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19 February, 2015

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Product Reviews, Spirits, Whiskey / Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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I’m doing two reviews in one today! My friends over at TOPO Distillery have debuted their organic Eight Oak Whiskey, and they were kind enough to send me a bottle for review. This fortuitous gift also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out a set of Sipping Stones, soapstone cubes designed to provide a
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17 October, 2013

TOPO Piedmont Gin

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TOPO Piedmont Gin Chapel Hill, NC ABV 46% I have mentioned this gin before on this blog, when I took a tour of the distillery. But this is the first TOPO spirit I’ve had my hands on a bottle of and thanks go to Esteban, TOPO’s spirit guide, for the parting gift at my farewell
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26 June, 2013

Bloggers’ Night at TOPO Distillery

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Back in the fall, I spent a few days at TOPO Distillery’s facilities as part of the Terra VITA Sustainable Classroom. It was a strange sort of torture being so close to their organic, 99.6% local (more on that later) array of spirits that includes white whiskey, vodka, and gin. So I asked Esteban McMahan,
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16 November, 2012

TerraVITA 2012 Media Farm Tour: Final Stop, Coon Rock Farm

Posted in : Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Chapel Hill, NC on by : The Gourmez
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It was a whirlwind day on the media farm tour, but our last stop still arrived sooner than expected. I may have been lulled into laziness by the delicious food at Boxcarr, the previous stop. Coon Rock Farm was our final destination, and it’s owned by Richard Holcomb and Jamie DeMent. The farm is organic,
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16 November, 2012

The Sustainable Classroom: Coffee & Chocolate

Posted in : Chocolatiers, Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Chapel Hill - NC, Coffee Shops in Raleigh - NC, Events, Grab and Go on by : The Gourmez
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The Sustainable Classroom: Coffee & Chocolate As part of my whirlwind weekend at TerraVITA 2012, I participated in the Sustainable Classroom on a free press pass. Each of the four sessions I attended was jam-packed with information and tasting experiences. There is no way I can share everything I learned with you, so instead, I’m
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9 November, 2012

TerraVITA Media Farm Tour: Stop 3, Whitted Bowers Farm

TerraVITA Media Farm Tour: Stop 3, Whitted Bowers Farm
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After learning about different methods for processing coffee beans and getting our buzz on at Joe Van Gogh’s coffee roastery, the TerraVITA 2012 Media Farm Tour group headed on to the next stop in our jam-packed day. That stop was Whitted Bowers Farm in Cedar Grove, NC. It’s owned by Rob Bowers and Cheri Whitted
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28 September, 2012

Triangle Foodie Happenings: TerraVITA Coming Soon!

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One of the largest foodie events is the Triangle is coming up in Chapel Hill in a month, TerraVITA! It takes place over three days, November 1-3, 2012. TerraVITA features “some of the finest biodynamic and organically grown wines and microbrews in the world with some of the very best North Carolina chefs, known and
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20 October, 2010

TerraVITA: The First Biodynamic and Sustainable Food and Drink Fair of the Southeast

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TerraVITA is the brainchild of Colleen Minton, who planned this big tent event to help promote better and more natural food and drink movements. The first was held this past Saturday at Southern Village in Chapel Hill and brought in regional restaurants with similar philosophies and wine and beer distributors from further afield. In line
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7 September, 2010

TerraVITA: A Southeast Sustainable Food Event in Chapel Hill

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I have info on an upcoming foodie event to share with you all today, by way of Colleen Minton, the organizer of TerraVITA, a new food festival debuting this October in Chapel Hill. Colleen emailed me to promote the event, which I first heard word of when I went to Farm to Fork in May. 
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