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on October 29, 2012

TerraVITA is just around the corner and features many Greater Raleigh culinary experts and restaurants. Terra meaning “of the earth” and Vita meaning “life” captures in its definition the very spirit of the event. If you have an appreciation for great food and drink, you do not want to miss this three-day celebration. Foodies, mark your calendars for November 1-3.

The headline event, the Grand Tasting on The Green, will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 1-4:30pm. This TerraVITA event showcases sustainably made wine, microbrews, coffees and spirits and offers them side-by-side with culinary tastings by James Beard-nominated chefs, artisan chocolatiers, charcuteries and cheese makers from across the state of North Carolina. The participating restaurants and food artisans for this event from the Greater Raleigh area include Herons Restaurant, Elemental Chocolate, Little Hen Restaurant, Mandolin, Crumb, 518 West, 18 Seaboard, Market Restaurant, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, The Chef’s Academy, Escazu Artisan Chocolates, and NamaKiss Chocolates. The beverage participants from the Greater Raleigh area include Slingshot Coffee Company and SIP…A Wine Store. Advance tickets are $65 for the all-inclusive event with a special designated driver/no alcohol ticket offered for $55 before November 1.

In addition to the marquee Grand Tasting, three other events occur during the festival: Chefs’ Harvest Potluck,The Sustainable Classroom, and The Carolina Table: East Meets West Dinner. Tickets are still available for the Sustainable Classroom, which will be held on November 2, 9:30am-4:15pm. This event includes a combination of culinary workshops, tastings, and beverage and food demonstrations featuring food and beverage experts and aficionados. Tickets are $35 for two sessions, or $50 for four consecutive sessions. Each session lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and will include multiple experts specializing in different facets of food and/or drink. Jay Pierce from Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen and Sherry Stolfo from The Chef’s Academy are two of the experts representing the Greater Raleigh area.

Tickets are selling fast for TerraVITA. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend. Surrounded by food and beverages for three days? Count me in!


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