Food

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Food Critics

Cooler weather is in the air, restaurant patios are opening all over the city and dining out is as popular as ever. So we’'ve invited Charlotte'’s restaurant writers back to talk to us about the latest news in dining. We’ll talk about new restaurants, developments in the dining scene, menu changes in some of our favorite spots, the continuing trend in local food and where to find it, the burgeoning ethnic food scene and much more. Join us as the restaurant divas dish out all of their savory dining tips.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Yes, We Have Livermush

Livermush sandwich with fried egg, at a restaurant in Durham NC
Flickr/ross.grady

The Livermush Belt. You in the Piedmont know what I’m talking about…that string of counties from Cleveland to Guildford, where you can order a livermush sandwich on any given day.

Poor man’s paté they call it, a meat substance so indigenous to North Carolina that Tar Heel ex-pats have been known to to smuggle it out in coolers to far reaches of the country.

I first encountered the stuff when I moved here in the 1970s. I’d grown up with cornmeal mush in the Cornbelt, but livermush? I eyed the khaki-gray block suspiciously in the grocery store cooler.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

In The Kitchen With The Ladies Of Greek Pastry

Melomakarona and kourambiethes.
Credit Keia Mastrianni

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 Yiasou Greek Festival 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.

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WFAEats
6:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

A “Sweet” Choice For America

If entrepreneurship had a face, it would look a lot like Nila Nicholas’.

In just a few short weeks, the Charlotte-based “candy stylist” has rocketed from a modest local presence all the way to the stratosphere: Her work is being included in 100 gift bags President Obama will bestow on his personal friends in honor of the Democratic National Convention.

Nicholas designs custom candy buffets, sweets tables, and delectable favors for parties and events. Pick a theme or a color scheme, and she’ll fashion a mouth-watering spread.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Preserving the World's Seed Stocks

Seeds at Renfrow Hardware
Tanner Latham

On Charlotte Talks we have explored local farming, place-based cuisine and the farm-to-fork locavore movement, but everything to do with food starts with one crucial element; the seed. At the turn of the century there were over 7,000 seed varieties commercially available. One of our guests today says that 94 percent of those seeds are gone forever. Monoculture, or planting just one variety, led to the devastating potato famine in Ireland and we may be in danger of catastrophic crop failure again soon.

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