Chapel Hill, N.C. — One of the hottest foodie tickets around goes on sale this weekend. The fifth annual TerraVITA Food and Wine Event will feature dinners, classes and a North Carolina premiere party for the PBS show "A Chef's Life."
Everything kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 9, with the Southern Harvest Dinner, an outdoor feast at Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Weathervane chef Spencer Carter and chef Kevin Johnson from The Grocery in Charleston, S.C., will collaborate with Border Spring Farms’ Craig Rogers and his grass-fed lamb for a casual dinner paired with craft beers, sustainable wines and live music. Tickets are $85. Following the dinner, there will be a party to celebrate the North Carolina premiere of the PBS award-winning series "A Chef's Life," which features Vivian Howard of The Chef and the Farmer in Kinston.
The fun continues on Friday, Oct. 10, with a day of culinary workshops, food and beverage tastings, demonstrations and panel discussions. This year's Sustainable Classroom sessions feature chefs, journalists and cookbook authors including James Beard Foundation 2014 Best Chef in the Southeast Ashley Christensen of Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh. Tickets are $60 and include three classes.
That night, the East Meets West Dinner will feature a farm-to-table dinner prepared by chefs including Scott Crawford of the soon-to-open Standard Foods and Nash Tavern in Raleigh, Ben Adams of Piedmont in Durham and Matthew Dawes of The Bull and Beggar in Asheville. Tickets are $100 each.
TerraVITA's main event, the Grand Tasting on the Green, will be Saturday, Oct. 11. For the first time, the event will feature live chef demonstrations. Walk around and taste plates from 45 exceptional chefs and artisans from across the state. There will also be samples of more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages from around the globe, including organic coffee, wine, beer and spirits. All-inclusive tickets are $75 each. Designated driver tickets are $60.
If you can afford it, you might want to consider buying one of the three-day passes for $425. There are only a limited number of them and they get you into everything, including several private, non-ticketed events.
Private events you can only get into with this special ticket:
- An intimate afternoon event at One restaurant in Chapel Hill with Chefs Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan and two additional North Carolina chefs – Vivian Howard from Chef and Farmer in Kinston and Scott Crawford of Standard Foods and Nash Tavern in Raleigh
- Hands-on bread baking class led by Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery and author of “A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker"
- Special TerraVita After Party at The Black House at Straw Valley in Durham with Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer and Chef Adam Rose