Erin Keever

Charlotte Talks Producer, Co-Editor of WFAEats

Erin is a Charlotte native (yes, we do exist) now living in a 90-year-old house in the adorable town of Belmont. She has been cooking out of necessity for almost 10 years now and for pleasure for about six months. Over the years she has discovered cuisines outside of “Chilis” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and has come to love Indian, Thai and Vietnamese food. Erin is also an avid beer drinker and wants the world to know that there is life after Bud Light.

Most Memorable Kitchen Disaster: Heating up Pop Tarts in the microwave as a kid, IN the foil wrapper. It abruptly caught fire and exploded. Also, I once put a pot of pasta on to boil and went to do something else, promptly forgot and came back an hour later to a pot full of mushy pasta burned to the bottom.

Kitchen pet peeve: Things catching on fire. Slaving over a recipe, getting it just right, only to have it burn to a crisp because the oven was too hot, timer wasn’t set, stars weren’t aligned, etc…

Kitchen tool you can’t live without: My slow cooker! It’s a new addition to my kitchen and I love it. You throw everything in, set the timer and ‘voila,’ dinner is ready when you get home. So far we have made Mexican tortilla soup, loaded baked potato soup, spaghetti sauce, chicken & noodles and barbecue.

Guilty food pleasure: Macaroni and Cheese. It really has no redeeming nutritional value, yet is awesome. I keep an “emergency” box of mac & cheese in the cabinet, which of course is vastly inferior to homemade but will do in a pinch.

What can you always find in your fridge: Wheat beer, usually a Dunkelweizen or Hefeweizen. Pretty soon, we’ll be drinking our own, home brewed beer! Currently in the process of brewing a Belgian Witbier and an IPA.


4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Michael Pollan Wants You To Start Cooking

He has been called a "food guru," "high priest of food," and even a "food god." Food writer, journalist and activist Michael Pollan was in Charlotte this week and sat down with Mike Collins, host of WFAE's Charlotte Talks. 

He's best known for his books Omnivore's Dilemma, Food Rules, In Defense of Food and his latest is Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan says put down the take-out menus and pick up a spatula - that cooking our own food not only improves our health but also the health of the food system.

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11:26 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Explore The Gathering Power Of Food With WFAE

Charlotte food trucks gather for Chow Down Uptown across Seventh Street from Levine Museum.
Credit James Willamor / flickr

  Due to great response, this event is now sold out. We hope to see you at another WFAE event in the future.

From covered dish dinners and coffee shops to Charlotte’s iconic Greek Festival and food truck rodeos at Chow Down Uptown, food brings people together. In WFAE’s next Public Conversation, we’ll explore the Gathering Power of Food on Thursday evening, July 11th at Levine Museum of the New South.

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12:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Michael Graves Talks Design

Toaster designed by Michael Graves
JC Penny's

Food meets design with Michael Graves. The internationally-renowned designer and architect has designed lines of toasters, timers, tea pots and more kitchen essentials for Target, and now for JC Penny's.

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9:32 am
Wed March 20, 2013

A Southern Food Bracket For The Basketball Deficient

Reping for North Carolina, a hometown favorite, Cheerwine.

If you want to get into the fun of March Madness but aren't much of a basketball fan, Garden & Gun Magazine has the bracket for you - a Southern Food Bracket. They're matching up favorite foods from different regions for a 'Battle of the Brands.'

Representing North Carolina, we've got hometown standbys like Lance Toast Chee Crackers, Mt. Olive Pickles, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and of course, Cheerwine.

8:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Restaurant Roundup

Food at Heist Brewery. The new brewery in NoDa features beer but also 'twisted American' cuisine like flatbread pizza with seared duck, fried shallots, mozzarella and root beer bbq.
Heist Brewery

Today on Charlotte Talks, Mike Collins and our panel of food writers discussed their favorite restaurants around town. We jumped all over from the latest in Charlotte craft beer to ethnic cuisine to new and old favorites. We've got a list of all the restaurants mentioned on the show. We were scribbling feverishly so you didn't have to! You can listen to the restaurant roundup with food writers Helen Schwab, Patricia Childress and Heidi Billotto here

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12:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Confessions Of A Picky Eater Turned Foodie

Are Brussels sprouts your worst nightmare?

Did you feed your dog Brussels sprouts under the table as a kid? Stage negotiations with your mother – five more peas in exchange for dessert? Maybe as an adult you’ve skirted menu items to avoid mushrooms or suffered chicken salad at a picnic so as not to offend your host. We all have our particular food aversions; some more than others, but what makes a picky eater? Stephanie Lucianovic knows first hand. Now a self-proclaimed foodie, she considers herself a picky eater in recovery.

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12:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Science Of Flavor

Gum balls.

How the heck do they get watermelon bubble gum to taste the way it does? That particular flavor doesn’t exist in nature, but it does remind me of watermelon. The same for strawberry, cherry, orange… but grape – that tastes nothing like the plump little things you pull off the vine.

12:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Squash And Zucchini Galore!


If your garden has supplied you with a whole boatload of zucchini and squash like mine has, you may be wondering what to do with all of it. You’ve pawned it off on your neighbors and co-workers but you’re still flush with squash. Well, we have a few suggestions.

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12:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Mutant Strawberries! They’re Big, But How Do They Taste?

Note to readers: that is a real human-sized spoon, not a Barbie spoon.
Credit Erin Sutton

Portions and foods in general are getting bigger and bigger, but this is ridiculous. My fiance brought home some freak, mutant strawberries last week. I had to share the photo because I didn’t know you could actually buy strawberries this big. I thought they were the subjects of “whoa, look at that thing” ribbons at the state fair or perhaps B- horror movies (Attack of the Killer Strawberries?) Is this the result of some kind of nuclear radiation or genetically modified seeds grown with steroid fertilizer? I decided to investigate.

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4:13 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

A Quest For Chicken & Waffles In Charlotte

Chicken and waffles from Roscoe's.
Credit Chicken and waffles from Roscoe's.

 Roscoe's is well-known for chicken and waffles, but it wasn't the first.Edit | Remove

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