Culinary showcase set for Southern Pines

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

Feast on some of the best food in the area on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the annual Culinary Showcase organized by the Moore County Chamber of Commerce.  

More than a dozen eateries will present their top gastronomic creations at the Pinehurst Resort and is the last event of the Pinehurst Food and Wine Festival. Thanks to this partnership, guests also will sample wine from over 50 vineyards.

A portion of the proceeds from this event funds scholarships for students in the Culinary Arts program at Sandhills Community College. The scholarship covers the costs for a year of the two-year program. Other proceeds support Chamber member programs.  

“We’re excited about this being the seventh year of the Culinary Showcase,” says Patrick J. Coughlin, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber. “The students that receive the scholarships from this event and our guests that support the event are truly phenomenal. The Culinary Showcase isn’t just about eating; it’s about the entire taste experience and enjoying the company of friends while simoultaneously giving back to the community.”

Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite eatery in the People’s Choice Award. Eateries are being added daily, but those that are confirmed to date include:  

Cold Stone Creamery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Di’lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar 

Full Moon Oyster Bar

Mid Pines Resort 

Mellow Mushroom

Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club 

Pinehurst Resort

Railhouse Brewery 

Rita’s Italian Ice

Rue 32 

Sandhills Community College Culinary Arts Department

Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill 

St. Joseph of the Pines

Texas Roadhouse 

Valenti’s Italian Restaurant

To purchase tickets, call the Chamber at (910) 692-3926 or log on to Tickets are $50 per person and includes food and beverages. The showcase, held at the Carolina Hotel, begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8:30 p.m.