Charlotte’s Only Fine Food | Wine | Mixology Festival Returns with CraveCLT in June

Crave Charlotte Returns to Celebrate Fine Local Food and Drink with a 2nd Annual Multi-day Culinary Festival from June 23 through June 26, 2021.

Bringing together over twenty of the QC’s finest chefs, restaurants, mixologists and winemakers to present a variety of fine culinary experiences across the city, Greystar CraveCLT starts on Wednesday, June 23 and culminates with the main event on Saturday, June 26 at Innovation Barn. 

Greystar Crave Charlotte will offer 8 culinary experiences over 4 days and across 5 Charlotte neighborhoods. Attendees will celebrate some of the best culinary professionals in Charlotte over intimate dinners and all together for the main event. NOTE TO SELF: Tickets are limited for the personal experiences with featured chefs. 

Crave Charlotte 2021 Schedule:

Best of Bardo
Wednesday, June 23
Two Seatings – 5:30 and 7 pm at Bardo

Chef William and Bardo’s mixology specialist, Ashley, will provide a five course tasting menu paired with cocktails, highlighting favorite dishes from past menus.

Alchemy Tequila Dinner
Wednesday, June 23 – 6 pm at Alchemy C-3 Lab

Executive Chef Ken Aponte takes you on a four course culinary journey featuring Espolon Tequila and Somra Artisan Mezcal by pairing each dish with a craft cocktail using their full line of Espolon 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila.

Joy of the Feast
Thursday, June 24 – 6 pm at Broadstone Ayrsley Apartments

The enhanced dining experience with Chef Lisa Brooks of Heart & Soul.  This exquisite five course meal will include bottle service.

Bougie Bar B’ Que and Bourbon
Thursday, June 24 – 6 pm at Golden Owl

Bougie Bar B’ Que and Bourbon prepared by Chef Ben of Golden Owl.

(SOLD OUT!!) French Summer Wine Dinner Friday, June 25th – 6 p.m. Roots Cafe

A six course French Rose Soiree paired with six French whites, roses and champagnes.

Salty Parrot Street Food & Beer Event
Friday, June 25th – 6 p.m.  Salty Parrot Brewing

Join the Salty Parrot Brewing family as they host a fantastic night with multiple beer tents, three of the city’s best food trucks and live entertainment by The Panther’s DJ, Vinny Split! Your ticket includes all the beer sampling your heart desires paired with three culinary courses from our wonderful food truck partners

Crave Charlotte Saturday, June 26 – 1 to 5 p.m. (VIP and early admission begins at 12 p.m.) Innovation Barn

The main event will feature wine, cocktails, craft brews and exceptional plates prepared by 20 plus local chefs and mixologists.

Participating chefs and mixologists include:


  • Chris Coleman – The Goodyear House
  • Craig Barbour – Roots Cafe
  • Ben Lacy – Golden Owl
  • Matt Martin – Freshlist
  • Lisa Brooks – Heart & Soul Personal Chef Service
  • Andarrio Johnson – Cuzzo’s Cuisine
  • Drew Ward – Brewer’s at 4001 Yancey
  • Ken Aponte – Alchemy at C-3 Lab
  • Ivan Pereyra – Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Sylvain Rivet – Renaissance Pâtisserie
  • William Underwood – Bardo
  • Olajuwon Mason – Fine & Fettle
  • Harley Blaisdell – Nuvole
  • Whitney Thomas – Wylie Hotel
  • Taylor Kastl – Tayste Catering
  • Ralph Allsopp – Deep Dish Catering


  • Ashely Sarkis – Bardo
  • Amanda Britton – Orto
  • David Schmidt – Fine & Fettle
  • Henry Schmulling – Nuvolé
  • Kelly Minton – Kiki Bistro

Summer Sunday Sip & Savor
Sunday, June 27 – 6 p.m. Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails

The week long Crave Charlotte festival ends with an extraordinary culinary and cocktail event at the beautiful Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails. Enjoy a multi course dinner paired with cocktails, wine & bubbles.

CraveCLT is the first event to take place at Innovation Barn, created by Envision Charlotte to help eliminate waste, Crave Charlotte will use materials that can either be composed on site, recycled or upcycled. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Envision Charlotte, a public private plus collaborative that leads Charlotte’s progress as a global circular and smart City through innovations that strengthen economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability and positive community impacts. 

“Envision Charlotte is excited to partner with Crave Charlotte not only to support the entrepreneurial spirit of our food, wine and beer culture in Charlotte, but also because this festival will lead the way in demonstrating how to implement a zero waste event,” said Amy Aussieker, Executive Director of Envision Charlotte. “We hope that other events use this example as we work to become a more sustainable Charlotte community.”

More information, TICKETS and updates can be found at Crave Charlotte is presented by Extreme Property Services & Queen City Elite. 



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