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Backyard Bistro Tabbed to Feed Congress “Southern Meal” in Washington, D.C.

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March 28, 2017
        Raleigh-based restaurant Backyard Bistro has been selected to cater for 250 members of Congress a Southern style hors d’oeuvres reception in Washington, D.C., as part of the 35th annual Taste of the South celebration.

        Backyard Bistro co-owner Joe Lumbrazo, an award-winning chef, will coordinate the feeding for the Southern contingent of lawmakers on March 29, offering up a menu of shrimp & grits, beef brisket, pulled pork BBQ, along with a dessert featuring North Carolina grown strawberries over a buttermilk biscuit.

         “We chose a menu that was indigenous to North Carolina – items that are all staples of the South,” Lumbrazo said. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity.”

          “As president of the North Carolina Society of Washington, the Taste of the South reached out to me to partner with them since this year North Carolina was being featured,” and Andrea Hall. “I have been friends with Joe since the very early 1990's. I know the amazing work he and his team can do and thought it would be a great opportunity for all parties involved.”

        The Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville will be providing the wine for the event, while Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston will supply the beer and Coca-Cola the non-alcoholic beverages, according to Hall.

              Taste of the South was founded in 1982 by a group of transplanted southerners living in Washington. Longing for home and wanting to share the rich traditions they had come to love, the group decided to host a party where they could share with fellow D.C. residents their love for all things southern. The following April the first Taste of the South gala was held featuring Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Missouri joined the next year to complete the group of 13 states that make up Taste of the South today. 

          “Since our opening Backyard Bistro has been privileged to participate in a number of unique catering opportunities, including the 75th anniversary celebration for Ducks Unlimited on the USS North Carolina battleship, but we are truly humbled to be chosen for such a prestigious event in Washington,” said co-owner Lance Wheeler.

          Backyard Bistro was highlighted on Destination America in 2012 as part of the cable TV network’s Epic BBQ series. In addition, Backyard Bistro was featured on an episode of TLC’s “Outrageous Kids Parties,” catering a 500-person guest list for the country carnival-themed show.
“About Backyard Bistro:
   Backyard Bistro is located off Trinity Road, within walking distance of the PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Stadium. The family-owned restaurant opened in April 2009 and offers lunch and dinner, a full-service bar, private banquet room, along with custom catering and tailgating services across the Triangle, state of North Carolina and entire Southeast, with a slogan of: “We Bring The Party To You.”

       Backyard Bistro at Chapel Ridge, the company’s second location, opened Oct. 1, 2016, at Chapel Ridge Golf Club outside of Pittsboro. Backyard Bistro also enters its seventh year as the concessionaire to Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary and provides all BBQ, hamburgers and subs at Kenan Stadium and The Dean E.