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Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has become the premier downtown festival in the state that exclusively features North Carolina wine.  Produced by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, Salute! offers musical entertainment for visitors, places increased focus on the burgeoning North Carolina wine industry and establishes downtown Winston-Salem as the “hub” of the Yadkin Valley Wine region for leisure travelers.

Presented by BB&T, the festival traditionally brings more than 30 North Carolina wineries to showcase their products, pour wine samples and sell some of their best wines. Last year’s festival drew over 7,500 attendees from across the state and the Southeast region, and has been selected as a “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Salute! is held rain or shine this year from Noon until 6 p.m. in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem along Fourth Street Saturday, May 31. 

Tickets for Salute! NC Wine Celebration may be purchased online at, all North Carolina Lowes Foods stores, select BB&T branches, Whole Foods in Winston-Salem, or at Triad Total Wine Stores. 
Advance tickets are $25 each. Day-of tickets will be available for $30 each and are subject to sell out. 

Though Saturday is the officical date for Salute! NC Wine Celebration, the festivities begin in Winston-Salem Tuesday, May 27 with Winemaker Dinners throughout downtown. Winston-Salem's local, award-winning chefs are collaborating with the winemakers to create one-of-a-kind memorable meals. See the current restaurant and winery parings below. In order to reserve your space for a Salute! Winemaker Dinner, please contact the restaurant directly. Scroll over the names to click to their website.


Date Restaurant Winery
Wednesday, May 28 The Honey Pot Grove Winery
  Meridian Restaurant Biltmore Estate Wine Company
Thursday, May 29 Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar RayLen Vineyards
  Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro RayLen Vineyards
  Millennium Artisan Restaurant Medaloni Cellars


Foothills Brewing Salute! Beer Maker Dinner  - Wednesday, May 28
Location: Foothills Brewing (638 W. Fourth Street)
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 / person

Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, nationally-acclaimed Foothills Brewing is hosting a special Salute! Beer Maker Dinner Wednesday, May 28. Brewmaster Jamie Bartholomaus and Chef Shane Moore invite you to indulge with them as they present a mouthwatering four-course dinner full of local inspiration of foothills craft beer of course. Check out their menu:

  • First Course:
    Mixed Grain Salad –Quinoa, Faro and spent grain mixed with assorted greens, drizzled with hop vinaigrette. Paired with Carolina Blonde.
  • Second Course:
    Traditional Spanish Gazpacho with spent grain toast points. Paired with Torch Pilsner.
  • Third Course:
    Whole Poached Salmon with homestyle sides, cut tableside and served family style. Paired with Foot Men Series Schwarzbier.
  • Fourth Course:
    Spent grain crusted cheesecake with local Children’s Home Farm strawberries. Paired with Maibock.

For reservations please email Heidi at or call 336.777.3348. 

Enjoy a Winston-Salem Wine Weekend


Salute! Presents: An Evening with Southern Food, Chef Demonstration, Wine Tasting & Small Bites with Special Guest Nathalie Dupree
Friday, May 30th; 6:30 p.m.
Location: Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (251 Spruce Street. Winston-Salem, NC 27101)
Special Guest: Nathalie Dupree - Author, Chef, and Cooking Show Host
Local Chefs: Timothy Grandinetti- Spring House Kitchen, Restaurant & Bar
Jeff Bacon: Triad Community Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank

Join other culinary enthusiasts for an interactive and fun live chef demonstration, featuring Nathalie Dupree. Alongside a few of Winston-Salem's famed local chefs, Nathalie explores "classic southern food recipes" with a new twist. An author, chef and TV show host, Nathalie's demonstration is the main feature presentation for the event. The chefs not only get to present their talented culinary skills, but they are able to interact with the audience, whether it be sharing stories or asking someone to join them onstage to sneak a taste. Nathalie will feature two dishes that incorporate local southern food and progresses step-by-step so that the audience can follow along and ask questions.

Local participating chefs include Chef Jeff Bacon of Triad Community Kitchen and Tim Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar.
Guests can also enjoy fine North Carolina wine, as well as small bites.

A small taste of Nathalie Dupree:
South Carolinian Nathalie Dupree is a best-selling author with 13 hardback and two softback cookbooks and more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. She has been prominantly featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, as well as Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Garden, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. Two of her cookbooks are James Beard Award winners: Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories and Nathalie Dupree's Comfortable Entertaining. The Founding Charman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, she also was a founder of Southern Foodways, the Atlanta and Charleston Chapters of Les Dames d' Escoffier, the American Institute of Wine and Food and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, of which she was two time President.
She was awarded the prestigious "Grand Dame" of Les Dames d' Escoffier, an international organization of top women in the culinary field, as well as 2013 Woman of the Year by a prestigious organization of French Chefs in America.

If you have questions about this particular event please contact the Winston-Salem Journal at 727-7293 or

Tickets:  $30 Advance / $40 day of (includes wine & small bites)
Purchase your tickets online HERE

Dishcrawl Winston-Salem Presents: A Sparkling Salute! NC BrunchCrawl
Sunday, June 1; 1:30 p.m.
Restaurant locations disclosed to ticket holders only.
End your Salute! Wine Weekend in Winston-Salem with a delicious BrunchCrawl Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Dishcrawl Winston-Salem, Sparkling Salute! NC BrunchCrawl features some of the best brunch available in downtown Winston-Salem and an array of North Carolina sparkling wines. Mimosas anyone?
It's a guessing game! Dishcrawl keeps the names of the restaurants along the BrunchCrawl a secret for now, but here and there you can find hints on their twitter page. Follow @DishcrawlWnsm and be the first to know!
The location will be announced to ticket holders 48 hours before the date of the event. 
To learn more about Brunchcrawl and dietary information, visit their website at

Tickets start at $45. Click HERE to purchase yours.

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