Celebrating the Grilled Cheese at Whole Foods Market – Durham

The beginning of Fall always gets me excited about comfort foods like soups, roasts and seasonal salads. One thing that always makes me smile though is a good grilled cheese sandwich.

The beauty of the grilled cheese is it’s simplicity. “Grilled cheese can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be devoured on their own or paired with soup; jazzed up or dressed down – it really doesn’t matter, they taste just as good” says Eatocracy.

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Whole Foods Market in Durham is celebrating fall by grilling cheeses! Learn how to grill cheese, taste the season’s best cheese and try different grilled cheese sandwiches at the Whole Foods Market’s quarterly Cheese Night event on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. TONIGHT!!!!

You can also win a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods Durham by commenting on this blog post. Details  listed below.

This event is free and open to the public and a great way to introduce kids to new and fun ways of creating their perfect grilled cheese. Let your kids sample a few cheeses and pick out their favorites. This gives them ownership over their sandwich and are more likely to try something new.

“We will taste a unique selection of delicious grilled cheeses and pairings. This event is FREE to the public, so come join us and learn what happens when heat meets cheese!,” says Whole Foods representative.

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Whole Foods Market Durham, Cheese Monger Ashley Cooper has this to say ; “A good grilled cheese should be melty, gooey, and provide contrasting flavors. On a simple grilled cheese, the best way to accomplish that is by pairing a base cheese to provide substance – such as Seaside Cheddar – with a slightly more flavorful cheese such as Gruyere for additional kick. Always use slices – never shreds – as it results in a more even melt and a better consistency.”

Ashley recommends the following combinations for Grown Up Grilled Cheeses:

“Always start a grilled cheese with your favorite bread – a rustic Ciabiatta alwas provides a nice combination of substance and flavor, and makes for a great presentation. Get creative with your components – I really enjoy pairing Gruyere – a complex rich and creamy cheese – with a simple fig spread and caramelized onions. Or Seaside Cheddar – a sharp, mature British Cheddar – with a local pepper jelly.”

Ashley Cooper is the Associate Team Leader of the Specialty Department at Whole Foods Market Durham. She’s received certification as a Certified Cheese Professional from the American Cheese Society, a title held by only 406 cheesemongers in the United States.

As for “grown-up” grilled cheese,” the possibilities are endless. Here are a few that popped to mind. Creamy havarti with blue cheese and fig jam. Aged extra sharp cheddar with apple. Fontina, Gruyere, Heirloom tomatoes and pesto spread. Gruyere and caramelized onions with a side of beef jus (think French onion soup in grilled cheese form). The list of combinations is endless and there is no right or wrong. That’s the beauty of grilled cheese! YOU OWN IT!!

Now is the best part, join the fun and tell me what creative ways you would make your perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Leave your comments below for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market Durham. Winner will be picked at random and announced Friday at noon. Just in time for your weekend shopping. Deadline to enter is 10am Friday, September 19.

More from the Whole Foods Market Durham Cheese Department can be found here.

The Perfect Grilled Cheese (Courtesy of Whole Foods Durham)

Grilled Cheese and Tomato on Multi-Grain Bread

Grilled Cheese and Tomato on Multi-Grain Bread

Simple. Sublime. A textural masterpiece. From college hotplates to 5-star kitchens, few foods offer such a combination of approachability, ease of preparation and sheer unadulterated yumminess. Delicious in its purest form and accommodating enough to welcome a broad range of party-crashers (Granny Smith apples, anyone?), the GCS is a joy to make and devour. Here are some basic guidelines for perfect grilled cheese sandwiches every time.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato on Multi-Grain Bread

Grilled Cheese and Tomato on Multi-Grain Bread

The Bread

Of course many breads work quite well, but a favorite is nice, long oblongs of rustic country bread. Something with backbone, maybe a little chewy, with a crunchy crust.

The Cheese

Good melting cheeses include: Gruyère, cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, gouda or Havarti. Grate your cheese. It melts more evenly and is a great help when you want to blend cheeses—say a nice, melty Gruyère with a bit of tangy blue. Let the grated cheese come up to room temp before cooking.

Add-Ins

Think of things that go great on a cheese board: figs, ham, sweet pear or tart apple slices, balsamic-marinated veggies, chutney, honey—arugula or other spring greens are nice if added inside after the sandwich is done.

Butter

It’s important to spread a generous layer from edge to edge for that uniform golden crunch.

The Pan

Non-stick if you have one—you won’t have to use quite as much butter. A pan with a heavy base is great too, for an even heat.

Heat

Low-medium—you don’t want to blacken the bread, just golden it. Plop the sandwich in when the pan is heated up. No more than two minutes a side. Gentle pressure with a spatula helps move the heat into the center where the cheese is.

Bonus points: Once both sides are done, use a tong to hold sandwich edges to the griddle. This gives the oozed cheese that savory cooked crunch.

Preheated Oven

If cheese hasn’t thoroughly melted (don’t be afraid to open the sandwich up and check), pop the sandwich in the oven, pre-heated to 300, for about five minutes. The bread won’t overcook, but the cheese will melt completely.

For variations on the theme, take a look at all these grilled cheese recipes.

There’s nothing quite like melting, grilling or searing cheese! On your next Whole Foods Market visit, please stop by and chat with one of our cheesemongers. They are experts who love talking cheese and will happily give you a taste of any of our cheeses!

And don’t forget to come taste and sample at our next Cheese Nights. This one focuses on Grilling Cheeses. Tuesday, September 16th, 6:00 pm—7:30 pm. It’s free!

Happy Eating,

Johanna

Upcoming Food Events Around the Triangle

Once again I had the opportunity to talk about several of the upcoming food events around the Triangle on My Carolina Today. You can tune in the first Tuesday of every month for an updated list of events, or learn about local food products. Here is what we discussed today.

If you missed the episode this morning, the link is below.

http://www.wncn.com/story/26427502/september-food-and-wine-events?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10539827

Straw Valley Café Beer Garden Grand Opening, September 5 & 6, 5:30pm

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The Beer Garden will open this coming Friday and Saturday to the public with a soft opening. They will have light snacks and 8 drafts to start. The menu and beer selection will continue to evolve over the next few months. The Beer Garden will have casual waiter service and a full bar in addition to the beer. The doors will open at 5:30pm.

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Where: 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
Durham, NC, 27707

http://strawvalleyfoodanddrink.com

Little Hen Restaurant Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner, September 8, 4pm

 

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Little Hen will be hosting the market, it’s vendors and customers. The menu will feature several of WWFM’s vendors (Crude Bitters & Sodas, In Good Heart Farm, Muddy Dog Roasting Company, The Hillsborough Cheese Company, Piemonte Farm, Locals Seafood), some of whom will also have products on hand for sale. There will be face painting and balloon animals. This event is open to the public – for those of you who do not yet frequent WWFM, please stop in for a drink/dinner and learn more about one of the area’s best farmers market! Bar opens at 4pm, dinner starts at 5pm.

Where: Shoppes at Woodcreek, 5160 Sunset Lake Rd. Apex, NC, 27539

http://littlehennc.wordpress.com

Hoedown at Raleigh City Farm, September 11, 7-10pm

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Raleigh City Farm’s 1st Farm-Show coinciding with Farm Aid 2014, a national celebration of farms and good food right here in Raleigh. