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Carolina Crossroads Restaurant Hosts Special February 27 Winter Seafood Jubilee Event

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (February 2014) – Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn is one of three Triangle restaurants participating in the inaugural Winter Seafood Jubilee, a series of North Carolina winter seafood-centric events and promotions taking place across region this month.

Locals Seafood is working with area restaurants and social media foodie gurus to educated the public about the seasonality of seafood and introduce the public to trending statewide seafood items such as dogfish, ribbonfish, mullet and more.

Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, specializes in cuisine that Executive Chef James Clark describes as “Contemporary Southern” committed to a strong emphasis on local fresh sustainable ingredients. And Clark is a renowned seafood aficionado.

On Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 pm, Carolina Crossroads invites guests to attend a cooking class in the Piedmont Room highlighting Chef Clark’s techniques preparing three types of winter seafood (Cold Smoked Sunburst Trout, “Full” Steamed Clams and Butter Basted Triggerfish). The event features the beers of Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery, with founder Sean Lilly Wilson on hand to speak to the importance of seasonal, local sourcing.

For the first hour, guests will enjoy Pickled Shrimp & Yucca, Flounder Brandade Croquette, Crispy Oysters with Country Ham Leek Reduction and Sturgeon Poached in Duck Fat Olive Tapenade.

Then at 7:00 pm, Chef Clark will provide a three-part cooking demonstration featuring Cold Smoked Sunburst Trout with Roasted Beets, North Carolina Apples, Frisse and Horseradish Vinaigrette; “Full” Steamed Clams served with Cilantro, Anaheim Chilies, Spanish Chorizo, Candied Orange; and Butter Basted Triggerfish accompanied by Sunchoke Puree, Roasted Radishes & Squash and Arugula Pesto.

Guests will also indulge in Warm Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts served with Bourbon Anglaise, Caramel Dulcey Chocolate Lollipops and Coconut Passion Ice Cream with Ginger Sandwiches.

Reservations required. $45 per person and limited seating available. Please call Lina Hooker at (919) 918-2735.

The Winter Seafood Jubilee kicks off online with the “3 on 3 at the Winter Seafood Jubilee,” which takes place during the first three weeks of February. Three social media foodie gurus are participating: Kim Alexander (@trianglelocalista), Kristen Baughman (@knbaughman), and Johanna Kramer (@durhamfoodie). Each guru is responsible for one week, when they will be given three different species of winter seafood. They will prepare each product three different ways, and chronicle their culinary journey via three social media platforms of their choosing. Raleigh’s Mandolin Restaurant (February 20) and Pittsboro’s Oakleaf Restaurant (February 26) also host cooking events.  Learn more at

About The Carolina Inn

Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2014 Four Diamond ratings, marking the 17th consecutive hotel honor and 12th straight restaurant recognition.  This is also the 14th straight year that Carolina Crossroads has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide. Follow us on Twitter: @CarolinaInn. Like us on Facebook: CarolinaInn.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is an authentic collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels and resorts across North America. Offering enriching, locally-inspired experiences from alpine adventures and stunning beachfronts to urban landmarks, each property reflects the natural surroundings and culture of its distinctive locale. With more than 40 properties in premier travel destinations, including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning portfolio features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional culinary venues. For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.