Tag Archives: Terravita

Foodies Rejoice! Annual Pepper Festival – October 6th & TerraVita Food & Wine Event October 10-12th


If you’re a voracious local foodie, a supporter of North Carolina’s sustainable agriculture or just enjoy good music and a cold beer, don’t miss the 6th Annual Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival this Sunday, October 6th, from 3-7pm at Boulder Park in Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill.

The Pittsboro Pepper Festival aims to spread the superfood power of regional peppers while promoting local food, fun, and community. All proceeds from the Pittsboro Pepper Festival go toward sustainable agriculture education and research in the Piedmont of North Carolina through The Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofarm, both located at The Plant in Pittsboro.


Photo courtesy of the Abundance Foundation

The festival features over 30 local chefs from Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Greensboro, Carrboro and Pittsboro who choose from a wide variety of heirloom local peppers (everything from sweet to hot!) to create their most creative pepper dish or drink to serve in person at the bustling festival.

Pepper Kings and Queens, kid’s activities, and a community of local food lovers, sustainable agriculture activists and sustainability educators will be a part of the event. Fun for the whole family includes a Vegetable Circus, hula-hoops, face painting, and the return of the legendary big bubbles on the green. Musical entertainment provided by Big Fat Gap, Loamlands, and Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends!

$30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Kids under 12 get in free!To purchase tickets and get more information please visit the festival website.


photo courtesy the Abundance Foundation

About the Abundance Foundation
The Abundance Foundation is empowering the Piedmont on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and local economy through DIY workshops, community-building events, and by actively engaging youth.


TerraVITA Food & Wine Event, named one of the “10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has earned its reputation as a premier culinary event in the Southeast because it highlights local and sustainable food and beverages of superior quality. This October, TerraVITA returns for its fourth year, offering a series of educational and tasting events featuring renowned North Carolina chefs, artisans and makers of top local and sustainable wines, microbrews, coffee and spirits. Tickets are still available for the Grand Tasting on the Green and a few other select events, visit  www.TerraVITAevent.com for ticket availability.


TerraVITA Grand Tasting Event 2011
(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

Oct. 12, Grand Tasting on the Green
TerraVITA culminates on Saturday, Oct. 12 with the Grand Tasting on the Green. Seriously delicious food from exceptional restaurants across North Carolina will be offered alongside more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages from around the globe. Returning favorites include On The Square in Tarboro, French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, Herons Restaurant from The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, and Chef & The Farmer in Kinston; new restaurants and rising stars include Ashten’s in Southern Pines, Little Hen in Holly Springs, Spring House in Winston Salem, and Cameo 1900 in Wilmington. Organic coffee producers, biodynamic, organically-grown and natural wines, and a dozen sustainably-produced microbrews and local distilleries will also be on site for sipping and sampling. Live music and a silent and live auction benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org) will take place under the Grand Tasting Tent at Southern Village.


(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

As in years past, TerraVITA has set the additional goal of producing a zero waste event by employing the intensive use of compostable and recyclable goods and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event.

Sponsors of TerraVITA include Chapel Hill Orange County Visitors Bureau, The Local Palate, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Mitre Agency, TOPO Great Room & Distillery, PNC Bank, The Siena Hotel, Our State magazine, Locals Seafood, Edible Piedmont, and Orange County Waste Management, and more.

For more information, please visit www.TerraVITAevent.com

1 Comment

Filed under Events

Third Annual TerraVITA Food & Wine Event – November 1-3, 2012


With Terra meaning “of the earth” and Vita meaning “life,” the name captures the very spirit of the Triangle’s premier foodie event which returns to the area this November 1st through the 3rd. The third annual TerraVITA Food & Wine Event will bring together some of the finest biodynamic and organically-grown wines and microbrews in the world with some of the very best North Carolina chefs, known and celebrated for their outstanding reputations and chosen for their devotion and allegiance to locally-grown ingredients.

TerraVITA 2012 will offer a stellar line-up of the best chefs, from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina, and unite their amazing food with select beverages produced by some of the best craftsmen in the world.


