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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Eat My Charlotte

Re: “Local markets stay hot even when the temperatures drop

Chef Alyssa (from Chef Alyssa's Kitchen) kicked off the Chef in the Market! Series at Atherton and will close it out on Small Business Saturday. She is also hosting the 3rd (and final) Gather Dinner at Atherton Market

For Davidson Market - just this past Saturday she had a Chef Demo and will also be competing in the Chef Challenge on November 1st.

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Posted by Chef Alyssa's Kitchen on 09/22/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “North Carolina apple days are upon us already

The Southern Heritage Apple Orchard was created in 1997 and is part of Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, one of twenty-seven historic sites operated by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Lee and Edith Calhoun donated all of the apple trees which are in the orchard.

A number of years ago, the orchard became mature enough to start selling apples. We do not give apples away. Apple sales from the orchard go back into covering the costs associated with its operation.

Growing four hundred different varieties of southern apples, some of which are very disease prone, is a highly complex and challenging project; for that reason, you do not often see these apples grown today in commercial orchards. Fungal diseases are hard to control when this many varieties are involved. As a consequence, a small percentage of the fruit can't be sold for eating or cooking purposes. We sell those apples as deer apples. Other varieties that we have in the orchard will not keep for more than a few days and the selling window is very short. The remainder of the crop is sold to the public at the site's visitor center, at off-site festivals, at our Annual Cornshucking Frolic on the third Saturday of October, and for research purposes.

In addition, when the fruit load is too heavy on the trees, we often have to thin it out. Because it is not ripe, that fruit can't be used.

I hope this information clarifies our operation at the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard.

Lisa R.Turney
Site Manager
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

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Posted by Horne Creek Farm on 08/30/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Beer tap handles are not items to decorate with

Just curious, did you also run into that burning building and save the children? This REALLY isn't as dastardly a deed as you make it out to be. As mentioned in previous posts, even though the beer may not be on tap CURRENTLY, your brand was still being displayed fairly prominently, and isn't that some REALLY cheap advertising?

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Posted by kgar2121 on 08/29/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Beer tap handles are not items to decorate with

The editorial agenda of this publication is so confusing. What is the local relevance/significance of this piece?

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Posted by Wyndham Manning on 08/28/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Beer tap handles are not items to decorate with

First world business problem that's really not that much of a problem. 1. I think this stems from the days when big beer flooded the bars with shit and never asked for it back. 2. If you're a rep and you see they are decorating with your shit, ask for it back. 3. Even though it's not on an active tap, it's still acting as marketing and awareness for the brand.

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Posted by Stop Whining on 08/28/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Why are seasonal beers releasing earlier and earlier?

Part of the problem is that if you want one of these high-demand beers, you have to buy it when it is released, or you risk not being able to get it. I did buy Pumking as soon as it hit stores. I am not going to open it for a while yet, but if I waited, I might not have gotten it.

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Posted by Adam Raskoskie on 08/12/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Thank you for the article and helping to explain and differentiate the festivals. If you have any future questions about the 2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest please direct your questions to I have a few thoughts below I would like to add.

1 - The Charlotte Oktoberfest is an event that is 100 percent planned and coordinated by a volunteer management board and festival volunteers to support craft beer and raise monies for charity.

2 - RE: Charlotte Beerfest charities' donation

"... with proceeds benefitting Grin Kids Children’s Charity and USO."

- this is a for profit festival so only a portion of the Beerfest proceeds go to charity. Both charities are well deserving of this assistance.

3 - Charlotte Oktoberfest's charities' donation

- a significant portion of our festival's net income will be given to local charities. $75,000 last year was split with $25K going to each Project Halo, Classroom Central, and Second Harvest Foodbank of the Carolinas.

4 - RE: "Contrarily, beer offerings at Oktoberfest do not discriminate between ticket holders."

- This year's Premium ticket holders will have access to specialty beers before the general public. There very well could be several specialty beers which only the premium ticket holders have access to at this year's festival.

I believe that management of both festivals believe that both sides could have handled things a little better instead of the initial bickering. In the future we plan to coordinate so that there is more time between our events.


