By Mitra Sorrells Posted August 27, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE While all eyes are on Tampa this week as the city plays host to the Republican National Convention, 600 miles north in Charlotte preparations kick into high gear this weekend for the Democratic National Convention.
From the September 1 media welcome party at the North Carolina Music Factory, to the dozen delegate-welcoming events at venues around town the following night, to the multiple receptions and parties on each of the ensuing four days, caterers around town are preparing to serve the 35,000 media, delegates, and party officials in attendance.
Many of the caterers are putting a focus on using local ingredients in dishes that highlight Southern cuisine. La-tea-da's Catering of Charlotte and Blue Ridge Catering of Roanoke, Virginia, are partnering to provide food service for several events during the convention. Here's a look at what they'll be serving.