Kirk Pugh, creator of the Tasty Tuesday video series, is a hospitality professional turned real estate broker and investor. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he has made Wilmington NC his home since 2002.
Kirk spent his early career with corporate chains such as TGIFriday’s and Ruby Tuesday. He owned and operated a group of restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky through the mid ‘90’s, including a fine dining restaurant, a casual neighborhood eatery, two diners, and a sports bar and grill.
Later in his hospitality career he moved into the Resort Property field, as Food & Beverage Director at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, and the Cloister Hotel and Resort in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk then spent several years as Chief Operating Officer at Figure Eight Island Yacht Club before beginning his real estate career.
The highlights of Kirk’s culinary career include working with numerous celebrity chefs over the years, including Michele Bernstein, Marcus Samuelsson, Rocco Dispirito, Allen Susser, and Hubert DeMarais… to name a few.
Tasty Tuesday Restaurant Videos for Port City Foodies
It’s new in Historic Downtown Wilmington, and it’s trending. Dram Yard restaurant, at the newly rehabbed hotel property, Arrive, specializes in creative, global cuisine. Order from the tempting menu and plan on sharing: everything at Dram Yard is generously portioned. From the craft cocktails, to vegetable-based culinary creations and visually astounding seafood dishes, there is something on this foodie-centric menu for every palate.
Tell ya what… CHINGON is worth the drive (and a story). I’ve stepped away from stories because it seems like people really just want a quick couple blurbs and a couple photos. But today’s lunch was yummy fo’ sho’, and merits some extra foodie props!
Stuck in the house in full-on pandemic stay-your-butt-at-home mode, I felt my beloved taste buds dulling and dying with every day. Long gone were my romantic walks to the taco trucks and I felt that I’d do just about anything to enter the hallowed halls of my favorite restaurants.
Are you invited to partake of New Year’s revelries at the home of your favorite foodie? Rejoice! There is nothing better than ringing in a new year with craft drinks, special bubbly, and gourmet edibles. But… don’t forget the foodie gift for that special host or hostess.
SANTA IS A FOODIE… Last minute gift ideas for the foodie in your life.
So if you’re anything like me, you’ve been so busy trying out all the amazing restaurants in the Port City that Christmas has snuck up on you. And if you’re anything like me, you’re sitting five days out from the big day and haven’t done much (or any) shopping. Yeah, yeah, I know…. proper prior planning, early bird gets the worm, blah blah blah.
If you are an eggnog lover, the day those cartons hit the shelves at the supermarket is bliss. It signals the winter holidays, family gatherings, and feet up in front of the fireplace. This pumpkin spice eggnog pushes the calendar up just a month or so.
We say, “Why wait?” The Verandas’ spooky homemade rendition of eggnog has Fall flavors all over it, with the infusion of pumpkin, spicy notes and grownup kick of a good Southern bourbon, and delicate web of freshly grated nutmeg. More →