Food & Drink

Seventh Annual Taste of the South to Benefit Authoring Action Nov. 17


Winston-Salem’s Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts will host the Seventh Annual Taste of the South fundraising event this Thursday evening, Nov. 17th, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will benefit Authoring Action, a local organization that provides education and encouragement for local youth poets, writers, filmmakers and artists.

The event will feature Southern cuisine from many of city’s best restaurants and bakeries, along with local wines and beers, organizer Sherry Rose said. Party-goers will listen to jazz from the Matt Kendrick Trio and performances by the Authoring Action Teen Authors, a group of participants who do spoken word poetry as part of the organization’s outreach.

Also, as part of the event, there will be a raffle for a wide array of prizes. Tickets are available for $50 apiece in advance or $60 on the day of the event at the door. Raffle tickets may be purchased ahead of the event as well. Tickets entitle the bearer to admission, food and one free glass of wine or beer.

Co-Chaired by Sylvia Oberle and Nigel Alston, the event will feature special food offerings from some of the area’s most noted restaurants and chefs. Among those participating will be: Bib’s Downtown, Crafted – The Art of the Taco, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub, Jeffrey Adams, Sweet Potatoes, The Porch and Krankies. Desserts and coffee will be provided by Dewey’s Bakery, Atelier on Trade, and Krankies Coffee. Beer and wine will be provided by Hoots Beer Co. and Raffaldini Vineyards.

The site of the event, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts is located at 251 N. Spruce St in Winston-Salem. The event runs until 8:30 pm.
Authoring Action was founded in 2002 by Lynne Rhoades and Nathan Ross Freeman to provide an educational opportunity for students in Winston-Salem who were interested in writing. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Authoring Action works with teens 13 to 18 year round and provides summer programs. Participants are helped not just with the basics of structure and grammar, but also in finding their voice and vision through artistic development and the creative process.

Participants can branch out into many different arts and disciplines, with plenty of guidance and support along the way. In addition to the poetry and literature produced, they have also made over 70 different student-crafted films and more than 400 paintings and other pieces of art.


“No child is ever turned away from the program because of inability to pay,” Rose explained, “and it does take about $2,500 to support each teen for the whole year.”

“The youth are our voice now and they will be running our country shortly,” she continued. “We really need to support them now to help them become the adults they want to be.”

Funds to support Authoring Action come from the community and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Events like the annual Taste of the South are a big part of the success of the organization.

For advance ticket purchases, please stop by The sponsors for this year’s event include Modern Chevrolet, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Journal. All proceeds from the event and additional donations raised during the event will go to benefit Authoring Action and its programs.