If you’ll be around Hatteras Island in September, don’t miss this year’s Day At The Docks, a unique celebration of the “Spirit of Hatteras” when the village recovered from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as an intact community, anchored by the commercial and charter fishermen. The 2016 theme is “The Fish On Your Dish” and Chef Wes, along with 2 other NC chefs were invited to discuss new possibilities for the delicious wild caught NC seafood.
The Full Announcement
Hatteras, NC (June 7, 2016) – The Day at the Docks Planning Committee announced today that the 4th Annual Talk of the Villages will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.
The theme for the event this year is “The Fish On Your Dish” and will feature three North Carolina chefs who are cooking up new ideas and changing the way we think about seafood.
Tom Armstrong is chef and general manager at Vinnie’s Steak House in Raleigh (http://vinniessteakhouse.com/raleigh/ ). He spent his childhood in New Orleans until his parents, both natives of New Bern, returned to North Carolina in 1984. As a teenager, he discovered his passion and talent for cooking and followed those interests into several area professional kitchens. He gained an apprenticeship at Raleigh’s Second Empire where he trained for two years, while earning a degree in Writing, Rhetoric and Language from North Carolina State University. Before coming to Vinnie’s, he cooked for the Nobles Group of the Triad, as well as in Yellowstone National Park and Sedona, Arizona. When he’s not in the kitchen, you might find him exploring local farmers’ markets, biking and foraging along the greenway or hiking one of his favorite mountain trails.
Keith Rhodes is chef and owner of Catch Modern Seafood Restaurant and Catch The Food Truck in Wilmington (http://catchwilmington.com/). With strong family roots in the Cape Fear region, Keith credits his grandfather for his farm-to-table approach that supports local purveyors, fishermen and farmers. Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef four years in a row, Keith also captured the Goodness Grows in NC best dish for fine dining and for casual dining. He was a 2011 James Beard finalist for “Best Chef of the Southeast” and also competed on Bravos’ “Top Chef, Season 9.”
Wes Stepp is the owner of the popular Red Sky Cafe restaurant in Duck, NC. He’s been a chef in the Outer Banks for over 25 years, and his cuisine reflects the best of what the beach offers. Originally from West Virginia, Wes came to the Outer Banks after graduating college with a degree in psychology. He worked at Kelly’s Restaurant in Nags Head before purchasing Red Sky Café. He also leads Tastefully Fit, a lifestyle program focused on simple but delicious menu choices.
Armstrong, Rhodes and Stepp will share stories and personal experiences about working with NC seafood to create positive change and to build strong businesses. They will also talk about their favorite seafood flavor combinations and preparation tips.
Talk of the Villages is a free event and is open to the public.
For information about Day at the Docks, visit http://hatterasonmymind.com/HVCA/DayAtTheDocks/.