CARVED 2014 is just around the corner! Beginning at 4PM, Sunday, October 19, twenty-seven of the area’s top culinary experts will wield their knives and other tools on unsuspecting pumpkins for fun, bragging rights, and a custom-made leather knife roll crafted by farmer/artist Brad Todd. But most of all, to help promote the use and service of locally grown/crafted produce, grains, meat, and artisanal products.
This Year’s Carved Participants Include:
Aaron Rivera – Chrome Toaster
Alyssa Gorelick – Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Ashley Boyd & Julie Prince – 300 East
Ben Philpott – Block & Grinder
Bob Peters – Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge
Brad Todd – Lucky Clays Farm
Chris Coleman – The Asbury
David Feimster – Fahrenheit
David Luter – McHale’s on Maine
Greg Balch – Chef
Geoff Blount – CPCC
Gregory Collier – The Yolk
Heidi Billotto – HeidiBillottoFood.com
Jeff White – Chef
Larry Schreiber – Stagioni
Marc Jacksina – Earl’s Grocery
Maria Marquez – The Art Institute of Charlotte
Michael Rayfield – Ballantyne Resort
Miles Payne – littleSpoon
Nicolas Daniels – The Wooden Vine
Nobu – Bonsai Fusion
Pat O’Dawe – Charlotte Marriott City Center
Ryan Forte – Southminster
Skydome Itim – Heirloom
Steve Roth – Boquete Mountain Coffee
TBA – Cloud 9
Kids (18 and under) are invited to bring their own already carved pumpkin to enter the Junior Competition. Winner will receive a very special prize. A gift basket full of toys , goodies, and silly string!
In addition to the carving festivities, we will have three educational demonstrations:
1) Susanne Dillingham of The Tiny Chef will be providing an on-the-cob popcorn shelling and popping presentation. Popcorn on the cob will be removed with old-time equipment and popped with a popper onsite.
2) A apple cider press demonstration and sampling will be performed by Coldwater Creek Farms.
3) A beekeeping demonstration by Art Duckworth of Apple Orchard Farm.
But wait! There’s more! Magician/balloon wrangler Scott Link on hand to wow the kids of all ages – and a local artist Sarah Pollack will be doing caricatures.
Lenny Boy Brewery will be on hand with a special sweet potato beer. As a ticket goer, adults will receive a souvenir CARVED 2014 cup good for two 8oz pours and one ticket to vote for your favorite pumpkin. We will be selling more tickets if people want to vote more than once.
Advance tickets are still on sale. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids 18 & under: $5 (unless they bring their carved jack-o-lantern and then it’s free!) Proceeds go to Piedmont Culinary Guild and Slow Food Charlotte’s Farmer Fund.