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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Opening soon: Whisky River's kitchen, Pizza Fusion

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I don't know about you, but when I think about Whisky River, food doesn't exactly come to mind. The nightclub, owned by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., has a mechanical bull, for goodness' sake. And what does Jr. know about food? He drives in circles for a living.

But according to a recent press release, their new kitchen opens soon:

Opening November 2012, Whisky River’s new kitchen and 175 seat dining floor plan redefines the Charlotte venue’s experience.

Located only a few blocks away from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Whisky River has become an attraction race fans visit yearlong. Operating as both an evening venue and a full-service restaurant, Whisky River anticipates offering more to its patrons by creating an unique experience through delicious food and an exciting atmosphere, creating a revved-up nightlife.

“It is great when race fans come to visit and now we’ll be open for seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They can come in, sit down, relax and enjoy great barbecue with southern hospitality,” said General Manager Eric Flanigan.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Free Thanksgiving tasting at Savory Spice Shop

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Spice up your traditional Thanksgiving menu this year and head out to Savory Spice Shop at Atherton Mill on Saturday, Nov. 3. Chefs will be onsite throughout the day to showcase unique holiday dishes, all of which will feature spices from Savory Spice Shop.

Highlights include:
Dessert First (9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.): Butternut Bread Pudding
Talkin’ Turkey (11 a.m. — 1 p.m.): Seasoned Turkey and Rolls
Savory Sides (12:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.): Sausage Sliders



Owner Amy MacCabe says, “We want to show [our customers] that our spices can make their holidays a little more exciting this year.” Recipes for each dish will be provided free of charge and all spices used will be available for purchase.

Savory Spice Shop is located at 2000 South Blvd.

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Upcoming Event: Foggy Ridge Cider Dinner

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Foggy Ridge Cider Dinner

If you're like most people who really enjoy food, you've probably done your share of wine dinners and beer dinners, but next Monday, Halcyon: Flavors from the Earth will present a different approach to pairing food with libations.

On Nov. 5, the restaurant will join forces with Foggy Ridge Cidery to host its very first cider dinner. The event will be an intimate gathering of food and cider lovers, with five courses paired with Foggy Ridge's best ciders.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crockpot Recipe: Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

I am not a mom. But it seems like every mom I talk to nowadays is looking for ways to sneak vegetables in their kid's diet. And then you have my family, where about 75 percent of them won't go near a vegetable unless it's deep fried or doused in ranch dressing.

I like to think that my future offspring won't turn out this way. They'll eat vegetables and like them. Or else they'll sit at the table until they've tasted everything, like my mom used to make us do. I tasted my vegetables, and usually first, so I could get it over with. My younger brother, on the other hand, would fall asleep in his plate well after the rest of us had left the table.

But just in case my kids takes after some of my pickier relatives when it comes to their palate, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, and one of them just happens to be this chili.


Crockpot Chili

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Local Discovery: Orrman's Cheese Shop

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Rachel Klebaur, owner of Orrmans Cheese Shop

Tucked inside the 7th Street Public Market is a market stand that just may be my favorite new place to go. Orrman’s Cheese Shop is where cheesemonger Rachel Klebaur set up shop last month to profess her love of cheese publicly. Featuring local and regional cheese producers and small batch artisan products, Klebaur’s stand is more than a cheese oasis — it’s where she does her part to help the little guys.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Food Day 2012 Celebration

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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This past Wednesday, Queen City citizens and food advocates gathered together inside the 7th Street Public Market to celebrate Food Day 2012, a national celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

Food Day was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a coalition of food movement leaders, individuals and organizations, to “promote safer, healthier diets, support sustainable, organic farms, reduce hunger, reform factory farms to protect the environment and to support fair working conditions."

One of the primary goals of the annual Food Day celebration is to encourage communities to create localized events to raise awareness and incite a dialogue about food issues. This year, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension partnered with local nonprofit, Know Your Farms and Carolinas Medical Center to host La Vida Local: A Celebration of Real Food, which focused on the topic of eating real, whole, unprocessed foods.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Local Discovery: For the love of chin-chin

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM

“You have to have a love of people before you cook,” said the comforting female voice over the phone. “You must make it from the heart.” Because of the Nigerian accent, though, it sounds more like “You mus mek eet from de hot.”

Edith Eekwem moved to North Carolina in 1987 to escape a troubled country. With her, she brought a love of African food and a treasured recipe for chin-chin, a sweet and crunchy African snack.

Edith Eekwem, purveyor of love and chin-chin
  • Edith Eekwem, purveyor of love and chin-chin

Chin-chin is a simple mixture of butter, flour, eggs, milk and nutmeg, which is cut into tiny squares and deep-fried to create crunchy little cookies traditionally served at festive occasions like weddings.

I first discovered Edith’s chin-chin at the Quality & Convenience African Store in Plaza Midwood. Store owner Diana Ahenkoro pointed me toward a shelf holding the inconspicuous bags hand-packaged and filled with this animal cookie meets Africa. A hand-typed label on the bag left a phone number and little else.

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New Beer Shop: Good Bottle

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

If there's one thing en vogue right now in Charlotte, it's craft breweries. But breweries aren't the only place you can get a good local, regional or national brew. Bottle shops are a good alternative, especially if you want a wide variety of craft beer choices poured and sold from someone who knows good beer — the kind of person who can help you find a new favorite or can teach you something new about the beer you've been drinking for years.

Good Bottle Company in South End

Chris Hunt, owner of the new Good Bottle in South End, remembers when he first started to get acquainted with craft beer. As the local beer scene grew in his hometown of Asheville, learning about craft beer became more than just a hobby for Hunt. He researched bottle shops in Asheville as well as in Georgia, where these retail spots are prolific. Years of learning, dreaming, and planning finally came to fruition on Friday, Oct. 12, when Good Bottle finally opened.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Recipe: Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You know me: I like healthy foods. But sometimes it's fun to make a sweet seasonal treat. After all, life without the enjoyment of decadent foods is just not living.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

These pumpkin butterscotch muffins blur the lines a bit between healthy and not-so-healthy.

The muffins start with a chewy pumpkin dough with very little fat, but when you take a bite, you'll grin at the sweet butterscotch chips that will remind you of something amazing your mom used to make (if you're mom was anything like mine).

My mom used to make this incredible concoction called seven layer bars, which consisted of butterscotch chips, chocolate, chips, coconut, butter, sugar, and flour. That's about it. It was absolutely heavenly and how I started my love of butterscotch chips. I'm salivating just think about it.

Anyway, back to my muffins ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Heist Brewery’s ribbon-cutting/grand opening

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

The first local brewery with a full menu will host a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 4:30 p.m. Brewing Master Zach Harts’ 12 beers will be available during the celebration at Heist Brewery in historic Highland Park Mills in NoDa.

Beer lovers can choose among a Light Lager, i2PA, Red, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, seasonal brews, and one of several rotating Belgian taps, all available by pint, mugs, growlers, and flights. Chef Rob Masone describes his menu as “Twisted American Cuisine," which paints a picture of his mad scientist concoctions such as Himalayan Shrimp Stix (Asian shrimp covered in lemon-wasabi cotton candy) and Kurobuta Pork Belly Corn Dogs (pork belly braised with milk and honey and barbecue sauce made with root beer).

If you can't make it out tonight — yes, we know this is last minute — head out on Friday for their grand opening celebration. More info on the party shenanigans, food samplings and live entertainment on their Facebook event invite.

Heist Brewery is located at 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200.

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