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!


11:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

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

Credit bookgrl / flickr

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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Charlotte Talks
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.
Credit jenlrile / flickr

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

Credit James Willamor / flickr

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
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

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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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