/2 hours. As you should do with anything you leave near fire for that long, check it once and a while. You're gonna want to stir it and mash up the prunes a bit when you check the pot, that way the prunes will dissolve, and you'll forget you're eating prunes. Prunes are gross, and that's why we have to use a crap-ton of fire and meat to make them worthwhile.

Once the ribs are done (and trust me, you'll know when they're done), turn off the heat and put the ribs in a bowl.

Take a couple of forks and shred those babies up (hooray for phrases that sound awful out of context!). You want the pieces to be a bit bigger than your standard pulled pork shred, so you'll have nice big pieces in the bibimbap.

Just don't go too nuts with the forks and you'll be fine.

After the ribs have been chunkified, add them back to the liquid and leave it on the lowest setting your burners have until the rest of the bibimbap's ready. You can't really slow-roast meat too long, but you definitely want the other parts to come out fresh, so do the ribs first. Nobody likes cold greens.

The actual "main" part of this recipe's pretty damn simple.

First, get the rice cooking.

Julienne the carrot, or if you have my knife skills, make crappy, embarrassing little strips out of the carrot. Also slice up the mushrooms and green onions.

If you can manage it (I couldn't, clearly), cook the bean sprouts, swiss chard and mushrooms together in a pan with the sesame oil at medium high. If you don't have room for all of it, do it in two batches. You want this all to come out at roughly the same time so they're all hot out of the pan. The bean sprouts and mushrooms should take about 5 or 6 minutes, all you need to do is keep them on the heat until they're tender. The chard might take a bit longer, just keep cooking until it's wilted.

The rice should just about be done now, so get those eggs frying so they're ready when the rice is.

Now. It's not often I say this (although I've said it before, if you've been paying attention): the presentation's important here. Yes, you're probably gonna end up mashing everything together the second you get your greasy, cheeto-stained hands on a bowl of this stuff, and that's ok. But the beauty of bibimbap is the ingredients, so do it right, and do it in the right order. And wash your damn hands. Jesus, that's disgusting.

1. Put some rice in the bowl.

2. Arrange some of the carrots, swiss chard, mushrooms, and bean sprouts so they each have their own, nice little corner. I should mention here that you can use other vegetables too if you want. Wanna saute some red peppers or broccoli? Go for it. I ain't the food police. Not that I haven't applied for a position enough times.

3. Add some of that tasty beef you've been simmering for so very, very long.

4. Sprinkle some of the green onions on top.

5. Put a sweet, glorious egg in that bowl.

6. Sesame seeds. Sprinkle.

See? See how nice that looks? Now go ahead and ruin it. You've earned it, or something.

Some of you may think I'm being a bit of a lunatic for choosing Que Sera Sera by Charles Kosei as this week's song, so I want to give it a little more insight than I normally give.

There's two parts to this dish that really make it sing:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjqLVxMVqXM]

First, the vegetables. They're all separate, all unique, and they each bring a bright, fresh flavor to the bowl. Hear those nice little bells in the intro of the song? That's the connection.

Second, Mr. Kosei has the perfect smoky, soulful voice to compliment the music. There's your short ribs: savory and full of flavor. Almost makes sense, right?

As much attention as I try to give to the music on this little experiment of mine, it tends to get drowned out in the giant pictures of cake and muffins and stuff that's bad for you. At least I feel like that sometimes. So if you're just coming here to look at food and possibly make food and be fat, don't forget about the play button that comes afterwards. If you're jamming out to the music like you're supposed to…keep being awesome.

Either way, I'll see you next time.
 

 

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Cruzan® Carolina Trolley

Sep 23, 2014

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Inspiration by Stefan Huebner: This cocktail is a twist on a Cable Car cocktail, but here in Charlotte we have a trolley system to get around the uptown area. The Cruzan Rum gives this cocktail the oomph that is needed to stand up with the fruit juices and the Blue Curaçao. The Blue Curaçao adds a touch of color making it a beautiful Carolina blue. It's served over ice to cool off on a Carolina night.

 

Cruzan® Carolina Trolley

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1/2 part DeKuyper® Blue Curaçao
2 parts Fresh Sour Mix
1 part Fresh Pineapple Juice
1 part Ginger Beer

Method:

Build all ingredients except Ginger Beer with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with Orange & Pineapple. 

 

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Successful Recycling Program for Tailgaters Returns

Sep 23, 2014

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What: Tailgate Recycling Program Returns for
2014-15 Football Season
 

 

Where: Center City Charlotte (Uptown and South End)

Who: Partners: Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Bojangles’, City of Charlotte Solid Waste, Bank of America, Charlotte Center City Partners, Hands On Charlotte and the Carolina Panthers.

Center City Parking Lot Operators: Behringer Harvard, Carolina Panthers, E-Z Parking, Preferred Parking, Spectrum Properties, Standard Parking, and West Parking

When: 2014-15 Carolina Panthers Home Games
 Launches August 8th, 2014 with preseason game against the Buffalo Bills

The Panther Tailgate Recycling program is back for the 2014-15 season and will operate in the same way as it did last year. Tailgaters will receive a specifically marked recycling bag as they enter their chosen parking lot. As fans enjoy their pre-game tailgate parties, they are asked to recycle clean cardboard, bottles and cans. Before heading into the stadium, tailgaters are instructed to leave the recycling bags (and collapsed cardboard if not in the bag) at the curb to be picked up by the City of Charlotte’s Solid Waste teams.

Program partners hope to increase awareness and participation by increasing communication and education efforts. Parking lot operators are bolstering their in-house communication with game day operators in an effort to get more bags out to tailgaters. Volunteers are currently being recruited to assist parking lot operators in distributing extra bags and sharing information with fans about what to recycle and how to assist City crews with collection.

“Our fan awareness continues to grow. We are really excited to build on our success from previous seasons’ recycling efforts. The partnership remains dedicated to diverting waste from our landfills,” says Scott Paul, Operations Manager for the Carolina Panthers. “We will continue to focus on educating our fans about the processes we have in place in order to exceed our goals for the 2014 season. Thank you to Bojangles, Charlotte Center City Partners, Bank of America, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Charlotte Solid Waste, Hands on Charlotte, and especially our fans for this important endeavor.”

Overall, according to Charlotte’s Solid Waste Services Department, tailgating generates close to 10 tons of waste on most game days. “It’s hard to believe that this program is now in its sixth year and to date the tailgaters have recycled a total of 153 tons. That’s a tremendous impact on our environment,” says Jake Wilson, Executive Director of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. ”Also, I would just like to thank the fans and sponsors that embrace this program and make it happen. Playoffs again this year!!”

Previous Results

Since the program began, Panthers fans have recycled 153 tons of materials – that’s enough to nearly fill Bank of America Stadium.

2009
• 30.22 tons
• 31.17 % diversion rate

2010

• 23.4 tons
• 28.97 % diversion rate

2011
• 31.31 tons
• 30.77% diversion rate

2012
• 30.98 tons
• 39.13% diversion rate

2013
• 36.73 tons
• 34 % diversion rate

Contact: Jake Wilson
(704) 432-1772 or (704) 621-7372 (cell)
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Learning History’s Modern Day Relevance

Sep 23, 2014

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Impact of Agriculture in Early and Contemporary American History

By: Dale Schlundt, M.A.

In the study of history we ask the question, what are the catalysts? In other words, the motivators that make events happen? Depending on the topic and the framing one puts it in, many times the question is not what made something occur, but what prohibited it from doing so. 

 

Agriculture has typically been a fundamental factor in world history in answering both those questions, events that came about and those that had the potential, but failed. Despite America’s unprecedented urbanization in the 20th century, the move from rural to urbanized areas has never diminished the need for agrarian industries in any society. Throughout most of our world’s history, agriculture in some form or another, is at the center of societal development.

Let’s make a generic comparison, cowboys vs. Indians. I would venture a guess we have all watched at least one western in our lives. Although, typically these historical dramas are heavy on the drama and light on the historical accuracy, it lends itself well to form the right question. Why did indigenous populations using primitive weapons, prior to obtaining advanced tools from their oppressors, the “cowboys”? In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond makes the argument it is through agriculture. If I am a hunter gather, the lack of a consistent food supply is the society’s main focus. The majority of the everyday effort is put into sustaining the population’s food supply, through hunting, gathering, or small scale farming. Leaving no, if little discretionary time available for individuals or subgroups to develop complex governments, furthering culture/education, and most importantly invention. With the exploitation of large scale agriculture, made possible by available “beasts of burden” (cow, pigs, and horses of the Old World), masses of individuals are able to divert their attention to societal developments other than obtaining food. Developments such as weapons, blacksmithing (metal work), written word, and complex societies with broad range of skills and trades. Hence if you watch any historically accurate movies of colonizers in relation to indigenous people’s, there is a huge discrepancy in the weapons and tools being used. Now, there are historians that suggest this theory is oversimplified and other factors were contributing, which we should not rule out. However, prior to trade and assimilation in many instances, the advantages and disadvantages among the two vastly differing societies have been argued are a result of harnessing large-scale agriculture.

Moving right along through history, one cannot discuss agriculture in the New World without putting a focus on slavery. We do a disservice to those who endured this horrifying institution not to mention it. However, here is a perfect example where agriculture was a hindrance to society. Not just in terms of so many human lives, cultures, and families being decimated, a fact that is of huge significance. Yet, in regards to a lack of industrial growth as a result of it. The focus of tobacco, rice and cotton growth diverting the attention of education, industry, and human rights in a relatively modern society. Individuals of today have a misconception that the majority of the South’s population were slave holders, a fallacy, as most white farmers could not afford to be so. Not letting them off the hook, as most aspired to invest in slaves. Despite that fact, following the Civil War, leading up into the middle 20th century, what we see is the south was such a deeply ingrained agrarian culture, the lack of industrialization and education had stunted their ability to catch up to the rest of modernized society in the U.S. Of course, we cannot discount the effects the war itself had on the south. However to have a society who sole culture, in terms of economy as well as ideology, has been so deeply embedded in the reliance of slaves and agriculture, the inability to re-focus both of those aspects should not be surprising. Yet, the length of time taken to modernize the south continues to astound many, as well as myself.

As students of history, what I tell my classes is that relatively early in human history, we become an agrarian people, in one context or another. Agriculture has been at the heart of every culture and dictating events in varying degrees. Beginning with small scale farming as a supplement to hunting and gathering, those who practice aquaculture in geographic locations that supported such, cultivation of wood for fuel, and finally large complex modernized farming that we see ranging into the 21st century. For those who wonder why this relevant to modern America, let us forget the grocery store for a moment, a given. I would challenge you to take a look at what you’re putting into your gas tank next time you fill up. You might be surprised to see how significant agriculture is in your everyday commute and in what despair we would be in without it.

Dale Schlundt holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in American History from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Palo Alto College and Northwest Vista College. Dale has written two books, Tracking Life's Lessons: Through Experiences, History, and a Little Interpretation and Education Decoded (A Collection of My Writings).
 

 

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Grilled Nectarine Cobbler

Sep 23, 2014

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I never had a good sense of timing, which is something you absolutely need if you’re going to be boiling things long enough for them to become tasty, but not so long that they spill over and cover your legs in molten flavor-lava.  

 

Yes, I can usually manage to put something in the oven and stir a couple things on the stove, and get them out before the smoke alarm goes off. But actually getting things to the table, looking edible, and at the same time is tough. Because of that, I don’t always succeed. In my head, “get the damn food cooked” beats out “oh no, they’ll have to wait for the freaking radicchio for another 15 minutes” every time. The food’s going down your throat; who cares when you get it?

Unfortunately for me, this tends to screw me over in the recipe-writing department too. Which is why, on this gloriously crisp and other-fall-adjective-y day near the end of September, I’m doing a recipe that unequivocally belongs in the summer pantheon of desserts. And again, because I care more about what’s going in my mouth than when, you fine people are just gonna have to put on a straw hat and pretend it’s a different month. Guess I’d rather be a good chef than a good writer.

The timing’s also bad because my oven died on me and the only recipe I had was uncomfortably similar to last week’s, but I’m just gonna ignore that and hope you all really like things that resemble peaches. And crumble. Lots of crumble.

Here’s what you need:

Cobbler

- 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup sugar
- 5 nectarines
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Topping

- 5 tablespoons butter (cold)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup AP flour
- A pinch of salt

Here’s how you do it:

First, preheat your oven to 375.

Peel and slice your peaches so they’re about an inch thick, then heat up a grill or grill pan to medium high.

Heat up the vegetable oil until it starts to shimmer, then throw the peaches on just until you see those glorious grill marks; about 3-4 minutes per side. Grill them longer if you don’t see the marks; if you don’t have the marks you’re just making regular old peach cobbler, and that’s boring as hell unless you’re a woman named Mabel who makes 8 pitchers of sweet tea an hour and has antiquated views on race relations.

