Author: laurenblake

Stories from the Kitchen

After lunch one day at Earl’s Grocery, photographer Peter Taylor was inspired. He’d spent the last hour listening to the banter between two friends and seasoned chefs Marc Jacksina and Clark Barlowe. “This is the conversation we should be sharing,” he told them. “Chefs talking to other chefs.” That’s when the concept of “order/fire,” a web series that explores untold…

Homegrown Grapes

Wine, dine, and feel right at home in Yadkin Valley, where you’ll not only find great wine but Southern hospitality, too. I am sitting by the fireplace inside the tasting lodge of JOLO Winery, an elegant mixture of rustic wood beams and crystal chandeliers above. Sipping the winery’s Pilot Fog ($29), which outscored a Napa Valley bottle ($190) at an…

In the Bag

Each year, there are four events that Charlotte designer Douglas Rose looks forward to: a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden with his dad, a trip to the Masters with his wife, a Yankees game with his son, and a fall weekend of golf with his best friends. These significant days help keep him connected to the people…

Classic Cool

“Blue was her favorite color. She always told me ‘Bryan, I even dream in blue.’ All of her stationery was painted blue. Her room was blue toile. She had blue floors.” Bryan Huffman, speaking about his late friend and heiress Bunny Mellon, could write a book filled with fascinating anecdotes like this. An interior designer based out of Monroe, Huffman…

The Pet Pioneer

Since Spay Neuter Charlotte opened in its original NoDa location in 2011, the organization has performed more than 45,000 surgeries. Charlotte native Cary Bernstein was the brains—and big heart—behind the creation of the nonprofit, which now has three Charlotte locations. When she served on the board for the Humane Society of Charlotte, Bernstein was alarmed by Charlotte’s high animal euthanasia…

Peak Retreat

Celebrate 100 years of NC State Parks in the place where it all began. This summer, North Carolina celebrates 100 years of NC State Parks with events across the state—from Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks to Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What better way to honor the anniversary, though, than to return to the place where it…