Ben and Jessica Hernandez.
Co-chairs Katherine Mulford and Haley Poole.
Cathy Austin and Margaret Switzer
Caution! Moonshine ahead! Best Impressions catering provided the food
Robin Lyle and Anne Kennedy
Kelly Chopus, Dianne Bailey, Bridget-Anne Hampden and Jill Dinwiddie.
Isabelle Burbank, Melanie Hall, Emily Hassel, and Winston Phillips.
Laura Coker, Katy King, and Beth Byron.
Honorary chairs Tim and Sarah Belk, and Kim and Johnny Belk.
Ralph Pitts with museum president Emily Zimmern
Taste of the New South
Posted: Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012
Olivia Fortson is social editor of the Observer and SouthPark magazine. She loves shining the light on those who know the art of living an elegant life. Email her at OFortson@charlotteobserver.com.
THE REASON: Its the signature annual fundraiser for the Levine Museum of the New South.
THE BUZZ: Over the years the event has featured food from regional inns and resorts, but this year co-chairs Haley Poole and Katherine Mulford along with the other volunteers and organizers came up with the idea to make the theme local flavor
the event highlighted the cuisine, cocktails and culture of the Carolinas with the local food movement incorporated throughout, and it was a huge success
honorary chairs were Sarah and Tim Belk, and Kim and Johnny Belk
the surprise musical guest was talented Carolinian Katherine Whalen, the former lead singer for the Squirrel Nut Zippers who has a new album out with her band Katherine Whalen and the Fascinators.
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