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2019 Event Lineup

  • Grand Taste Experience & Beer Garden

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    6pm VIP, 6:30pm General Admission 
    The Durham Armory

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  • Grand Taste Experience & Wine Garden

    Thursday, June 27, 2019
    6pm VIP, 6:30pm General Admission 
    Durham Armory

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  • 1920s Speakeasy Nightclub

    Friday, June 28, 2019 
    8pm
    Located at the Carolina Theatre - enter through the stage door

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  • 7-Course Southern Feast Dinner

    An edible exploration of the global influences that now define Southern Cuisine
    Saturday, June 29, 2019 
    6:30pm
    Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

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  • Let There Be Brunch!

    Sunday, June 30, 2019
    11am 
    Clouds Brewing

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2019 Grand Taste Experience & Beer Garden

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
6pm VIP, 6:30pm General Admission
The Durham Armory

"The culinary experience of the year,” as one guest described Grand Taste Experience, now appearing on two nights this year! You will taste 30+ dishes of the best chefs and food artisans in the area.  And, new this year, enjoy Wednesday night’s Beer Garden Tent with craft beers. Plus, inside The Armory, enjoy wine and spirits that you’ve come to expect with a live DJ and entertainment!
Limited VIP tickets available for early entry, VIP commemorative glass and a specialty pour.
Participants

La Recette Patisserie
Counter Culture Coffee
Bedlam Vodka
City Barbeque
Durham Distillery
The Northern Spy & Stem Ciders
House at Gatewood
Ponysaurus Brewing
Sadie's Southern
Oakleaf
Alley Twenty-Six
Brewery Bhavana
Burger Bach
Crossroads Chapel Hill
COPA
Counting House
Crook's Corner
Gibbs Hundred
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Hi-Wire Brewing
It's A Southern Thing
Local 22
Neomonde Mediterranean
Papa Shogun
Pittsboro Roadhouse
39 West Catering
Radius Pizzeria & Pub
Saltbox Seafood Joint
Societa
Unscripted
Viceroy
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
Harvest 18
Earth To Us Kitchen
Flair Restaurant
Tarantini Italian Restaurant
Kingfisher
Starrlight Mead

2019 Grand Taste Experience & Wine Garden

Thursday, June 27, 2019
6pm VIP, 6:30pm General Admission 
Durham Armory

Grand Taste Experience is a sell-out every year, but we are making the experience even better! Thursday night will feature a Wine Garden Tent with varieties from all over the world! Inside, you will taste 30+ dishes from the best chefs and food artisans in the area. Plus, enjoy beer and spirits that you’ve come to expect with a live DJ and entertainment!
Limited VIP tickets available for early entry, VIP commemorative glass and a specialty pour.
Participants

House at Gatewood
Fearrington House Restaurant
Oakleaf
Bleu Olive Bistro
Fusion Fish
Bedlam Vodka
Dashi
Parizade
Acme Food & Beverage Co.
City Barbeque
TOPO Organic Spirits
O-Ku Sushi
NanaSteak
Counter Culture Coffee
Mandolin
Clouds Brewing
Durham Distillery
Plates Neighborhood Kitchen
Oak Steakhouse
Whiskey Kitchen
Toast
Sadie's Southern
Jack Tar and The Colonel’s Daughter
Syrus Lune - Vegan Culinary Artist
Ponysaurus Brewing

1920s Speakeasy Nightclub

Friday, June 28, 2019 
8pm
Located at the Carolina Theatre - enter through the stage door

Prepare to sneak your way into this 1920s speakeasy and sip on cocktails, mingle with bootleggers, snack on hors d’oeuvres and dance the night away to a jazz band. Mum's the word. After you purchase your ticket, you'll be notified of the secret location and password 48-hours before the event by email. Shhh.

Participants

La Recette Patisserie
Counter Culture Coffee
Bedlam Vodka
City Barbeque
Durham Distillery
The Northern Spy & Stem Ciders
House at Gatewood
Ponysaurus Brewing
Sadie's Southern
Oakleaf
Alley Twenty-Six
Brewery Bhavana
Burger Bach
Crossroads Chapel Hill
COPA
Counting House
Crook's Corner
Gibbs Hundred
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Hi-Wire Brewing
It's A Southern Thing
Local 22
Neomonde Mediterranean
Papa Shogun
Pittsboro Roadhouse
39 West Catering
Radius Pizzeria & Pub
Saltbox Seafood Joint
Societa
Unscripted
Viceroy
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
Harvest 18
Earth To Us Kitchen
Flair Restaurant
Tarantini Italian Restaurant
Kingfisher
Starrlight Mead

7-Course Southern Feast Dinner

An edible exploration of the global influences that now define Southern Cuisine
Saturday, June 29, 2019 
6:30pm
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

All seven courses will highlight the different ethnic elements that define our Southern food flavors. Expect a diverse menu from a variety of chefs and cultures, signature cocktails by Kingfisher and Durham Distillery, five courses of wine pairings, feasting tables, a historic overview and entertainment by ShaLeigh Dance Works that will make this an evening to remember.

Event Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Participants

Counter Culture Coffee
Goorsha
Littler
The Parlour
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Whole Foods
Saltbox Seafood Joint
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
Durham Distillery
Kingfisher
Old North Meats & Provisions

Let There Be Brunch!

Sunday, June 30, 2019
11am 
Clouds Brewing

It's the Taste Brunch Event you've been waiting for! 

Join Clouds Brewing, Loaf, It's A Southern Thing, Duck Donuts, Counter Culture Coffee and Bedlam Vodka for the Brunch event of the year. Enjoy sweet and savory brunch favorites by five different chefs at five different food stations. Plus an over-the-top Bloody Mary and Screwdriver Bar by Bedlam Vodka and locally crafted beer selections from Cloud’s Brewing.

There will also be an exclusive performance by the American Dance Festival!

Participants

Counter Culture Coffee
Loaf
It's A Southern Thing
Clouds Brewing
Bedlam Vodka
Amalie(a)
Duck Donuts

Thank You to Our 2019 Talent

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Amanda Orser

Chef, Littler

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Pete Susca

Chef, It’s A Southern Thing

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José Miguel

Chef, Gonza Tacos Y Tequila

Tyler Vanderzee

Tyler Vanderzee

Chef, NanaSteak

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Ron Spada

Chef, The House at Gatewood

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Ricky Moore

Chef, Saltbox Seafood Joint

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Jason Smith

Chef, Harvest 18

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Melissa Katrincic

Owner, Durham Distillery

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Billy Cotter

Chef, Dashi & Toast

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Roberto Copa

Chef, COPA

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Sean Umstead

Owner, Kingfisher

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Jeremy Blankenship

Chef, Crossroads Chapel Hill

Sam Papanikas

Sam Papanikas

Chef, Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro

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Jason Cunningham

Chef, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

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Shannon Healy

Owner, Alley Twenty Six

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Sean Fowler

Chef, Mandolin

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Colin Bedford

Chef, The Fearrington House Restaurant

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Jake Wood

Chef, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

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Vimala Rajendran

Chef, Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe

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Kyle Teears

Chef, Whiskey Kitchen

Richard Fong O-Ku Sushi

Richard Fong

Chef, O-Ku Sushi

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Todd Woods

Chef, Oak Steakhouse

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Thomas Card

Chef, Counting House at 21c Hotel

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Kevin Callaghan

Chef, Acme Food & Beverage Co.

Taste 2020 is canceled due to COVID-19

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