This month, Hotel Ballast is proud to present two fabulous annual events. First up is an extraordinary culinary event for the North Carolina Azalea Festival – the NC Azalea Festival: Chefs’ Showcase. This kickoff event on January 19 includes a seated, five-course meal, wine pairings, entertainment, and impressive silent auction items. Notable chefs will include Claire Ptak, the genius baker of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake.
Also included are Chef Steve Foote, the corporate chef of LM Restaurants, Hotel Ballast’s own chef William “Kelly” Robey, Sedgefield Country Club’s chef James Patterson, Chef Matt Register of Southern Smoke BBQ, and as our very special guest, Anna Echols of One Belle Bakery. Next, be sure to save the dates of January 31 – February 2, when we host the 39th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival. One of the biggest and best of the country’s traditional jazz fests, this event will not only welcome back Wilmington’s favorite piano man Grenoldo Frazier, but will feature a Brazilian vibe in the style of Antonio Carlos Jobim and sax virtuoso Stan Getz. Also appearing are Maucha Adnet, Duduka da Fonseca, Harry Allen, Bruce Harris, and additional stellar musicians.