Join Us At The Young Professionals Party Deck at the Wyndham

Join Us At The Young Professionals Party Deck at the Wyndham

23rd Jul 2015 Community, Networking

Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23 – join the synerG young professionals and network with Young Professionals from across the Piedmont Triad on this exclusive, open-air platform on the 10th Green at Sedgefield Country Club. Features complimentary beer & wine and light food. $25 for one day and $80 for the week.

Tickets will need to be picked up at Will Call. You will receive a detailed email on where to pick them up closer to the date.

This ticket does not include parking.

Special Thanks to our sponsors – Weaver Foundation & Action Greensboro.

Click here to purchase tickets.

NoshUp spotlight: King-Queen Haitian Cuisine

NoshUp spotlight: King-Queen Haitian Cuisine

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:00 am by the News & Record

By Lesly Dumé / Special to News & Record

My first experience with King-Queen Haitian Cuisine was instantly familiar.

As I parked near the food truck, I immediately recognized the aromas of home. I could smell my mother’s sweet plantains, or banane douce, wafting towards me. I almost couldn’t believe it.

As a Haitian American raised in South Florida, I am accustomed to easily finding Haitian cuisine. When I moved to Greensboro, it became quickly apparent that this would no longer be the case. I had to accept that there was little, if any, Haitian presence and visibility in the area.

I walked over and introduced myself to Hilder and Djosen Vilnor (DJ, for short), and I was welcomed with beautiful smiles. The Vilnors were genuinely interested in me, my friends who accompanied me and our experience. They had a yearning to introduce Haitian culture and food to us.

When I observed the menu, I saw many familiar dishes: black rice made so by black bean sauce, Haitian-style jerk and fried chicken, as well as fried pork with plantains.

My friend asked me to choose the dish that reminded me most of home: Haitian griot with banane douce and pickles, spicy pickled vegetables (usually cabbage, carrots and green and red peppers) that are layered on top of the griot, or fried pork. In my first bite, I tasted many flavors: family, intimacy and above all, warmth.

On Tuesday, Ethnosh will host a NoshUp at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing downtown Greensboro, sponsored by Oscar Oglethorpe Eyewear.

For $5, guests will get a tasty mix of signature samplers from King-Queen Haitian Cuisine. Guests are invited to explore the many beverage offerings of Gibb’s Brewery available for sale.

Ethnosh — a partnership between Face to Face GSO, Triad Local First and Bluezoom — is a guide to delicious ethnic food in the community, garnished with the stories that bring the flavor to life.

DJ and Hilder are siblings. They were born in Au Borgne, Haiti. DJ was raised there until she was 6 years old and spent the next several years in Cap-Haitien. Her father petitioned for her to come to America, and she arrived in Greensboro in her early teens.

Hilder arrived first by way of the Bahamas, then Miami. He did not like Miami.

“There were way too many people, and the lifestyle I wanted wasn’t there. People were constantly looking over their shoulder,” he said.

So, he decided to move closer to his family here in Greensboro.

King-Queen Haitian Cuisine food truck was originally Hilder’s idea. To generate income, Hilder began working as a dishwasher for a local restaurant. After displaying a considerable amount of skill in the kitchen, he was promoted after six months, even though he spoke little English.

Many of his work friends and customers suggested that he open a restaurant. He was reluctant to the idea but realized that many of his dishes were well-liked. He had the skills and work ethic to make a restaurant possible. His interest in owning a restaurant was compelled also by the yearning to work for himself.

But instead of opening a traditional restaurant, DJ and Hilder thought it better to start a food truck, learning from the past obstacles of friends who failed to maintain a Haitian restaurant in the area.

I asked Hilder and DJ to describe their favorite dishes on the menu. Hilder chose the Haitian griot, not only because it’s absolutely delicious, and his best-seller but also because of what it represents. Griot and plantains are the two most common food choices at Haitian gatherings, festivals and weddings. They bring the community together, which is something Hilder encourages in the Haitian community.

DJ is allergic to pork, so her favorite choice is the poule frit, or Haitian fried chicken.

“I specifically like the seasoning and that it’s also well-cooked. You know for certain you’re eating fried chicken,” she said.

Haitian cuisine is different from other island cultures, according to DJ.

“Although Haitians use similar ingredients as other island cultures, it is the way that the ingredients are approached that make Haitian food distinctive,” she said.

