While not managing multiple restaurants, The Stocked Pot and Company Executive Chef Don McMillan has cultivated local TV stardom by hosting a cooking show on NBC from 1986 to 2002. He later appeared on channels as diverse as Hallmark and Sundance, and Turner South and Fox Sports South, with celebrities including Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou. His son, President, owner, and on-staff wine expert, Andrew, has acquired culinary knowledge from his travels to five continents and more than 28 countries, which steeped him in local traditions, authentic ingredients, and large cauldrons of curry. The Stocked Pot's chef-taught classes cater to all ages, experience levels, and epicurean desires. Aspiring chefs can learn to roll and construct creative sushi, properly wield a knife, or cook poultry. Printed recipes, which can be taken home, help students follow along and finally learn how to spell hors d'oeuvres. A retail store stocks tools to further aid in personal kitchens.
The Yadkin Valley Wine Tours travel among the vineyard rows and through the dark cool of barrel cellars, letting guests get up close and personal with the wineries of the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills. Chauffeured excursions by van or bus roll along back-country roads and scenic highways and make stops at wineries along Swan Creek, Shallowford Trail, Yadkin River Trail, and others.
At each winery, the guide unveils a little piece of North Carolina's winemaking heritage, explaining why the area's grape-growing climate is considered similar to that of Burgundy and the Italian Piedmont, just with much, much more distant views of the Alps. Afterward, a wine tasting lets everyone drink in the local flavor and learn proper tasting technique. Tours often follow the themes of the season, combining wine tasting with mining for gems in the summer, taking in the changing foliage in the fall, and stops at toasty fireplaces in the winter.
Class A Certified Prefessional PGA instructor Steve Nixon helps golfers of all skill levels with the wealth of knowledge he has accrued over a 23-year career as a golfer and coach. Steve's fairway-splitting swing has led to an impressive competitive career that includes time on multiple small tours?including the Tarheel, Tommy Armour, and Hooters tours?and once proclaiming his birthright as England's true king by removing an ancient flagstick from an anvil.
During lessons, Steve carefully observes pupils' preshot routine, tendencies when addressing the ball, and swing motion to unveil inefficient techniques and root them out with custom-tailored golf drills. Steve can also help players find their ideal equipment with TaylorMade club-fitting software and provides club-repair services for those who recently snapped their driver?s shaft or broke its heart by hitting a 3-wood off the tee on a par 4.
A lot has changed since Cash Lovell Stables & Riding Academy opened back in 1940. Since then, the facility has grown to encompass three indoor riding arenas, a full-service tack shop, and even a climate-controlled lounge with free Wi-Fi. But one thing hasn't changed: the academy's commitment to helping kids learn the value of compassion and hard work through the art of horsemanship. Lessons take place across the well-appointed facility, year-round, and illuminate students in the English riding style known as saddleseat. Suited for beginner, intermediate, or advanced riders of all ages, the courses are led by highly-trained equine specialists who are fluent in all the major horse dialects.