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Ashley Marie Sneed is currently a chef at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte*, and has been cooking in restaurants and hotels for over six years. Her culinary talents stem from a passion for food and wine, and her desire to share that with the rest of the world has led her to pursue a career in writing. Her experiences range from dining to cooking to cultural immersions in Europe and Asia and domestic meccas such as New York, L.A. and Chicago. She loves cooking at home for friends and family, indulging at local restaurants, blogging about her culinary adventures and preparing meals for a new and upcoming personal chef company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ashley is a Ritz-Carlton employee, but not an official company spokesperson. The opinions and positions expressed are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ritz-Carlton, LLC.

Urban Mondays Spring/Summer Launch Party In Charlotte

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Come join urban mondays on Monday, April 1st from 7-9 p.m. for an evening of fashion, drinks, contests, giveaways, music and more! They’ve got everything from denim, to shoes, to accessories. From their closet revamp to personal styling services, they’ll keep you up to date on how to be stylish […]

New Spring Cocktails From Mimosa Grill In Charlotte

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Oh…my…gosh. Mimosa Grill has put together an array of new spring cocktails that are out of this world by using local farmer’s market ingredients, house-infused liquors, and fresh herbs.

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These handcrafted drinks are as simple as can be but offer up the most exquisite flavor combinations that take your palate […]

E2 Eatery By Emeril Lagasse Opens In Uptown Charlotte


BAM! Emeril Lagasse’s done it again, this time in uptown Charlotte! His 13th installment, e2: emeril’s eatery, will be a new addition to his 12 other award-winning restaurants, located in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando and Bethlehem. Emeril, a former student of Johnson & Wales, has become a national TV superstar, appearing on networks […]

Exotic Winter Cocktail: Kumquat Mojito

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While popular in Latin America, the kumquat mojitio remains a bit eccentric and atypical here in the states, especially in climates less tropical. But that shouldn’t shy you away; the kumquats are in the peak of their November to March growing season, and go great in everything from jams and marmalades to ice creams, […]

Art, Wine, And Cheese Charity Event At The Last Word Bookstore In Charlotte

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Beyond The Arts, Inc, a local, non-profit organization, is extremely excited to offer an evening of fine wines, fine art, and fine cheeses on Sunday, January 22nd. Whether a novice or an experienced painter, this event will offer step-by-step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece, with the guidance of certified art instructor […]

Soup On Sunday Charity Event In Charlotte


The Phillip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center at CPCC is offering up one of the tastiest days of the year! The event benefits the Hospice & Palliative Care Center, and for a $30 general admission ticket, you’ll be able to try soups from over 35 different premier Charlotte restaurants, gourmet coffee from Caribou, […]

Bon Appetit Magazine’s 2012 Food Lover’s Cleanse

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Feeling intimidated by your peers’ exclamations to “detox”-this and “cleanse”-that in the new year? Worried about all those foods that you’ll have to give up and the money you’ll end up spending just to shed those last few pounds? Well, don’t be. This month’s Bon Appetit magazine has come to the rescue: A two-week, […]

Charlotte Restaurant Week 2012


Boy oh boy, this is my favorite time of year! From January 20th to the 29th, Charlotte Restaurant Week–a 10-day eating extravaganza–brings you over 100 upscale restaurants at a low price of $30 for three courses (some do four, some include wine or a cocktail!).

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Many restaurants are ardent participants, […]

Mellow Mushroom Opens Second Location In Charlotte’s Ballantyne Village


If you’ve never dined at a Mellow Mushroom before, here’s the deal: the eclectic restaurant aims at comforting the soul through snacks, salads, pizzas (they offer gluten-free dough!), cheesy calzones and hoagies. And beer. Don’t forget the beer. If you drink all 100 different types of beer (please, not all at one time) that […]

Restaurants For Christmas Eve Dinner In Charlotte

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I’m certain most families have a grandiose dinner planned for Christmas Day. Everyone will have a hand in something, dinner will start much earlier than usual, and a feast with all of the fixins’ will ensue. But what about Christmas Eve? Who wants to stand in the kitchen for two days in a row, […]

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