For over 15 years, Charlotte magazine has been publishing a Best Restaurants issue, showcasing Charlotte's top restaurants, as well as providing a guide to the best new restaurants in the city. On March 9, for the first time, we provided the opportunity for readers to taste food from the best new local restaurants as well as meet the talented chefs, one-on-one at our Best New Restaurants Party at CenterStage@NoDa! It was a decadent evening of fine food, wine, and craft cocktails. Party-goers experienced the best of Charlotte's restaurant scene, while raising money for the local non-profit, The Community Culinary School of Charlotte.
THANK YOU TO THE PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
204 North, Aix En Provence, @Dawn Cafe, Block & Grinder, CO, Coco and the Director, Comida, Community Table Bistro, Midwood Smokeshack, Nellie's Southern Kitchen, O-Ku, Pasta & Provisions, Rai Lay Thai Cuisine, Reid's Fine Foods, Sea Level NC, Stoke Charlotte, Yafo Kitchen, AND MORE!
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTY HOSTS
TASTING COMPETITION WINNERS Both party-goers and judges sampled to help decide which restaurants will go home as Best New Restaurants Party winners!
People's Choice Winner: 204 North
Judge's Choice Winner: Aix en Provence
Art Gallagher — Inaugural President of Johnson & Wales University Retired
Kristen Wile — Senior Food and Drink Editor at Charlotte Magazine
Chef Ron Ahlert — Director of The Community Culinary School of Charlotte, our event charity partner
Read the 25 Best New Restaurants List HERE.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our best new restaurants! See photos from the event below.