Put the peaches in a bowl and let them cool for five minutes, then toss with the sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch.

Make the topping by mixing the dry ingredients together, then mixing the butter in with a pastry cutter until you have pebble-sized chunks. Or just remember what you did last week when I said to do pretty much the exact same thing. 

Put the peaches in your preferred pie-baking apparatus, then sprinkle the crumble on top.
Stick it in your oven for 35-40 minutes, and take it out when you have that nice, golden-brownness.

Let it cool, put it in a bowl with some ice cream and a little balsamic vinegar (trust me on this one), and eat.

This week’s golden-brown beats come directly from the mind-oven of Vince Guaraldi. Check out

Peppermint Patty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnYXgDiBI8Y

This recipe probably rated somewhere on the scale between cavalier and “not-giving-a-shit”-y, and it’s fine if you register that as laziness. Hell, some of it probably is. But I think more of it is just that I wanna live in a world where food’s so good it transcends time. Ok, so it’s not summer and you don’t get the nice image of eating cobbler next to a field of sunflowers…so what? It’s still good, isn’t it? And if it isn’t, just make something that is.

Cook with a damn cookbook, not a calendar.

I’ll see you next time.
  

 

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Peach Lillet Ice Cream

Sep 15, 2014

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We do it for the love…right?

That’s why we wake up at odd hours of the morning to start marinating something delicious and dead, or stay up late to get those damned little silvery ball things to look just right on top of your red velvet cupcakes (spoiler: they’ll never look right, because it’s 2014 and red velvet cupcakes are tired as hell). We do it because we love cooking, because we’ve had it in our blood since grandma’s grandma’s grandma made soup for some poor saps in the Crimean War, because one day we dream of owning a cupcake shop that famous people talk about on twitter or instagram or whatever the hell famous people use to talk about cupcakes.
 

 

Or we’re all just liars, which is exactly what I think.

I think all that lovely Hallmark channel crap up there isn’t the deep motivation for all things chef-ly we feel in our “hearts”; I think it’s the stories we tell each other (and ourselves) as a soothing balm for the truth: we do it because we like having our egos stroked. Sure, we’ll semi-consciously hear you tell us how good our stuff is and “aw, shucks” our way around the kitchen table while you do it. But deep down all we’re thinking is “yeah, you’re damn right that pie is the most delicious thing you’ve ever had, SAY IT AGAIN” on loop. 

Sorry to burst your no doubt frosting-coated bubble, but we don’t do it to feed you. We do it to feed us. Making something people like is easy. 9 times out of 10 you make something with sugar and bacon in it, and they’ll flock to it like it’s a pork-filled baseball stadium being summoned to the earth by James Earl Jones (that’s roughly what Field of Dreams is about, right?). But getting those elusive, tasty morsels of self-satisfying praise? The egotistical equivalent of roasted pork belly and chocolate cake? 

That’s why we really do it. And anyone who says otherwise is a liar, to put it in Princess Bride terms.

Now feed me. 

Here’s what you need, 

Ice Cream: 

- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- 4 ripe peaches
- A pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 5 egg yolks
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup Lillet Blanc

Crumbly Bits: 

- 5 tablespoons butter (cold)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup AP flour
- A pinch of salt

Here’s what you do: 

First, slice up the peaches (make sure you keep the skin on) and throw them in a bowl with a 1/2 cup of sugar. Toss them around a bit so the sugar covers the peaches, then cover the bowl and leave them to macerate (that’s a fancy word for “sit there covered in sugar”) for an hour. Puree them once they’ve had time to get sugary. 

While the peaches are getting tastier, fill a large bowl full of ice, pour a cup of the heavy cream into a smaller bowl, and put the small bowl on the ice to chill. 

Stir the milk, the rest of the sugar, salt, and the rest of the cream together in a medium pot on medium heat. Let it get just hot enough to start steaming, then take it off heat.

Whisk together the egg yolks in a small bowl and slowly whisk in the heated cream stuff. You wanna be whisking like a madman this whole time, because you’re going to end up with some scrambled eggs if you don’t. Scrambled eggs in ice cream are gross. I checked. 

Pour the whole thing back into your pot and put it back on medium-low heat, again making sure it’s not boiling. Stir it for about 10 minutes, until you can run your finger down the back of the spoon and leave a visible trail. If it’s not thick enough, cook it for longer. 

Strain the creamy stuff into the bowl of chilled cream, then stir in the pureed peaches and vanilla. Keep stirring until it cools down to room temperature, then chill it overnight in your fridge. 

For the crumble, preheat your oven to 400. Make sure you do this ahead of time; you want the crumblies to be nice and cool when you mix them into the ice cream. 

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mash them together with a pastry cutter until they’re formed into roughly pebble-sized bits, which is possibly the worst food-related analogy I could think of. 

Spread the crumble around on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for around 30 minutes, until they’re…well, crumbly. What were you expecting, a wedding cake? 

Throw the ice cream into your ice cream maker, and add the crumblies and the Lillet. Churn until it’s ice cream, then freeze until it’s even ice creamier. Then eat it. 

Also, chill out with this week’s beats. It’s Pusha T and Pharrell with S.N.I.T.C.H.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCycWyMvC2o

You know what’s even better than getting that oh-so-desired positive feedback I yammered on about up there?

Getting it for cheap. 

Everyone who ate this stuff noticed one thing first, and one thing more than any other ingredient: the crumbles. And they liked it. 

A lot. 

That’s what it’s all about, people. Feeding the ego by making something that’s literally just piles of butter and sugar. Simple stuff a broken monkey could do, yet it makes the whole room go nuts for you. If you’re gonna inflate your ego, at least make sure the air is cheap, that’s my advice. 

I’ll see you next time,

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

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THE 2014 BIKE MS: BREAKAWAY TO THE BEACH ONLY WEEKS

Sep 11, 2014

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CYCLING EVENT RAISES MONEY FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS 

Columbia, SC (September 10, 2014) - The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society is ready to bring you their 29th annual, Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach, and wants you and your community to be a part of it. Don’t be the last to sign up for a chance to join the movement!

 

As one of the longest standing non-profit events of its kind in the Carolinas, Breakaway to the Beach consists of an average of 1,000 cyclists and 400 volunteers for the event each year. This ride helps support the people living with MS in both North and South Carolina and throughout the United States. With your help, we are able to keep people moving and end the fight against MS.

Bike MS is a series of 100 cycling events across the nation, making it the largest organized cycling event in the country. Bike MS is designed to provide a scenic, challenging ride for both the experienced cyclist and the energetic novice. It’s not the miles that matter; it’s the unforgettable journey.

This year, the event will take place the weekend of October 18 - 19, featuring daily routes of 30, 50, 75, and 100 miles. Bike MS will have a medical staff, bike mechanics for the cyclists and themed rest stops for your fun and excitement. The Tent Village and Start/Finish activities will be headquartered at the beautiful Sea Trail Resort. The Village will feature a beer garden sponsored by the Left Hand Brewing Company, live music, food, and fun!

For more information on how to register for the event as a cyclist or a volunteer, visit http://www.breakawaytothebeach.org or call 1-800- FIGHT MS. The event will benefit for MS research, programs, services and advocacy for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society.


About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
 

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $145.2 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $48 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at http://www.nationalMSsociety.org.


About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

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Introducing Piedmont Pastel Society Second Annual Calendar Show

Sep 11, 2014

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The Piedmont Pastel Society, established in 2007 in Charlotte, N.C. is pleased to announce and invite you to attend their Fall show that will showcase members original fine art. You will see individual styles of the artists work created in soft pastels.

 

From the entries, thirteen will be judged for the society’s 2nd annual 2015 calendar. Terry Therion from Charlotte will judge the show. Terry grew up in Belgium among farmlands and spent a lot of time at building worksites since her father was a master stone carver. She was introduced to sculpting and gothic art from an early age and some of that influence is reflected in her art. Terry works from her Charlotte studio and also from the edge of the Laurel River in Hot Springs, N.C. The calendars will be available for purchase.

This show, free and open to the public, will be held at the lovely McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell Street, Matthews, N.C. 28105.

Dates are November 2, 2014 through December 6, 2014. The artists reception and awards ceremony will be November 2, 2014 from 3-5 p.m.

For information about the goals and membership opportunities of the Piedmont Pastel Society, Inc. go to http://www.piedmontpastelsociety.org or Contact Exhibition Chair: Nicki Shishakly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

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Pound Cake

Sep 10, 2014

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Ah, the pound cake: the paradigmatic example of Americans taking something functional and screwing it up.

For those of you unfortunate souls who don’t know, the reason why a pound cake is called a pound cake is because the total weight of the combined ingredients is a pound, not because it vaguely resembles a brick you could hurl at your neighbor’s lawn/neighbor.

It was a brilliant name, as far as pragmatics and marketing go. It tells you part of how to make the damn thing and it tells you just how easy it is to do it: weigh the bowl and you’re good to go. Simple, elegant, delicious.

But of course, we had to take that beautiful idea, slather it in melted butter, and cram it inside a couple fistfuls of ground beef, as us freedom-huffing missle-chuckers are want to do. Instead of using the weight instructionally, we decided to use it as a weird badge of pride, a testament to not just how much we can kill, but how much of it we can fit inside of us. It’s like the second amendment and Golden Corral had a strange, Eraserhead-like baby and draped it in the American flag.

We have contests, freaking contests, based on who can eat the biggest porterhouse. Our burgers aren’t just deluxe anymore, they’re one and a half-pound, four-pattied monstrosities. Our soft drinks have gotten so huge they’re more likely to sound like natural disasters than sizes. I want to take a sip of my Dr. Pepper, not be baptized by it.

Look, you know me. I’m not put off by eating a grotesque slab of something that used to live in a forest, and I’ve had my share of milkshakes the size of a small grain silo. The point is, those things aren’t normal; they’re novelties. Have some fun with them, don’t treat them like they’re part of the constitution. Or just be a semi-responsible human and eat some pound cake, like I’m going to.

Here’s what you need:

Cake

- 1 stick of room temperature butter
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups AP flour
- 3 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup strawberries

Whipped Cream

- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 bags lady gray tea
- 2 tablespoons sugar

Here’s how you do it:

First, heat the cream in a small saucepot over medium heat. You want to take it off the stove JUST as it starts to bubble, otherwise it’s gonna spill all over the place. Unless you feel like playing your own personal game of “the floor is lava”, keep an eye on it.

Put the tea bags in the cream, make sure they’re completely covered, and let them steep for 30 minutes.

Press on the bags with a wooden spoon to get that last bit of tea goodness out of there, then remove the bags and chill the cream overnight.

Preheat your oven to 350.

In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, then mix in the yogurt.

Next, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, and flour in a separate bowl.

Mix in an egg, then a third of the dry stuff, and keep repeating until everything’s in the bowl.

Dice up the strawberries and fold them into the batter along with the almond extract.

Get a loaf pan and spray it with non-stick, then pour the batter in and bake for around 45 minutes. Do the good ol’ toothpick test if you’re not sure.

While the cake’s in the oven, make the whipped cream.

All you have to do here is add the cream from last night, sugar, and vanilla to a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and whip the ever-loving crap out of it. When the peaks can stand up on their own, you’ll know it’s ready. You’re not an idiot, you know what whipped cream’s supposed to look like.

Take the cake out, let it cool to room temperature, top with a little whipped cream, and eat. It’s just that simple.

This week’s song is a simple one too: it’s Gerald Finzi’s Romance in E Flat Major:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kjvB1lzZyk

Taste doesn’t come in weights, folks. You can’t measure it, you can’t put it on a scale, and you sure as hell don’t get a t-shirt for eating 20 ounces of it. Stop trying to win at food, and just shut up and eat it. That’s my advice.

I’ll see you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

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ONWARD RESERVE, LUXURY AND SPECIALTY RETAILER,OPENS IN CHARLOTTE

Sep 10, 2014

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ONWARD RESERVE, a specialty retailer, opens its third location at 4149 Park Road, in Charlotte, North Carolina. ONWARD RESERVE features a well-edited selection of items ranging from men’s gifts and apparel to home goods and luggage.

 

ONWARD RESERVE currently has two locations in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. The sprawling new 2,000-square-foot store in the Park Road Shopping Center will have a vast product offering that range from apparel and accessories, to gifts, home goods and luggage, ensuring that your head to toe needs are met.

“We are excited to enter the Charlotte market and expect this to be the first of many prime locations around the United States,” said T.J. Callaway, Founder and CEO of ONWARD RESERVE.