TerraVITA Grand Tasting Event 2011
(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

The “Grand Tasting on the Green”, the headlining event of TerraVITA, takes place on Saturday, November 3, from 1 – 4:30 p.m.

This event brings together some of the best sustainably-produced wines, microbrews, coffees and spirits and offers them side-by-side with culinary tastings by James Beard-nominated chefs, artisan chocolatiers, charcuteries and cheese makers from across the state of North Carolina.  Advance tickets are $65 for the all-inclusive event with a special designated driver/no alcohol ticket offered for $55. Tickets can be purchased on the event website here.


3 Cups
(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

Participating restaurants and food artisans:
Herons Restaurant (Cary), Dan and Jael Rattigan from French Broad Chocolate Lounge (Asheville), Acme Food & Beverage Company (Carrboro), Knife & Fork (Spruce Pine), Elemental Chocolate (Raleigh), Little Hen Restaurant (Holly Springs), Mandolin (Raleigh), Chefs 105 (Morehead City), On The Square (Tarboro), Harvest Moon Grille (Charlotte), Il Palio (Chapel Hill), Crippen’s Restaurant (Blowing Rock), Crumb (Raleigh), Chapel Hill Creamery (Chapel Hill), Green Valley Grill (Greensboro), 518 West (Raleigh), Oakleaf (Pittsboro), Hillsborough Cheese Company (Hillsborough), Farmhand Foods (Durham), 18 Seaboard (Raleigh), Weathervane (Chapel Hill), Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop (Durham), Market Restaurant (Raleigh), Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen (Greensboro/Cary), The Chef’s Academy (Morrisville), Escazu Artisan Chocolates (Raleigh), Sandwhich (Chapel Hill), and NamaKiss Chocolates (Raleigh).


The Market Restaurant
(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

Beverage participants:
De Maison Selections, Sour Grapes, SIP…A Wine Store, Authentique Vin, Tryon Distributing, Highland Brewing Company, Peak Organic Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Mystery Brewing Company, and Full Sail Brewing, as well as Carrboro Coffee Company, Joe Van Gogh, Slingshot Coffee Company and TOPO Spirits and more. More than 100 beverage samples will be available for tasting.


Carrboro Coffee
(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

In addition to the marquee Grand Tasting, three other events occur during the festival: Chefs’ Harvest Potluck,The Sustainable Classroom, and The Carolina TableEast Meets West Dinner. 

Additional Event Information:

Chef’s Harvest Potluck
Thursday, November 1st (7-9pm)
Town Commons in Carrboro, NC
Cost: $55 
(for tickets purchased before Oct 15)

The dinner will feature dishes from 20 top chefs in the Triangle, including Andrea Reusing from Lantern, Sara Foster from Foster’s Market, Bill Smith from Crooks Corner, Sean Fowler from Mandolin, Adam Rose from Il Palio, Kevin Callaghan from Acme Food & Beverage Company, Bret Jennings from Elaine’s On Franklin, Seth Kingsbury from Pazzo, Vimala Rajendran from Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, Jim Nixon from Panzanella, Marshall Smith at Glasshalfull, Aaron Vandemark from Pancuito, Sam Suchoff from The Pig and more.  All the featured chefs use Carrboro Farmers’ Market as a consistent resource for ingredients and 100 percent of the money raised through ticket sales will go to the Market for physical improvements to its current location.

The Sustainable Classroom
When: Thursday, November 2nd (9:30am-4:15pm)
Where: TOPO Distiller & Greenbridge – Both in Chapel Hill
Cost: $35 for two sessions, or $50 for four consecutive sessions.

A combination of culinary workshops, tastings, and beverage and food demonstrations featuring food and beverage experts and aficionados. The Sustainable Classroom sessions will be held in two locations, just one block from one another in Chapel Hill: The new TOPO Distillery on Graham St. near the intersection of West Franklin, and the event space at Greenbridge on Graham St. Each session lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and will include multiple experts specializing in different facets of food and/or drink.

