Food

Food
12:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Wins James Beard Award

Chef Ashley Christensen

Chef Ashley Christensen won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The news was announced Monday.

To Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.  It’s an entire concept.  She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners.

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Weather supplies
8:40 am
Wed February 12, 2014

North Carolinians Are Stocking Up Before The Storm

North Carolinians are stocking up on supplies as they prepare for a storm that will bring heavy snow and ice.
Credit Photo by mtsofan / John / found on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

The National Weather Service is calling for an ice storm, not unlike one that crippled the state in 2002. Home and business owners are on the lookout for rock salt, but they're having trouble finding it.

Eileen Beatty manages Pope True Value Hardware in Durham. She says winter inventory has gotten slim since the last snowstorm.

“We don't have anything here. All the salt is gone. Kerosene heaters are gone. Electric heaters are gone. I got two snow shovels left... Two saucers and two sleds,” Beatty said. “And that's it.”

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ditching Tater Tots For Kale: The 'Cafeteria Man' Transforms School Menus

Tony Geraci
Credit Tony Geraci

    

Tony Geraci is best known as "Cafeteria Man." He is on a mission to transform menus at school cafeterias and give students healthier options. He launched a farm-to-school program in Contoocook N.H. Then he went on to make changes in larger school systems in Baltimore and Memphis.

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The State of Things
1:20 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

To The People, Food Is Heaven

Journalist Audra Ang spent seven years reporting from China.
Credit Greg Baker

Audra Ang worked as a foreign correspondent for the AP in Beijing, China for seven years. 

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Cookbook Series Takes A Tour Of Southern Cuisine

Bill Smith is the chef at Crook's Corner
Credit John F. Blair

  

In the South, food has purposes beyond sustenance and certain items like biscuits, buttermilk, and bacon are sacred. 

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Eastern NC Chef Vivian Howard Finalist For James Beard Award For 'A Chef's Life'

Vivian Howard owns the restaurant Chef and the Farmer with her husband Ben Knight.
Credit Vivian Howard

Working in famous New York City restaurants, Vivian Howard swore she’d never move back to her home state of North Carolina.  Then, in 2005, when she decided to open her restaurant, her family offered financial help with a catch: She had to open the restaurant near her home town.

"I was against it," she remembers.

But Howard and her husband Ben Knight wound up moving to the 20,000-population city of Kinston, N.C., and opened an upscale restaurant.

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Education
12:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Winston-Salem And Forsyth County Education Update

In the wake of a school shooting at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, parents and students are raising concerns about school safety. The school board will discuss the matter at their meeting this evening. Also, new healthy food guidelines are causing some schools to drop out of the federal school lunch program. But Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools are finding success in the new system. 

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Culinary Historian Pays Homage To African-American Food History

Culinary Historian and Judaics Scholar, Michael Twitty
Credit http://www.stagville.org/events/ / Afroculinaria

This summer, celebrity chef Paula Deen’s use of the N-word stirred controversy. Food historian Michael Twitty wrote an open letter to Deen criticizing her appropriation and misinterpretation of African-American culinary tradition. Twitty will cook and speak about his work at Historic Stagville Plantation's Harvest Festival in Durham this Saturday, September 7th.  

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Business & Economy
12:16 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New Agritourism Website Launched For Triangle Farms

Visitors harvest lavender at Bluebird Hill Farm in Chatham County.
Credit Bluebird Hill Farm

The Triangle foodie scene is growing its digital footprint. A new website called TriangleGrown launched by the Destination Marketing Organizations for Orange, Durham, Johnston, Chatham and Wake Counties aims to promote agritourism by being a go-to resource for people interested in exploring the local farming community.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

State Still Trying To Resolve Issues With New Electronic Food Stamp System

NC FAST is the new electronic food stamp system.
Credit NC FAST

The state's new electronic food distribution system or NC FAST has been beset by a myriad of software and other problems that have caused backlogs and delays in issuing food stamps.  The new system was rolled out to all 100 counties this past February in hopes of streamlining services for those in need.  David Atkinson is director of the Carteret County Department of social services. His county was one of the first to implement NC FAST. He says while his staff is among the most skilled at using the system, it only works about three quarters of the time.

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