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6406 Shinnwood Road
Wilmington, North Carolina,28409
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Rachael Ray Books: An Imprint of the Atria Publishing Group
Director of Catering
Staff & Contributors - Focus on the Coast
Hungry since 1985. Full time "entrée-preneur,"caterer, writer, and lover of figs. Fanny is a home-taught foodie with a passion for storytelling and licking the plate.
Out & About Archives - Focus on the Coast
A celebrity guest panel including Eric Miller of L Shape Lot and Fanny Slater, cookbook author/TV show host, will vote for the Celebrity Judges' Choice.
BLT UPGRADE: Fanny Slater will serve BLT crostinis, with whiskey-bacon jam, tomatoes and fresh basil to pair with Bomber Bev.
Co.'s Southern Tier 2012 Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Barleywine. Courtesy photo. In the case of craft beer, its certified expert is called a "cicerone. Caleb Churchwell, one of three owners of Bombers Bev. Co.-a bottle shop with 12 taps that opened downtown in October 2014-is in the process of achieving this esteemed mark on his résumé. Each day in the shop, Churchwell exhibits his skills for narrowing a person's palate from 500 offerings to a few distinct beers they'll love. When he met Fanny Slater of Fanfare Catering, Wilmington local winner of Rachael Ray's Great American Cookbook Competition, Churchwell knew a pairing dinner should be in order. "We met Fanny when she started coming into Bombers from the start," he offers. "It was only fitting with her incredible knowledge as a chef and our knowledge of beer combine [to] put together an exciting event for all. It doesn't hurt that she is a local celebrity." Slater took on hundreds of applicants and, ultimately, four other chefs on the "Rachael Ray Show" to be crowned the queen of the kitchen. Slater turned in her manuscript for her cookbook in October and has completed one round of editing. She'll begin the copyediting process soon, and then work on design, layout and title. Slater expects the book to be out sometime in the next year. "I'm having an absolute blast writing it," she shares. "My favorite part of catering is that I get to be as wildly creative as I want," Slater continues. "I knew I wanted to do my own spin on bar food," Slater explains. "This is a play on a Vietnamese sandwich [normally] made with pork," Fanny explains. Slater describes the food's flavors as exotic and warm, and tropical with its rich coconut. "The spicy phenols from this Belgian Amber will lend well to the curry and basil from the meatballs. Enough body and flavor to hold up to a dish like this," Churchwell describes. For the finale, Slater will craft her "Rachel's Daughter's" double-chocolate and French-roast brownies. "My mom's original recipe was double chocolate, and I grew up drinking Starbucks French roast with my dad," she says.
Women to Watch: Rising Star Finalists - Wilma - October 2014 - Wilmington, NC
CEO | Fanfare Catering It's been a whirlwind year for Fanny Slater, CEO of Fanfare Catering and soon-to-be published cookbook author. She is currently testing recipes and working on the cookbook after winning The Rachael Ray Show's Great American Cookbook Competition earlier this year. When the cookbook comes out, Slater will be featured in Rachel Ray's magazine and make a return appearance on the show. Slater, who pulls from childhood memories and dishes to update nostalgic classics and turn them into sophisticated fare, utilizes YouTube, social media, and her food blog to help build her brand.
Chefs In Archives - Focus on the Coast
It's no secret that our Chef's In writer, Fanny Slater, makes strong and distinct connections between food, family, and life.