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Chefs attack each other with knives

Watch Charlotte’s local-food group chew each other up over their pumpkin-carving skills.
Watch Charlotte’s local-food group chew each other up over their pumpkin-carving skills. Observer files

The Piedmont Culinary Guild’s fourth annual CARVED Pumpkin Carving Festival is back Oct. 30, this year at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. in SouthEnd, 3000 S. Tryon St.

The annual festival brings together culinary professionals to see who can carve the best pumpkin, according to votes from everyone who attends. Last year’s winner, Phillip Platoni of Southminster, will defend his title against carvers including chef Paul Verica of Heritage and Bob Peters of The Punch Room.

There’s more to do than vote on gourds, of course: Look for a sugar-skull and farm-craft demonstrations, magic and balloons, art and a silent auction. You can also buy food from Bleu Barn Bistro food truck and Your Mom’s Donuts.

Proceeds benefit the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a grassroots organization of chefs, farmers and local food producers who share resources and promote local food.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door, $5 for children 11 and younger. Advance sales end Oct. 28. Your ticket doubles as a pumpkin vote and a raffle to win at pumpkin at the end (and you can buy extra pumpkin-vote tickets). Tickets and details: www.piedmontculinaryguild.com.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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