T.J. Callaway left his investment banking job to establish ONWARD RESERVE in 2012 in an effort to provide consumers with the best in lifestyle brands as well as up and coming collections. Designers and international brands include: Barbour, Peter Millar, Dubarry, Vilebrequin and others; however, they pride themselves in their unique finds from brands like Smathers & Branson, Fulton & Roark, Martin Dingman and Token & Icon.

For more information about ONWARD RESERVE, please visit http://www.onwardreserve.com. Follow ONWARD RESERVE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at: @ONWARDRESERVE.
 

 

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Galette Sorbet

Sep 10, 2014

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Here’s something you fine, educated folk might not agree with.

Your opinion is wrong if you can’t back it up. Period. It’s not a bad opinion, it’s not a misinformed one, it’s wrong.
 

 

People try to act like their opinion matters all the damn time, but for some reason it pisses me off the most when people talk about food. Am I gonna sit here and argue that taste isn’t subjective? Of course not. There’s no way everyone is gonna like the same stuff, and they’re probably going to have decent reasons for the difference. Maybe you don’t like avocado because it’s slimy and mushy, or he thinks Snickers are better than Milky Ways because they have those commercials where Betty White yells at a small child or whatever. And that’s fine, as long as they have reasons at all.

But there’s some people who think opinions are asterisks instead of arguments, and that’s some bullshit. And you’ve definitely ran into one of these assholes before (or you are one of those assholes, in which case you should close this window and go read Reader’s Digest or whatever it is you simpletons like to shove into your eyeballs). The people who argue that the ice cream place on 3rd is THE best place, that no other joint in town has a better scoop and anyone who says otherwise is a blithering idiot. But as soon as you try to argue back and say that no, no, the place on 5th and Crenshaw is obviously way better because they have that awesome sea salt caramel flavor, they come back with a line that makes my very being itch with annoyance:

“Whoa, it’s just my opinion, man.”

NO. You don’t get a free pass because you suddenly decided to wave the white “opinion” flag. See, by calling that ice cream place or steak joint or whatever it may be the best thing ever, the best thing since the genesis of mankind, you’re implicitly calling every other place worse. By definition. You don’t get that shit for free; you have to explain why all those other places aren’t as good. And not only that, but you’re subject to criticism if your reasons suck.

I know this is a rant, like most of these intros are. But it’ll be relevant in a few lines, I promise. All I’m saying is that a lot of people think they get a free pass when they let the word “opinion” spill out of their stupid , malformed mouths, and I wanna make it clear that they’re wrong. Food’s too important to let people get away with that nonsense.

The reason I’m talking about all this in the first place because this week’s recipe has something that nearly everyone I know has one of these “opinions” about: gin. If there’s one thing on this earth people are just flat-out wrong about, it’s gin. It’s delicious and it’s magical, but people think that just because the one time they had it was mixed with grape powerade at a sorority mixer, it’s automatically garbage.

No, you’re garbage, gin-hater. And that’s why I’m showing you how to do it right.

Here’s what you need:

Galette:
- 5 red delicious apples
- 2 ½ cups AP flour
- ½ teaspoon salt (+ an extra pinch for the apples)
- 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter (you want it somewhere between ice cold and room temp)
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- ½ tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup ice water
- 3 tablespoons demerara sugar
- ¼ cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 egg

Sorbet:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ cups meyer lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons meyer lemon zest
- 2 bunches fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 3 ounces Caorunn gin (not that that’s the only gin you can use, but it is the only company that actually sent me some of their gin, so…there ya have it. Also it’s pretty damned tasty.)

Here’s how you do it:

Note: Start this off the night before you want it. I know some of you people don’t bother to read the whole recipe before you start, and then get mad and confused when you hit the “refrigerate overnight” part. That’s why I’m putting it here. Now stop complaining, dammit.

First, the sorbet.

Heat up the sugar and water in a medium pot over high heat, and stir until the sugar’s been completely dissolved (that means clear, folks).

Take it off heat, and add in the basil and lemon peel. You can be lazy like me and throw the whole bunches of basil in at once; that’ll make it easier to take out later.

Cover the pot and let it cool to room temperature, then take out the basil. DON’T strain out the lemon peel; most recipes tell you to do that, and they’re wrong. Lemon peel’s delicious, and it’s even more delicious when it’s in a mouthful of sorbet.

Put the sugar-water in whatever you plan on chilling this stuff in, and mix in the lemon juice, rose water, and gin. Refrigerate it overnight (aren’t you glad I warned you now?).

Once the sorbet stuff is all nice and cool, give it a run through your preferred ice cream mixer and stick it in the freezer while you make the galette. Be sure to mix up the sorbet a few times while it’s freezing, that way all the tasty gin won’t sink to the bottom.

For the galette, whisk together the flour, salt, and two tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl.

Add the butter in, and cut it in with a pastry cutter until you get a vaguely pebbly texture.

Whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, and ice water in a small bowl and add it into the dough.

Mix together the dough with a wooden spoon or your hands or…pretty much anything, really. If things are looking a little too dry, add a little more ice water.

Once you’ve got your dough formed, roll it into a ball, flatten it into a disk, and wrap it in plastic wrap. You know what’s coming: stick it in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat your oven to 400.

Dust a cutting board or flat surface with a little flour and roll out the galette dough to about an 1/8th of an inch thick. Keep in mind that this is a galette; they’re supposed to look bad. Don’t worry about making it the perfect beautiful circle of dough; just get it to where it needs to be.

Prepare the apples by peeling them, slicing them thin with a mandoline, and tossing them in a large bowl with a ¼ cup of sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Work fast so they don’t get brown and mushy.

Pile the apples in the middle of the galette dough, leaving a couple of inches around the apples free to fold over. You’ll probably have more apples than you need, so take some off if you can’t fold the dough.

Fold the dough over the apples, leaving a small, open hole in the middle. And don’t snicker at that last sentence…I’m watching you.

Crack the egg in a small bowl and add a tablespoon of water. Whisk them together and use the egg wash to brush the top of the galette with a pastry brush.

Sprinkle the demerara sugar on top of the galette. You want a lot of this stuff so it gets all nice and caramelized, so if 3 tablespoons isn’t enough, add more.

Stick it in the oven on a baking sheet for 35-40 minutes, let it cool off for 5, then stick it on a cooling rack until it’s cool enough to eat.

While you’re waiting for that to cool off, check out this week’s beats from Caorunn Gin distiller Simon Bouley. It’s Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford and Sons, and here’s what he has to say about it:

It has nothing to do with the dish; it’s just a good song. Drinking Caorunn should be about having a good time with good friends and good conversation. This song just reminds me of a good time. Sláinte!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eEobPFhpws

Here’s why I treated you lovely people to that rant up there. So this company sends me their gin, has me try their gin, and explains where it comes from. And I’ll be honest: it’s good. It’s damn good. But then they explained how they make the stuff, and told me how essentially one guy (the guy who picked the beats up there) goes out and hand-picks five specific ingredients.

Every.

Single.

Time they make a batch.

Now, how do you think that guy feels when someone goes up to him and says “gin’s terrible, I want a Bud Light”? Do you think he spent hours and hours in a freaking bog so that worthless clod could say “but it’s just my opinion, man!”

No. I think not. I think he’s gonna throw that man’s beer in the trash, force feed him a martini, and make him explain why the hell he would drink anything else.

But that’s just my opinion.

I’ll see you next time.

You can go here (http://www.caorunngin.com/where-to-buy/usa-distributors/) to find out where you can get some Caorunn Gin for yourself. I suggest you do so. Like…immediately after reading this.

Scott Greenberg

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IT’S A GUY THING | hot stuff for cool men

Sep 09, 2014

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By Troy Adams

Fashion - It’s like a curse word to some men.
 

 

For many it brings back memories of being forced to eat their vegetables or even worse, beef liver. So they avoid it like broccoli and wear the same t-shirt until it shreds…or even worse, smells.

Then there are men that always look fresh, who set trends and stand out. They’re the guys who steal the room without saying a thing. Even if people don’t like their style, they respect the risk-taking and individuality.

There’s usually not much of an in-between when it comes to fashion. And it’s not a place you want to be. It’s like the guy who wants to move on to something new and different, but can’t let go of the old. These are the guys who have pictures of ex-girlfriends still hidden somewhere, unopened action toys from childhood or think nose and ear hair is a status symbol.

So let’s approach the topic of fashion in a very simple way to avoid scaring off those who need help the most. I’ve broken down fashion into three categories of life – Weddings & Formal Wear, Business Attire and Casual Clothes. In each area, we’re talking about both new trends…and simple ways to up your game.

Weddings & Formal Wear

Weddings are a scary enough topic as it is to most men. Whether you’re the one tying the knot…or you’re there for the free food and single women…we want you looking good. The same applies to that formal function you’re attending with your wife or significant other. The goal is to dress appropriate for the event, but be unique and represent your personality.

As the owner and head DJ of Carolina DJ Professionals (CarolinaDJProfessionals.com), I get to see hundreds of weddings and formal events each year. The rule of thumb to follow is that it’s always better to overdress than underdress. Even if you’re overdressed, you can take off your jacket or loosen up your tie.

Speaking of ties…one place you absolutely need to check out is thetiebar.com. You can find everything imaginable to really personalize your look. It’s all about the details. They have everything from regular neckties to skinny ties and bow ties, as well as pocket squares, cufflinks, socks, shoelaces, suspenders and belts. You can shop by color, material, length, pattern or even the color of your suit you want to match. And best of all…you can avoid the retail store. Let her shop while you golf.

Business Attire

In a world where “business attire” can mean anything from flip flops to full suits, it’s the perfectly put-together man who stands out. The goal of business attire is to stand out and be remembered, without turning off your colleagues or potential clients.

Liven things up a bit by going brash and bold with your shirt and tie combos. Don’t be the guy who wears the same old boring blue shirt with a dark tie. Mix up your shirt designs also. And go with some spread collars instead of the dated pointed collar.

Roll with the season. Wear some linen in summer, some wool in winter. And just like dressing for weddings or formal events, the difference is in the details. Keep some pocket squares in your arsenal that match the colors in your shirt and tie. And to take it up a notch, find some jackets with an extra pocket…and add a pocket square. It’s a nod to days past when tailors sewed in an extra pocket for customer’s train tickets.

Just as we talked about City Barbers last month as a great place for a cut, fashion isn’t just in the clothes. It’s your grooming also. Making a strong comeback in hairstyles is the side part. Like the extra jacket pocket, it’s a nod to the past also. And it’s classy.

As men, we sweat. Sometimes a lot. And a stressful business situation doesn’t help. Thus, we often result to wearing an undershirt. But sometimes those get bulky and bunchy and make things even worse. So the key is to find a shirt that’s breathable, flexible and if it helps keep us smelling good too, that’s even better.

Check out the shirts at MinistryOfSupply.com. Their shirts use some of the same technology used in NASA spacesuits to regulate temperature. They have brushed linings to keep the shirt soft, stretch fabrics to maintain comfort while allowing movement, and incorporate laser cut ventilation that allows airflow but remains inconspicuous. And get this…they use something called Javafresh fabrics that incorporate recycled coffee grounds and are primed to fight against stench by absorbing odor molecules. That’s much better than a coffee stain.

Casual Clothes

We all wanted to be cowboys at some point. Thank goodness we still can. Replace that Hawaiian shirt in your closet with a button up shirt featuring a cowboy design. Don’t go overboard here. Find something that serves as an accent…rather than a bull skull design that covers the entire shirt.

Speaking of cowboy…wear more cowboy boots. Pair them with some designer jeans, a cool belt and V-Neck T-Shirt. This is not the time to pair the above-mentioned cowboy designed shirt with a huge bull skull belt buckle and boots…unless you’re going to line dance.

Redefine what you consider to be a T-Shirt. We’re not talking your old-fashioned crew neck T-Shirt that says “Recreational Softball Champs 2010.” Take your T-Shirt up a notch with three simple changes: 1) Go V-Neck. 2) Find soft, breathable material that moves easily. 3) Mix up your colors.

Colors are key. To most men, there’s only one shade of each color. Say purple and we get it. Say lavender, indigo or orchid and we’re confused. But that’s where one can stand out. Throw in some cognac, misted yellow, sangria or aurora red this fall and winter. Turn your navy blue into a royal blue or cobalt and mix it with some aluminum or sea fog. All these colors mentioned are listed by Pantone as the top colors for men in 2014.