Haitian people are extremely diligent with the cooking process, specifically allowing pork and chicken to marinate much longer than usual. There is an understanding that time produces the best product.

This is a mentality that originates from a culture deeply influenced by agricultural beginnings. It takes time to plant and harvest. Eating from the land is sown deeply within the fabric of Haitian culture. It’s not uncommon to see fruits and vegetables planted in the backyard of a Haitian household. Even now, where produce is readily available, there is a comfort in the work and patience it takes to grow your own food and the time it takes to cook it.

Haiti is often portrayed as an impoverished, malnourished country that is incapable of helping itself. As a result, public perception is quite negative. DJ and Hilder started this food truck as a means of changing this perspective.

Haiti is a proud country and the only African nation in the Western Hemisphere to have successfully revolted against colonial slavery in 1804. We have a strong and beautiful culture, a culture of resilience that deserves celebration.

And King-Queen Haitian Cuisine shares this culture one conversation and delicious meal at a time.

Lesly Dumé is a voice instructor for Greensboro Performing Arts and Separk Music Co. He also works with Reto’s Kitchen and Cantors for the First Church of Christian Science.

Jon Black is a Greensboro native who became a staff photographer for an international relief organization, traveling to more than a dozen countries in two years documenting a vast array of cultures, people, and programs. Since returning to Greensboro, he shoots weddings and events.

Find out more about Ethnosh at

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Good News About Greensboro:  Nick Wyatt serves up his thoughts

Good News About Greensboro: Nick Wyatt serves up his thoughts

It’s the people and connections that make Greensboro special.


Like a lot of young men with bit of wanderlust, I thought I’d head west.  I love the Pacific Northwest and thought that would be my ultimate home. But along the way, I met some great people, developed wonderful relationships and enjoyed the proximity to my family in Charlotte.


I love the balance of the small town feel with bigger city opportunities. The city has arts, culture and diversity balanced with an affordable cost of living and no traffic. It’s big enough to always meet someone new, yet it’s small enough for us to really get to know our customers. We can have an impact in our city without getting lost in the shuffle as some restaurants might in bigger cities.


After 10 plus years of working in the restaurant business with 1618’s Seafood Grille, and Wine Lounge, I’m proud to be celebrating the opening of 1618 Concept’s new downtown location, 1618 Downtown, on June 16, 17 and 18th! Check out the details here!


We decided to invest in downtown Greensboro because it has developed an energy that’s contagious to anyone walking its blocks.  Downtown has become a destination within the city and attracted a diverse crowd.


I feel like the 300 block of Elm Street often goes unnoticed. But if you look closely, you’ll see some of downtown’s anchor businesses – Natty’s, The View, Gray’s, The Green Bean, McCoul’s and Cheesecakes by Alex.  We’re excited to be part of this group of thriving local companies.


Downtowns are often the best area to show out-of-town family and friends what your city is like. It’s a perfect capsule experience. So, we’re excited to be a part of the central representation of Greensboro. And the people watching is also quite awesome.


I hope that the City of Greensboro can create a parklet system. It would be an excellent way to promote pedestrian activity and encourage more folks being outdoors.


Stop by and see us soon! 

synerG On Tap at Revolution Mill

synerG On Tap at Revolution Mill

$75 million is a whole lot of money, but that’s what it takes to breathe new life into a 600,000 square foot building that dates back to the 1900’s.

Revolution Mill was once a thriving textile factory, that found itself empty and in disuse after a sudden change in the industry. This nearly forgotten space has once again found itself full of creative vigor. A quarter of the facility  is now an open and airy location to start a business, exchange marriage vows, get your haircut, and even call home. The remaining three quarters of the building have big plans on the horizon as well, including a yoga studio, restaurant and brewery facilities, and a trail connecting to the Downtown Greenway.

On Wednesday June 10th synerG On Tap will fill the revitalized space with eager young professionals looking to make some connections. The “YP’s” as they’re known, can play a little (life-size!) Jenga, have some snacks and drinks, listen to live music by Jim Mayberry, and enter to win a free month of personal training with Beth Hansen of Downtown Fitness, all while doing a little professional networking along the way.  Energy and creativity are all that’s required for building your professional network during this social shindig.

This free event will start at 5:30 at 1200 Revolution Mill Drive in Greensboro. All young professionals looking to make connections are invited.

Written by: Christine Gillis, synerG Marketing Committee Member


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