I’ve got exciting news for all hard-core barbecue fans in the triangle.

The Carolina Inn on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill is hosting a BBQ Throwdown.  On Saturday, June 11th, from 12-3PM, the front lawn of the Carolina will be the scene of a smoky grudge match.  Eight local chefs, including my friend and the Exec chef of the Carolina, will present their unique spin on meat, fire, and fixin’s.

The event will be hosted by Carolina Panther’s radio play-by-play man Mick Mixon and there will be live music provided by The Gravy Boys.

Also attending will be bourbon and beer vendors including Chapel Hill’s own TOPO distillery and Foothills Brewing, out of Winston-Salem.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to TABLE, serving Chapel Hill-Carrboro children at risk for hunger. In support of TABLE, they ask all patrons to please bring canned food and nonperishable items to donate at the BBQ Throwdown.


I have it on good authority that my friend and Carolina Inn exec chef James Clark is turning bbq on its head with a completely new and fabulicious take on it, along with a side that will make you weep for joy.

Tickets are $55, and can be purchased here.

I’ll be there, and hope to see you!

Thanks for your time.

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