General Rules

If you haven’t picked up by now, the general rule of thumb that applies to all men’s fashion is details. Be it your ties and shoes or your grooming techniques, that’s where you stand out. Throw on a pair of glasses to help give your face some architecture if you’re lacking the strong chin or chiseled jawline. Find a designer briefcase to carry to the office. Throw on a watch even though you use your phone for time. And have fun with your socks.
But if all else fails, check out MyTrunkClub.com. Once there, you have three choices – Clueless, Confident or Aficionado. You select from pictures a few styles that represent you, places you shop, enter in your measurements, fill out a quick profile and then you’re given a personal stylist who will send you a “trunk” of outfits based on the look you want. Keep what you want, return the rest for free.
Fast. Easy. Functional. Just like we men like it. And you can play it off like you picked it all yourself.
 

 

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SACHHI ENTERPRISE DESIGN CENTER

Sep 05, 2014

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SACHHI ENTERPRISE DESIGN CENTER: Louisville KY native and Charlotte resident fashion designer, Denise Sparks has created the ultimate service center idea that provides a plethora of services for the entire community of Charlotte. The 1801 N. Tryon St. #610 location umbrellas the fashion design and alterations studio of SACHHI Design & Couture, the headquarter offices for both Derby City Fashion Week Louisville and now with expansion of DCFW to the Charlotte area in May 2015. It is also the home office for Sparks A/C-Heat & Home Improvements (SACHHI) which has provided home improvement and HVAC service within the Charlotte and surrounding areas for over 20 years.

 

SACHHI Enterprise itself boast 3400 sq.ft. of rental space for local businesses, organizations and private clientele to book meetings, seminars, fashion shows, fundraiser events, Proms, weddings, holiday parties and more. Our on-site professional event consultant will work with clients in the planning and implementation of their events in detail and within deadline.

Most importantly the space will accommodate weekend Sparks Home Improvement workshops and seminars for local home owners, real estate professionals and private individuals to learn basic carpentry, painting , custom flooring, ceramic/vinyl tile installation and many other home improvement repairs skills.

"Affectionately called the "Queen of Home Improvements," I have over 20 years hands on experience, certifications and licensed in home repairs, fire damage restoration, construction and HVAC-R. I now have the space for providing training and possible employment in the trade field to those women interested in learning those trades that will make them viable candidates for employment with our company and others", states Denise Sparks. Registration for these workshops and seminars are open to the public.

SACHHI Design and Couture sewing and design classes will be another asset for registering individuals to learn basic to advance sewing and design techniques. Sachhi Design & Couture has been Charlotte's premier fashion design company for providing a platform for aspiring models, emerging fashion designers and those seeking careers within the fashion industry to showcase their talents, build their brands and receive local and national recognition.

On September 7, 2014, the SACHHI Design and Couture's Fall Fashion Show will commemorate the opening of the design center location. Fashion designers from across the country will join Denise Sparks on the runway in showcasing their 2014 & 2015 design collections. A VIP reception will begin at 5:PM - 6:PM with the main runway show starting at 6:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sachhidesigncouture.com or Regina's College of Beauty, 2615 Freedom Drive in Charlotte. Moore Jewelers located at 2615 Freedom Dr., Regina's College of Beauty and Sparks Home Improvement are the three sponsors for the evening's event. A portion of the events proceeds will benefit Elicia Glenn's childhood diabetes foundation. Elicia is a 9 year old SACHHI Couture's "tot" models from Louisville KY.

SACHHI Enterprise looks forward in building anew and continuing our great relationship with our sponsors, media, models, designers, fashion colleagues and community. Anyone interested in becoming our events sponsor, calendar advertiser, workshop participant or volunteer may contact Denise Sparks at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Our new business hours begin September 15, 2014 - Mon. - Friday 10:AM - 6:PM Sat. By appointment only for workshops. Office phone: 704.449.4001.
We also invite you to visit and enjoy both of our websites at http://www.derbycityfashionweek.com - http://www.sachhidesigncouture.com or our face book page at Sachhi Couture.

Media and marketing contact: Laura Rene Kensinger at 336.703.8332
Model information contact: Drew Batchelor at 252.268.8477
Home Improvement workshops contact: James Sparks at 704.449.5926
SACHHI Couture sewing & design workshops: Denise Sparks at 704.449.4001
 

 

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Top Trends in Charlotte

Sep 02, 2014

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By Kenya Cooper

Charlotte, North Carolina is quickly becoming one of the premier southern states for fashion. This month Elevate Lifestyle investigates the current trends in the Queen City.
 

 

When it comes to women in Charlotte, the crop top phase is one of the most prominent trends. What else can you see on the streets? Distressed, shredded jeans, and denim on denim is making major waves. “Sets are popular,” says Michelle Wright, the owner of Passion4Fashion. “I'm a victim of that look as well, matching tops and skirts, pants, or shorts.”

Let’s talk about shoes. According to Sonali Shah, an associate buyer for Belk, she says that fringe, lace-up boots and short boots are what is hot right now. Charlotte women are strutting in these shoes with dresses and skirts. These boots are influenced by a more casual look, but for a woman that still wants to be fashionable.

Charlotte is a diverse metropolis, and you will quickly notice that not all trends are concentrated to one area. In Uptown you’ll see the most fashion sense and style. This is after all where all areas meet, and if you’re walking down the streets of Uptown Charlotte, you’ll want to look your best. Nonetheless, there are the designer labels from Southpark, the “urban glam” vibe from the Plaza-Midwood area, the artsy and creative look from the Noda area, as well as the corporate fashion in the daytime and the event fashion at night.

This all boils down to one thing. Charlotte indeed knows how to make style work for itself. The women and men of this city have a keen sense of style and still manage to keep their identity and individuality.

What’s next? Wright says that simplicity is coming. “Everything starts in Hollywood (trend wise) first, right?” She believes we will see more neutral colors and blacks, women with more subtle makeup, and the natural look

No matter what, Charlotte is gaining much acclaim and notice from other fashionable cities in the United States, and Europe. With Charlotte International Fashion week gaining major nods from top designers, the Queen City is on the rise in the fashion world.

Kenya Cooper, also known as author, K.N. Lee can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and for more information go to kn-lee.com.

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The Style Guy | back to basics

Sep 02, 2014

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By Bradley Rhyne

Ladies and gentlemen, as summer comes to an end and fall begins, so does my favorite season of the year. In addition to football season starting (my fantasy football addiction is a discussion for another article completely), cooler weather and the wonderful colors of the changing leaves, fall also consistently brings out the best in men’s sartorial splendor. The milder weather offers a chance for layering, which means more options, colors, and a chance to ultimately stand out from the crowd. Fall is the time to step up your wardrobe game, but understandably, can also be a little intimidating without the right guidance. In this month’s Q & A, I am spotlighting the most recent questions related to fall in hopes to clear up any lingering reservations about the great opportunities this season is able to bring.
 

 

Q: Is it ok to wear seersucker in the fall?

Brad: Nope, seersucker is a summer fabric and should follow the Labor Day rule. While the whole concept of “no white after Labor Day” isn’t necessarily a valid reason, the bottom line is you will be “that guy” wearing seersucker after Labor Day, so it’s best to avoid entirely.

Q: What is your fall wardrobe staple?

B: One reason I love fall so much is all the potential for what I might wear when I am getting ready for the day. By the shear fact that I am wearing more items of clothing, the possibilities for putting together a solid outfit also increases. The staple, though, is absolutely the sport coat. With so many great fabrics, colors, patterns and textures that exist for sport coats on the market, you can really look sharp putting on a nice well fitted sport coat, and then building the rest of your outfit from there.

Q: I am looking at getting a new suit this fall, but not sure what fabric or colors would be appropriate?

B: Here in Charlotte, anything in the 280 – 320g-weight range (how thick/heavy the fabric is) should be just fine for the fall. Of course, as it get’s colder the thicker/heavier you would want (think wool or flannel). As for color, I am into blues, browns and grey (sport coats that have a mesh of all these are even better!).

Q: What types of shoes are best to wear in the fall?

B: The fall allows for more shoe options since it assumed you are also wearing pants (don’t be the guy wearing shorts when it is 50 degrees out!). For me, I love a good chukka boot, especially one that is suede, as it is versatile and can be dressed up or down. A good lace up oxford or wingtip also works well, especially for those days you are wearing that fall staple of a sport coat. Flip-flops and boat shoes can be put in the back of the closet.

Q: What are your thoughts on scarves?

B: Scarves are absolutely a great piece for the fall, and are actually very manly (are worn frequently in the military, and date back over 2,000 years). The caveat though, is I would generally stick to subdued colors and stay away from anything feminine looking (animal prints, pink, bright colors…you get the point). Building on the overall theme for fall, a scarf is another great piece to layer and add depth to your outfit.

Q: I am looking for the essential outfit to layer, what would you consider to be appropriate?

B: For me, this might include quite a few things, but for starters, a great pair of jeans with a plaid shirt as my base layer. Depending on just how chilly, a vest or lightweight sweater, coupled with a scarf…and finally an awesome sport coat to top it all off. The great thing about layers is they can go on or come off as needed, and hence the opportunities are truly endless!

Until next time folks!

Enjoy fall, and in the meantime, I can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for any of your sartorial questions.

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Modern Fashionista!

Sep 02, 2014

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Defining Individual Unique Style and OWNING IT!

By Sheila Fate

It doesn’t matter if it is hair, makeup, or fashion apparel – defining your own style and what works for you is key to owning it with unyielding confidence! Finding your unique fashion style is about getting to know yourself. It's about being connected with the very essence of who YOU are - and being self-assured about it!

“I believe the fashion expression should be the endo exo experience – where you bring the inner inside out”— Charlton Alicea – Charlotte’s Personal Style Guru for everything hair, makeup and fashion!
 

 

So what exactly is the you – and what does it have to do with Inimitable Style?

Picture a world where one and all wore the same clothes, same hairstyles and makeup trends. A planet where everyone mirrored the other and all liked the same things. Now that wouldn't exactly be the most vibrant and stimulating world ... would it? It’d be –well –BORING [yawn].

But the gloomy reality is the majority of people tend to get sucked into this “what’s hot/not; and/or latest or greatest" new trendy fad idealism.
So What Exactly Is A Style Personality?
It's your head-embedded propensity to automatically choose a particular type of style. These natural tendencies will habitually be 99.9% of the time harmonized with your true inner self.

But why do we all keep making the same cookie-cutter fashion faux pas? Simple –because of surrounding influences, be it friends, family, social position, or that big-fish culprit – STYLE MEDIA! This basically means that you're not quite 'in-tune' or self-confident with your predilection; or that you feel forced to confine to others defined standards and expectations. However, for the audacious, especially the creative fashionistas – we are willing to push the envelope and not be put “in a [humdrum] box”.

"Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly." - Epictetus (Greek philosopher)

Dare to be yourself and develop a style that expresses the unique and extraordinary individual you are!

Like feminine and sexy styled Marilyn Monroe; or sporty and sophisticated Audrey Hepburn –set yourself apart from the rest –the awkward-looking style victims you see out there on the street, and in the cookie-cutter media. Inventing your own personal style is the art of combining a look, or an image, if you will, based on the diverse aspect of your individual personage, lifestyle, flavor, interests, desires, inspirations and aspirations collectively. Bring a couple (or all) of them together, and let it radiate in the way you dress, style your hair or choose to wear your makeup. BUT remember – only the facets Y-O-U want to express and exhibit to the world!

To get a personal style analysis by appointment only you may contact: Charlton Alicea at: 704-712-3910.

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Summer Makeup Trends

Sep 02, 2014

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By Gregory Lawrence

Summer is the time for exploration; the time to try that new restaurant, buy those really, really, really high heels and fall in love all over again… with your makeup. Here is a list of makeup trends that are guaranteed to enhance your summer look and give you the confidence to dive headfirst into new experiences.
 

 

Wow Brow? No thanks! The “Wow Brow” is a term that describes eyebrows that are in a constant state of surprise due to the mishandling of cosmetics. These brows are very easy to spot- too dark, shaped harshly and longer than a ruler! The purpose of eyebrows is to enhance facial structure not to draw attention from other features. The way to achieve a natural-looking, filled-in brow is by using any combination of: brow powder/eye shadow, brow pencil, gel or pomade. Use any of these products to create a look that you feel the most comfortable wearing. Some of my favorite brow enhancers are MAC Cosmetics’ automatic pencil ($16) and Makeup Forever’s waterproof Aqua Brow ($20). Remember that natural is the key to pulling off this trend.

Skin is the largest organ we have. Treat it well! The next time you start out of the house without taking these precautions, understand that you are doing more bad than good for yourself. Keep in mind that skin needs to breathe. Cleanse, repair and moisturize your face daily. Exfoliate regularly (at least 1-2 times per week). Wear broad spectrum sunscreen whether you are outside for ten minutes or two hours. If you use foundation, try applying it only where it’s needed (generally the center of the face to include cheeks, nose and chin). Be sure to blend the makeup to the hairline. Foundation is meant to even the skin tone, not to cover blemishes or spots so please don’t cake it on; instead, use concealer for any spot that the foundation did not hide. And always take off your makeup daily. The skin repairs itself from daytime environmental stressors each night.