Session Sampler:  One session pairs chef and cookbook author Bill Smith from the James Beard-winning restaurant Crooks Corner in Chapel Hill with NC native and author Sheri Castle; they’ll offer tastings of favorite recipes and discuss the whims and woes of putting together a winning cookbook. Another session combines cheesemonger Alexander Kast (Southern Season, Chapel Hill) with Triangle chef/instructor Breana Lai, and sommelier and proprietor Inez Ribustello (On the Square, Tarboro) to do the ultimate wine, cheese and food tasting. Guests will choose among eight sessions and each guest may select a maximum of four sessions to attend throughout the day.

Other Sustainable Classroom experts: Dr. Bernie Herman from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tom Gallivan from Shooting Point Oysters (coastal Virginia), Scott Maitland from TOPO Distillery (Chapel Hill),  Scott Conary from Carrboro Coffee Company (Carrboro), Cassie Parsons from Harvest Moon Grille (Charlotte), Cheese Expert Sasha Shreders from Southern Foods (Winston-Salem/Greensboro), Jay Pierce from Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen (Greensboro, Cary), Leah Wong Ashburn from Highland Brewing Company (Asheville), Amanda Hodge from Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH), Wine educator and consultant Mary Margaret McCamic from The Clever Vine (Carrboro), Sherry Stolfo from The Chef’s Academy (Morrisville), Marilyn Markel from A Southern Season (Chapel Hill), and more.

A full list of speakers and session descriptions can be found on the event website here.

The Carolina Table: East Meets West Dinner at Chatjam Mills in Pittsboro
Friday November 2nd (7-10pm)

This event began as an exclusive “thank you” event for sponsors. This year, it’s open to the public for the first time and showcases three chefs–one from eastern NC, one from western NC, and one from the Triangle. The chefs work together to prepare a six-course meal centered on local ingredients. This year, the chefs include James Beard nominee Vivian Howard from Chef and The Farmer (Kinston), Cassie Parsons from Harvest Moon Grille (Charlotte), and Adam Rose from Il Palio (Chapel Hill).  Dessert will be prepared by Jael and Dan Rattigan from French Broad Chocolate Lounge (Asheville, NC).

For more information on attending  TerraVITA 2012, please visit their website and Facebook  Page or follow them on twitter at @Terravitafoodie.


Filed under Chapel Hill, Chocolate, Coffee, Events, Food, Local Beers and Breweries, Restaurant Reviews, Wine Tasting

Terravita’s Grand Tasting on the Green at Southern Village in Chapel Hill – October 16, 2010


If you are into the local food scene or looking to try organic and biodynamic wines, make sure you mark your calendars! TerraVITA’S inaugural Grand Tasting on the Green will be held at Southern Village in Chapel Hill, NC, on Saturday, October 16, 2010, and will be the first event in the Southeast to offer participants an opportunity to sample more than 100 biodynamic and organic wines and microbrews in a single open venue.  The event will feature 30 of the top-rated North Carolina sustainable chefs and artisan food purveyors with some of the finest biodynamic and organic wines and microbrews from around the world.  Tickets cost $65 dollars but you can enter a discount code – TVE2010 – to get $10 off each ticket through this weekend.

Alongside international wine and beer producers, premier chefs from western North Carolina to the Triad, the Triangle, and the Coast will be present to prepare some of the freshest and finest food samples using locally grown ingredients and products provided by Organic Valley.  In addition, chocolatiers, cheese-makers, bakers, and organic coffee and tea producers will prepare tastings for event attendees while live bluegrass-inspired music plays throughout the afternoon.

TerraVITA also will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on exclusive food and wine merchandise, sustainable products and services, and original art by prominent artists in a silent auction benefitting two local non-profit organizations.  As an additional commitment, TerraVITA has set the goal of producing a zero waste event.  Working with Solar Tech South, TerraVITA will have access to clean solar energy to support a portion of the event’s electrical needs.  In addition, other sustainable practices will be employed including the intensive use of compostable and recyclable goods. 

For more information on attending or participating in TerraVITA, please visit their website www.TerraVITAevent.com

Leave a comment

Filed under Events