The weather is getting warmer which means Spring is officially here (minus that strange snow event last week)! Your Charlotte NACE Board has been hard at work ensuring that our members have excellent meetings to attend complete with networking opportunities, relevant industry trends and fabulous food and drink options!
With this in mind our March meeting did not disappoint! Members and guests alike enjoyed farm to table specialties from Freshlist while sipping Kombucha and craft beers by Lenny Boy Brewing. The culinary trend explored at this meeting was the power plant based catering and the explosion of Kombucha onto the Charlotte craft scene. Our Programs Team always strives to bring experts in their fields to share their expertise and ensure that our members are informed.
Chef Matt Martin and Farm Coordinator Erin Bradley of Freshlist described in detail not only the ingredients utilized in our meal and where they came from but also how Freshlist connects chefs with local farmers. Here’s how it works and why it is important for you to know about it: Freshlist builds relationships with local farmers in North and South Carolina and sources every imaginable product a chef could need. Then chefs browse hundreds of local products and Freshlist delivers those products. Why this is important: in a time where local matters to just about everyone and people care about what they put into their bodies, catering professionals need to know how to connect and engage with local farmers. If you have wondered how your team can connect with local farmers, I encourage you to check it out!
What pairs perfectly with a delicious meal, a Kombucha tasting that is what! Kombucha is a fermented, non-alcoholic beverage that is high in Probiotics, B-vitamins, and Amino Acids. As we learned, it is great for your immune system, digestive system and overall health. Lenny Boy’s taproom always has small batch kombuchas on tap, as well as thier flagship kombucha flavors. Lenny Boy Brewing started by just brewing Kombucha in 2011 and after finding success expanded to a microbrewery with a full lineup and craft beer as well. Thank you for hosting in your great space! I would also like to thank Andrea Esselman of Moments Media Production for capturing the evening!
On April 15th, the Johnson & Wales Charlotte Student Chapter will be taking over our professional Chapter’s meeting and will be facilitating a panel discussion of leading local industry professionals. Please join us at Camp North End for an evening full of discussion and experience!
Cristin Corder Lee, CPCE
2018 – 2019 Charlotte NACE President
The students from our Johnson & Wales University Student Chapter have been hard at work, collaborating with the Charlotte Chapter's Program Committee, for our upcoming "Student Chapter Takeover! Aligning your Passions with your Career".
Showcasing the first time use of Camp North End by our Charlotte Chapter, the student and programs committees have put a lot of thought into utilizing all aspects of the space, how to properly incorporate the F&B experience, and use of existing elements. Communicating with vendors to setup new and existing partnerships, creating spot on panelist questions, and a seamless run of show, we are excited to see the evening unfold!
We look forward to seeing you there!
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