Sean Murphy

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Posted by Sean Murphy on 08/11/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest


Your last line makes no sense. The two events have different names, are on different dates, at different venues, and the article mentions that both benefit charities.

I have no dog in this hunt as I've not yet looked at my calendar or at the participant lists closely enough to determine if I'll go to either or both Fests.

Posted by ODB on 08/08/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Welcome to North Carolina, Sierra Nevada

Mr. Wells fails to mention that SN is receiving about $5 million in kickbacks from the State and County, money paid in part by the craft breweries who MADE Asheville into Beer City USA.

New Belgium is getting about THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLARS.

My beer money - at least that part that isn't spent on Charlotte-area breweries - will go to Oskar Blues (opened near Asheville with NO taxpayer subsidies) and Lagunitas (opened in Chicago and REFUSED subsidies).

To me, SN and NB are the epitome of "skunky beer".

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Posted by John Q. Public on 08/08/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Troegs, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, New Belgium, and Southern Tier will all be at Charlotte Oktoberfest.

To be even more fair, a brewery called NoDa will not be at Beerfest. So there's that... (They brew that little IPA you may have heard won Gold at the World Beer Cup as the best IPA in the world).

I don't think that at the end of the day, there will be in comparison at the craft beer selection between the two events. Charlotte Oktoberfest is the premier craft beer event in the South East, and it is just completely unfortunate that the beerfest folks are infringing on the branding, timing, location, and more of the non-profit Charlotte Oktoberfest to sell tickets to a for-profit event.

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Posted by jmaysnc on 08/07/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Welcome to North Carolina, Sierra Nevada

Not to mention they harvested all of the trees cut down on the property in the construction of the bar and brewery, and they left approximately 85% (163 acres) of the land undeveloped.

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Posted by Katherine Bass on 08/06/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Welcome to North Carolina, Sierra Nevada

Well said! We were in attendance on Sunday. The facity is breathtaking, the Sierra employees were friendly and courteous, and well... the local beers were DELICIOUS!!!
Ken Grossman (beer royalty) and his children were so kind to take pictures with anyone and everyone who requested one! We are extremely proud and so fortunate to have SNB in WNC!
-Bentley and Paige Walton
Asheville, NC

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Posted by Bentley Walton on 08/06/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

New Belgium, Brooklyn, and Southern Tier have been there in years past. No reason to think they won't be there again this year.

Posted by gclimer on 08/06/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Lagunitas is the platinum sponsor for Oktoberfest. Can confirm that Troegs will be at Oktoberfest.

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Posted by Daan Muller on 08/06/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

Which one will have the most Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers?

Beer trivia: Märzen beers were traditionally brewed in March (hence the name) and fermented slowly over summer, a process which imparted their distinctive color and flavor.

Advances in brewing technology mean that Märzen style beer can be produced more quickly today, but authentic Bavarian Märzen-Oktoberfest beers must (a) be brewed in Munich (by Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner-Bräu, Hofbräu-München, Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr); and (b) be aged in lagering tanks for 12-16 weeks.

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Posted by John Q. Public on 08/04/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Charlotte Oktoberfest vs. Charlotte Beerfest

To be fair, there are going to be some excellent breweries at Beerfest that aren't listed as attending Oktoberfest:

Great Lakes
New Belgium
Southern Tier

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Posted by Man1 on 08/04/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “TODAY: Uber offers sweet treat, sprinkled with convenience

I can't figure that out either. What hidden costs?

Posted by rumbrave on 07/23/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “TODAY: Uber offers sweet treat, sprinkled with convenience

What "hidden costs" is Uber known for exactly?

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Posted by Wyndham Manning on 07/23/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Piped butter cookies

If you use cake flour instead of regular all-purpose flour your dough won't be tough at all. It is the gluten that makes the cookies tough.

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Posted by Kitchen Fairy on 07/12/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

I appreciate the tremendous work you are doing to uncover what the greed and profit driven food industry is putting in our "food". However, I cringe every time you push "vote/eat with your dollars" because it is highly classist and disparaging to the millions of people in this country who economically are disenfranchised. Having less money should not mean you have less of a voice.

Posted by Fatima Ehsan on 06/19/2014 at 3:01 PM

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