Celebrate the bounty of local food with the Sensoria Food & Wine Festival

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Foodies, mark your calendars. This year’s Sensoria Food & Wine Festival will celebrate delicious food and drink from local chefs, farmers and wineries—and it even includes opportunities for wine education.

The four-hour festival April 7 is part of the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s partnership with Central Piedmont Community College on the 2019 Sensoria Arts and Literature Celebration. Sensoria is one of three major events the Piedmont Culinary Guild hosts annually, with the others being the Food and Beverage Symposium in March, and Farm to Fork in the Garden, scheduled for May 6. These events support PCG’s mission of connecting the local food chain and strengthening the local food system by uniting consumers with local food purveyors and providing educational avenues to learn about food sustainability and security.

The samples and pairings

Fifteen of Charlotte’s handpicked chefs will provide a locally sourced dish that will be paired with a North Carolina wine. In addition, there will be a separate area where attendees are able to sample international wines, courtesy of Worldly Wines.

The setup

Each chef will be at a workstation where they will provide their tasting, as well as the wine pairing that was selected for them. Guests will cast a ballot for their favorite overall pairing.

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The chefs and wineries

The featured chefs are: Paul Verica – The Stanley, Steven Goff – Aux Bar, Travis Myers – Willow’s Bistro, Chris Coleman – Stoke, Adam Reed – Santé, Dave Feimster – Fahrenheit, Majid Amoorpour  – Barberry Lunchbox, Brandon Lopez – Members Food Service, Greg Zanitsch  – The Fig Tree, Jamie Turner – Earl’s Grocery, Jossie Lukacik – Sweet Spot Studio, Michael Rouleau  – La Belle Helene, Mike Rozycki – Hello, Sailor, Vince Giancarlo – Zeppelin and David Quintana – Eurest (representing Dukes Bread).

The North Carolina wineries are: McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, Childress Vineyards, Dover Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, Parker Binns Vineyard, Davesté Vineyards, RayLen Vineyards, Overmountain Vineyards, Surry Cellars, Point Lookout Vineyards, Biltmore Estate Winery, Childress Vineyards, Piccione Vineyards and Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery.

The classes

In addition to the wine and food tastings, festivalgoers will also have the opportunity to elevate your wine knowledge by taking part in one or two classes throughout the afternoon. The classes offered will be: Challenges and Champions, Why Doesn’t Beer Get More Respect, Fortified Wines, Regaining Respect for Merlot, Beyond Champagne, and Food and Wine Pairing 101.

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A limited number of VIP tickets are available for an in-depth wine tasting of cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, riesling, and chardonnay. Each varietal will be sampled in a Riedel glass designed especially for that wine, and guests will learn about how the shape benefits the flavor and enjoyment. The VIPs will get to take home a box of the glasses, as well.

The details

When: April 7, noon to 4 p.m.

Location: Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Building, 425 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204

Tickets: $65/general admission; $115 for the VIP Riedel wine tasting

Register: Register on the Sensoria website.

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  1. This is one of the best food and wine events Charlotte has to offer. The VIP package with the Riedel glasses is also a no-brainer to purchase. Go, enjoy…. You’re welcome.


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