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WINTER 2015

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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ribs and the occasional prime rib and pork loin. On every table, four homemade sauces embody favors from distinct barbecue-eating regions. A ffth, Smoke's vinegary Eastern North Carolina-style sauce cut with ghost peppers and cayenne, is available by request. 'Real Food' "Barbecue is a very real food," says Theriot, a Louisiana native who spent part of his career in Aspen, Colorado's fne dining scene. "I wanted to create a neighborhood place where you could be a regular, where the food was fun and where I could cook the food I grew up with, the food I love." Smoke's expansive menu ranges from shrimp and grits — a nod to Theriot's Southern pedigree — to ahi tuna salad drizzled with Champagne vinaigrette. Classic sides get smart updates: barbecue beans are laced with brisket, not bacon; a cider-vinegar slaw is emboldened by tomatoes, scallions, pepitas and crunchy slivers of tortilla; and your mac 'n' cheese might sport green chiles or shrimp. Smoke's StoneCrest location is the brand's fourth (a second Charlotte-area restaurant sits in Cornelius's Birkdale Village, and there are two in Colorado), and knowing Dennis Thompson, it won't be the last. Smoke Modern favorites feature Kansas City-style burnt ends, sweet potato fries and slaw (right), as well as the Smokin' Q Combo with mac 'n' cheese and slaw (below). Your Way. Corporate Events: Emily Burgholzer • Director of Special Events 704-544-1404 ext. 401 eburgholzer@ballantyneclub.com www.BallantyneClub.com Newly ReNovated Golf CouRse & Clubhouse foR: Receptions • Board Meetings • Golf Outings • Trade Shows Sales Presentations • Client Entertaining • Company Retreats Corporate Golf Packages • Business Luncheons This exhibition is made possible with a generous grant from Abbot Downing, a Wells Fargo boutique business, serving families of signifcant wealth. at Levine Center for the Arts | 420 S. Tryon St. | Charlotte, NC Sam Francis, As for Appearance II (detail), oil on canvas, 1963-1965 © 2015 Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 39 WINTER 2015-2016

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