NC's top celebrity chefs on the ticket for Thrive NC


— North Carolina’s top name chefs, Ashley Christensen and Vivian Howard, are the headliners next month at a new foodie festival designed to link the state’s culinary talent with food challenges facing their neighbors.

The public is invited to two nights of live music and mouth-watering samples from dozens of top restaurants May 10 and 11 at Raleigh’s City Market, part of the Thrive NC festival and summit.

During the day, stakeholders will discuss pressing issues of food and economy, including childhood obesity and nutrition, access to fresh and healthy food and ongoing food insecurity.

Tickets for the Thrive NC food festival start at $30.

Thrive NC is hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

“We want improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities. Simply stated, we want to see our state thrive,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, president and CEO of Blue Cross NC. “Our vision is to mobilize top restaurants, award-winning chefs, and community-minded thought leaders to work together toward solutions for the food challenges our state faces.”

To that end, Blue Cross NC will support Inter-Faith Food Shuttle through a day of service on Friday, May 11. More than 100 Blue Cross NC and Thrive NC volunteers will pack 600 bags for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies Program. Volunteers will also pack 400 grocery bags with fresh produce and nonperishable items for Wake County senior citizens in need. 

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