Mouthful

New Pinehurst Chef & Maker Series showcases NC’s top chefs

Ashley Christensen, who owns six restaurants and bars, including Poole’s Diner and Death & Taxes.
Ashley Christensen, who owns six restaurants and bars, including Poole’s Diner and Death & Taxes. 2011 News & Observer file photo

Three of North Carolina’s most well-known chefs will take part in a new culinary series at Pinehurst Resort this year that celebrates the state’s creative talents.

The Chef & Maker Series will feature Charlotte chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant, May 12-14; James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen or Raleigh’s Death and Taxes and Poole’s Diner, July 7-9; and James Beard-nominated Asheville chef Katie Button of Nightbell and Curate, Sept. 15-17.

Each weekend will start with the Pinehurst culinary team making dinners inspired by the featured chef’s cuisine. The Friday nights include a pig pickin’, comfort food or Spanish tapas. The events are open to the public. Tickets are $70 per person at Pinehurst.com/events.

The rest of the weekends’ schedules will vary but will include interactive demonstrations, workshops, chef dinners and more. Christensen and Button will sign their recently released cookbooks: “Poole’s Diner” (Christensen) and “Curate” (Button) for guests.

“Pinehurst has a long and storied history as a festive and comfortable setting for unique culinary events and we enjoy these types of collaborations,” says Pinehurst’s Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul in a news release.

Packages start at $399 per person and include two nights’ accommodations at one of the resort’s hotels, including The Carolina Hotel and The Holly Inn.

For more information, including chef bios, weekend itineraries and Chef & Maker package details, go to Pinehurst.com/ChefMaker or call 888-832-5890.

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