Culinary: Adventurous Appetites

Constantly pursues and celebrates new tastes and experiences with food and drink—and invites others to join along.

Charlotte is the city of culinary opportunity. A creative haven for foodies in the Southeast, the Queen City encourages young, inventive chefs—many who are graduates of culinary programs at Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College and the Art Institute of Charlotte—well-established restauranteurs, James Beard Award nominees, brewers, distillers, mixologists and international tastemakers to passionately pursue new flavors in Southern cooking and beyond. In a city where the culinary community is both close-knit and competitive, native and transplant, every meal is an exploration of the city's evolving identity.