Clayton News-Star

Taste of Carolina Cuisine returns Nov. 7

This train is among the auction items for this year’s Taste of Carolina.
This train is among the auction items for this year’s Taste of Carolina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Taste of Carolina Cuisine,” the annual fundraiser of the Woman’s Club of Clayton, turns 10 years old this Nov. 7.

The event showcases food from 13 local restaurants and – since last year – specialty beer from a local brewery.

Taste of Carolina will run from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Tickets are $35. Beer is $3; wine is $4.

Those attending will have a chance to sample “taste-size” portions from the restaurant menus. Serving is from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

For tickets, Marie Monsees at 919-553-5289.

The dining event will also feature a silent auction of about 75 items, including a handbuilt toy train. All items may be viewed and bid on from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Participating restaurants, most in Clayton, are:

•  Brick & Mortar Events, 217 E. Main St., Clayton; 919-550-7400.

•  Charlie’s BBQ & Grille, 8948 Cleveland Road; 919-934-0093.

•  Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St.; 919-553-2299.

•  Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar, 905 E. Main St., Clayton; 919-359-2755.

•  Imposimato – The Traveling Chef, 919-634-1946.

•  LaPiazza, 7277 N.C. 42 West; 919-662-5007.

•  Manning’s, 406 E. Main St., Clayton; 919-550-2433.

•  Mark’s Catering, 919-995-8044.

•  Morning Glory Inn, 507 E. Second St., Clayton; 919-550-8547.

•  Sherry’s Signature Cheesecake, 120 E. Main St., Clayton; 919-270-0513.

•  Simple Twist, 5638 N.C. 42 West; 919-661-5566.

•  Skylines, 8878 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton; 919-850-8153.

•  Two Chefs & A Truck, 919-278-0048.

The brewery is Deep River Brewery, 700 W. Main St., Clayton; 919-585-2296.

Restaurants will compete for eight awards – Best Presentation, Best Original Dish, Best Seasonal Dish, Best Pasta Dish, Best Use of Local Ingredients, Best Dessert and two People’s Choice awards.

Judges from Wake Technical Community College’s culinary school will choose the six “Best” awards. Ticketholders will vote on the two People’s Choice prizes.

Claude Monsees of Clayton, a retired engineer, built the wooden train from a plan he bought. The train is made of walnut and maple. He built a similar one for the “Taste” eight years ago and several for his grandchildren.

Monsees said the man who bought the first train never gave it to his grandchildren but keeps it on a special shelf in his living room.

Other auction items include a three-day stay at an Atlantic Beach condo and a number of gift certificates.

All Proceeds will go to groups and causes supported by the Woman’s Club. These include Artists in the Schools, Clayton Visual Arts, Christmas gifts for needy children, First Baptist Church’s Backpack Buddies program and college scholarships.