Duke Energy Entrust New Minority Owned Charcuterie Company Graze-Full Eats with 25th Annual African American Network-Carolinas Scholarship Gala

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Woman Owned Small Business Feeds Duke Energy Advocates for African Americans

Graze-Full Eats (GE), a Charlotte, NC-based grazing company has embarked on a partnership with Duke Energy in generating change for the future.

While paying homage to the artistic creators in the charcuterie and cheese arts, GE is curating and delivering graze boxes to bring attention to college-bound students making extraordinary contributions to the engineering, math, science, and other energy related degrees at North and South Carolina colleges and universities.

Of the company's recent partnership, GE owner Jaime Avouzi said, "We love that Duke Energy is an ally to the African American community and are intentional in their efforts to partner with local minority-owned businesses and vendors to execute this event. More than that, they were interested in a woman-owned minority business. That really resonates in our community and conveys that Duke Energy truly gets it. This partnership is just the beginning, and we hope that Duke Energy keeps this same energy moving forward."

GE embraces a culture of breaking unimaginative catering stigmas. Their aim is to consistently bring a harmonious balance to the age-old pairing of food, people and event. In every pairing there exists a subtlety of the personality of the host, meant to be highlighted, not masked. Like a harmony, it takes the right arrangement, and GE is always striving to be the model in making lavish graze tables, boxes, and boards with continuity.

GE's team of curators and designers is comprised of women that shares decades of experience in the culinary arts and hospitality services. A leading element of their service is their ability to collaborate, create, and imagine with their clients. Keeping their fingers on the pulse of the latest food trends, exploring the diversity of ethnic influences, and imagining experiential services that leave lasting impressions are how the Graze-Full Eats team strives to provide the best culinary experiences in the southeast region.

While only recently established in 2020 by Jaime Avouzi, GE’s roots run much deeper. Over 12 years ago, Avouzi founded one of Kansas City’s premier cupcake companies – Tokens of My Confection Cupcakery. In early 2012 she was invited to share her delectables at the Golden Globes. After three years of success, Jaime hung up her apron and the company was dissolved. Avouzi has collected, studied, taught, and written about event planning and catering for over 20 years. Her contributions to teaching entrepreneurship and business coaching have inspired countless individuals to discover the bounty of their forests. Jaime's wealth of knowledge makes her an obvious choice for North Carolinas list of inspirational professionals to meet.

About A3: The African American Network (AAN) - Carolinas Scholarship Gala is endorsed by Duke Energy, and the proceeds go directly towards funding scholarship awards. The Scholarship Program currently provides three, renewable $2,000 scholarships per year to students pursuing math, science, accounting and other energy related degrees at colleges and universities in North and South Carolina. The funds are managed through the Foundation for The Carolinas (FFTC). To date, the event has raised more than $1,125,475 and 103 students have received scholarships.

About Graze-Full Eats: Graze-Full Eats is a Charlotte, NC based charcuterie company established in 2020. Graze-Full Eats safely, honestly, and ethically designs, produces, and distributes custom graze boxes, tables, and boards for various types of clients from individuals to corporate entities. Our goal is to ensuring catering continues despite a global pandemic.

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