Taste Carolina can help plan a special get together for corporate groups and private parties. Meet chefs and artisans and enjoy their demonstrations and lessons. We also offer foodie trivia. Classes are customized and can include ingredients, ingredients lists, or products delivered or shipped. All events are co-led by Taste Carolina guides to promote a social and fun experience.

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Taste Carolina event partners include:

Cheryl Pressley, aka Cookie Gurlie, started baking chocolate chip cookies as a child. Her sweets business is inspired by family recipes and local and seasonal ingredients. Cheryl’s treats are made with the adult cookie lover in mind (some are flavored with spirits!) Class participants will learn how to make salted toffee shortbread. Guests will receive a variety of cookies and an ingredients list and log onto a live virtual baking event, co-led by a Taste Carolina tour guide.


Annie Pambaguian is a Frenchwoman with a French patisserie. She loves to create new flavor combinations with local and seasonal ingredients and is constantly coming up with new ideas.  Annie will teach the group how to make her delicious chocolate dusted caramelized nuts. We’ll distribute the the product and ingredients list and schedule the baker. Guests will log on for a live, virtual baking event, co-led by a Taste Carolina guide. 


Scott Conary started two businesses while working full time as a scientist: Carrboro’s community-oriented coffee shop, Open Eye, an oasis for exploring the best coffees and teas, and Carrboro Coffee Company, located inside Open Eye, which roasts beans sourced from around the world. Explore the world of “quick coffee” to make the perfect cup fast without added equipment. We’ll send out the product, sourced from sustainable farms, then Scott will lead a special demonstration event, co-led by a Taste Carolina guide.


Andrea Ginsberg is a former elementary school teacher; she’s also a mom of two boys and a lifelong lover of popcorn. She bought The Mad Popper, originally established in 2008, in 2011 with the enthusiasm to take the small local shop and “POP” it on the map. The Mad Popper now makes 40 flavors! Andrea will demos how to make gourmet popcorn at home and shares how she makes her shop popcorn. Perfect for logging into an afternoon or evening event, or as a fun pick-me-up.


Shannon Healy opened his bar, Alley Twenty Six, in 2012. He prides himself on making craft cocktails using local and handmade ingredients – no soda fountains there. Alley Twenty Six also recently opened a gourmet store with all homemade items, including jams, pimento cheese, cocktail syrups (including their famous house made tonic) and more. Shannon demos how he makes cocktail syrups; he also teaches craft cocktails classes. Perfect for logging into an afternoon or evening event, or as a fun pick-me-up.


Tony Scialabba was born in Upstate, NY and brought his love of good wings with him to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He now proudly shows off his newer home in the Triangle. Tony leads Taste Carolina tours in Durham and runs trivia throughout the area. He’s developed a Taste Carolina foodie trivia games, which can be customized based on the expectations and goals of the group he’s hosting.



Nikki Miller-Ka is Taste Carolina guide, professional chef, and a food blogger. She teaches virtual cooking classes to help guests create approachable, flavorful meals at home. Nikki wasn’t born in North Carolina, but she was bred here. Lots of bread, she eats it all of the time! Look her up on Nik Snacks Online.



Courtney Matheson is a Taste Carolina tour guide and professional chef who teaches virtual cooking classes. Expect to learn about and cook with local and seasonal produce and seafood right from the coast in simple and delicious ways. Look her up at Delish: Fresh Eats with Courtney.