#soNCsavvy Recaps @LQRaleigh “Latin Jazz and Dinner”, part of @raleighfoodwine Festival! #RFWF #raleigh #event

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If enjoying Latin Jazz, good creative cuisine that all takes place in a inviting and colorful atmosphere sounds like a recipe for a great night to you than you are in luck. Raleigh’s Latin Quarter restaurant and lounge http://latinquartersnc.com/ on Six Forks road has them all. My family and I had the pleasure of attending their special event dinner. This dinner was a part of the 2015 Raleigh Food and Wine Festival http://www.raleighfoodandwine.com this past Friday. The facade of the restaurant is adorned in bright beautiful wall murals. Inside you will find portraits of famous celebrities of latin descent. Unique décor indeed.

Chef Anthony Alvarez prepared a special three course meal from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and paired the meal with a Malbec and Chardonnay. While pondering the special menu, a great latin jazz band named Jazziando did their first set of the evening. Not mere background music, but world class musicians playing their art form. They also host weekly events such as salsa classes.

The best way to see their upcoming events is on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/latinquartersraleigh?fref=ts

We decided on the Avocado salad and a mixed green salad. Both were uber fresh and I loved how the avocado shell was used to house part of the salad. The appetizer was the very popular Puerto Rican Tostones Relleno. One with chicken and one with pork. The cilantro and spicy salsa complimented each other beautifully. The final Tour de Food in this culinary journey were entrees of Chuleta Kan Kan {Pork Chops}. These are not just any pork chop. The General manager and Latin Quarter “El Presidente”, Julio advised me they had to find a butcher and show him how to make the proper cut to achieve the exact ratio of meat to fat on the chop. It was bursting with flavor from the chimichurri sauce. The other entree we enjoyed was their Pollo a La Brasa, which is a classic grilled chicken with garlic and onions. Served with Yucca Mash & Vegetables. Perfect example of how a perfectly grilled chicken can be divine. It was a great start to the Raleigh Food and Wine event. Latin Quarter should be on your must do eats schedule. Pencil it in. Now.

Btw, they are having a incredible 4th of July party out front. It is not to be missed

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Photographs of @Raleighfoodwine #RFWF @eatdrinkBabylon- #soNCsavvy Event Recap

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The inaugural Raleigh Food and Wine Festival was a fabulous event! Delicious Food, Great Drinks and Wonderful people gathered for a spectacular taste of Raleigh! On Sunday, June 28, 2015 , all of the festival participants were present at the historic Melrose Knitting Mill and Babylon restaurant in downtown Raleigh to host a half-day “tasting celebration”, where ticket holders came to sample food and beverages from local restaurants, brands, breweries, and more!

This innovative event showcased the new, evolving culinary traditions of Raleigh, while giving back to Band Together, which has raised more than $3.5 million to benefit the Triangle community since its 2001 inception. VIP ticket holders received early entrance to beat the crowds and a complimentary cocktail. The weather was superb as was the fun loving crowd. The gourmet offerings were plentiful as were the various samples of wine and liquor. No one left hungry, that’s for sure ! My girlfriend and I (as seen here: https://instagram.com/p/4e-UwMqNE7/ ) really appreciated DJ Nyce Danger spinning the tunes so we could dance off the food ! Beautiful venue, great food and fun people. I cannot wait for next year !

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image Capital 16 Club’s  pimento cheese peach preserves slab bacon

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imageBlake & Kelly Stewart of Midtown a Mixes LLC. , HailMaryBloodyMaryMix.com

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Contemporary patisserie from lucettegrace

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Taco from Backyard Bistro

imageCheers to Jim Pellegrini of Muddy Dog Roasting Co. www.muddydogcoffee.com

imageChef Anthony Alvarez and Julio Marrero of Latin Quarters Restaurant & Bar

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imageSeared Tuna from Bolt Bistro Steakhouse

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imageLauren Husketh , Events & Marketing Coordinator of Architect Bar

imageSticky Toffee Pudding from Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

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imageGet local favorites delivered to you with www.orderup.com! 

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imageWine tastings courtesy of Adams Vineyards

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Fiction Kitchen food sampling

imageThe healthy online grocery store, www.relayfoods.com

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Also check out my photo slideshow of the event! https://instagram.com/p/4fYlQbiXAg/

Win 2 Tix to @raleighfoodwine Tasting Celebration on Sun 6/28 @eatdrinkBabylon #DowntownRaleigh – #soNCsavvy #Giveaway #RFWF #raleighevents #rdu #triangle #NC

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Enter Now to Win 2 general admission tickets for the inaugural Raleigh Food and Wine Festival – taking place in Downtown Raleigh at Babylon Restaurant . Join SobeSavvy.com for a spectacular taste of Raleigh on Sunday, June 28,2015 from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm !

The Raleigh Food and Wine Festival is an innovative event that showcases the new, evolving culinary traditions of Raleigh, comprised of multiple events taking place at different participating restaurants, wine shops, patisseries and bakeries – featuring wine dinners and guest chefs.
The four-day program wraps up with a food and beverage tasting celebration at the historical Melrose Knitting Mill and Babylon in Downtown Raleigh. Get your tickets HERE : for the Sunday tasting celebration! Only 100 VIP tickets are available and will sell out quickly.

$1.00 from every general admission sold and $2.00 from every VIP ticket will be donated to Band Together, which has raised more than $3.5 million to benefit the Triangle community since its 2001 inception. The group exists to help change lives and have fun along the way. Click here to learn more about Band Together !

The Raleigh Food and Wine Festival is a four-day event highlighting of some of the most unique offerings in food and beverage in Raleigh, NC. The 2015 Festival takes place Thursday, June 25, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thursday through Saturday, explore a growing list of events held around town – including wine dinners and cooking classes put on by participating businesses. RSVP requirements and other details are provided on each event listing. One event in particular that caught my interest is Friday nights’ Latin Jazz & Dinner at Latin Quarters !

On Sunday, all of the festival participants gather at the historic Melrose Knitting Mill and Babylon restaurant in downtown Raleigh to host a half-day “tasting celebration”, where ticket holders can sample food and beverages from local restaurants, brands, breweries, and more.Tickets are required for this event and must be purchased in advance online.

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees MUST be 21 years of age or older by Sunday, June 28, 2015. Refunds will not be made at the door if tickets are purchased for anyone under 21 years old!

Parking is limited on-site, but there are several nearby decks, including the State Government Parking Deck at 329 N. McDowell Street. View all available parking at http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/get-around/parking.

TO WIN 2 General Admission TIX to Sunday’s Tasting Event, Leave a comment on the blog that says “entered” and Fill out my Wufoo Form Here

One winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, 6/23/15.

Check back here on SobeSavvy.com for this #soNCsavvy event recap! 

Good Luck!