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Pimp That Pumpkin! 'Carved' Event To Showcase The Sharpest Chefs

Phil Romans

Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween at a family-friendly event full of frightful fun!

Atherton Market in Charlotte’s historic SouthEnd will host the first-ever “Carved” event on Sunday, October 20, beginning at 4 pm when chefs will bring their knife skills to the task of creatively carving plain old pumpkins into works of art.

Kids under 12 are encouraged to bring their own cleverly carved pumpkins from home and compete for prizes.

It’s all in good fun, but the event will support good works, too. Proceeds will go to the Slow Food Charlotte Farmers Fund which serves farmers through education of sustainable practices.

In addition to the pumpkin carving, there will be music, crafts, merriment, and fun. Deborah Triplett Photography will sponsor a photo booth to preserve your memories of the day. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks and area businesses. Beverages for the kids and Triple C beer for adults will be offered in a signature event cup with purchase of a $10 advanced ticket or $15 at the door. Kids 12 and younger enter for $5, unless they bring a carved jack-o-lantern and then admission is free!

Tickets are available online here.

This event is being sponsored by the Atherton Market, Piedmont Culinary Guild, Slow Food Charlotte, and Luna’s Living Kitchen. Please visit them by clicking the links below.

Piedmont Culinary Guild is a gathering place and hub for innovative chefs, farmers, artisans, students, restaurant owners and individuals in the local food world committed to sharing our strengths and building our local food community. The Guild was founded on three pillars; Sharing Resources, Education and Establishing Regional Recognition to help develop and secure our local food system. 

Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community, biodiversity, and the environment.  Slow Food Charlotte supports Good, Clean, & Fair food.  We support farmers through education, advocacy, and market participation.  We support urban gardening through Friendship Gardens, a partnership between Slow Food Charlotte and Friendship Trays. 

The Atherton Market is a community hub in the South End neighborhood, within walking distance of Dilworth, showcasing the best that the Piedmont region has to offer from small local farms and talented chefs and artisans. Appealing to families and foodies alike, the market offers a vibrant environment aiming to educate consumers on how to grow, select, use, and prepare seasonal ingredients.

Luna’s Living Kitchen specializes in the art of living foods, serving organic, plant-based cuisine, smoothies and cold-pressed juices. Luna’s supports local, organic farmers, buying seasonal produce multiple times a week from farmers markets and individual, family-owned farms. By putting living food on your plate, we hope to give life to your day and energy to your body. 

Amy Rogers is the author of Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Her writing has also been featured in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, the Oxford American, and the Charlotte Observer. She is founding publisher of the award-winning Novello Festival Press. She received a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and was the first person to receive the award for non-fiction writing. Her reporting has also won multiple awards from the N.C. Working Press Association. She has been Writer in Residence at the Wildacres Center, and a program presenter at dozens of events, festivals, arts centers, schools, and other venues. Amy Rogers considers herself “Southern by choice,” and is a food and culture commentator for NPR station WFAE.