10:57 am
Wed July 24, 2013

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

'Storm in the Sea of Galilee' cocktail
Credit Haunt

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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3:05 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Too Much Zucchini

It’s that time of year again. Summer is peaking and so is the annual zucchini crop. Stuff it or sauté it, fritter it or fry it, grill it or bake it – keeping ahead of it is nearly impossible. Those long, green summer squash just keep multiplying, it seems.

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3:20 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

You Are What You Waste

Credit jbloom / flickr

By Parth Shah

In May, the USDA enacted a controversial set of rules for meat labeling, requiring retailers to provide information on where the meat was born, bred and slaughtered.

Though the new measures have been met with criticism from the meat industry, consumers have shown strong support for the more specific labeling.

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10:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

It's Squash Drop Season

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If you have friends who garden or have access to too much produce, you may be the recipient of their gleanings. Co-workers, acquaintances, neighbors come bearing bags from their bounty.

Thanks to so much rain the bounty is higher than average. The current “drop” involves summer squash. This game works something like tag. The dropper tags you with veggies and you, the dropee, are “it.”

Sometimes the veggies turn up unannounced on your door step. Sometimes they come with a warning on the phone: I’m bringing some squash by.

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9:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Co-Founder Of Price’s Chicken Coop Passes Away

Walter Broome takes orders during lunch hour.
Lisa Miller

Price’s Chicken Coop in South End is a Charlotte institution.  Talmadge Price and his brother started it in 1962.  He passed away last week, leaving a legacy that isn’t just fried chicken, but a place that has worked itself into the traditions of Charlotteans from all walks of life. 

Price’s isn’t fancy.  It’s take out only.  A counter stretches the width of the room and five or six people with white aprons take orders.  They’re fast, even when they’re being friendly. 

“Come over and see me my love,” server Ida De Zwaan says to a regular.  “What can get I get you?” 

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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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1:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Into The Home Of... Indonesia

A plate full of Indonesian food
Keia Mastrianni

I first met Anida Spratt, a young Javanese mother, at the Charlotte World Parade & Festival at Independence Park. She offered me klepon, an Indonesian dessert made of sticky rice flour balls and pandan leaf extract, the native plant that lends a vibrant green to a multitude of cooking applications in Indonesia. The balls were covered in finely shredded coconut, much like a truffle. In my most polite and gracious manner, surrounded by a trio of Indonesian women, I bit into half of it.

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12:52 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Fro-yo Or Fro-no?

Frozen yogurt has transformed our dessert – and not just into a gloopy, topping-covered, sugary mess.

A Google search for frozen yogurt, also commonly referred to as “fro-yo”, reveals more than a dozen shops in the Charlotte area.

The business model of frozen yogurt evolved over the last two decades and shifted the market of frozen desserts. In the 90s, TCBY dominated the market, and ordering frozen yogurt was a lot like getting a scoop of ice cream. Will that be in a cone or a bowl?

But then the economy tanked.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Horticultural Historic Restoration At Monticello

Peter J. Hatch and Monticello Vegetable Garden.
Credit Robert Llewellyn, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Foundation

When you think of historic restoration, most times you think of those TV shows where they fix up old homes to look how they did in their heyday. But Peter Hatch has taken historic restoration to a whole new level - horticultural historic restoration. He was the director of Gardens at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, for 35 years, and while there, fully restored Thomas Jefferson's beloved gardens. He'll be in town this week for North Carolina's Master Gardener Conference, and in advance of that, he and another master gardener join us to talk about Jefferson's Monticello gardens and how it was restored, and about what gardeners today - here and around the world can learn from Jefferson's work centuries ago, when Charlotte Talks.

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1:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Awaken To Bacon

Credit cookbookman17 / flickr

History tells us Bacon's Rebellion was an armed revolt in 1676. A rash of Indian attacks and other issues motivated an uprising led by Nathaniel Bacon against Gov. Berkeley, Lord Proprietor of the Carolinas. Seems the governor had misjudged the wrath of the settlers.

For some time now, another bacon rebellion has been under way: bacon fans vs. healthy eaters. If pop culture is any judge, the rebels may be gaining the upper hand.

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