Taste of Carolina Cuisine: This has been the major fundraiser for The Woman’s Club of Clayton for the past 13 years. Funds raised are used to support community causes such as Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County, Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few. The dining event showcases the best food from local restaurants, all in one location. Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from the restaurants’ menus. The restaurants compete for awards that are judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from Wake Tech Culinary Arts program that are presented after the dining including “Best Presentation,” “Best Original Dish,” “Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients,” “Best Pasta Dish,” “Best Use of Local Ingredients,” and “Best Dessert”. In addition, attendees cast ballots for “People’s Choice, 1st and 2nd.” There is also a silent auction including wonderful baskets and gifts attendees can bid on.
The 13th annual “Taste of Carolina Cuisine,” was held on November 2, 2017 at the Clayton Center. Participating restaurants were:
• Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta (1st place Winner People’s Choice and Best Pasta Dish)
• Caribbean Delight
• Clayton Steakhouse
• Dylan’s Gifts & Catering (Winner Best Presentation and 2nd place Winner People’s Choice)
• Fat Boys BBQ & Catering (Winner Best Use of Local Ingredients)
• Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar
• Morning Glory Inn (Winner Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients)
• Pachamama Peruvian Restaurant (Winner Best Original Dish)
• Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes (Winner Best Dessert)
• Simple Twist Cafe & Bar
• Skylines Café & Bar
• The Flipside
• The Wagner House
This fundraiser would not be possible without the wonderful local sponsors including Agri Supply, Balfour Beatty Construction, Structural Steel Products, BB&T, Billy Hemby CFP, Dianne & Jerry Carroll, Grifols, Four Oaks Bank, Happy Tails Pet Grooming, Johnston Health, Joyce Lipscomb-Canady, Lipscomb Learning Center, North State Bank, US Foods, Blackley’s Printing & Signs, Deacon Jones, First Citizens Bank of Clayton, First Citizens Bank of Swift Creek, Fred Smith Company, J M Daniels Construction Company, KS Bank, McHerrin Fertilizer, and Stephenson Insurance Associates.
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