dessert evoke

evoke at le meridien charlotte

Le Meridien Charlotte knows how to throw a good party.

evoke le meridien charlotte grand opening party

(photo courtesy of Le Meridien Charlotte. I don’t even like the way I look in this photo but wanted to share it because it shows how good of a grand opening party Le Meridien throws).

After the collected our coats, we (my friend Emily is on the right and Mary of Fervent Foodie is on the left) started with a professional photo at the entrance. In a matter of moments there were trays of wine and craft cocktails at my fingertips (I started with a glass of red, per usual).

But it didn’t stop with the trays (and trays and trays) of drinks. We’re talking an extensive spread of cheese, charcuterie, olives, bread, dips, two pasta stations, a crudo station, passed hors devours, a bourbon room (yes, a whole room dedicated to bourbon) a latte artist, elegant gowns, and living art.

Join me on this elegant journey celebrating Le Merdien Charlotte’s grand opening. Don’t worry, we will talk about the food in a moment.

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hidden gems: outer banks travel guide

We’re beach bound this week!!! The Outer Banks is one of my favorite places to visit (here are some tips, and here, here, and here too!) and I jumped at the opportunity to share some of my favorite spots in an Outer Banks Travel Guide as part of Feast and West’s Hidden Gems series. Don’t…

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the punch room

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sunday supper | simple guacamole

I love Mexican food. And nothing makes Mexican food better than it already is than fresh guacamole. I’ve never been a fan of the pre made version of my favorite dip. Truly nothing can beat the flavor of a fresh avocado. Plus, making fresh guac is so easy there’s no need to buy the packaged stuff.

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snapshots 3.13.15

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I was the lucky beneficiary of ANOTHER snow day this week. I truly do love my job, but I think we can all agree that a day at home in our PJs is never a bad thing. Charlotte was supposed to get SLAMMED with snow (up to 10 inches I think) and they measured it…

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One of my biggest regrets is not discovering Sunflour Baking Company sooner. Located in the heart of Elizabeth, it’s a few blocks shy of my old apartment in Plaza Midwood. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t set foot sunny shop until two months before I moved (I had lived there for two years, yes I’m a…

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A major benefit to moving South is Charlotte’s inability to handle winter weather. I am no winter weather expert (snow cripples the DC region just as much as it does Charlotte and Atlanta), but I did spend seven VERY LONG winters in Wisconsin. I’m not going to get all “walking uphill, both ways, barefoot, in…

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Did you know that National Margarita Day exists? Well,  I hope you’re as thrilled about this news as I am. I had no idea National Margarita Day was a holiday, nor did I assume that it would be celebrated annually in February. But it’s true. There’s a whole website dedicated to this holiday. I found…

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