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2008 Diamond Dinner Series Debuts at The Carolina Inn's Carolina Crossroads Restaurant on June 19

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (May 15, 2008) - The Carolina Inn's Carolina Crossroads Restaurant kicks off the 2008 "Diamonds are a Diner's Best Friend" dinner series on June 19 when Jimmy Reale brings the freshness of the farm to Four Diamond Dining.

For the third year, the Triangle hosts this unique dinner series on five separate evenings from June to October. Each month, Executive Chefs from five of the area's AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurants will gather in one another's kitchens to prepare a culinary masterpiece. But first, on the Saturday before the Thursday dinners, the Executive Chefs of the host restaurant will select their ingredients at their local farmer's market.

On June 14, Jimmy Reale of the Carolina Inn's Crossroads Restaurant will canvass the Carrboro Farmers Market to assist in preparation of the June 19 five-course dinner in which he will be assisted by Jason Cunningham of Fairview, Oscar LaFuente of Herons, Adam Rose of Il Palio and Daniel Schurr of Second Empire.

Each dinner begins with an hors d'oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a five-course menu with wine pairings. The cost per dinner is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wine is included. For June 19 reservations, please call the Carolina Inn's Crossroads Restaurant at 919-918-2777.

The others dinners are at Fairview on July 17, Herons on August 21, Il Palio on September 18 and Second Empire on October 16.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America's "cultural resources worthy of preservation," The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. And it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in theNortheast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.