11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Celebration To Savor: Event To Support Community Culinary School Of Charlotte

Red bliss potatoes with bacon and bleu cheese. Tomato basil tarts. Butternut squash soup with apple-basil relish.

And that’s just for starters at “Miracle on Distribution Street,” the holiday fundraiser to benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Guests will be treated to a full menu of creative cookery, all prepared by students of Class 47, which will graduate December 17.

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5:10 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Chocolate For A Cause: Competition To Benefit Toys For Tots

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Three of Charlotte’s top chocolatiers will engage in a friendly competition for a good cause Saturday, Nov. 30 at Escape Hair & Skin Studio in Charlotte’s Historic South End.

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2:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Happy "Thanksgivukkah!"


It’s a holiday mash-up for the ages: This year, the first day of Chanukah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” falls on Thanksgiving, the American holiday of turkey, potatoes and pie.

Hence “Thanksgivukkah.”

Boston resident Dana Gitell gets the credit for coining the phrase, which has launched a wave of websites plus a whole lot of cultural – and culinary – creativity.

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1:48 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Street Eats: Latin American Flavors

Chocobananos (chocolate-covered bananas)
Credit Fred Thompson

Sandra Gutierrez wants you to know this: Not all Latin Americans eat tacos.

That’s just one of the misconceptions the accomplished author tackles in her new cookbook, Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina.

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3:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Sweet Potato Solution


Rarely does one encounter an actual sweet potato emergency – but this is the time of year it’s most likely to happen. 

Perhaps you’re late making dinner, and you need something to go with the rotisserie chicken you picked up on the way home. Or let’s say a vegetarian friend drops by while everyone else is eating burgers. Or maybe you just want to feast on something seasonal without waiting for it to bake.

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1:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Old Friends And New Flavors

Credit Amy Rogers

By the time you’ve known a person two, three, or more decades, you can no more remember all the meals you’ve shared than you can count up all your conversations.

Pancakes, birthday cakes, and peanut butter; from childhood to adulthood; over buckets of chicken and platters of fish, you believe you’ve learned everything there is to know about your friend’s appetites – in food and in life.

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12:11 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Pimp That Pumpkin! 'Carved' Event To Showcase The Sharpest Chefs

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Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween at a family-friendly event full of frightful fun!

Atherton Market in Charlotte’s historic SouthEnd will host the first-ever “Carved” event on Sunday, October 20, beginning at 4 pm when chefs will bring their knife skills to the task of creatively carving plain old pumpkins into works of art.

Kids under 12 are encouraged to bring their own cleverly carved pumpkins from home and compete for prizes.

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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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10:25 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Comfort Food: Helen’s Famous Goulash

Credit Tamra Wilson

One of the best stories I’ve ever written contained a recipe. “The House of Nits” was a fictionalized version of one week in July when our father was away on business and our mother left to attend a cousin’s funeral in Ohio. Helen, our next-door neighbor, was asked to keep an eye on my brother and me.

I was ten years old and had just taken knitting lessons. Helen, an accomplished seamstress, had never learned knitting, so we made a deal: if I taught her how to knit, she would teach me how to sew. She was a good teacher. I have been a sewer, and a knitter, ever since.

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11:49 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Into The Home Of... Egypt

Diana and Hany Assad at the dinner table.
Diana Stewart

The caption on the photo in my Instagram feed said: “My Egyptian co-worker brought an authentic Egyptian breakfast to share at the office!” Pictured was a plate of fool, a mixture of fava beans and red lentils, along with pita, hummus and pickles. I thought, I could go for some Egyptian food and proceeded to bend social media to my willful appetite.

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