Tarboro Brewing Company | Tarboro, NC
Though she grew up in the small town of Tarboro and graduated from UNC, Inez had a dream to pursue a career in cooking, so she moved to New York to attend the Institute of Culinary Education. There, she began to learn about wine, which inspired her to take a job at Best Cellars, the groundbreaking, mid-priced wine store in Manhattan.
Her career took a huge leap forward when she became an assistant cellar master and then beverage director at the renowned World Trade Center restaurant Windows on the World.
That was also where she met her now husband, Stephen.
After 9/11, Inez and Stephen returned to her hometown to open their own restaurant, wine bar and retail store On the Square. Its wine list holds the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. In 2016, the couple launched Tarboro Brewing Company and soon after, they opened a satellite taproom serving tacos in the Rocky Mount Mills.
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Inez and Tarboro Brewing will be participating in the East Meets West dinner on Wednesday, October 16.