In a little under one month, nearly forty restaurants, food artisans and beverage producers from the expanse of North Carolina will convene on the green at Chapel Hill’s Southern Village for TerraVITA’s Grand Tasting. Sustainability plays a key role in the selection of the event participants, as does their reputation for quality (and just darn tasty) food and beverages.
A few new and rising restaurants in the Triangle are included in this year’s event. Attendees can sample prepared dishes from Pittsboro’s Oakleaf, Holly Springs’ Little Hen, and Raleigh’s Mandolin, as well as from well-known and beloved Triangle dining establishments like Cary’s Herons and Chapel Hill’s Il Palio. But restaurants and food artisans from beyond the Triangle region feature prominently in the grand tasting line up as well, including Spruce Pine’s Knife & Fork, Morehead City’s Chefs 105, Tarboro’s On the Square, Charlotte’s Harvest Moon Grille, Greensboro’s Green Valley Grill and Blowing Rock’s Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant (a name familiar to fans of the popular Competition Dining series that swept through the Triangle earlier this year).
That’s just the beginning. Attendees will have opportunities to sample more than 80 wines, craft beer, spirits and sustainably-produced beverages as well. I’m particularly excited about TOPO Distillery‘s participation in this year’s event. Their hand-crafted vodka, distilled from organically grown Carolina wheat, is available currently in many ABC stores. Of course, no food event is complete without a bite of dessert. For those that prefer sweet desserts, a selection of treats from four chocolatiers awaits. Last year’s TerraVITA introduced me to Asheville’s French Broad Chocolates and I’m more than happy to partake when they return to the event this year. If you’re among the cheese for dessert fan base, both Chapel Hill Creamery and Hillsborough Cheese Company will please.
There are many more participants included in this year’s carefully curated TerraVITA Grand Tasting and you can read more about those parties at the website, as well as purchase tickets now ($65 for the all-inclusive event, $55 for designated drivers, excluding alcohol beverages). Also, there’s never a worry about bad weather, as a large tent will shelter all. Additionally, imagine how your sustainability quotient will increase! You’ll discover phenomenal sustainably-driven dining, food artisan and craft beverage options available in our state and support TABLE (a nonprofit hunger relief organization that will receive a portion of event proceeds). Though you may wish to visit each of the participating restaurants as you explore North Carolina in the future, for this one day, November 3rd, you need make only a single stop in Chapel Hill for TerraVITA 2012.