A Charlotte chef will bring the flavors of the Carolinas to the Taste of the NFL


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A taste of the Carolinas will be represented at the Super Bowl. A Charlotte chef was picked to be in the "Taste of the NFL", and he's preparing his culinary good luck charm for the team.

If you've lived in Charlotte any time at all, you've probably heard of Bonterra, a really well-known restaurant in SouthEnd.

Bonterra's Executive Chef, Blake Hartwick, is getting ready to ship out to California to the Taste of the NFL.

Hartwick will be cooking Springer Mountain Confit Chicken Wings Kentuckyaki, which he considers to be a good luck charm-- saying the only week he didn't prepare the wings was the week the Chef himself made the trip down to Atlanta for the second Falcons/Panthers game-- and we all remember how that ended.

The Taste of the NFL is a large gala and fundraising event that raises money for local food banks in the host city.

Not only is Hartwick thrilled to be participating, he's thrilled to be in sunny California to cheer on his favorite team, "I'm still pinching myself. I don't think it's going to set in until we land tomorrow in San Francisco... Keep Pounding!"

Chef Hartwick will also be serving smoked Virginia peanuts, toasted Benne seeds and North Carolina sorghums; the meal will be paired with Mac Murray Ranch 2007 Pinot Noir.