A Night to Savor

A Night to Savor

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Grand Taste Experience 2016 from Andrea Griffith on Vimeo. Video by Will Stroud of Nine to Five Films.

We had a blast at our third annual Grand TASTE Experience at the Durham Armory. Chefs from Gocciolina, The Durham Hotel, the Washington Duke Inn, Crook’s Corner, Piedmont, Mateo and many other restaurants offered samples, as did artisan food makers like Big Spoon Roasters, La Farm Bakery and Brood Soda. Plus, there was plenty of beer, wine and spirits, and it was all set to a live soundtrack thanks to the Mint Julep Jazz Band!

Johnson Lexus is the signature sponsor of TASTE 2016. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Durham branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

1Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Chef Sam Papanikas of Bleu Olive with Chef Greg Gettles of Piedmont.

2Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Esteban McMahan of TOPO Organic Spirits.

3Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Raspberry cream chocolates from Matthew’s Chocolates.

4Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Durham Magazine’s Andrea Griffith Cash and Rory Gillis.

5Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

LaPlace’s Chef Peter Brodsky with his daughter.

6Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Ryan and Taria Archie.

7Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Emma Shelby and Brian Salomon.

8Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Primrose strawberry shortcakes from Mad Hatter’s Café and Bake Shop.

9Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Tom Hadzor and Susan Ross.

10Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn presented Pamlico shrimp ceviche with Johnston County prosciutto.

11Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Durham Magazine’s Dana Lange and Briana Brough.

12Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

Lisa and Chris Kelly.

13Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

The Durham Hotel’s Andrea Reusing.

14Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

The Durham Hotel’s Andrea Reusing made a seafood cocktail.

15Grand Taste Experience

Photo by Sarah Arneson.

What a scene! What a night!

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Andrea Cash
Andrea Cash is the former VP of content for Durham Magazine, and now works as director of inspiration at Inspire MEdia Network.