The folks at Euphoria Greenville had me sit on big news for a long time! Chef Katie Button is coming to Greenville for Euphoria 2015! (Wild and crazy cheers!) James Beard Nominee and recent Food and Wine Magazine Best Chef recipient, Katie Button, and fellow Asheville Chef John Fleer (another one of my faves) will be joining Greenville Chef Joe Clarke in the American Grocery kitchen for North Meets South: A Dinner of the Carolinas, one of Euphoria’s famed Saturday night Chef Dinners. It’s the big 10 year celebration and the Euphoria crew have been working hard to make sure this is an event you won’t soon forget.
The list of this year’s guest chefs includes: Heidi Trull, Cooper Thomas, Brian Waters, Steve Jankowski, Steve Satterfield, Steven Greene, David Guas, Matthew Accarrino, Ken Vendrinski, Curtis Duffy, and David Kinch.
I’m also stoked to see Edwin McCain returning to the Peace Center stage Friday night for the Taste the South event. It’s been two years since he headlined the Friday event, and it didn’t seem right without him!
Taste of the South kicks off the event on Friday night. If you’ve never been to Euphoria, this is where to start. Greenville’s best chefs fill the pavilion on the Reedy River behind the Peace Center, turning out their signature fare. Guest chefs and visiting celebs often mill about hamming it up with their Greenville buddies, so you never know who you’ll see!
Euphoria is getting sporty this year, so if you are so inclined to burn some calories before the stuff-your-face events begin, grab tickets for Friday morning, when you can hit the greens at The Cliff’s Mountain Park location, or cycle with Greenville celebrity cyclist, George Hincapie.
I haven’t had the luxury of the VIP experience at Euphoria but I hear it’s smashing. Anyone want to buy my ticket for this one? I’ll give you a hug and some crazy social media shout outs! VIP’s are privy to experiences at different locations around town in the afternoon on Friday, and then get to experience the VIP party at Larkin’s after the Friday night concert.
You better get hydrated for Saturday’s Tasting Showcase. Grab a wine glass and a beer glass on the way in and sniff and swirl your way through dozens of wine vendors then fill your glass with brew after brew from regionally and nationally acclaimed breweries. Food vendors are scattered about too, so you won’t go hungry.
Wine Seminars are held during the Saturday Tasting Showcase so don’t forget to head on over to The Westin and brush up on your wine knowledge.
If you don’t want to do a chef dinner but you want to keep the party going on Saturday night, get tickets to the Traffic Jam at Flour Field. Food trucks fill the outfield and you can drink and eat until your content to grab a seat and bob along to the live music.
Pace yourself! There’s an afterparty Saturday night too! This one’s called Swanky & Sweet and features lots of bubbly and the tasty noshes of Fifth Restaurant Group, Stacy’s Sweet Shop and French Broad Chocolates.
The Sunday South State Jazz Brunch is a hangover cure for the masses. My husband had the best Bloody Mary of his life at Jazz Brunch two years ago. And there’s cake. And shrimp and grits. I can stop talking now, right?
The schedule wraps with Sunday Supper at Wyche Pavilion at the Peace Center on Sunday evening. Chefs John Currence, Scott Crawford, Kevin Johnson, Frank Lee, Mike Davis, Anthony Gray, Shaun Garcia, Michael Kramer and Heidi Trull wind the ten year celebration with a full on culinary powerhouse meal on the banks of the Reedy River.
Events are going to sell out fast, people. I will be staring at my computer at 11:59am on Saturday waiting on noon to roll around so I can order my tickets! Hope to see you out there guys. I missed Euphoria last year and won’t be making that mistake anytime again soon. Cheers!
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