Monday, October 8, 2012

Announcing The Final Fire: Battle of the Champions!

Greetings from Jimmy Crippen and the team behind Competition Dining! Thank you for making our first year such a stunning success. Because of your support, 64 chefs were showcased to more than 5000 diners statewide using a cornucopia of over 500 North Carolina ingredients and products. It’s a perfect recipe for months of live culinary entertainment featuring The Chef, The Farmer, and You--The Diner!

You said you wanted a "final four."  Well, we're excited to announce The Final Fire: Battle of the Champions! The event will span three battles, Nov. 15, 16, and 17 at the 
Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel at 4100 Main at North Hills Street.  Tickets go on sale Oct.11.  After a thrilling Fire in the Triad finale, the four regional champions drew knives in Greensboro to determine the Battle of Champions bracket (check out the video here). The schedule is:

Nov. 15

George Neal, 1618 Seafood Grille, Greensboro,

Michael Foreman, Bistro Roca and Antler’s Bar, Blowing Rock,

Nov. 16   

Andy Hopper, Chefs 105, Morehead City,

Ryan Payne, Weathervane at A Southern Season, Chapel Hill     

Nov. 17          

The Finale:  Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 Winners

Because you purchased tickets and supported our vision when no one was sure of who we were or what we were doing, we wanted to reach out and say “Thank you!”  We also wanted to give you a personal heads-up that 
TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE at on Oct. 11 at 7 pm. Each ticket costs $119 excluding beverage, tax and tip. Each ticket buyer can purchase up to 10 tickets.

We anticipate these tickets to sell in less than one hour, so be ready. Tickets can ONLY be purchased online from our website. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page and Twitter feed to get the inside scoop on competition news and announcements regarding the Final Fire. We invite you to celebrate and make your visit a weekend event. When you book at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, tell them you are coming for The Final Fire. To plan more foodie fun while visiting Raleigh, visit

We extend a big thanks to our sponsors, who have been on board with us since the beginning of this year: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA),
 Pate Dawson-Southern Foods
OUR STATE MagazineCrippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant in Blowing Rock,h.ITS Technology, and Dansko Shoes.

We look forward to bringing our champions together for the final competition dining series of 2012.

Remember that Goodness Grows in North Carolina and as for Competition Dining, It’s Got To Be NC!

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