Major Events

Taste of Carolina: acknowledges winners from 2013-2015, explanation of what the event is, and how the funds are used

11th Annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine (2015)

The 11th Annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine was a success.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening a remarkable one!

  • Best Use of Seasonal Ingredient: Skylines Cafe
  • Best Use of Local Ingredient: Sherry’s Signature Cheesecake
  • Best Dessert: The Morning Glory Inn
  • Best Presentation: The Morning Glory Inn
  • Best Pasta: Anthony’s Italian Pizza and Pasta
  • Most Original: The Flipside
  • Second Place People’s Choice Award: Anthony’s Italian Pizza and Pasta
  • First Place People’s Choice Award: Manning’s on Main

The 10th Annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine (2014)

Thank you to everyone who attended, the businesses that donated items and their time, and the club women who organized it all!  It was such a successful event that we will be able to help a lot of charities, nonprofits, and families.

  • Best Presentation: Clayton Steakhouse
  • Best Use of Local Ingredient: Chris Joyce Catering (Two Chefs and a Truck)
  • Best Dessert: Morning Glory Inn
  • Best Seasonal Dish (using pumpkin): Sherry’s Signature Cheesecake
  • Best Pasta: Brick & Mortar
  • Most Original: La Piazza
  • People’s Choice Award 2nd Place: La Piazza
  • People’s Choice Award 1st Place: Simple Twist

The 9th Annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine (2013)

Fifteen restaurants will showcase their best offerings Friday at the Taste of Carolina Cuisine fundraiser in Clayton.  Sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Clayton, the event is 6:30-10:00 pm at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Proceeds will be distributed to supported projects and organizations in the community.

Attendees will move from station to station, sampling taste-size portions from exhibiting restaurants.  In addition to serving their own “tastes of Carolina,” 15 restaurants compete for seven awards, including “Best Presentation” “Best Pasta” “Most Original” “Best Use of Local Ingredients” “Best Dessert” and People’s Choice 1st and 2nd.

Many attendees also make it a personal challenge to see how many different food tables they can visit over the course of the evening.  “The food is so good you don’t want to miss any,” said Linda Strevig, co-chairwoman of the event.  “I usually can only make it over to three or four.  It’s just a really fun evening.”

Participating restaurants include Clayton Steakhouse, Mulberry on Main, Skylines, La Cocina, and McKinley’s Irish Pub.  Staff members from Wake Technical College Culinary School will select the five “Best” awards.  Ticketholders will vote on the people’s choices.  In addition to the tastings, there will be a silent auction, live entertainment, and dancing.  The auction will feature nearly 75 items, including paintings by Jamie Prete of Clayton and Jo Lee Tucker of Four Oaks.  Also, up for bidding is jewelry from Main Street Jewelers and ticket packages from The Clayton Center.

Scheduled performers include Brice Naegelen, Michael Devine, and Johnny Orr.  Tickets are $35 and may be obtained from Marie Monsees at 919-553-5289 or any Woman’s Club member.  Prices include soda, water, and tea.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Plants Sale

Arts Sale

The public will be able to purchase tickets to events here.