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Crossroads Chapel Hill Hosts February 25 Bubbles & Pearls Cooking Class & Dinner with Acclaimed Southern Foodie Hoppin’ John

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 2015) – The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel that opened in 1924, announces that its award-winning Crossroads Chapel Hill is hosting a special Bubbles & Pearls Cooking Class & Dinner on Thursday, February 25.

The five-course dinner features acclaimed book author and food writer John Martin Taylor and oyster farmer Chris Matteo from Chadwick Creek Oysters in Bayboro, NC.

John Martin Taylor, also known as Hoppin’ John, is a culinary historian best known for his expertise on the cooking of the American South. The New York Times referred to him as “the lowcountry food maven” and he is often credited with restoring many traditional southern dishes. Gourmet Magazine said of Taylor: “Artisanal food supplier and cookbook author John Martin Taylor...fueled the back-to-the-stone-ground-grits movement.... Taylor’s coarse grits and more finely ground cornmeal are used as polenta from Puglia to Puget Sound.”

The evening kicks off with a champagne reception at 6 pm on the front porch followed by dinner in an intimate cooking class setting led by Executive Chef James Clark and John Martin Taylor at Crossroads Chapel Hill.

The Bubbles & Pearls Cooking Class & Dinner begins at 6 pm with a trio of passed oyster selections, shucking and story telling from John, James and Chris. The dinner features a Traditional Low Country Oyster Stew, Chilled Oyster Cocktail, Carolina Oyster Pie and Oyster Sausage & Mushroom Gravy Creamy Hoppin John Taylors Grits. Dessert will be John Martin Taylor’s Sweet Potato Cake & Brown Butter Ice Cream. A selection of champagne from Italy, Spain, France and North Carolina will be served throughout the evening.

Secure your seat today to indulge in a unique experience of culinary delights and Southern-soaked culture. $90 per person (includes tax and gratuity and for adults 21 and older). For reservations, please call 919-918-2735 or email More info at

About The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel
The historical Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel, features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Crossroads Chapel Hill restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2015 Four Diamond ratings, marking 18 consecutive hotel honors and 13 straight restaurant recognitions. The restaurant has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide for 15 straight years. Follow us on Twitter: @CarolinaInn, Instagram: @TheCarolinaInn, Pinterest: #TheCarolinaInn, and Google+: TheCarolinaInn. Like us on Facebook: CarolinaInn.

About Destination Hotels 
Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.