News from T&S @ Charleston Food & Wine Festival 2012

Charleston Food and Wine Festival

We had an amazing time in Charleston, South Carolina this weekend where we brought Troy and Sons Moonshine to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival in the Evoque Lounge! Serving thousands of festival goers, we met some great people and talented chefs! Here is some of the highlights! See more on our facebook and you can save them yourself from our flickr!

Setting up before the flood of people! :

Meeting Robert Shehling of Hominy Grill 2008 James Beard Southeast Award

Chef/proprietor Robert Stehling first learned to cook under Bill Neal at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, NC.  He then worked for several years in New York before moving to Charleston where he opened Hominy Grill.  He received the prestigious James Beard Best Chef Southeast award in 2008.

Todd Roye and his lovely wife! Daniels Island and Golf Club Beverage Manager!

“We love everything about Troy! Her company, her spirits and her spirit are infectious! We cannot wait to order her Moonshine in!”

Ryan Jones -Sommelier at Solas Raleigh (right) loving Troy & Sons straight!

Boris Van Dyck- Principal of The Icebox. Handles over 80 spirit events in Charleston

Vendue Inn executive chef Jude Wagner

Congratulations to James Beard Semifinalists from NC!!

Again, North Carolina is establishing itself as a premier destination for food lovers and chefs alike! Eight chefs and mixologists from the state are prepared to go head-to-head with some of the biggest names in the culinary world! Big congratulations to all of you and especially Asheville’s own rising star, Katie Button of Cúrate! Previous North Carolina winners include Ben and Karen Barker of Magnolia Grill and Andrea Reusing of our friends at Lantern in Chapel Hill! Below is the full list of semifinalists below from Newsobserver. 

The semifinalists include:

  • For Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional: Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham and Eric Solomon of Eric Solomon Selections European Cellars in Charlotte.
  •  For Rising Star Chef: Katie Button of  in Asheville.
  •  For Best Chef Southeast: Ashley Christensen of Poole’s in Raleigh, John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, Scott Howell of Nana’s in Durham, and Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto in Hillsborough.
  •  For Outstanding Restaurant: Magnolia Grill in Durham.

Congratulations again!! Hope we have the chance to cheers them at the Distillery with a Heirloom Moonshine Cocktail!

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/02/22/1874371/nc-chefs-named-as-award-finalists.html