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Get schooled on real food during Taste of the New South

Lisa Leake leads the class of Real Food 101It’s back-to-school season, which means it’s time to dust off those lunch boxes. If you’re looking for unique, healthy meals to pack for your children, Lisa Leake can help.

Leake, author of “100 Days of Real Food,” will offer tips for adopting a real food lifestyle during the upcoming Taste of the New South festival.

She’ll talk about how her family’s decision to avoid processed and refined foods changed their lives and share the food rules they follow.

You don’t have to wait until September 5 to start learning from Leake. Her popular blog,, includes meal plans, recipes and an entire section on school lunches.

Parade Magazine recently included her advice in a cover story titled “What America Eats: Lunch 2015.”

“It’s definitely more work,” Leake told Parade of packing healthy lunches. “Parents need to understand that changing the way your kids eat is a very long process, but it’s so worth it.”

Click here to read the entire story. 

We particularly enjoyed Leake’s “10 Recipes to Freeze for School Lunches,” which includes some dishes you’ll likely want to add to your lunch bag.

Go to to find out more about Leake’s session or to purchase tickets.


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And the best PGA Championship video is…

Sure, Jordan Spieth is making a run at three major championships in one season. But that’s a note for another day, like, say Sunday.

Right now, there are more pressing concerns, such as:

Which video from the second round of the PGA Championship is better?

Phil Mickelson:

Or John Daly:

Give us your vote in the comments below.

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Pinehurst Pale Ale release party set for next week

grilling-beer2Join us Friday, Aug. 21. to celebrate the release of our Pinehurst Pale Ale.

The beer was crafted specifically for the upcoming Taste of the New South festival, which takes place during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7.

Members of the Pinehurst culinary team traveled to Asheville’s Highland Brewing Company in July to participate in the brewing process. Click here to view photos. 

Pinehurst Pale Ale was brewed with Citra hops and lemon peel to give the beer a refreshing hint of citrus. The addition of dried rosemary creates an earthy flavor that’s distinct without being overpowering.

Representatives from Highland will be on hand during the release party to answer questions about the beer.

The event will get underway at 5 p.m. in the Ryder Cup Lounge. Tastes of Pinehurst Pale Ale will be available and pints will be sold for $6.

Taste of the New South, a food and wine weekend, will feature mouth-watering southern fare, a vast portfolio of prestige wines and a craft beer brewed exclusively for the event. Single day passes for events on Saturday and Sunday will be $140 each. Tickets for the Carolina Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ at the Pinehurst Fair Barn on Friday and the Culinary Tour of Pinehurst on Sunday night will be available for $85 each.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

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A surprise proposal in the Carolina Dining Room


Paul Herrington proposes to Emily Ruppel during dinner at the Carolina Dining Room on Tuesday.

It was a moment weeks in the making.

Paul Herrington and Emily Ruppel had just finished dinner at the Carolina Dining Room and it was time for dessert.

But an apple cranberry crisp or brownie sundae simply wouldn’t do for an occasion like this. Paul called ahead to request a decadent red velvet cake with chocolate icing. He had a question to deliver and a special cake was in order.

IMG_0967As the server placed the cake in front of Emily, her eyes lit up and her smile widened. Seconds later, Paul was down on one knee, ring in hand. The icing on the cake spelled out our four words: Will You Marry Me?

Emily’s answer, of course, was an enthusiastic yes, but first there were tears of joy.

“We were both very flooded with emotions,” Paul said.

“The whole thing kind of crescendoed,” Emily said.

As the couple celebrate with a kiss, the dining room broke out in applause.

A few moments later, they were dancing to one of their favorite songs, “Every Man Needs a Companion” by Father John Misty.

Paul arranged for the Carolina’s pianist to play it when the cake was delivered, but he was actually surprised to hear it. The song was written for guitar and had to be translated for piano, a task he wasn’t sure the musician would be up for.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” Paul said.

“A part of me registered the song before we recognized it,” Emily said.

It was an evening the couple will never forget.IMG_0980

“It was so beautiful, I loved it,” Emily said. “Paul is absolutely the love of my life.”

The couple met at Bellarmine University and remained friends as Paul headed to Wake Forest and Emily to MIT for graduate school. Their romance didn’t begin until they both returned home to Louisville, Kentucky before Emily got accepted into a doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh.

After dating about over a year, Paul knew he wanted to propose to Emily. He decided to pop the question at Pinehurst because it’s a special place for his family.

Paul was here for the 1999 U.S. Open and has returned with his family almost every year since. In fact, his parents love it so much they bought a condo on the lake and became members of the country club.

“It’s just a really calming place,” Paul said. “I love it here.”

Emily’s first trip to the Sandhills will no doubt remain her most memorable.


Paul and Emily enjoy their first trip to Pinehurst as a couple.


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A bird’s-eye view of the Carolina Hotel

It’s likely you’ve never seen the Carolina Hotel from this view.  

The team at DronesGear recently posted an incredible aerial video of the hotel on their Instagram.

Watch it here then click over to to explore the Carolina’s history.

A video posted by #DroneGear (@dronegear) on

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