5 Reasons to Visit Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina may look brand-new, but there’s a lot of history here. Its roots run deep in the Old South, way back before the American Revolution and during the Carolina Gold Rush, an intricate web of old gold mining tunnels could be found deep below the streets of Uptown.
Charlotte's Most Romantic Restaurants
Charlotte, sometimes called Banktown for being the country's second largest banking center after New York City, has a huge variety of fine-dining establishments, but not all have romance on the agenda. This often leaves couples wondering where to go on a romantic date night in the city, whether it's a quiet anniversary dinner or a celebratory Valentine's Day meal.
Raise a glass, fork and knife to Carolina festivals
celebrating food and drink
Consider yourself a gourmet or a gourmand, or a person who just loves local food and drink? There are lots of reasons in Charlotte and across the Carolinas to celebrate food and beverages, and the chefs, farmers and artisan craft producers who make it possible for all of us to eat and drink local.
Where to eat this holiday season — from Reigning Doughnuts to Bonterra
I expect two things during the holidays: my wallet to shrink and my belly to grow. The result of both makes me vow never to return to such reckless decisions. Yet every year, the desire to spoil loved ones combines with the allure of decadent holiday menu offerings to produce both effects — my Sisyphean efforts not enough for such an unstoppable force.
Where To Eat In Charlotte: Bonterra
Southern cuisine is a sacred thing. Bonterra fully embraces this sentiment, right down to their location. Nestled in a historic Dilworth church, the restaurant pays homage to its spiritual history, pairing the classic architecture with a refined take on Southern fare. Owner John Duncan had a vision for this old church when he and his father purchased it over two decades ago, and the city staple has provided Charlotteans with divine dining ever since.
The oenophile’s map of the 20 best wine spots in Charlotte
While Charlotte is known for the boom of breweries, where’s the credit for the wine bars? From sipping with your pup at Max & Lola Bodega to a european style cheese and wine at MERE’s wine shop, there’s definitely been an upgrade in the city’s wine scene.
Historic Church Setting of Bonterra – Best Unique Spot for a Drink by CharlotteFive
Some of my favorite travel memories are finding a quirky little watering hole to waste away evenings in – like Weinorgal in Vienna. We came back home wishing Charlotte had something as unique as the wine bar located in the vault of a lodging house built in the 1200s.
No Campfire? No Problem. Bonterra’s S’mores Brownie
Satisfy your summer s’mores craving, but skip the sticky fingers and campfire. Top chefs around town are drawing inspiration from the crunchy graham cracker, gooey marshmallow, and melted chocolate combination to create luxe desserts sure to have you going back for, well, s’more.
The ultimate list of wine bars in Charlotte, from south Charlotte to University City
On a warm spring day, it’s tempting to sit on a patio with a glass of wine and let the post-work-day peace wash over you. Whether you prefer a garden-vibe (cheers to you, Dilworth Tasting Room) or a casual nook (Bulldog Beer & Wine never fails), there’s a wine spot for you in Charlotte.
Chef Blake Hartwick is part of the group of Charlotte Chefs to do “Taste of Charlotte at Beard House in NYC
Bonterra’s Blake Hartwick, Heritage’s Paul Verica, The Asbury’s Chris Coleman and Ashley Boyd, pastry chef at both 300 East and Heritage, will put together a five-course meal focusing on the South’s foodstuffs, including Springer Mountain Farms chicken.
Bonterra Named One of Charlotte’s Prettiest Restaurants
With such calculated and carefully orchestrated details having little to do with your palate, overall aesthetics are not lost on Charlotte’s restauranteurs. We not only have a wide range of culinary gems, but also design and architectural gems serving up some of the best food and feasts for your eyes.
Charlotte Chefs Prep Tomorrow’s Culinary Tastemakers
Can’t lose Carolina: a Charlotte chef’s undefeated wing recipe
Chef Blake Hartwick, of Bonterra Dining and Wine Room in Charlotte, North Carolina, noticed something during the current NFL season. Every time he served his signature wings, the Carolina Panthers won. Luckily for Panthers fans everywhere, Chef Hartwick is taking his wings to California to take part in the twenty-fifth annual Taste of the NFL event during Super Bowl weekend.
Unmistakably Carolina: Game Day Recipes for the Original Bandwagon
As soon as the Panthers punched their tickets to Santa Clara for the Super Bowl, we asked two of their biggest fans—who also happen to be chefs—to share a few game day recipes with us. Unlike those all those other recipes out there, these are unmistakably Carolina. With ingredients like NC catfish, Cheerwine, chow chow, and Duke's mayo, they not only satisfy a hungry crowd, they make it abundantly clear that you're a part of the Panther Nation (or that you just like good grub).
James beard celebrity chef tour dinner: Charlotte
On a recent Wednesday night, the kitchen inside Bonterra Restaurant was abuzz with activity. Charlotte Chef Blake Hartwick of Bonterra Dining & Wine Room had gathered a few culinary comrades inside his kitchen to host the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner; the second dinner of its kind in the city.
Ten of NC best take, NYC by Storm
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Bonterra Dining & Wine Room Chef Included in the Line up for Euphoria’s Lambs & Clams
Lambs + Clams is a collaboration between Craig Rogers, shepherd of Border Springs Farm Lamb and Travis Croxton, oysterman of Rappahannock River Oysters both based in Virginia. Craig and Travis are purveyors to farm conscious chefs throughout America who value and appreciate conservation and humanely raised farm products.
Homegating with the Taste of the NFL Chef Blake Hartwick
“I’m not saying it’s the wings,” Hartwick said in a news release, “but every time I made them, the team did seem to win.” (He did not make them the Sunday that Carolina lost in Atlanta, though he was there. So let’s not let that happen again.)
Charlotte Chef Bringing his Undefeated Wings to Super Bowl 50
The chef at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room in Charlotte replied with a typical answer, saying that the Panthers, who needed to stage a late comeback to topple the New York Giants a week earlier, were due, and didn’t approach the divisional game with the proper mindset.