TASTE 2014 Opening Cocktail & Hors D’Oeuvres Reception at TOPO Distillery: Meet authors Belinda Ellis, Taylor Mathis, Debbie Moose, Fred Thompson & Andrea Weigl

DATEApril 23, 2014

ENDING DATEApril 4, 2014

TIME 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

BUY TICKETShttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/566284

LOCATION505 West Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514


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Event Description

Help us kick off TASTE 2014 by mingling with fellow foodies at Chapel Hill’s own TOPO, the only certified organic, fully local distillery in the South. This is your chance to rub shoulders with local food writers, sip on world-class local spirits and sample hors d’oeuvres, including small tastes from local food writers. The event, from 5-7pm on Wednesday, April 23, will set the tone for the following five-day celebration of our region’s food & drink.

If you’ve never before visited a distillery, this opening evening will give you the opportunity to see a unique, state-of-the-art facility right within our community. Meet the people behind TOPO’s all-local gin, vodka and whiskey, and learn what makes it unique. Try some cocktails, including a special cocktail, Mint Juleps made with TOPO’s Barrel Aged Whiskey, in its very first public appearance. You may also find one or more of the following libations:

1. Andrea Weigl’s Damson Plum Syrup in a special TOPO Gin Cocktail
2. Spicy Cucumber Lemonade with TOPO Vodka
3. Mixed Cocktails using Brood Sodas
To highlight the local theme of TASTE 2014, we will also welcome several North Carolina cookbook authors whose books were published by Chapel Hill’s UNC Press. Meet the colorful personalities behind each name before enjoying mouth-watering samples of recipes from their cookbooks.

Expect to see these authors:

Belinda Ellis, with her book, Biscuits, a UNC Press Savor the South (tm) cookbook, sampling Buttermilk Biscuits

Taylor Mathis, with his book, The Southern Tailgating Cookbook, UNC Press, sampling a Bacon Blue Cheese Ball, a Pimento Cheese Ball, plus his fmaous Lime Cooler.

Debbie Moose, with her book, Buttermilk, a UNC Press Savor the South (tm) cookbook, sampling Jan’s Buttermilk Poundcake

Fred Thompson, with his book, Southern Sides, UNC Press

Andrea Weigl, with her book, Pickles & Preserves, a UNC Press Savor the South (tm) cookbook, sampling Yellow Squash Pickles, Jerusalem Artichoke Relish, Pear Honey or Apple Butter & Damson Plum Syrup. 

If, in talking to these acclaimed authors, seeing their beautifully illustrated books and trying some of their recipes, you’re tempted to purchase a copy for yourself, the folks from Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books will be on hand to sell them to you.


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