August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I've written my fair share of brewery articles. I've interviewed maverick brewers in San Diego and old hands in Asheville. I've toured operations in Portland and Maui and Memphis. I've sipped and nodded along as dozens of brewers practiced their rehearsed speeches about their IPAs and lagers and ESBs. What I'm saying is, I'm a bit jaded when it comes…

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale

The fundraising of 16 inspiring Charlotte business and community leaders culminated with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale. In just 10 weeks, this year’s class of candidates shattered records by raising $1,424,687 for LLS’s mission.

Spring Gala: Lush Life

Charlotte's Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) held its inaugural Spring Gala: Lush Life at the Ritz-Carlton Uptown. Attendees enjoyed a three-course dinner, open wine bar and live music and dancing from the renowned Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Mandi Stapleton.

August 2017 Around Town

Levine Museum of the New South will showcase Let Love Reign, a visual representation of committed same-gender couples, through October 8. The exhibition features photographs taken by New York-based photographer and former Charlotte resident Catalina Kulczar-Marin. It's part of a lager collaboration with artists who believe in and support marriage equality. Levine Museum of the New South will display 14…

To Brew, Divine

We’re standing in a lofty, gutted warehouse on the corner of Anderson and North Davidson, a vast space filled with clusters of dirtpiles, the clang and shuffle of construction, and hot June air. It’s easier to imagine the space as it was—most recently a roller derby rink, heralded by the telltale chips of purple paint on the cement floor—than what…

A Vintage Love Story

It’s a love story. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, start a business and a family. But it’s another kind of love story, too. A love for wine, and for the mountains of North Carolina. It was in those mountains that Steve and Sally Tatum met and married almost 40 years ago. The duo opened furniture and interior design…

Escape to French Polynesia

Crystal turquoise waters, perfect temperatures year-round, white and black sand beaches, towering waterfalls, rugged volcanic hillsides, lush tropical foliage, over-the-water bungalows… it’s no wonder that the islands of French Polynesia are an idyllic dream vacation for many. While there are 100 islands in this area of the South Pacific, most visitors are familiar with the popular destinations of Tahiti, Mo'orea…

A Perfect Pair

Ever wonder how chefs and sommeliers craft that perfect wine pairing menu? According to Mark at Petit Philippe, some of it is science, but much of it is art. He believes there are fundamentally two ways to approach the task. Here’s his approachable guide for your own wine pairing.

Cookin’ With Beer

Hailed as one of the top beer gardens in the country, most Charlotteans have been into VBGB to grab a brew. With 30 taps, 29 of which feature craft beer from around the country (that 30th tap? the classic PBR), it’s the perfect place for pints. But what many locals don’t realize is that many of those bubbly beers also…