1:34 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Highlights From Fire In The City's Battle Sweet Potato

'Country Cobbler' of Sweet Potato Sponge Cake, Pecan Cinnamon Streusel, Muscadine-Summer Berry Compote and Tripple C Smoked Amber Ice Cream prepared by Chef Nicolas Daniels of The Wooden Vine.

 Last Thursday, I attended the third out of fifteen battles for Fire in the City, 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.

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2:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

A Taste Of Competition Dining

Do you suspect that Charlotte has some great chefs who haven’t had a chance to show off their talent?  I do, and as a blogger for the Fire in the City Competition Dining series, I am eager to see what some of these guys can do.  (But where are the women in the kitchen?)  I like a good competition as much as the next foodie fan of shows like Iron Chef, and after talking with several groups of diners during the September 4th event, I am clearly not alone.

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12:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Competition Dining Debuts In Charlotte

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The Competition Dining Series makes its Queen City debut this week with Fire in the City, the sixth installment of  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.

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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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11:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Square Fish, Bread-Butter-Milk And Other School Food Mysteries

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Fish square on bun, tartar sauce, buttered corn, Jell-O cubes. Bread, butter, milk.

Welcome to school lunch, any Friday in 1963.

Menus, published every week in the Shelbyville, Illinois, newspaper, gave a heads up on what was for lunch at the school cafeteria. Teachers would know when to ditch the lunch line. Children, if they were able to read a newspaper, would know when to bring a sack lunch from home.

My brother and I would read menus as if divining the future for a particular week.

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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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2:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Restaurant Critics Dish On What’s New In Charlotte Food

The Banh mi at Le's Sandwich & Cafe is an old favorite for some and a new find for others. Grilled pork topped with cilantro, jalapenos, daikon and carrots on a fresh baguette.
Credit Erin Keever

This morning on Charlotte Talks, local food writers joined host Mike Collins to give us the latest news in Charlotte’s restaurant scene. Our discussion covered everything from favorite local beer and cocktail joints to ethnic eateries and old standbys to the just-announced new location of Asheville favorite Tupelo Honey Café. We’ve compiled a list of restaurants mentioned by our panelists Helen Schwab, Tricia Childress and Heidi Billotto, and you can revisit their discussion here.

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12:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

What's New In Charlotte Food: Restaurant Critics

Popular Asheville eatery Tupelo Honey Cafe is opening a location at the old Pewter Rose spot in Charlotte's South End.
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The dog days of summer are upon us so maybe it's time to switch up your routine with a new food find around town. We gather our regular panel of Charlotte food writers and critics to fill us in on the latest and greatest in chowing down and dining out around the Queen City. What's new, what's closing, who has the best outdoor patios, the best summer cocktails, best barbecue and are things looking up for Charlotte eateries as we crawl out of the recession? We'll tackle those topics, the latest food trends and changes at some of the city's favorite eateries and more, all when Charlotte Talks. List of restaurants mentioned on today's show. 

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2:36 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Have Dinner With WFAE

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Have dinner with WFAE. We’ll be at Food Truck Friday and the South End Gallery Crawl on Fri., Aug. 2, 5-9 pm. You can register for a guided gallery walking tour at 5 pm or 7:15 pm. Food and art – a great way to spend time with your friends at WFAE. Details. 

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10:57 am
Wed July 24, 2013

That’s The Spirit: 'Haunt' Pop-up Cocktail Event

'Storm in the Sea of Galilee' cocktail
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Quick: What’s the difference between a Sidecar and a Sazerac? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. We’re living in a world where a Martini can contain chocolate and a Bloody Mary might be spiked with bacon.

Never fear. Kevin and Heather Gavagan will explain it all – and show you a spirited time this Friday, July 26, when they host Haunt, a “pop-up” cocktail event at Letty’s on Shamrock restaurant from 9:00 till midnight.

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