On an unseasonably warm Halloween Eve, the back room at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. was full of knife, saw, and Dremel-wiedling chefs, farmers, mixologists, and other local culinary luminaries all focused on creating a sea of carved pumpkin masterpieces. Carved 2016 was underway! In the end, Chef Ashley Boyd of 300 East and her pirate-carving teammate Candy May garnered most votes and was named Carved 2016 champion!
PCG Events News
On March 13, 2016, 110 attendees came to Johnson and Wales University in Uptown Charlotte for the first Piedmont Culinary Guild Food and Beverage Symposium. Chefs, farmers, food artisans, educators, food journalists, plus eager consumer foodists – coming as far away as Virginia and Charleston – came to be introduced to or deepen their knowledge of the growing, preparation, and management of sustainable foods.
Over 200 people headed out to Free Range Brewing in NoDa on Sunday. October 25 to see culinary craftspeople throughout the region cut, gouge, sculpt, and otherwise create an amazing gallery of carved pumpkins. But in the end, it was Phillip Platoni of Southminster who took the CARVED 2015 Title .. narrowly beating our two-time champion Michael Rayfield of The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.
Piedmont Culinary Guild is bringing together the area’s best chefs, mixologists, food artisans, food educators, and other culinary professionals to see who is the best pumpkin carver in the region! And you will vote to see who gets the title of CARVED 2015 Champion!
For the second year in a row, Slow Food Charlotte will be leading an apple-picking expedition up to Pinnacle, NC. And for the second year in a row, six Piedmont Culinary Guild chefs will be taking that bounty to create a six-course luxury dinner – with the proceeds to benefit PCG, Slow Food Charlotte, and the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm.
In a battle of chefs-on-chefs, Piedmont Culinary Guild bested their counterparts from the NC Chapter of the American Culinary Foundation in the first annual Queen City Food Fight. Three judges tasted and tallied – and when all was added up, it was PCG 25.2 – ACF 21.5.
On August 30 at CPCC, five chefs representing Piedmont Culinary Guild will square off against five chefs representing the North Carolina chapter of the American Culinary Federation in Queen City Food Fight.
The event was a sellout! Nearly 120 people turned out and ate over 750 plates of food. It’s clear. The Back Porch Brunch was a complete success! We can tell you how great the day was, but we’d rather show you.
It’s never too early to start learning about the joys of food gardening, and it’s always a good time to share fun times with your family. Put those two together and you have a two-day Piedmont Culinary Guild gardening and cooking demonstration at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, April 18-19 / 11am-2pm – part of the the scenic destination’s EarthFest weekend celebration.
In partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners “Front Porch Sundays” series, Piedmont Culinary Guild will host Back Porch Brunch – an outdoor event in Charlotte’s South End on Sunday, May 3, from Noon – 2:30pm. Featuring ten area chefs and one master mixologist, Back Porch Brunch will offer attendees a wide range of midday delectables – featuring many ingredients from local area farmers, food artisans, and purveyors.