Coke Zero: A Table is Set

The Table is Set

Sharing my food experiences at local restaurants is normally the inspiration behind my posts. This time I am honored to have the chance to write about something different, a recipe with a purpose.

I love to cook at home and put my own spin on recipes so I knew this opportunity was right up alley. Trying a new recipe at home AND helping promote a good cause made it an easy choice for me to participate. Let me introduce you to...

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Soul Food Sessions

Soul Food Sessions mission is to increase opportunities in the food industry for minority chefs to set the scene for a better future. SFS started as a series of non-profit "pop-up dinner series" here in Charlotte. Now they're on the move to three new cities.

Through a valuable partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated they are paving the way to keep conversations going about equal opportunities in the culinary field.

"The table is set for lasting change in the culinary industry."

Lucky for us, Charlotte is Coca-Cola Consolidated's home market so that means we get to be the first stop in the four-city tour. The event will be on Tuesday June 19th at Free Range Brewing in NoDa. Then they're off to Washington D.C., Baltimore and Charleston.

There are a series of appetizers and main courses that will be introduced throughout this tour. Here is the appetizer I recreated at home that will be presented during the kick-off event at Free Range. It was really fun to make and tasted delicious. The simple fact that my house smelled like balsamic vinegar for a couple hours was a big plus.

Seared Scallops with Purple Carrot Chutney

The person behind this creative appetizer is Chef Greg Williams, you may know him as the chef and owner of What the Fries CLT food truck.

Official drink pairing:  Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Why a Coke Zero? "Coca-Cola Zero Sugar brings to the forefront the richness of scallops combined with the boastful flavors of ginger and garlic in chutney."

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2 purple carrots, finely grated

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic

1 cup grated ginger

1 cup sugar

1 3/4 cups balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil


6 U10 scallops

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil


2 cups potato leek soup



balsamic vinaigrette


1.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, garlic, ginger and sugar. Let brown and caramelize for 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar to deglaze pan. Cook for 30 minutes. Set aside.

2.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in medium sauté pan over medium heat. Dry scallops with paper towel and salt and pepper to taste. Add to pan, being careful not to overcrowd scallops. Sear until golden-brown; flip and repeat.

3.  Spoon potato leek soup into base of bowl. Top with chutney and scallops. Finish with chives and balsamic vinaigrette.

4.  Serve and enjoy with a Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

Check out the full recipe here.

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Get your tickets here and show your support. Your seat is waiting.

This post was sponsored by Coca-Cola Consolidated. Thank you so much for the opportunity to help promote a good cause.