2017 Participants

Our culinary community is an amazing group of individuals focused on the betterment of our local food and libation scene. They share in our ideals and ambitions, and we take pleasure in celebrating their passion! Cheers!

Food & Wine Judges

Carey Polis
Editor of bonappetit.com

Tracey Minkin
Travel Editor of Coastal Living Magazine

Jed Portman
Editor of Garden & Gun Magazine

Katie Quine
Food Journalist for Our State Magazine

Jason Frye
Travel, Culinary and Culture Writer

Mike Lane
Wine Supplier, Certified Somm, CWE

Paul Wasserman
Veteran of the Wine Industry

Ernie Manzella
Owner Operator of Divine Wines

Judy Royal
Freelance Food Writer

Amy Siler
Regional Wine Representative

Debbie Donato
Founder of Taste Explorers, Int. Food Judge

Allison Ballard
Food writer and former restaurant critic

Gaye Troiano
Travel & Food Consultant

Molly Brodbeck
Manager Bridge Tender, Sommelier

Kristie Pate
Local Food Aficionado

Paul Steven
Culinary & Events Reporter for Star News

Jordan Spencer
Operations Manager Stone Tower Winery

Micheal Bevacqua
Owner/Manager of Wilmington Tasting Room

Jonathan Jones
Chef & Owner of Prologue Pastries & Sandwich Library


Trey Herring's Carolina Bourbon

Sutler's Spirit Co.

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

H&H Distillery

Fair Game Beverage Co.

Durham Distillery

Cathead Vodka

Alley Twenty Six

17th Street Distributing

Bronco Wine Company

Epiphany Wine Company

Ca' Momi Winery

Hacienda Araucano

Noni Bacca Winery

Pianetta Winery

Prestige Wine Imports

Queen of Wines

Shelton Vineyards

Tryon Distributing

Mims Distributing Company, Inc.

Total Beverage Solutions

Coastal Beverage Company Inc.

Ocean South Importers


Windham Distributing

Mutual Distributing

Winesellers, Ltd.

Advintage Fine Wines

Grapevine Distributors

The Country Vintner

Good Hops Brewing

Port City Brew Bus

Broomtail Brewery

Wilmington Brewing Company

Flytrap Brewing

Ironclad Brewery

New Anthem Brewing

Waterline Brewing Co.

Freehouse Brewery

Olde Hickory Brewery

Starpoint Brewing

The Unknown Brewing Co

Westbrook Brewing


Poor Piggy's BBQ & Catering

A&M's Red Food Truck


Funky Fresh

The District

Blockade Runner

Southern Smoke BBQ



22 North

Batistini Farms

Catering Thyme

Taste the Olive