There were some happy hundreds of people at Saturday’s TerraVITA food and wine event in Chapel Hill. This is why I am not a food writer – I got so caught up in sampling food that I forgot to take notes of what it was I was eating.
Participating restaurants included Early Girl Eatery and French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, Chef & The Farmer in Kinston, Lucky 32 in Greensboro, Market Restaurant in Raleigh, Angelina’s in Pittsboro, Watt’s Grocery in Durham, and Zely & Ritz in Raleigh. I did remember to go back through the crowd and take photos of smiling chefs and vendors.
The event was organized by Colleen Minton, who grew up in the Triangle, and last year moved to Chapel Hill by way of Atlanta. She managed to pull bring together more than two dozen chefs and food artisans, along with breweries and wineries for a “Grand Tasting on the Green,” as in the Southern Village green. All food and beverages were made from sustainably grown ingredients. Colleen also set up educational and fund-raising components, the event was powered by Strata Solar, and Orange County Solid Waste Management handled recycling and composting. Green on the green indeed.