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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.

Ciao, Italia! Festival In Charlotte

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Photo Credit: www.home-ec101.com

Thanks to the Christopher Columbus Italian Club of Charlotte, mainly consisting of Italian families who have relocated to the area, we can bask in some of the country’s authentic heritage that may not otherwise make it from that beautiful “boot” all the way to us in the South. The club […]

Holiday Spiked Apple Cider

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Photo Credit: firewhenreadypottery.com

As the holidays roll around, it’s time to dust off the recipes that have been buried away for a year and break out your traditional spiked favorites, including bourbon egg nog and rum punch. But before egg nog comes into season, take advantage of the beverage that’s ripe and ready […]

National Vodka Day: October 4th, 2011

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Photo Credit: www.acravan.blogspot.com

Vodka, which stems from the Russian word voda meaning water (please, don’t drink it like water!), dates back to the late 9th century. Vodka has had its ups and downs in production and sales since it’s birth 900 years ago, but has remained popular and accounts for about 25% of […]

Red Wine Caramel Apples Recipe

Photo Credit: Ashley Sneed

Photo Credit: Ashley Sneed

It’s hard to believe that the summer has already come to a halt. Thankfully, Charlotte’s weather adds a little trickery to the equation, coercing us to believe that the warm weather isn’t really on it’s way out. In case you’re more of a realist, I’ve got something to help […]

Recap: 9th Annual BBQ And Blues Festival In Charlotte

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Chicken on a stick (Photo Credit: Ashley Sneed)

Last weekend was time to fire up the grills and smokers at Time Warner Cable’s BBQ & Blues Festival. From live music and games to beer and barbecue, this years event outdid itself. It kicked off with a preview event on Thursday, September 8th in […]

Recap: Charlotte’s 2011 Yiasou Greek Festival

Spanakopita (Photo Credit: Ashley Sneed)

Spanakopita (Photo Credit: Ashley Sneed)

The Yiasou Greek Festival started in 1978, quickly becoming one of Charlotte’s most anticipated events over the years. Yiasou (Greek for for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) is on it’s 34th festival, and this year participants can experience live music and performances, cultural exhibits, lectures and tours, and open-air […]

Pho Real Restaurant In Charlotte

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(Photo Credit: Ashley Sneed)

After a study abroad trip to Asia two years ago, I still sporadically find myself craving some type of crazy noodle soup or spicy crab dish that I can’t seem to find around town.

Enter: Pho Real.

A few recommendations later, and I was on my way to […]

Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

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Photo Credit: www.intoxicologist.wordpress.com

Ah, Brazil’s national drink. It resembles our version of a mojito (minus the mint), but the fresh taste of the Brazilian Rum, made from natural cane sugar, beats the typical rum made from sugar cane by-products. I’ve seen the cocktail on various menus around Charlotte, but after my own splendid […]

J. Lohr Wine Dinner At Mimosa Grill In Charlotte


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Mimosa Grill is offering a five-course wine dinner presented by The Wine Vault on Saturday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. for $75 per person. The tasting also includes two additional wine-only courses where a Cabernet Sauvignon and Cuvee will be introduced. If that’s not enough wine for quaffing, […]

Blue Restaurant and Bar

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Proscuitto-Wrapped Jumbo Diver Scallops

Can’t quite get away from the office long enough for that much-awaited trip to the Mediterranean? Longing to experience a taste of Morocco without spending a days worth of traveling? Well, look no further. Blue Restaurant and Bar is an award-winning restaurant with a multi-cultural menu that will take […]

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