Carteret County culinary information on local community chefs, food tastings, area events, and schools that help to shape the local hospitality and tourism scene in Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Harkers Island, and other locations in the county.
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Carteret County Community College offers both a degree, certificate, and continuing education culinary arts program for students in the local community.
Chair, Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts, Hospitality Management
Culinary Arts Building
In May of 2019, Carteret Community College broke ground on a new 16,900 square foot hospitality and culinary arts facility at the school at a cost of $8.9 million dollars which will prepare students for jobs and business ventures in the local tourism and hospitality arena.
This school should be in high demand as the area ramps up infrastructure that is expected from the economic boom the new I-42 corridor will bring to the area. In order to meet the demand for chefs and other disciplines in the restaurant industry, this program should help meet that demand.
Carteret County Food Network
Local organization focused on connecting consumers with local farmers in the spirit of grow, eat, and shop locally.
To learn more about this local effort:
Executive Director of CLFN
This organization offers ongoing events, farm tours, and other information to get local county consumers and even food service owners, staff, and chefs involved in local farms and their impacts on the economy.
North Carolina Seafood Festival
This annual festival is a very popular event taking place in downtown Morehead City and features a 3 day celebration of the seafood industry and it’s impacts on the local economy in the county.
The NC Seafood Festival hosts many local chefs, restaurants, food tastings, recipes, and exhibits all focused on local seafood.
Chefs from around the area from Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle collaborate to teach festival attendees about the supply chain from commercial fishermen to consumers in the area who come to vacation in the area to taste Carolina cuisine centered around seafood.
Beaufort Wine And Food Festival
This is an annual event in Beaufort NC that benefits local charities where festival attendees can taste food from local chefs and restaurants, learn about wine and food presentations, and other educational opportunities to learn about local culinary cuisine.
The Beaufort Wine And Food Festival is a great opportunity to learn about chefs in Beaufort who drive this town’s local hospitality and tourism efforts.
What are some other Carteret County culinary and food events that we missed that should be recognized in this article?
Other than Carteret Community College, are there other schools, educational, and training opportunities locally hosted by restaurants and chefs?
How do you see Interstate 42 ramping up the local tourism and hospitality scene and it’s impact on food service and restaurants?
What can you tell us about the impact of local seafood and the industry as it relates to the economy in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, and Emerald Isle? How important are local fishermen to hospitality?
What are some local restaurants that offer regular food tasting events, or food preparation events?
What are some other local festivals dedicated to funding and helping local county charities?
To what extent are local farmers having an impact on local cuisine?