The addition of a highlighter to your makeup regimen will help emphasize your best features. Highlighters work so well because they contain finely milled fragments of light reflecting technology that cause both a soft focus optical blur and a sheen, dew or slightly moist appearance on the skin. The best places to add highlighter to the face are: the upper cheekbone between the ears and eyes, bridge of nose and under the arch of the brow. By strategically placing this product it allows for structure and dimension to be created on the face. Keep in mind to not go overboard with the products.

Creating lips that last and need minimal maintenance is a summer trend that is sure to save you time in your routine. The key to making this lip work for you is color selection and formula. First, decide what your undertone is. Are you more yellow (warm), pink/red (cool) or do you see very little of either (neutral)? Once you know what your undertone is, the next decision to make is do you want your lips to whisper or shout? If you would prefer a subtle lip color then pick a product with a similar undertone as that in your skin and vice versa; for a bold lip color, choose a color opposite your undertone. If you fall in the neutral category then you can wear a variety of colors that can look as subtle or bold as you’d like depending on the intensity of the actual product (not the undertone). The second factor for a fuss free lip is its formula. You will want to use a long wearing product, which is generally matte. If you have dry lips and want something long lasting and moisturizing, try velvet matte lips by Nars ($25) or any of the chubby sticks by Clinique ($17).

Sun kissed, glowing skin is the best accessory for the summer. Following these makeup trends will take you out of your normal routine and introduce you to a more simple way of looking at your regimen. So enjoy the summer and the food at that new restaurant. Walk tall and proud in your high, high, high heels. And enjoy the process of falling back in love with your makeup. Your skin will thank you for it!

Gregory Lawrence is a Professional Makeup Artist more information at ImmaculateArtistry.com
 

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Interview with Stevie Boi…

Sep 02, 2014

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By: Steve Caldwell

I recently spoke with Stevis Boi, he will be coming in town to participate in Charlotte Style Week. He has been in the fashion industry for five years; he started designing eyewear and clothing in 2009 and mainly focuses on editorial and mostly high fashion.
 

 

Elevate Lifestyle: Who are the clientele you are going after?

I love to go after the fearless individuals. People that aren't afraid of being themselves but mostly willing the break the boundaries of fashion.

EL: What inspires your designs?

This current collection is inspired by my trip to the US/British Virgin Islands. I was super excited to experience their culture and to mix it with a modern day grunge.

EL: Do you have any fashion shows coming up in the near future beside Charlotte Style Week?

Yes, New York fashion week and St. Louis Fashion Week.

EL: What's the newest, hottest fashion item for fall 2014?

I want to see more people wearing fur; I'm obsessed with huge fur coats.

EL: What is your fashion or design motto?

I like to have a shock factor to NY Week, something that makes people say "OMG WHAT IS THAT!"

EL: How can we stay in contact with you?

Via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

EL: What is your Web site?

StevieBoi.com
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Interview with LeMond Hart…

Sep 02, 2014

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Steve Caldwell, Publisher

I'm sitting down with LeMond Hart who is a Charlotte native and pretty much has been here his whole life minus his personal travels, and military experience. LeMond started in the Fashion industry as a Stylist/Model in High School and began modeling with Barbizon in 1989 and was a model for more than 20 years.
 

 

Elevate Lifestyle: What is the name of your business?

LeMond Hart: LeMond Modeling is the "umbrella" name. There are different components of the Business… Vintage Boutique |
Modeling | Wardrobe Architect | Photography

EL: Where were you based at when you modeled?

I've been in Germany, Italy, California, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Miami, Atlanta, Jamaica and Charlotte.

EL: Are you still involved in the modeling world?

Absolutely. I now train models as well as provide opportunities that can give them more experience and opportunities.

EL: What are your hobbies?

Fashion is not just a hobby or passion, it's my Ministry!

EL: You recently opened up a men’s boutique?

I opened LeMond Modeling Vintage Gentleman's Boutique last October 2013.

EL: Where is the boutique located at?

The Boutique is located in Optimist Park between Noda and Uptown. At Area 15 off Davidson St. 512 E 15th St Suite A Charlotte, NC 28206.

EL: What types of items are you carrying?

A collection of Vintage and Modern one of a kind pieces. Suits, Blazers, pants, vests, vintage and modern neckties, custom lapel flowers, custom pocket squares, jewelry, shoes and more.

EL: Lots of your items are handmade by you correct?

Yes. I make custom Bowties, custom pocket squares, custom lapel pins and flowers.

EL: What are your plans for the future?

To open additional intimate locations in Uptown and Plaza Midwood that will take pride in the quality materials and services that we provide.

You can follow LeMond Hart at Facebook.com/LemondHart
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Finding Your Fabulous!

Sep 02, 2014

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By: Debra Ann Kennedy, Lifestyle Editor

There is London Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Charlotte Fashion Week that is quickly evolving on the Fashion Meter in a big way! Front Row Charlotte is off the chain amazing and is a genius concept in the fashion world. Style Night Out is the mastermind of Effie Loukas and is standing room only as fashion, shopping and lifestyle are combined for an evening of enchantment. Charlotte Fashion Week showcases emerging designers from the East Coast and Passport for Fashion is an extraordinary runway event. There are a few more up and coming fashion shows/events that are making waves in Charlotte, making our Queen City quite the Fashion Frenzy.

 

Arlene Goldstein, VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction at Belk is also a fixture in the fashion world and has experience, spunk and amazing talent. This season her mantra is, “Look in the Mirror and feel WOW!” This season’s trends can make every girl and guy do just that… feel fabulous and have that WOW factor. It really is all about finding “YOUR” fabulous. Is it the complex simplicity that makes a design interesting with sleeves, hems or designs that are unique? Could it be the staging of the placement of the cardigan that captures your interest and heart? Perhaps it is the #1 must have of the season, the over-the-knee-boot? Whatever it is, you can find it right here in Charlotte as we have the absolute best boutiques, department stores and stylists making us Fabulously Fashion Savvy.

Clothing should suit your body structure and you should be able to carry it off with ease. There is so much more to life than following trends that do not work for your particular body type as there are so many trends that will work with a little effort on your part. Many of the fashion shows/events offer pop up boutiques for your convenience. You can fall in love with the fashions on the runway and try them on after the show to see if they work. How cool is that? I have purchased some of my best pieces at Front Row Charlotte and Style Night Out.

I have selected some of my favorite trends for this season from the recent Belk Fashion Tour starring Arlene Goldstein. Unique dresses that will have tremendous staying power, a creative cardigan that is the perfect completer piece, a must have cape (Wonderwoman is not the only woman who needs a cape) and my must have of the season, over-the-knee boots. These amazing pieces will help you find “YOUR” fabulous and when you look in the mirror, you will look and feel “WOW!”

Charlotte is becoming a fashion capital and you may be on the “Best Dressed List”
very soon. See ya at the next fashion show.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Charlotte Fashion Guild Style Week Sounds Off The S/S 2015 Runway Series

Sep 02, 2014

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Now in its 2nd season, CFG Style Week brings international designers to the Queen City

 

The Charlotte Fashion Guild proudly announces the date for the Spring-Summer 2015 CFG Style Week! CFG Style Week will return to the home of its debut, the elegant, luxurious Label House Charlotte from September 24-27, 2014, with a runway showcase of national and international fashion designers.

Following the success of its Fall/Winter 2014 season this past March, CFG Style Week welcomes celebrities, press, media, VIPs, stylists, editors, buyers and the like back to the Queen City. In March, CFG debuted with a star-studded audience to include: National Recording Artist, Fantasia Barrino; Choreographer to Beyonce, James Alsop; NBA Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing; National Recording Artist, Pennie Hamilton; to name a few. This year, CFG Style Week expands its reach to feature a highlighted showcase with national and international designers including:

• Vicktor Luna (NYC) – Season 9 Finalist on Project Runway
• Stevie Boi (Baltimore) – Eyewear designer to Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna and more.
• Justin Leblanc (Raleigh) – Season 12 Finalist on Project Runway
• Michael Kuluva (Los Angeles) – Featured in Elle, VOGUE, People, and worn by Katy Perry
• HoneyCake (Sweden) – Minimalistic, modern, and handcrafted womenswear.
• Kyle Matas (Trinidad) – Kyle is known for his vibrant colors, modern silhouettes and classy, uptown vibe.

The power-duo behind CFG Style Week, Erica Arcilesi and Ryan Philemon, both have a history in the fashion and creative industry. The two masterminds fused their personal passions into CGF Style Week as the answer to advancing the local fashion industry and establishing North Carolina as the fashion hub of the South. In complement to this mission, the 2014 event will feature media partners from across the nation with outlets including: OBVIOUS Magazine, Carolina Style, The Charlotte Observer, Le Rouge Magazine, Southpark Magazine, WCCB The CW, Fox 46, CBS Radio, Elevate Lifestyle and Today’s Charlotte Women; to name a few.

I am excited to see the international emerging talent showcase during this coming CFG Style Week. It is such a great platform and recognizes fashion and all of its artistic aspects,” says Ryan Philemon, Co-Founder, Charlotte Fashion Guild.
Sponsorship and media partnership opportunities are still available. For more information on designers, tickets, sponsorships, and partnerships or to volunteer, write to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Press and media registration is now open and available via http://www.cfgstyleweek.com.

ABOUT CFG Style Week

CFG Style Week is a biannual, week long, fashion event held in Charlotte, North Carolina. CFG Style Week provides a platform for designers and boutiques from across the world to showcase their works to VIP, media, buyers, stylists, fashion lovers and many more. We are the ultimate experience of art and luxury, stimulating all senses. Our platform immerses guests, participants and industry professionals into the energetic world of the fashionable arts.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

BY THE PINT | craft beer on the rise

Sep 02, 2014

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Steve Caldwell, Publisher

South End Hops Festival: Beer is one of the oldest beverages human beings have produced, dating back to the 5th millennium BC.

Today, beer continues to be one of the most beloved beverages among people of all cultures—but none more than that of Historic South End in Charlotte, NC.

 

 

As the South End area’s growth continues to explode in terms of new apartment complexes (1,900 new units), retail and shopping areas, as well as transportation, its love for beer has kept pace. With three local breweries and many boutique beer stores within the footprint of South End, the art and craft of brewing and enjoying beer has become a part of its culture.

To celebrate South End’s love for craft beer, Elevate Lifestyle and Third Rock Events is throwing South End’s FIRST EVER Beer Festival on Saturday, October 11 from 1 pm - 6 pm at the corner of West Carson Street and Mint Street.

Below, we’ll give you the complete 411 on what organization this event benefits and details of all event participants. Featuring 50 plus local, regional, national and international craft beers that you will be able to sample, some of the most sought after food trucks in the Charlotte area, and live local music. This will be one event you won’t want to miss!

BENEFITING CHARITY

CHRONIC ILLNESS RELIEF FUND: They help chronically ill patients live better lives through tailored relief programs.

What is chronic illness?

Chronic illness is defined as an illness where symptoms present on an ongoing and/or recurring basis and are generally incurable. They may range in severity and duration and symptoms can vary vastly from patient to patient. These types of illnesses can have a major impact on the ability of a person to perform necessary daily tasks.

How do they help?

They help chronically ill patients stay on top of their lives and finances by offering prepaid, tailored, short-term relief programs. For example, they may help an applicant gain reliable employment, buy public transportation passes, and help provide food and utilities, or any other cost-of-living need.

What is their goal?

During times of illness, the financial responsibilities we all experience become insurmountable for patients and usually end in varying levels of financial hardship. Their goal is to cover unavoidable and necessary costs-of-living in order to afford patients the ability to care for themselves.

More information can be found at cirfhelps.org.

BREWERIES

There will be over 50 local, regional, national and international Craft beers from these 25+ breweries. You will be able to purchase a ticket that includes unlimited sampling. At press time, these are the breweries we have committed so far: Abita Brewing, Big Boss Brewing, Blue Point Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Catawba Valley Brewery, D9 Brewery, Goose Island Beer Company, Green Flash Brewing, Kona Brewing, Lonerider Brewing, Natty Greene’s Brewing, Redhook Brewery, RJ Rockers Brewing, Shocktop Brewing, Starr Hill Brewery, Stella Artois Brewing, Southern Tier, Southern Pines Brewery, The Unknown Brewery, and Widmer Brothers Brewing.

