Welcome to WFAEats - a fun adventure where we explore all things tasty and interesting in the Charlotte food scene. We want to share stories, recipes and culinary escapades and hear about yours!

Tamra Wilson

When it comes to fairs I make a bee-line to the food pavilion. No, I don't mean the hot dogs or funnel cakes or cotton candy. I'm talking canned goods - row after row, competing for blue ribbons. 

Though North Carolina's county fairs are finished for the season, there's still the mother of them all coming up - the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, Oct. 16-21. Nearly $12,000 in "premiums" are up for grabs, some of which will go to the kings and queens of home canning. 

Amy Rogers

Purists be warned: If you can’t stomach the idea of a radical departure from the traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, stop reading right now. Because this is a story about hot dogs, homemade horseradish vodka, and store-bought cake.

The Break-Up: Part II

Sep 15, 2014
Amy Rogers

Last summer, I broke up with my grocery store. Our relationship had gone stale, so I started seeing someone new (you can read the story here). 

Now it’s time to confess I wasn’t able make the break-up stick. That’s because the newly remodeled Harris Teeter grocery store on Central Avenue has been cleverly designed to be nearly irresistible.

Confessions of a “Tales” Virgin

Sep 9, 2014

As a part-time bartender, full-time cocktail evangelist and newly minted drinks writer, I thought it was my duty to go and finally experience Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, a week long celebration of spirits, the mixtures they can be served in, and the people who create these wonderful elixirs. 

Mark Solomon's Wine List Favorites

Sep 8, 2014

Mark Solomon, Wine Auction Director for Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, will be joining Charlotte Talks on Tuesday, September 9, to discuss the difference between wine and fine wine. Here are some of Mark's picks for best wine lists from restaurants across the state.

It’s human nature: All season, we complained about too many tomatoes, an overflow of okra, the surplus of squash. But in the winter months ahead, we’ll be longing for those very same summer flavors.

Amy Rogers

Wild violet syrup. Squash blossoms. Tomatoes in colors from garnet to gold. You can’t buy them here, not at any price.

But you can swap for them at this month’s Plaza-Midwood Food Swap on Saturday, August 30.

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This summer has brought an abundance of eggplants to many backyard gardeners. But therein lies the problem: Not everyone knows what to do with a big basket of solanum melongena.

Never fear. Recipes for everything from Ajapsandali to Zacusca are easy to find, and many are simple to prepare.

Amy Rogers

Eggplants are abounding, but your help is needed to plant fall crops at the Villa Heights Community Garden this Saturday, August 16 from 9 to 12.

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Today is National Raspberry Tart Day, which got us thinking: What exactly is the difference between a tart, which sounds kind of fancy, and a plain old pie, which does not?