Vanessa Smith
| @lifeundeveloped |
Chef, foodie, coffee addict and blogger behind Life Undeveloped, who's perpetually early to everything. Lover of craft beer, red wine and everything Charlotte.

Charlotte’s Brüks Bars just signed a deal with Whole Foods

This is a huge deal for a Charlotte-based healthy snack business: Brüks Bars has just gotten into one of the largest natural food stores in the world, Whole...

Behind the Kitchen: A conversation with Brent Martin from The Summit Room

This is part of a chef interview series. View all interviews here. I had the opportunity to ask Chef Brent Martin of The Summit Room nine questions about life...

What’s local and in season this fall in our region

I think it’s great how many chefs, restaurants and diners want to support the local food movement. However, in my opinion, we are just scratching the...

Black Powder Coffee is educating Lake Norman about craft beans

On a Thursday morning, I swung by Black Powder Coffee to chat with owners Dave and Melissa Stahlman.  I absolutely love how they are educating the Charlotte...

Behind the Kitchen: A conversation with Drew Dodd of Stagioni

This is part of a chef interview series. View all interviews here. On a Monday afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chef Drew Dodd at...

Look what these two chefs came up with at a NoDa pop-up dinner

The Sunday of Labor Day weekend, after working the brunch shift at work, I came home, showered and trekked to NoDa. I had RSVP’d to As You Do II Vegan Pop-Up...

All you need to know about Wine + Design Charlotte

I was invited take part in a media night at Wine + Design Charlotte on Monday. The purpose of this night was to test out one of their new team-building party...

Behind the Kitchen: A conversation with Trey Wilson of Customshop

This is part of a chef interview series. View all interviews here. I’m really excited for all of you Charlotteans to get to know the chef of one of my...

Behind the Kitchen: A conversation with Rob Masone of Kre8 Xperiences

This is part of a chef interview series. View all interviews here. In the next installment of “Behind the Kitchen,” I talked with Chef Rob Masone,...

Charlotte’s top 10 dive restaurants. The Vietnamese food edition.

As promised, I’ve been eating my way through Charlotte’s top “divey,” ethnic restaurants. Instead of grouping all of the different ethnicities...

Behind the Kitchen: A conversation with Greg Zanitsch of The Fig Tree Restaurant

This is part of a chef interview series. View all interviews here. On a Monday afternoon, I stopped by one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte, The Fig...

Meet Cece Stronach, founder of #RuminateCLT

I’m constantly amazed at how many awesome people there are in Charlotte. There are an infinite amount of people here doing absolutely amazing and truly...