Food & Drink

Charlotte-area food notes

Who will wear the cornbread crown?

The 19th annual National Cornbread Cook-Off, sponsored by Martha White and Lodge Cast Iron, will have a twist this year: Instead of new entries, they’re calling back 10 past winners for an All-Star Cornbread Cook-Off April 25.

That means two local cooks will make the trip to South Pittsburgh, Tenn., to try for cornbread dominance: Janice Elder, who won in 2006 for Monte Cristo Cornbread Skillet Supper, and Andria Gaskins of Matthews, who won last year for Roasted Tomato and Bacon Cobbler.

Middler schoolers compete Friday

Students from four middle schools will face off 9-11:30 a.m. Friday for a cooking competition at the 7th Street Public Market. The STEM to Fork Culinary Competition, sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds Initiative, will include students from Berryhill, Mountain Island Lake Academy, Whitewater Middle and Mint Hill Middle. Judges include chefs Tim Groody of Fork, Luca Annunziata of Passion8, Amber Harris Lewis of Mod Paleo and Catherine Carter of Edible Charlotte. The contest is free and open to the public.

Blue Ridge barbecue comes back in June

The Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival, the state’s official state championship (as declared by Gov. Pat McCrory) returns June 12-13 at Harmon Field in Tryon. Admission is free 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, while Saturday admission is $8. Details:

Bourbon for dinner

The 2nd Evolution of Bourbon Paired Tasting and Dinner will be 7-9 p.m. April 10 at the VanLandingham Estate in Plaza Midwood. Tickets are $55 and include a tapas-style six-course dinner with a guided presentation on bourbon tasting. Tickets and details: or call 704-376-3357.