In the Queen City and looking for a unique and tasty way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo Thursday May 5, 2016?
Scratch your plans for chips and salsa and make a reservation now for this week’s Culinary Canvas dinner brought to you by the team at CLTure in Charlotte.
CLTure is a blog based in Charlotte, bringing news to your inbox about regional and local music, food, film, and performing and visual arts events. Once a quarter or so they sponsor a unique collaboration of chefs and artists coming together to create a special evening of food and art.
This week the May 5th dinner featuring the talents of my friends Chefs Paul Verica and Ashley Boyd, Mixologist Bob Peters and Charlotte artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner to benefit Charlotte’s own Friendship Gardens organization.
Friendship Gardens is an expanding network of community, school, faith-based, institutional, public, private, and backyard gardens. Most of the garden partnerships share their harvest for the benefit of Friendship Trays. For the community Friendship Gardens offers educational workshops, volunteer and leadership opportunities, community connections, and food access to those with limited options. Beyond the gardens, Friendship Gardens has developed a mobile market to sell fresh fruits and vegetables in food desserts and are currently working to add SNAP / EBT access for that service. At the heart of the mission is the development of an urban farm and learning center to grow food, train volunteers, educate our community and support the urban gardening community at large.
Friendship Trays is our local community’s Meals on Wheels. Friendship Trays’ mission is to deliver daily, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in the community who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals because of age or infirmity. The volunteer driven organization delivers more than 700 meals each weekday to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people who are unable or greatly restricted in their ability to prepare or secure meals.
The theme for the May 5 Culinary Canvas five course dinner was inspired by a recent series of paintings done by Rosalia. “The Hands that Feed Us” series of paintings is a Torres-Weiners tribute to Latino migrant workers, in this area and across the nation.
For chef Paul Verica, the theme is a nod of the cap saluting what he does everyday at Heritage Food & Drink in Waxhax and to what Pastry chef Ashley Bivens does both at Heritage and her home base at 300 East. That is to pay homage to local farms and farmers.
Shake the hand that feeds you, I like to say, for without farms and farmers local and across this country, there is no food wth which to cook or to write about. Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised is equally important. As you get to know the local farmers at any one of the Charlotte area’s dozens of local farmers’ markets, you’ll become a part of the circle – shop local, cook local, eat local. Shop at local farmers markets each week with local farmers, support your local community and local agriculture. Nothing quite as much fun on a Saturday morning as going to see what was just harvested the day before and could be on your table that evening. From locally raised beef to bamboo shoots, you’ll find it all in our regions local farmers markets, so let this dinner (or at least this post) be your inspiration as well, to shop with and support the hands that work so hard to feed our community.
Ah, but I digress…
In addition to the art of Rosalia Torres- Weiner and the dinner from Chefs Paul Verica and Ashley Boyd, there will also be drink in the guise of craft cocktails created by another good friend, Bob “Bob the Bartender” Peters. Bob can usually be found creating and mixing libations at The Punch Room on the 15th floor of the Charlotte Ritz-Carlton, but this night he’ll be shaking and stirring with Tito’s Vodka (a sponsor of the event) and creating craft cocktails for the crowd.
I will be there too, acting as emcee for the evening, and enjoying the food, art and drink. Its still not too late for you to make plans to join in the celebration of all that is local in Charlotte, meet the artists, both culinary and visual, and a few of the farmers who will make this evening special – all people you need to know – and to help lend a hand to those who lend a hand to others everyday in the process. Come in join in the fun.
The May 5 Culinary Canvas dinner takes place at a unique Charlotte venue: the C3 Lab, a collaborative co-working creative space located at 2525 Distribution St. Charlotte, NC 28203 in South End.
Interested? Here is the link to purchase your tickets.
The event is from 6:30-10pm Thursday May 5. 5 courses of fresh from a local farm fare plus dessert and craft cocktails as only Paul, Ashley and Bob can do…Cost is $80 a person, you won’t want to miss it – hope to see you there!
Want to Know More?
On Friendship Trays: Visit FriendshipTrays.org
On Chef Paul Verica and Heritage Food & Drink in Waxhaw at 201 W. South Main Street ,Waxhaw, NC, Visit HeritageFoodAndDrink.com or call 704.843.5236 to make reservations.
On Chef Ashley Bivens Boyd and 300 East restaurant in Charlotte at 300 East Blvd, Visit 300East.net or call 704-332-6507 to make reservations.
On Mixologist Bob Peters and The Punch Room on the 15th Floor of Charlotte’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, Visit The Punch Room or call 704.547.2244
On the art of Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Visit ArtByRosalia.com
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