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Photos from Pinehurst’s Katie Button Chef & Maker series weekend.

Below are the guests’ photos taken at Friday night’s Curate Inspired Dinner. Right-click on any image that you would like a copy of and “save as” to your own device.

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Ashley Christensen’s Philosophy: Cooking is about a relationship with people

Since making Raleigh her home, Ashley Christensen has sought to foster community through food, philanthropy and the stimulation of the city’s downtown neighborhood.

It’s a philosophy to be proud of, and we at Pinehurst are indeed proud to welcome Chef Christensen to headline the second in our series of Chef & Maker events this weekend.

There are a few packages still remaining and there looks to be plenty of sunshine and warm Pinehurst hospitality in the forecast. Hurry to reserve your spot now:

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What They’re Saying About Chef Ashley Christensen

Read through some of the reviews of Chef Ashley Christensen, and you quickly get an idea of just how well-regarded her work is.

One example:

“Ashley Christensen does with food what Bob Dylan has done with song.”

“Ashley Christensen does with food what Bob Dylan has done with song.”

Christensen, a James Beard Award-winner, will headline Pinehurst’s second Chef & Maker series event from July 7-9, serving a decadent four-course meal at the series’ featured event, the Chef Dinner on Saturday night.

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Christensen is the owner and executive chef of acclaimed downtown Raleigh restaurants Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Death & Taxes, Chuck’s and Fox Liquor Bar. Christensen is also the author of the cookbook, Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner, which every Pinehurst Chef & Maker guest will receive when booking a package.

Here is a sampling of some of the glowing reviews Christensen has earned recently. (The full reviews are linked within each title.)

Garden and Gun magazine 

“Christensen aims to elevate everything she touches, up to and including her customers, who feel in the moment that, yes, this is what food should taste like—loved, respected, realized. And this exquisite visceral contentment is about nothing so much as it is Christensen, who infuses every dish not just with impeccably balanced flavor but also her decency. If Gregory Peck were a comely blonde chef, he would be Ashley Christensen.”

Rolling Stone magazine 

“If your idea of Southern food is fried chicken and grits, Ashley Christensen has something to show you. When she opened Poole’s Diner in 2007 she was at the forefront of the New South movement, joining chefs like Sean Brock in celebrating the incredible bounty of the region with heirloom tomato pie, oysters Rockefeller made with turnip greens and pimento cheese. Now her Raleigh empire has grown to include a cocktail bar, farm-to-table burgers and (yes) even fried chicken, all executed with her signature combination of good humor and razor-sharp instincts.”

New York Times Review of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner 

“Most cookbooks fall into one of two categories: the aspirational and the useful, those that are flipped through on lazy Sundays, then returned to the top shelf, and those that live a dog-eared life on the counter.

With “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner,” Ashley Christensen has written the rare cookbook that begs to be labeled as both.

For instance, in her hands, a pimento cheese sandwich, traditionally made with white bread, veers artisanal and elegant.”

Ashley Christensen’s famed mac & cheese.

bon appetite magazine

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death, taxes, and (if we may be allowed to improvise here) our love for Ashley Christensen. From her flagship Poole’s Diner to Chuck’s Burgers to Joule Coffee & Table, the reigning chef of the Raleigh-Durham scene is unstoppable.” 

“The greatness of Ashley Christensen’s flagship begins with her macaroni au gratin. Made with cheddar, Jarlsberg, and Grano Padano and broiled to a crusty, bubbly bronze, its a mingling of French and Southern sensibilities, and there may be no better version of mac and cheese anywhere. Christensen has firmly planted herself at the crossroads of high-low dining: beyond the macaroni, her menu changes nightly, offering dishes homey in flavor and meticulous in execution.”

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Colin O’Reilly bringing artful demonstration to Chef & Maker series

Colin O’Reilly’s expressive glass-blowing demonstration will be one of our can’t-miss events of the upcoming Chef & Maker series event with Chef Ashley Christensen, which takes place July 7-9 at Pinehurst Resort.

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Inspired by the amazing landscape of the blue ridge mountains and the rich geological composition of the area where some of the purest minerals can be found, O’Reilly created Terrane Glass Designs to celebrate the area.

Terrane Glass Designs seeks to embrace this great history of purity through form and color. Their drinking glasses are designed to add comfort and bring beauty to the beverages enjoyed from them, and immediately following the demo, Chef & Maker guests will have the opportunity to sample spirits tastings from Charlotte’s Doc Porter’s Distillery. Terrane’s colors and decoration are minimal to highlight the natural beauty, airiness, and presence of glass while not overpowering or detracting from the form. All of their products are hand blown by O’Reilly in Spruce Pine, and it is their goal to create hand-crafted objects that bring joy into everyday experience.

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5 Moments You Simply Can’t Miss at Chef & Maker

If you haven’t booked your reservation to attend Pinehurst’s second Chef & Maker series event with James Beard Award-winning Chef Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner Beasley’s, Fox Liquor Bar), there’s still time. Everything you need to know is here, but to save you a click, here’s a quick summary of what you get with the package:

Packages are $399 per person and include: 

  • Resort accommodations for two nights
  • Overflowing breakfast buffet both mornings
  • Friday night culinary event
  • Chef’s Dinner
  • Interactive maker events

Now that you know how to book, you’ll be glad to know the event with Chef Christensen, which takes place July 7-9, will certainly be one to remember. Here are five moments you absolutely cannot miss.

1. Meet and Mingle with a Rock Star Chef

Seriously, Ashley Christensen is a star chef, and the best part of the Chef & Maker series is that it is an intimate, relaxed and interactive event that will allow you opportunities to mix and mingle with the talent on display, Christensen included. Christensen will also participate in a Q&A and cookbook signing during the weekend on Saturday morning at 10. Christensen’s “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner,” is a must-have, and a copy of the book is included in your package.

2. Get Blown Away

Colin O’Reilly of Terrane Glass Designs will give a special glass-blowing demonstration on site at 2 p.m. on Saturday. With work that was honored as Overall Winner in Garden & Gun’s 2016 Made in the South Awards, O’Reilly will share some of his secrets and create intricate glasses designed expressly for maximizing spirits, which leads us to another can’t-miss moment…

3. What’s up, Doc?

Following O’Reilly’s demo, there will be a spirits tasting led by Doc Porter’s. The Charlotte-based distillery crafts handmade vodka, gin, and bourbon from scratch using locally-sourced grains.

4. The Poole’s Diner-Inspired Dinner

On Friday night at 6:30, to kick off the Chef & Maker Weekend, Pinehurst will take a cure from Chef Christensen and host the Poole’s Diner-Inspired Dinner. Our culinary team has put together a menu inspired by Chef Christensen’s philosophy of bright, fresh flavors and locally grown, seasonal ingredients.

We will be serving beer from Double Barley and Mystery Brewing along with spirits from Doc Porter’s Distillery, Topo Organic and Piedmont Distillers. Wine will be provided by Biltmore and Carmel Road. This event is also open to the public. Purchase tickets now at 

5. The Grand Finale

Cap the weekend in grand style. Join Chef Christensen for a meal that champions the new and evolving Southern food scene. Her four-course menu will honor the traditions of this celebrated cuisine, while introducing guests to her unique take on a variety of classics.

The dinner will be paired with Barrymore Wines – created by actress Drew Barrymore – from Carmel Road.

This event is open to the public. Purchase tickets now at

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