ENTERTAINMENT

OF GOOD NATURE: This group’s unique, tight, yet full sound derives from its creatively driven members. OGN consists of Cameron Brown (lead vocals/guitar), Jon Reed (bass) Brandon Hucks (trombone) and Joey Vachon (backup vocals/drums). The band’s original songs display a range of emotions, anywhere from high-energy and upbeat to a mellow groove you can chill to. Either way, OGN yields a reggae vibe, a catchy melody, and a funky bass-line that will force you to dance. The musicians got their start in the entertainment world at a young age. As teenagers they would play small sets at restaurants and bars in Charlotte and Charleston, SC under the name, Just Add Water.

It was early in 2011 when music became the bands number one priority. The band relocated back to their hometown of Charlotte, NC and dubbed them Of Good Nature. In a short amount of time, OGN has reached as far as our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. and has gained sizeable followings in Charlotte, Boone, and Charleston. The band has just finished recording their first album, and its release is coming soon!

HEROES AT LAST: Heroes at Last delivers a refreshing, modern take on acoustic music throughout the Carolinas. Originally from New York and Pennsylvania, the founding members, Dean Peterson and Dave McGarry, joined forces April 2010 in Charlotte, NC. Since then they have progressively exploded onto the Charlotte music scene and have shown no signs of slowing down. In 2014, they kicked it up a notch by adding Jesse Lee on percussion to complete the full band sound. Heroes At Last brings two acoustic guitars and three part harmonies to another level with an eclectic variety of songs that can appeal to just about anyone. These guys are known for engaging the crowd like no other and letting their personalities shine through by taking requests on the fly and bringing audience members up on stage so that everyone can feel a part of the show… you just never know what they're gonna do next.

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission: $35.00 before October 10th, and $40 day of the event. All GA tickets include four hours of sampling from over 25 local, regional, nationally and international craft brewers.
VIP: $50.00, this ticket includes an area with seating and HDTV’s, access to limited and seasonal beers, an extra hour of sampling, catered food, and your own Porta-Jon.

Any additional information or to purchase your tickets please go to SouthEndHopsFestival.com
 

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Med Boutique Medical + Laser Spa

Sep 02, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Elevate Lifestyle: Dr. Ashley, what first brought you into the medical field?

I knew I wanted to be a doctor but I wanted to make people happier, so I became a Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. It is so rewarding and the people I have met along the way are fabulous!

I truly enjoy making people feel better about their selves and highlighting their natural beauty! We have a great team that really focuses on getting you the most compliments!
 

 

EL: I see you have a quite a bit of different services you offer, can you please explain a few?

Dermal Fillers: By injecting volume into different areas, we can easily sculpt different aspects of the face to highlight someone’s best features. We can enhance lips, cheekbones, cheeks, and almost anything with injectables!

BBL Forever Young: This photofacial halts the aging process and is one of our most popular laser treatments. First it removes red and brown spots, and then it penetrates to provide an anti-aging benefit!

Botox: Everyone could use a little Botox! It really smoothes out wrinkles on the face caused by our facial expressions. The younger crowds have really jumped on this! We can also use this as a preventative measure so that wrinkles do not set into the skin. We also provide a natural look, which is not overdone.

EL: Are you open late or on the weekends to help clients who work during the day?

We are open late a few days during the week as well as two Saturdays a month. We have a great team of girls that will always go out of their way for our clients! Our motto is ‘Make it happen!’

EL: What are some of your favorite services to perform?

I really love doing upper eyelid surgeries, in which I remove excess skin and fat to give the eye a rejuvenated look. This surgery is done at our facility and takes about an hour. It has fabulous results!

EL: What is the first or most common thing you advise your clients after they receive a treatment?

Sunscreen every day, all day!

EL: What would you say to an Elevate Lifestyle reader who might be nervous about receiving one of your treatments?

We customize all of our treatments and we always take our time. We want to give you a natural and beautiful look that is not overdone. Come meet us and you will get a feel for us and how we are. Check out our Instagram too, we are really fun on there!

15105 John J Delaney Drive Suite E. Charlotte NC 28277
980. 237.1627
BeautifyCharlotte.com | Facebook.com/themedboutique
Twitter: @themedboutique | Instagram: @themedboutique
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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SouthEnd Dentistry

Sep 02, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Elevate Lifestyle: Dr. Picot, how did you find your passion for dentistry?

A: I became interested in dentistry in 6th grade after shadowing a root canal dentist and his wife who was a general dentist. I loved how they worked for themselves and, consequently had time for their families as well as many other things outside of dentistry. Ironically, I developed a passion for dentistry during the rigors of dental school. I love transforming smiles and confidence, as well as treating disease. Every day challenges me with a new person, new expectations and new technologies to achieve a desired goal and purpose. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
 

 

EL: I think we could all agree on not finding a trip to the dentist to be a typically pleasant experience, do you have any horror stories that stick out in your mind?

I’m sure there have been times when the dental experience may not have been the most pleasant, but we strive to make it as comfortable as possible at SouthEnd Dentistry. We provide patients with a juice/internet bar, massage chairs, personal TVs, blankets and an awesome team that can put anyone at ease. Patients have also admired our office for the rotating artwork, which features local artists, basketball goals, and putting greens. While some procedures are more involved than others, we do our best to ease any dental anxiety.

EL: SouthEnd Dentistry is known for being the “Top Dentist in Charlotte,” what do you believe brought you to the great success and how do you differ from other dentists?

The practice is definitely blessed and I’m constantly humbled by this designation which was awarded by fellow dentists in the Charlotte area and by our patients. Along with many years of training, a lot of time also goes into customizing patient treatment plans, their experience and asking for feedback. Our team is at work when patients leave, analyzing how we can better achieve our mission of providing the best dental care, utilizing the latest technology in a soothing environment for our clients. SouthEnd Dentistry has differentiated itself through its energetic team, convenient location and accessibility, spa like atmosphere, hip music, amenities, dental education and great dental work. We are thankful for our patients who feel excited referring others to the practice.

EL: I see you offer a wide variety of different services, can you tell us about a few?

Absolutely. SouthEnd Dentistry is a general and cosmetic dental office. This means we offer dental cleanings, fillings, wisdom teeth extractions, implants, bridges and root canals. Patients also come to us for orthodontics, crowns, veneers, bonding and teeth whitening. Our CEREC technology enables us to fabricate crowns and onlays within minutes. This means that in most cases our patients receive these restorations in one visit rather than two and they also don’t have to wear a temporary crown. We also have the DIAGNODENT technology which is a laser technology used to verify cavities on teeth. Orthodontics is achieved by providing Invisalign as well as 6 Month Smiles. We have been quickly known for our smile makeovers that appear realistic and lifelike, rather than fake.

EL: If I have a dental emergency, do you have a policy where I can be seen right away?

Yes we do offer same day appointments for dental emergencies.

EL: Is SouthEnd Dentistry open late or on the weekends for customers who work during the day?

We are currently in the process of extending our hours and even being open on Saturdays.

EL: How hard is it to make an appointment? Does it require months in advance notice?

The dental team does an excellent job scheduling patients as soon as possible for dental appointments. It is our goal to schedule patients within weeks. Sometimes we have a cancellation and are able to work patients in earlier.

EL: During a typical dental cleaning and check-up, how long should I expect to be in the office?

Our new patient experience is typically 1.5-2 hours. During this appointment we gather a great deal of records, x-rays, photos and gum readings to come up with a customized plan for each patient. A lot of attention to detail and training goes into this very important appointment. Patients tend to enjoy this experience and the time goes by very quickly.

1520 South Blvd., Ste 110 Charlotte, NC 28203
http://www.SouthendSmiles.com
http://www.Facebook.com/SouthendDentistry
Twitter @southenddentist
  

 

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Skin Wellness Boutique

Sep 02, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Elevate Lifestyle: When did Skin Wellness Boutique open?

Skin first opened its doors two years ago in Las Vegas, NV. We opened up our newest location here in Indian Trail on August 2, 2014 in order to create a new experience for our brand as well as for the people of the Indian Trail and Charlotte area.
 

 

EL: Do you plan for more locations around the Charlotte area?

A: Absolutely! Skin is in a time of growth and we plan to open more locations in the Charlotte area and in other states as well. Although you are able to shop our online store 24/7, we plan to have more brick and mortar locations in order to create a different kind of shopping experience for our customers.

EL: What is your mission?

A: Here at Skin, our goal is for you to be as good to your skin as it is to you. Time, work and sourcing the best possible ingredients in their purest forms go into the creation of all our handmade products in order to offer you a pure, accessible luxury. NO preservatives, NO fillers, just natural awesomeness!

EL: What does your logo represent?

A: The Skin logo represents every skin color, race, ethnic background or nationality. Everyone's skin is beautiful whether young or old, and we at Skin believe in keeping it clean and fresh, smelling wonderful and free of the toxins everyday life can add to it. We offer several different products that can be used daily to enrich the skin, create luster and most of all hydrate the skin, making it soft and healthy.

EL: Who do you use for shipping, and how do I pay for my order?

A: We use USPS Standard shipping with optional Priority Flat Rate and Express services. Standard shipping is the default upon PayPal check out, which is calculated based on your zip code. Once you've chosen to pay with your PayPal account or credit card, you will also be given a choice of other shipping options.

EL: Do you do private parties or make custom orders and gift baskets?

A: Yes, we can provide party favors for your own private party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, baby shower, or you can just enjoy a private shopping experience with one of our sales associates in the convenience of your own home. We can also create a custom order or basket for a special personalized gift. Skin gift baskets are great for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or “just because” gifts. For more details on parties and custom orders, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 704-234-0364.

EL: Do you accept returns or give refunds?

A: No. Due to the nature of our products, Skin Wellness Boutique LLC does not accept returns or issue refunds on merchandise. For your safety, please read the ingredients list of our products. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in our products, we strongly recommend not using them. We appreciate your business and if you have any issues, concerns, or you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Additional Information: We have had the opportunity to service everyone from retinal surgery recovery patients, Gold Medal Olympic Boxers, UFC fighters, major Las Vegas Casino Resorts, celebrities, scientists, along with many other major corporations. We provide them with corporate gifts, using our wonderful products and our massage table rental service. We are an established business, and hope to flourish even more here in the Queen City.

You can either visit our Indian Trail location or visit our website at http://www.skinwellnessboutique.com to take advantage of our free Charlotte area delivery.

4305 Old Monroe Road Suite F, Indian Trail, NC 28079
 

 

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Re Salon and Med Spa

Sep 02, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Elevate Lifestyle: What is Re Salon + Med Spa?

Re Salon and Med Spa is the first in Charlotte to encompass a trifecta of salon, spa and medspa located in a relaxing high end environment. Re Salon is one of the most progressive hair salons in the city of Charlotte. Re is dedicated to enhancing your well-being through innovative treatments in an atmosphere of beauty designed to delight the senses. Each lavish treatment has been developed on a meaningful foundation to Re-fresh, Re-vitalize and Re-juvenate body, mind and soul using the latest technology and most exclusive product lines.
 

 

EL: Where is Re Salon located?

We are located in South-end just minutes from down town at 1212 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203.

EL: What services do you offer?

We have a full array of services such as a full salon, spa and medical spa which provide everything from brows, to blowouts to Botox.

EL: What makes your medical spa services different from others?
Under the direction of our medical director, Dr. Bill Kortesis, the cosmedical centre combines clinical medicine with luxury. Guests benefit from these medical aesthetic procedures being performed in a relaxing, spa-like environment, versus a clinical setting such as a doctor’s office. Our treatments, products, and attention are scientifically oriented to give guests a subtle improved and natural enhanced appearance.

EL: Does Re Salon + Med Spa accommodate for wedding parties and special occasions?
Yes we do, we actually book a lot of parties. Women and men both love having a private spa party including beer, wine and relaxing appointments. Re has a personalized party concierge that can help plan spa parties from beginning to end for weddings, bachelorette parties, baby showers, birthdays, holidays, etc.

EL: I see that you also offer house calls; can you please explain this service?
At Re Salon and Med Spa we understand how valuable your time is. We can provide you with Salon services without actually coming in to the Salon. Our trained stylists will bring all their tools and supplies in order for you to get Salon ready in the comfort of your own home. House Calls include a Professional Hair Style, Up-Do, and a Professional Make-Up Application.

EL: I understand that Re Salon used to be the Old Dilworth Fire Station from 1909. Why did you decide to locate in this restored building instead of just opening the salon in a new space?

Have you seen the building? It’s gorgeous! Charlotte is so quick to tear down the old and rebuild new, so instead we wanted to do something to preserve a piece of Charlotte. The business model of Re is different and we needed the perfect place to house the idea. The fire station is very unique and it just seemed to fit perfectly. In hindsight, I honestly couldn’t imagine being in any other building.

