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Since 1997, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST. We call it The BOBS, and we recognize the city's finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more- hundreds of winners in all. And then we throw a huge party! The event offers all of Charlotte a chance to sample the best food and drink as well as mingle with all of the BOB winners. It has become one of the most anticipated parties in the city. Check back here for more information on the 2014 BOB Awards! Voting will begin in January.


The 2013 BOB Award winners have been announced! See the winners here.  Congrats to all the winners! For a complete guide of BOB winners from 2011-2013, check out our BOB Winners' Guide by clicking here.


The 2013 BOB Award party was held at Label Charlotte Thursday, May 23. BOB Award-winning restaurants including Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, e2 emeril's eatery, Sushi Guru, Queen City Q, TCBY, Pickleville, Bean Vegan Cuisine, Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse, and Cantina 1511 served their delicious food. Live entertainment including dancers, performances by Caroline Calouche, Hannibal, Miss Mena and Caricatures by Joel. The event was hosted by 107.9 the Link's Kelly McKay and Ramona Holloway and 107.9 the Link's Anthony Michaels Show was live. Thank you to all who attended!


Video by: Vittorio Video Productions


Red carpet photos by: Catch Light Studios. CLICK FOR RED CARPET PICTURES.


Photos below by: poprock photography.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

  • Arts & Culture

Essential Information


Tom Burge, a Juilliard School-trained trombonist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, has multiple concerts most weeks, but he still finds time to mentor music students at Northwest School of the Arts. Burge is one small part of this huge ensemble with broad community reach. From a performance of Jewish music from the Holocaust to Ansel Adams photography synced with the compositions of Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, the symphony exposes our city to history, other cultures, and dozens of musical genres. Two youth orchestras, lessons for kids at Winterfield Elementary, a used-instrument drive, performances in nursing homes, and Pops in the Park are just a few of the diverse ways the symphony reaches every person in Charlotte.

Additional Information

Year Won:

Pick: Editor's Pick

Website: http://www.charlottesymphony.org

Award: Best Community Reach in 2014, Culture for Kids for the Lollipops series in 2017

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