THROUGH AN EXPERIENTIAL tour with local farmers, historians and fishermen, visiting celebrity chefs will delve in the cultural history and cuisine of Beaufort and the surrounding area. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the local Beaufort chapter of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. The dinner is planned at an undisclosed scenic location on Harkers Island beginning at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Chef Mike Moore, founder of The Blind Pig holds events throughout the South, always featuring a team of celebrity guest chefs to design a concept-driven charity dinner. The dinners are held in unique locations, with the venue announced to guests only 48 hours prior to the event.
The Carteret County dinner will feature seven courses paired with distinct wines from local purveyors and feature fresh and locally-supported cuisine prepared by some of the best creative chefs of the regions of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
Along with Moore, guest chefs include Travis Milton of Shovel & Pick, Richmond, Va.; Nate Allen of Knife & Fork, Spruce Pine; Levon Wallace of Cochon, Nashville, Tenn.; and Carteret County’s own Clarke Merrell of Circa 81, Morehead City, and Jason Scott of Island Grill, Atlantic Beach. The visiting chefs will be taken on historic tours and fishing expeditions in order to maximize the experience of this as a research dinner.
The Blind Pig dinner experiences have been televised through The Food Network, The Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel during individual episodes and have also received local and national media attention through magazines and publications such as Our State, Imbibe Magazine, Garden & Gun, The Local Palate, Southern Living, Departures Magazine and WNC Magazine to name a few.
“The soul of what we do is to achieve this experience for our guests and to give proceeds of each dinner to a different charity nonprofit,” explained Mike Moore, founder of The Blind Pig. “We especially believe in raising funds for children, community health and preservation charities. It is our way of having a voice with the cuisine we serve and effectively making a community impact. We do what we do because it is our way of having a voice with the creative cuisine that we serve and it in many ways effectively makes a community impact by awareness as well as financial support.”
For the event, Moore is working with Mr. Big Seafood, Harkers Island; Carteret Catch, Morehead City; Seven Springs, NC; Garner Farms, Havelock; Underground Farms, Gloucester.
For more information on The Blind Pig dinner, or to purchase tickets, call 252-515-0708, visit beaufortwineandfood.com or stop by the office at 400 Front St. suite #8.