EL: Does Re Salon have flexible hours for customers who work the normal 9 to 5?

We do! Many of our clients are 9-5 employees, and some prefer evenings over day time appointments. Many clients take advantage of our happy hour specials from 4:00-7:00, Tuesday through Friday.

Monday: 10:00am - 6:00pm | Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm | Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
704.334-8087 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
http://www.resalonandmedspa.com | https://twitter.com/#!/ReSalonMedSpa
 

 

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LaLa Lashes

Sep 02, 2014

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I'm sitting down with Charryse, Certified Xtreme Lash Guru of Lala Lashes Charlotte which open on June 15, 2013. They are located on 841 Baxter Street right off of McDowell. They are a quick five minutes from Uptown, South End, Dilworth, Metro and Myers Park.

 

Elevate Lifestyle: Charryse, what brought you to the La La Lashes?

I came across LaLa Lashes while out of work. At the time, I was not doing lashes full time. I had been introduced to a different lash company and tried it. It was very natural and easy for me. I realized I had found my niche.

EL: Is the process of applying lash extensions time consuming?

A full set takes up to two hours and the fills are an hour.

EL: Do you offer other services besides Lashes?

Yes we offer waxing, threading, brow shaping and design as well as Babydoll Lash Lifts. We carry a full line of Xtreme retail products… make up, after care products, Eyedews and always permanent make up.

EL: What is your most popular service?

The Xtreme Minx Lashes- Eyelash extensions; followed by a close second of The Babydoll Lash Lift. More details are available at BabyDollLashes.com. This is a process for natural lashes to give great lift without the lash curler for eight weeks! Then we tint so perfect for the summer and water! No more raccoon eyes!!!

EL: For people who are thinking about getting eyelash extensions, what can they expect?

They can expect instant lifting of the eyes and face. It gives a beautiful finished WOW look with or without make up. It transforms every lady’s look, no more mascara needed!

EL: What is one thing that sets Lala Lashes apart from others?

We pride ourselves on using high quality products in a clean and sanitary environment. Our Lash technicians are all certified estheticians. They are also all trained and educated at the highest level possible. Charryse Rankin is ranked as one of the top Xtreme lash technicians in the nation. She is Awesome! We offer excellent customer services and educate our clients.

EL: What would you tell an Elevate Lifestyle reader who is considering getting lash extensions?

It’s addictive! You will LOVE them! Careful… they are addictive and once you start wearing them you won’t want go without.

EL: What is the first thing or the most common thing you tell your clients after they have gotten lashes from you?

We give them an after care brochure and make sure they are fully aware of the 48 hour RULE… This is when the glue cures and is critical for lasting lashes. NO showers, steam, gym etc…Baby your lashes.

EL: When did you decide that you wanted to own your own business?
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur as a young child.

EL: What is your favorite part of the job?

I have the best clients and I enjoy the artistry of the work. Being in the beauty business and being able to see the instant change of ladies. Getting to witness their look transform and knowing they feel great within a short amount of time. I love instant gratification and to see them so happy.

EL: Where do you see yourself and this business in 5 years?

All over the world, possibly in another country. I would like LaLa Lashes to have an excellent reputation for quality and service and to add other locations in North Carolina. Make a little Lash empire!!

EL: What is the best part of owning your own business? What are the challenges?

The flexibility it allows me is great. I don’t do well in a 9 to 5 office so this is perfect for me. Also, there is always something new every day and not the same routine. Challenges are always in the beginning and the set ups. It takes a lot and I work for months, 6 to 7 days a week until everything runs smoothly! I take it personal and pride myself on giving my customers the best. I am only happy when everything is done exceptionally well. I want my clients and employees happy.

EL: What are your hobbies and interests when you are not at Lala Lashes?

Relaxing, spending time with the family and friends.

EL: Tell us something else you would like Elevate Lifestyle readers to know.
Always been passionate and began cosmetology in High school.

704.366.5274
http://www.LaLaLashesCharlotte.com
841 Baxter St., S114 Charlotte 28202
 

 

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Botanical Tans

Sep 02, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Elevate Lifestyle: Tell me a little bit about yourself Erika?

Well, I grew up in a small lake town north of Chicago and then moved to Florida for a few years before landing here in Charlotte! An avid Chicago sports fan here! I grew up playing sports, fishing and camping, so I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and mountain air. I try to get out and hike or kayak as much as I can. Here in town I enjoy scoping out the new restaurants and music scenes. I get to a concert when I can and spend quality time with my loved ones! Traveling and experiencing the world is very important to me. I have plans to travel across Europe and to Africa next year, and I cannot wait to visit family in both!
 

 

EL: Can you explain what Botanical Tans & Wellness does?

Botanical Tans & Wellness is the All Natural Anti-Aging Boutique. We specialize in completely natural spray tans and all homeopathic skin care. Everything we recommend to our clients is completely organic and healthy for the mind and body. It is our passion to educate our clients on the harmful effects of indoor and outdoor tanning, and furthermore, the harmful ingredients found in majority of our body care and food products today. We have found a true demand for natural and organic products in this industry. It is our goal to provide it with the highest quality products, service and education.

EL: What is a Botanical Tan?
First, let’s start with the definition of a Botanical. Botanical – of, pertaining to, or made from a plant. A Botanical Tan is an all natural custom spray tan that includes highly beneficial organic botanical ingredients. Our Botanical Blends solution was created after many trials with sub-par tanning solutions. We wanted to create something that you wouldn’t question putting on your skin! A Botanical Tan includes Aloe Barbadensis, Glycerine, Algae Extracts, Essential Oils and a few other magical ingredients, all derived from their purest source! And best of all, it’s safe for everyone!

EL: Where will the new location be located?
Right now, we are bidding on two different locations. One is Sharon Square, anchored to the Whole Foods in South Park and the other location is Village at South Park, next to John Ric Salon.

EL: What will the new location of Botanical Tans & Wellness offer its clients?

Botanical Tans & Wellness is a wellness boutique unlike any other. Everything about the space is sensory engaging. From being greeted with amazing aromas of lemongrass, lavender or citrus, the space draws your eye in with the unique and upcycled décor and shelves lined with high end, European product lines like La Peau, Aesop and Perricone MD. The retail area includes an area where clients will be able to create their own scrubs, body mists, oil blends and more. Our service menu provides award winning Custom Spray Tans, Red Light Collagen Therapy, Halotherapy and Aesthetic services that focus on organic and all natural services. Botanical Tans & Wellness will be a place for you to unwind, relax and pamper yourself naturally at an affordable price!

EL: How did you get into spray tanning and pharmacopeia?
At a very young age I knew I wanted to be my own boss! While in high school, I worked at a tanning salon and baked myself for twenty minutes every other day! I loved it so much that I decided I would someday own a tanning salon or clothing boutique. At age 27, I was working in property management, eating non organic and processed foods and applying drugstore skin care products to my skin. I was nowhere near my goal until I reunited with my cousin Shelly after fifteen years. She had been living organically and holistically for twenty years, and spray tanning for almost two. She gave me my first spray tan and I immediately knew this was my new journey! Now, almost four years later, it is an amazing feeling to know that I am living my dream and doing exactly what I am meant to do. I am thankful to her every day for changing my life!
EL: Where do you see yourself and Botanical Tans & Wellness in 5 years?

It has been my dream since the beginning to create a product line of organic solutions and skin care products that people are proud to use! I am currently partnering with an amazing company in Switzerland and we’re working to create a revolutionary new line of solutions and tanning products not seen on the current market. In the meantime, we are working on the distribution of our current solution line to national salons and distribution companies. By year five, we will have expanded our product line, created amazing brand recognition, and opened multiple locations throughout Charlotte and the Southeast.

I look forward to the continued blessings this journey has provided. I am thankful that I get to do what I enjoy most, as I am only here to create and my only hope is to inspire.

6324 Fairview Rd Suite 112, Charlotte, North Carolina 28210
704. 299.6612
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Crab Cakes on Brioche Buns with Asian Slaw

Aug 24, 2014

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Butter will be the death of us, folks.

See, people have this idea that baking is an art. That artisan (that’s real artisans, not the word some marketing suits at Panera decided to put in front of every item on the menu) people passed down croissant-making techniques for decades and guarded them with their lives like they were the secret formula to Pepsi or something. I’m not gonna dispute that those people know what they’re doing, because they very clearly do. The chances that one of them can make a palmier better than me are infinitely high; that much is obvious.
 

 

But at its core, at the very heart of it, super-fancy baking is dumb and simple. It’s a butter and sugar fueled power orgy, more Tim Allen than Martha Stewart. Ever notice how the fancier your pastries get, the more flaky and sugary and layery they get? That’s not art, that’s volume. That’s someone saying “well shit, one of these is good, why not pile 100 of them on at once?”

Technique-wise, baking is every bit as dainty and majestic as those guided wine-filled tours in France would have you believe. But conceptually, it’s nothing but brute force and numbers. It doesn’t happen because of a bolt of inspiration, it’s because somebody went into caveman mode and thought I LIKE BOTH OF THESE THINGS I NEED THEM BOTH IN MY MOUTH AT ONCE. MARGE GET THE BUTTER, THIS IS HOW I WANT TO DIE. THIS IS MY VALHALLA.

And then, there’s the crab cake. Someone took a food almost exclusively associated with butter and decided to cram it into a patty and add bread crumbs. Nothing says “instant myocardial infarction” like taking something already unhealthy and trying to make it resemble a freaking cake as much as possible. Add the gigantic bun and usual accompaniment of tartar sauce, and you’ve got a sandwich fit for the lobby of a morgue.

Did I see all this and turn the other way, make a vegan raw green bean salad thing, and call it a day? Of course not. You know me too well for that. I put a giant crab cake on a giant buttery slab of bread and added other stuff.

Sweet, buttery death, I’ll see you at my doorstep.

Here’s what you need:

Crab Cakes:
- 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat (don’t get the fake shit, kids)
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 green onions, diced thin
- 1 ½ teaspoons dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups panko bread crumbs
- Olive oil
- Brioche Buns (I used Thomas Keller’s awesome recipe from here http://www.amazon.com/Bouchon-Bakery-Thomas-Keller/dp/1579654355, but you can be lazy and buy them if you want)

Tartar Sauce:
- ¼ cup mayo
- 1 tablespoon relish
- ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
- Pinch salt
- Pinch pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

Slaw:
- 1 head green cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, julienned
- ½ cup daikon radish, julienned
- ½ cup jicama, julienned
- ¼ cup mayo
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon mirin

Here’s how you do it:

First, the slaw.

This one’s easy: just throw everything in a bowl. Toss. That’s it. It does help to refrigerate it while you do the rest of the recipe though, to let all the flavors get nice and comfortable with each other.

Same goes for the tartar sauce. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk, and you’re good. Make sure you’re taste testing this and the slaw, too. Mostly because it’s a good idea, but partly because I pulled those recipes out of my butt and might be doing it somewhat from memory. Hey, I’m not perfect.

For the crab cakes, drain the crab meat.

Add everything but the panko to a big bowl, and stir together along with the crab meat. You want to break up the meat a little bit, but leave some big chunks. As long as you land somewhere between microscopic and marble-sized, you’ll be golden.
Mix in the panko, form the stuff into patties, and cover it with plastic wrap. This should form about 6 patties; you want them nice and thick.

Refrigerate the patties for an hour, that way it won’t fall apart when you put it in the pan later. We want crab cakes here, not crab piles-of-garbage.

Warm up a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook ‘em for about 4 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown, then flip them and cook for another 3 minutes or so.

All that’s left is to cut the buns in half, throw the sandwiches together, and throw them in your mouth along with this week’s beat. It’s the one and only Ray Charles, with Night and Day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt0wC4poThM

There’s an important difference between concept and execution, folks. As you can see from that brioche recipe (if you were brave enough to read it, that is), actually figuring out the route from “I want buttery stuff” to actual, said buttery stuff is ridiculously hard to get right. But the inspiration behind it, the ideas that make it happen…I think those are child’s play. It’s “ I want I want I WANT” in delicious, oven-fresh form. If we could, we’d inject the stuff directly into our veins. For now, we’ll have to settle for brioche.

I’ll see you next time, people.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

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The Perfect Cake!

Aug 18, 2014

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I’m gonna sit here and complain about something that pretty much everyone has to deal with, and you’re gonna listen. All set? Great.

 

I can’t get the cakes I make to look like the ones in my head. In there, there’s no effort, no mess. I sweep my hands across the counter a couple of times like a weird little frosting magician, and boom: there’s a cake. The perfect cake. The inside is moist, the outside looks like it’s carved out of freaking alabaster; hell, even the lighting is perfect.

