Keia Mastrianni http://wfae.org en Into The Home Of… Poland http://wfae.org/post/home-poland <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I met Ken </span>Mezger<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we were sitting in the finance office of a local car dealership finalizing the particulars of a new car purchase. He was filling out paperwork, making small talk. The conversation quickly turned to food (no surprise there) and a talkative </span>Mezger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shared the annual Christmas tradition he and his Polish-American wife create each year. Namely, a </span>pierogi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> party.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:26:04 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 42591 at http://wfae.org Into The Home Of… Poland Into The Home Of... Egypt http://wfae.org/post/home-egypt <p>The caption on the photo in my Instagram feed said: &ldquo;My Egyptian co-worker brought an authentic Egyptian breakfast to share at the office!&rdquo; Pictured was a plate of <em>fool</em>, a mixture of fava beans and red lentils, along with pita, hummus and pickles. I thought, <em>I could go for some Egyptian food</em> and proceeded to bend social media to my willful appetite.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:49:39 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 36097 at http://wfae.org Into The Home Of... Egypt Highlights From Fire In The City's Battle Sweet Potato http://wfae.org/post/highlights-fire-citys-battle-sweet-potato <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Last Thursday, I attended the third out of fifteen battles for <a href="http://www.competitiondining.com/events/fire-in-the-city">Fire in the City</a>, the head to head chef’s competition that has made a raucous descent into our fair city. Fire in the City is an all out elimination style battle between Charlotte chef’s featuring a secret local ingredient and six courses for hungry spectators (Joe’s) to taste and judge in order to select a winner to move on to the next round. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:34:38 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 35203 at http://wfae.org Highlights From Fire In The City's Battle Sweet Potato Competition Dining Debuts In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/competition-dining-debuts-charlotte <p>The <a href="http://www.competitiondining.com/events/fire-in-the-city">Competition Dining Series</a>&nbsp;makes its Queen City debut this week with Fire in the City, the sixth installment of&nbsp; the head to head culinary competition sweeping across North Carolina. Fire in the City features some of Charlotte’s best chefs as they face off in an all-out battle to demonstrate their culinary chops.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:02:58 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 34607 at http://wfae.org Competition Dining Debuts In Charlotte Into The Home Of... Indonesia http://wfae.org/post/home-indonesia <p>I first met Anida Spratt, a young Javanese mother, at the Charlotte World Parade &amp; Festival at Independence Park. She offered me klepon, an Indonesian dessert made of sticky rice flour balls and pandan leaf extract, the native plant that lends a vibrant green to a multitude of cooking applications in Indonesia. The balls were covered in finely shredded coconut, much like a truffle. In my most polite and gracious manner, surrounded by a trio of Indonesian women, I bit into half of it.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:35:27 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 29710 at http://wfae.org Into The Home Of... Indonesia Into The Home Of... Mexico http://wfae.org/post/home-mexico <p>A twenty minute drive south brought me to the home of Raul Alatorre and his wife, Alicia, a newly transplanted couple of Mexican origin. The Alatorre’s moved eighteen months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico to their suburban home in Ballantyne. Raul’s job of 22 years brought the couple here. He works for Mission Foods, the largest tortilla manufacturer in the United States.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:28:31 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 26965 at http://wfae.org Into The Home Of... Mexico Feast Of Faith: Celebrating A Non-Traditional Passover http://wfae.org/post/feast-faith-celebrating-non-traditional-passover <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85070745" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="https://soundcloud.com/kevin-beaty/pharaohs-slaves">Sound Clip: Pharaohs Slaves</a></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:33:31 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 24161 at http://wfae.org Feast Of Faith: Celebrating A Non-Traditional Passover Into The Home Of... Sierra Leone http://wfae.org/post/home-sierra-leone <p><em>This series aims to explore the plethora of cultures that live in Charlotte by dining with families inside their homes on the food of their culture.</em></p><p>I wasn't sure what to expect when I scheduled myself to have dinner with a woman from Sierra Leone. This was a first for me, dining in the home of a complete stranger. I left the husband at home, unsure of whether it would be an imposition to bring him along.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 23459 at http://wfae.org Into The Home Of... Sierra Leone In The Kitchen With The Ladies Of Greek Pastry http://wfae.org/post/kitchen-ladies-greek-pastry <p></p><p>No sooner had I set foot in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral kitchen did a rather tall and imposing Greek woman hand me a hairnet, a pair of gloves and a plastic apron to wear. The <a href="http://www.yiasoufestival.org/">Yiasou Greek Festival </a>was just days away and there were tens of thousands of Greek pastries to prepare for sale. The kitchen was already abuzz with activity and I quickly fell in line to help with this massive culinary feat.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 4901 at http://wfae.org In The Kitchen With The Ladies Of Greek Pastry A Farm Fresh Approach For People Living With Autism http://wfae.org/post/farm-fresh-approach-people-living-autism <p>Down long stretches of winding country roads, about an hour northeast of Charlotte in a small corner of Stanly County, lies 39 spacious acres of farmland that has attracted visitors from the likes of Japan, Denmark and Germany, not to mention, the United States.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Keia Mastrianni 3278 at http://wfae.org A Farm Fresh Approach For People Living With Autism