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Relish for the Heart & Soul

Relish for the Heart & Soul

At Teas & Stories, we aspire to leave our guests feeling inspired and regenerated after experiencing the art and tradition of a tasting. The evening features skilled and engaging chefs, talented musicians, and a story teller. We call our story tellers ‘tea lights’. A ‘Tea Light’ is a special storyteller who is representative of our cause. She tells her story of strength, endurance, and overcoming challenges. Our tea light on February 23 is Victoria Ciresi. Joining Victoria that evening is Chefs Charlie Dyer and Josh McCraken.

A “Teas & Stories” evening features:
-a thoughtfully selected and heart-engaging story shared by our evening’s storyteller
-a flight of specially featured A Cause for Tea looseleaf teas served to our guests during a chef-guided tasting
-a beautifully packaged and chef-inspired tasting menu
-an entertaining and insightful culinary presentation
-live musical performances
$25 to reserve your seat

Victoria Ciresi

Victoria grew up in Maryland, the fourth child of nine!  She is married to an amazing guy, Anthony Ciresi, and is “mom” to three boys- Salvatore, Dominic, and Luciano.  She earned a BSBA in Finance from UNC Charlotte and currently works as a part-time HR Manager while managing a small business of her own. She is passionate about her faith, family, and fitness.  Her daily focus is to live an intentional life filled with joy, while trusting God to determine her steps!

Victoria will share her personal story regarding turbulent teen years, family life, the loss of a child, and the heartache that chased her and weighed her down until her dramatic breakthrough moment.

Charlie Dyer

Charlie Dyer, a long time Lake Norman resident, is an entrepreneur that is passionate about giving back to the community.  His goal for his businesses is to make a positive impact on the community through a servanthood mentality, commitment to outreach, giving, and one-on-one connections with the neighbors he serves.
Charlie is the owner of three restaurants in Lake Norman; Harvey’s, with locations in Huntersville and Cornelius and Block Bistro in Huntersville.  Ever the entrepreneur, Charlie opened his first Burn Bootcamp franchise in Madison, Mississippi in 2017.
An Appalachian State grad, Charlie graduated with a degree in Business Management.  He began his career in Finance, but had the opportunity to achieve a personal dream of opening his first restaurant in 2009. Charlie’s culinary style leans towards southwestern and Cajun cuisine.  He enjoys creating weekly specials at the restaurants and developing specialty events such as Wine Tastings, Beer Dinners, outdoor music festivals, and catering for special events.
Active with the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club for 12 years, Charlie has been a board member for three years, and will serve as the 2018/2019 Vice President.  He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Charlie and his wife, Erin, are members of Life Fellowship.  They have been married for 12 years and have an 8 year old daughter named Austen, a 3 year old son named Wes and another child due in June.

Josh McCracken

Chef Josh McCracken’s culinary skillsets originated in Chicago and initiated his motivation to pursue a degree as a classically trained chef at Johnson & Wales. With over 10 years’ experience, Josh is motivated to create art from separate ingredients and making it into a culinary masterpiece.

With a dream to own and operate a restaurant of his own, Josh and Charlie Dyer collaborated and partnered to open Block Bistro in Huntersville in 2016. Josh’s culinary emphasis is on classics done right with a Charleston twist.  Marrying his vision with an outstanding wine list, Block Bistro features a casual, rustic atmosphere where friends can gather for exceptional food and conversation as they linger over a glass of wine.

Josh enjoys creating tasting events such as monthly Wine Tastings, 5-Course Wine Dinners, and creating custom menus for weddings and special events for his guests.

Josh and his wife Lanie have lived in Lake Norman since 2001.