But as soon as I try to make it in real life, it all goes wrong. The last cake I tried to make looked less like a cake and a lot more like a meth lab with added sugar. And yes, maybe I tried to add some things I shouldn’t have to the icing, and maybe some of those things (preserved lemons, for those of you keeping score in this completely hypothetical example) utterly destroyed the integrity of said icing and melted it beyond recognition. The point is, in my head it looked perfect, and in real life it looks like poop.

And I’m sick of the disparity between the two.

So this week I sat down, got mad, and threw enough powdered sugar at my mixer to take a diabetic’s leg clean off. And yes, I’m aware that it’s insane to be angry at a pastry, or have…really any feelings towards a pastry, but I was in full-on Spartacus at the gates mode here. It was war time.

Maybe there were speeches made to my spatula at 1 am, but we’re gonna keep that between ourselves.

Me and the spatula, that is.

I’ve named him Spready.

Here’s what you need:

Cake:
- 6 egg whites (room temperature)
- ¾ cup lowfat milk (room temperature)
- ¼ cup heavy cream (room temperature)
- 2 ¼ cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes (try to get them about halfway between refrigerated and room temperature. Just make sure they’re not melting all over your countertop and you’ll be fine)

Frosting:
- 4 cups (32 oz) powdered sugar
- 2 sticks (one cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup + 1 teaspoon heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons + ½ teaspoon meyer lemon juice
Topping/Fancy Shit:
- 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced thin

Here’s how you do it:

First, preheat your oven to 350.

Put the milk, egg whites, and vanilla extract in a bowl and mix with a fork, just until combined. We’re not trying to make a meringue here, don’t go foaming it up like it’s a bubble bath.

Use the whisk attachment on your stand mixer to slowly whisk together the dry stuff: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add the butter in with the dry stuff and beat on low with a paddle attachment for a couple minutes until combined. Again, don’t beat the crap out of it.

Set aside a ½ cup of the wet stuff, then pour the rest into the stand mixer and mix with the dry ingredients for a minute and a half on medium. Add the rest and mix for another minute.

Spray two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick and line them with parchment, then spray the parchment too and pour in the cake batter. Yes, it’s a lot of spraying, but it’s worth it not to have to scrape cake chunks out of the pan and try to re-assemble them like a fat, disgusting version of a

Disney sitcom.

Stick them in the oven for about 25 minutes, and give them the toothpick to check if they’re ready. If not, bake for 5 minute intervals until the cakes are good to go.

Let the cakes cool for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and let them cool to room temperature. Once they’re cool, wrap them with plastic wrap and stick ‘em in the fridge while you do the frosting. That’ll make them easier to frost, and help you avoid the whole “piecing together your cake failure at odd hours of the morning” scenario.

For the frosting, add the butter and powdered sugar into a stand mixer and mix on low until combined. Mix in the vanilla too.

Add the cream and lemon juice to a small bowl, whisk together, then add to the stand mixer and mix it in. If the frosting’s too stiff, just whisk together another teaspoon of cream with a ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, and keep repeating until you have the right consistency.

Slice off the top of one layer so you have a flat top, then frost it. Make sure you put plenty of frosting on top so you get that nice in-betweeny, creamy layer. You know what I’m talking about.

Put the other layer on top, frost it, and arrange the strawberries on top. If you do the strawberries you’re gonna have to refrigerate the cake after you’re done eating, but it’s worth it. Trust me.

All that’s left is to put on a healthy slice of wax on the turntable. This week it’s Hideki Satamoto, with prime #4507, part 11:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2CYBTP1pLg

There’s a lot of people spouting this kind of “love is the answer to all things, let’s give up hate and hold hands and eat cookies in a garden” stuff.

I think they’re wrong.

Love makes some great food; anyone who’s come home from a bad day to find a plate of fresh-baked cookies knows that much. But sometimes you need that hate. Sometimes, when you’re tired of mediocre cakes and you’ve had it with half-baked macarons, you have to sit down and say “I’m gonna bake the hell out of this cake, and I’ll be damned if god or the forces of nature or Food and Wine tell me otherwise.” You have to hate the cake so much that you beat it, frost it, and shape it into perfection. I’ll take that pure, focused baking rage over a plate of mom’s cookies any day.

Enjoy your hate cake, folks.

See you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

Recipe inspired by this one, which was apparently inspired by every other white cake recipe in existence.

http://iambaker.net/the-perfect-white-cake/
 

 

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Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pork Belly and Garlic Mayo

Aug 11, 2014

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I get this question a lot, especially when I cook for people not overly familiar with areas south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

“Where did all this tasty stuff come from? Whose idea was it to fry green tomatoes or make chicken and waffles?”

And the answer’s simple. We stole it.
 

 

I don’t really want to send you fine people on a guilt trip just because you wanted to make yourself something tasty. That’s not what I’m all about. But it’s something you need to consider because it’s an ingredient, a very important ingredient, in a lot of the food in the South. So let’s consider. (By the way, I’m not a historian in any way, shape, or form, so apologies if some of the facts are…well, wrong)

Basically, Americans enslaved a group of people, brought them over to America, and did a series of terrible things to them. Because of this, and because it’s really, really hot working in the fields all day in the late 1800s, they needed food that not only gave them the energy to not collapse and die, but could also be made from the crappy ingredients the aforementioned enslavers gave them.

So they fried the crap out of everything and made cornbread, and guess what? Not only was it delicious, but it tasted damn good too. Turns out people turn out the most innovation when they have to use it, not when they get to use it (see also: any French food invented during the revolution).
White people, in turn, responded by eating their slaves’ delicious food and stealing the recipes, along with their music. That’s the reason why a century and a half later, we’re subjected to “Guy Fieri’s Kickin’ Lickin’ Chicken Wings” while having to listen to a guy who grew up in his mom’s basement farting out blue notes on his guitar about his life struggles. It’s not anywhere close to a fair and even payback, but it’s certainly deserved.

In spite of all this, we still hang onto those stolen goods, because, well…they’re tasty. They’re really really tasty. Especially fried green tomatoes, and super especially if you make those into Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pork Belly. Which is exactly what I did.

Here’s what you need:

- 2-3 oz pork belly (I got mine pre-cured, if you get yours fresh…cure it. There’s Internet people who’ll tell you how to do that.)

- 1 head romaine lettuce

- A loaf of sourdough bread

- 4 green tomatoes

- 3/4 cup AP flour

- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cups panko

- 1 pinch cayenne pepper

- 1 pinch paprika

- 1/4 cup mayo

- 3 cloves of garlic

- Enough canola oil to fill 1/2 an inch up the side of your biggest pan

Here’s how you do it:

Slice up the green tomatoes into roughly 1/4 inch slices. They don’t have to be perfect, just make sure they aren’t offensively big when you try to cram them into your mouth.

Grab yourself three shallow bowls. These are gonna be what you dredge the tomatoes in, which is a French word for “cover in various kinds of crap”.

Put the flour in the first bowl, the eggs and milk in the second, and the panko and spices (cayenne and paprika) in the third.

Next, whisk up the eggs and milk until they’re combined, and just vaguely stir around the panko and spices with your hand or something. Seriously, that bowl doesn’t have to be that mixed up at all.

Start heating your oil in the pan. You want it to get up to 350 degrees F, so if you don’t have a candy thermometer…that’s bad. Either go get one, or heat up the oil on medium and pray. But if I were you I’d get one, you cheapskate.

Dredge the tomatoes starting first with the flour, then the egg mixture, and finish with breadcrumbs. Again, these don’t have to be perfect, just make sure most of the tomato slices are covered. It’s fried green tomatoes; pretty much any amount of fried stuff on those is gonna be tasty.

Once the tomatoes are prepared, start frying them four or five at a time, depending on how big a pan you have. Let them sizzle for about three minutes, flip, and keep them in there another three. It might not be exactly three minutes, depending on your stove and your pan and the relative alignment of the solar system that day, so just check the undersides of them every once in a while. Are they brown? Flip them. Are they not-brown? Don’t flip them. Simple, no?

Oh, and make sure to put them on a plate with a few paper towels underneath when they’re done, that way you won’t find yourself wrist-deep in a pile of fried tomato grease.

While you’re frying the tomatoes, or just afterwards if you’re lazy and didn’t bother to read the whole recipe before you started cooking, cut up your pork belly into thin strips. You want them to be a little thicker than bacon, that way you’ll get a nice crispy outside with all that glorious fat melting in the middle. And make sure you cut off the skin. Belly skin’s gross.

Throw the strips of pork belly onto a pan at medium high heat, and keep cooking until they’re crispy. If you’ve made bacon before, you know what consistency you’re looking for. If you haven’t…I think you should leave now. You don’t belong here.

After the pork belly and tomatoes are done, slice up your bread and start toasting it. Mix up your garlic mayo as well, by mincing or pressing your garlic cloves into the mayo and stirring. And get your lettuce ready too. We need something marginally healthy in here, damnit.

All that’s left is to assemble, put it on a plate, and put it in your body.

Put some beats in your body too, courtesy of Reflection Eternal, Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def. It’s Just Begun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOKROODcPZI
Like I said.

The point of all this isn’t to guilt you or make you feel sad or whatever. Nobody should feel sad eating a damn sandwich, especially one filled with pork belly. The point is that there’s more ingredients in a BLT than the B and the T. There’s history to it too, and that’s a pretty damned important part of the recipe. Don’t forget about that stuff, people.

I’ll see you next time.
 

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

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24 Hours of Booty Raises $1.43 Million to Help Fight Cancer

Aug 06, 2014

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aug. 4, 2014 – The 13th Annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute to date has raised $1.43 million to help support cancer survivorship and patient navigation programs. More than $12 million has been raised since the event’s inception in 2002.

 

“Once again, our riders and supporters have gone above and beyond with their fundraising efforts and in helping us achieve another milestone year,” said Basil Lyberg, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty. “We are truly grateful for all that everyone does to support our mission and to show cancer survivors that they aren’t in this fight alone.”

On July 25-26, 1,200 registered participants from 26 different states rode in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood along the famed “Booty Loop” to help put cancer in its place. When not riding, participants hung out in “Bootyville” (a.k.a. Myers Park Traditional School and Queens University of Charlotte) for camping, food and fun. The event also included entertainment and a breakfast program featuring former NFL player Chris Draft, who now runs Tackle Cancer. WBTV’s Kelly Franson served as the emcee.

The event was supported by 300 volunteers and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department representatives stationed along the course at all times. Beneficiaries include: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG Foundation, Wind River Cancer Retreats, the Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas, Hendrick Marrow Program and the Keep Pounding Fund.

Adds Lyberg, “We appreciate our presenting sponsor Levine Cancer Institute, the Myers Park neighborhood, Myers Park Traditional School, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and our amazing volunteers, riders, cancer survivors, supporters and spectators who go the extra mile to make 24 Hours of Booty a fantastic event. Together, we are part of a community impacting the fight against cancer through cutting-edge survivorship and navigation programs both locally and nationally.”

Top fund-raiser award winners included:

· Top Team: Team Bank of America – $86,805

· Top Fundraiser: Josh Jones, LIBSTRONG – $31,898

· First Runner Up Individual Fundraiser: Katie Lee, Team AmWINS – $30,021

· Second Runner Up Individual Fundraiser: Sandy Mazoway – $23,210

· First Runner Up Fundraising Team: LIBSTRONG – $78,731

· Second Runner Up Fundraising Team: Team Reeb – $78,523

· Rookie of the Year: Paul Meyer who raised more than $6,000 in his first year riding in 24 Hours of Booty.

· Highest fundraising average: Team AmWINS - $3,621 per rider


About 24 Hours of Booty
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., 24 Hours of Booty is the premier organization for integrating community fundraising and cycling to support cancer survivorship and navigation programs. It organizes safe, fun and family-friendly bicycling events for all abilities to raise funds for organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer, including the Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Its events take place in Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, Md., and Indianapolis, IN and bring in participants from around the country. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit http://www.24hoursofbooty.org.

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Hours of Booty on Twitter at @24hoursofbooty and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/24HOB.

 

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Grapefruit Beer Blondies

Aug 04, 2014

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I have a special hate for the term “beer snob”.

People who use the term, 99 times out of a 100, don’t have a damn clue what a snob actually is. When you hear someone get called a beer snob, it’s not because they scoff so hard their suspenders fall off when they see you drinking a 7.2% IPA instead of a 6.2%. It’s because you don’t drink piss-water, frat-ogre, terrible beer.

And that’s the only reason.

If I walk up to you and call you a “snob” for enjoying a delicious steak instead of hemorrhaging yourself st