Exploring the culture, food, and traditions of North Carolina

The Project

North Carolina is my home state. I think it’s one of the most amazing places in the world. We are rich in history, culture, and life. We have stunning beaches, and if you’ve ever been in the mountains in the autumn, you’ll fall in love.

I’m from smackdab in the middle of the state: Concord. Home to The Avett Brothers, NASCAR, and what was to me, the ideal country way to grow up. It’s a different place today, and I spend more of my time now split between coastal Wilmington, and mountainous Franklin.

I’ve lived all over, and I’ve worn a lot of different hats. I’ve been a food & wine writer in Philadelphia, an editor and designer in the Florida Keys, a horse trainer and hostess in Savannah, and a fishmonger in Wilmington.  I’ve fox hunted the countryside in Scotland, and tasted mulled wine at Christmas markets in Germany. I’ve eaten baguettes on the benches of Paris, and tasted beer made from the waters of the Colorado Rockies. I’ve seen and done a lot of amazing things in my life, but now I am focusing back in on the state that made me who I am, and the state I love.

After moving back to Wilmington from Florida, post-Hurricane Irma, I’ve decided to embark on a project: to learn all I can about the culture, traditions, and food of the Old North State. Think of it as indulging in the original farm-to-table movement, with my own modern twist. Too many people my age are living a life of modern technology, and losing what makes us who we are. I want to learn how to do the things that aren’t glamourous, to get the end result we are so used to easily consuming. Just a few of my goals in this project include learning how to clean a chicken and a hog, shearing a sheep and carding the wool, and getting my hands dirty on my parent’s farm learning the nuisances of beekeeping and growing sweet potatoes.

It’s going to be a journey, and I don’t expect or want it to be a quick one. I want to savor in the traditions and reach out and learn from those that are still living them.

So, come along with us, and take part. It’s going to be an adventure… and I can’t wait. -Sarah Gagliardo, Founder/Owner