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!


1:32 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eat Your Yard - A Magical Idea

Nan Chase eats crabapples from her yard.
Credit Rebecca D'Angelo

I bumped in to Nan Chase at the Blue Ridge Book Festival last May. The Asheville author was discussing her book, Eat Your Yard.

Riding the crest of the Eat Local movement, she has produced an attractive, helpful book to help backyard farmers. But instead of ripping out the sod to grow squash and beans, Nan takes an aesthetic approach—mix food-producing plants into the landscape.

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12:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Michael Graves Talks Design

Toaster designed by Michael Graves
JC Penny's

Food meets design with Michael Graves. The internationally-renowned designer and architect has designed lines of toasters, timers, tea pots and more kitchen essentials for Target, and now for JC Penny's.

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1:15 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Breakfast Makeover

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I despise it.

Lumps of low-fat cereal afloat in a sea of soymilk. Goopy, gelatinous oatmeal. Protein shakes the color and consistency of mulch - and every bit as appetizing.

Recently I vented about this on Facebook. And thanks to the wonders of virtual communication, my longtime "friend" Kym Motley responded right away with an offer to help.

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10:48 am
Wed April 3, 2013

A Story With Morels

Morel mushroom
Credit Wikipedia Commons

  Few things excite me more than morel mushrooms. Hunting them is a rite of spring where I come from. My hometown, Shelbyville, Illinois, holds a mushroom festival Spores ‘n’ More, with a contest and auction. That’s serious mushrooming.

There’s something about that delicate nutty taste, the crispy-fried texture that makes my mouth water. Morels are the epitome of eating local, in season. If they were available every day, I wouldn't care so much.

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12:46 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spring Cleaning, Passover Style

Credit Flickr/paurian

Ah, spring! Time for rebirth, renewal, celebration - and the dreaded chores of spring cleaning. Ironic, isn't? Just when longer days are luring us outdoors to play, there’s housework demanding to be done.

Each year at springtime, flat, unleavened bread called matzo appears in stores as Jews prepare to observe Passover. But non-Jews may not realize that modern-day spring cleaning has roots in the holiday, too, as a ritual that reaches back thousands of years.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Mixology: The Art Of The Cocktail

Grab your little drink umbrella and join us for a liquid version of the Charlotte Talks monthly food show. This time we belly up to the bar and explore the popular rise of interest in cocktail making, or 'mixology.' Mixology has become a serious exercise with classes offered by well known culinary schools. We'll look at the science of mixing a drink and at the explosion of cocktail choices. We'll also look at a growing debate between traditional bartending and what makes a bartender a 'mixologist.' It's 5 o'clock somewhere, when Charlotte Talks.

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9:32 am
Wed March 20, 2013

A Southern Food Bracket For The Basketball Deficient

Reping for North Carolina, a hometown favorite, Cheerwine.

If you want to get into the fun of March Madness but aren't much of a basketball fan, Garden & Gun Magazine has the bracket for you - a Southern Food Bracket. They're matching up favorite foods from different regions for a 'Battle of the Brands.'

Representing North Carolina, we've got hometown standbys like Lance Toast Chee Crackers, Mt. Olive Pickles, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and of course, Cheerwine.

5:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Into The Home Of... Sierra Leone

West African food. Signature dishes from Sierra Leone.
Keia Mastrianni

This series aims to explore the plethora of cultures that live in Charlotte by dining with families inside their homes on the food of their culture.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I scheduled myself to have dinner with a woman from Sierra Leone. This was a first for me, dining in the home of a complete stranger. I left the husband at home, unsure of whether it would be an imposition to bring him along.

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5:50 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Raise Your Glass" - And Sandwich - To Pink

Pop star Pink

Food writers have been known to proclaim that any story can be a food story.

When rocker Pink performs in Charlotte on Saturday, she won’t know she's part of a tale of an interrupted journey, German-language TV, and the best sandwich ever.

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