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Music to Your Mouth event coming to Lake James

The second stop of the Music to Your Mouth Southern tour heads to Crescent Communities’ Lake James property in Nebo, N.C. on June 27-29 for a weekend of food, fun and music. Guests will celebrate the bounty of North Carolina while experiencing the stories surrounding food and the bonds forged through sharing a meal.

The event will begin with a gourmet s’mores social Friday evening, followed on Saturday with an open-flame feast paired with local craft beer. Renowned chefs Brandon Carter, executive chef at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, and Ashley Cope, pastry chef at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, will play host to guest chef Jacob Sessoms, Table restaurant in Asheville, N.C., and Shepherd Craig Rogers, Border Springs Farm in Patrick Springs, Va., as they collaborate on meals throughout the weekend.

The stopover’s main event takes place Saturday night with a spread from the chefs, beer from Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing, and desserts from Cope. Topping off the evening is a private concert from Kristian Bush, one-half of the Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling country duo, Sugarland, and the Sugarland band.

“Through Music to Your Mouth, we create opportunities for chefs, artisans, winemakers and members of our communities to experience the stories that surround food,” said Courtney Hampson, marketing manager for Crescent Communities and organizer of Music to Your Mouth. “We always strive to create a sense of community, and nothing forges that bond better than sharing a meal and enjoying really great music.”

While the menu for the event has not yet been revealed, past events have featured such delights as grilled oysters, stone crabs, bourbon pecan and candied bacon mousse, charcoal-grilled confit lamb ribs, and even a bacon tree.

Seating is limited for the event and organizers encourage reserving tickets early. Tickets are on sale now at the Music to Your Mouth website. A variety of ticket packages from $95 to $125 per person are available. Packages that include round-trip transportation are available for those traveling from the Charlotte or Asheville areas. A portion of all ticket sales will be going to the MANNA FoodBank.

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