Authentic South
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Southern Living's Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis
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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Summertime Food & Drink

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The temperature is creeping up, swimsuits are being donned and grills are being fired up! Its summertime in the Queen City and that means there are lots of seasonal foods to be eaten and refreshing beverages to be drunk. But that’s not all: There are also a ton of farmer’s markets to check out for juicy berries, food events nearly every weekend and restaurants changes that may be worth checking out. Next time on Charlotte Talks, we’ll be joined by three area professionals to devour the yummy details.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ham Radio & Update With 'Food Babe' Vani Hari

Amateur radio operators have been around for a long time. In fact, this week HAMS - as the operators are known - are celebrating amateur radio's 100 year anniversary. In cases of emergency events or weather, HAMS are called upon to help larger media outlets and the National Weather Service. There are over 20,000 of these folks in North Carolina and another 9,500+ in South Carolina. We talk with two HAMS and learn about their craft. Then we get an update from Vani Hari, known as the 'Food Babe' about her latest endeavors, including encouraging the restaurant Subway to remove a chemical additive from their bread.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

The Candy Industry

Valentine's Day is coming up and that means that men will be scrambling for the traditional gifts of roses and chocolate. A lot of chocolate. Tons and tons. Valentine’s Day is one of several holidays that has become synonymous with millions of dollars in candy sales. But candy is a huge part of our culture all year round. Confectioners sell $25 Billion worth of candy, use billions of pounds of ingredients and employ tens of thousands of workers each year. The Confectioner industry is also dominated by small and, often, family owned business. Beyond the numbers there is an intense relationship between American consumers and their candy. A relationship that impacts healthcare, the economy, and more. It’s a sweet edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Vani Hari, The Food Babe

Mike with Food Babe Vani Hari.

After decades of combating unexplained health ailments, Vani Hari started in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She says she discovered a link between what she was eating and how awful she was feeling. Vani shares her message and investigative blogging with readers across the globe. A Charlotte native, she left her successful management consulting career to pursue this dream. Her work has been profiled by a slew of media outlets and big-name food companies are changing their ingredients because of her work. We talk with Vani about being the Food Babe and what she’s working on.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Women In Restaurants

The foodie industry is starting to boom, especially in and around Charlotte. TIME magazine's recent story “The Gods of Food” was noted by many for what was missing - goddesses. Among the list, there were no female chefs. A graphic of major culinary influences also lacked any women. Some chefs and food lovers were angered, others simply said, “so, what's new?” But, what is the market like in Charlotte for female chefs? What about women restaurant owners? We talk with local female restaurant professionals to find out what's going on here.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan has been called "an ethical-eating guru," "high priest of food," even a "food god." The food writer and journalist has authored several best sellers including Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food and now he's coming to Charlotte to talk about his latest passion - cooking. His latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation encourages us to put down the take-out menu and pick up a spatula and reclaim the precious art of cooking for our health and for the sake of our food system. We'll talk with him about eating, farming, cooking, what he calls "edible foodlike substances," agribusiness and some of his famous food rules, like - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

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12:58 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Dining with Monet

The kitchen in Monet's home.
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Gail Peck is currently writing a manuscript of poetry on the lives of artists Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. These recent poems were inspired by the cookbook Monet’s Table.

Monet’s World                                                                                       

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11:01 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Second Helping: "Fresh Food. Fresh Start"

'Meat and three' at Second Helping
Second Helping

The fried green tomato casserole alone would be reason enough to go.

Second Helping opened the doors to its carry-out shop on Central Avenue on Monday. I was going to explain how the program employs formerly incarcerated women who have difficulty finding jobs when they leave prison.

But then I sampled the coconut cake.

I was going to tell you how its parent organization, Changed Choices, helps those who are “Building new lives beyond prison walls.”

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9:54 am
Fri August 9, 2013

End Of Summer Recipe Round-Up

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Autumn began on the Fourth of July – if you believe the retailers who are already selling fall and winter goods.

Even if you disagree, you might be ready for summer to hurry up and end already, especially if you’ve got a stockpile of produce quickly passing its prime.

Here are some recipes from fellow foodies who can help.

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