Helen Schwab

Charlotte chefs to do ‘Taste of Charlotte’ at Beard House

A view of the House.
A view of the House. Coutresy of the James Beard House

Four chefs and a mixologist from Charlotte head to New York for an April 16 “Taste of Charlotte” dinner at the James Beard House.

Bonterra’s Blake Hartwick, Heritage’s Paul Verica, The Asbury’s Chris Coleman and Ashley Boyd, pastry chef at both 300 East and Heritage, will put together a five-course meal focusing on the South’s foodstuffs, including Springer Mountain Farms chicken. And Bob Peters from The Punch Room will be doing drinks (count on locally produced spirits to appear) for the event, for which tickets aren’t yet on sale. (They’ll be $150.)

Bonterra (1829 Cleveland Ave.; 704-333-9463) will also host a preview dinner ($80) for the Beard House dinner on Feb. 28. And that’s not to be confused with the upcoming Beard Celebrity Chef Tour dinner on March 23 – yes, that’s at Bonterra, too, but it’s a different chef lineup: Hartwick and Verica, plus Joe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson and Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit, and Bryan Skelding of The Greenbrier in West Virginia. That dinner is $150.

The Beard House, home of a nonprofit that aims to encourage and promote American culinary culture, has hosted a “Taste of Charlotte” dinner every four years or so in the last decade, in addition to supporting periodic events here in town.