Toward Home

Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen brings this couple back to their roots. The activity inside the home of Luca and Jessica Annunziata defies the drizzly and unseasonably cold weather outside. Inside, we are gathered around the kitchen table drinking San Pellegrino with fat wedges of blood oranges. The conversation flits from stories of Luca’s youth in Italy to the endearing love…

Southern Sushi

South End goes global with a sleek new dining destination. If you want to feel the pulse of the Queen City at this moment, head over to South End and spend some time at Atherton Mill and Market. The property, once occupied by a handful of retail shops, restaurants, and a small, but growing community hub, now teems with activity.…

Destination Dining

Charlotte’s new Stoke Restaurant, tucked inside an Uptown hotel, has been a fast favorite for both visitors and locals. The rise of restaurant culture dates back to the late 18th century and the marriage of two institutions—the hotel and its restaurant. These grand establishments were some of the first to recognize, by name, the individuals who curated the menu, creating…

Spice Route

Restaurateur Frank Scibelli takes diners on a Middle Eastern culinary journey at the new Yafo Kitchen. When Frank Scibelli has a food craving, the whole city benefits. His most recent hankering for Mediterranean flavors and bold Middle-Eastern spices coalesced into Yafo Kitchen, his newest concept, and first foray into fast-casual dining, located in SouthPark’s Morrison Shopping Center. The long-time restaurateur…

Southern Accents

The food—and the music—at a new Belmont restaurant come with a story.   Belmont’s Main Street is only about a 20-minute drive from Charlotte’s Uptown, but the pleasant road lined with historic buildings and homes offers an inviting small-town vibe that feels decades rather than miles away. This is where you’ll find Nellie’s Southern Kitchen. The new restaurant, housed in…

Home Grown

Chef Matthew Krenz is serving up family tradition at the Asbury. Chef Matthew Krenz steps out of the swinging door of the Asbury kitchen with a measured confidence. The newly appointed executive chef dons clean chef’s whites and brings with him a  beef heart carpaccio, one of his newest creations on the summer menu at the sophisticated restaurant in the…

Toque Talk: Mark Andelbradt

Mark Andelbradt travels the world as the corporate executive chef for the WolfGang Puck chain. He’s in Charlotte once a month and at the start of the year helped transform the former pizza bar in Phillips Place into what is now called WP Kitchen + Bar, featuring a more diverse and sophisticated menu, while still offering traditional favorites. Why the…

The French Connection

A talented trio brings Southern French fare to Myers Park. It’s rare to find a trio so intimately involved in daily service of a restaurant as the three men who’ve brought Aix En Provence, the rustic French restaurant on Providence Road, to life. But on a recent Friday night, impeccable service came to our table by way of Bryan St.…

Las Mujeres

Look around Charlotte’s restaurant kitchens. How many women do you see at the helm? A handful, maybe. Read the headlines of the latest food and drink article. What do you see? A sparse sprinkling of women amidst a sea of male-centric food stories. Now, widen the lens on Charlotte’s culinary scene and look again. The women of Charlotte’s food and…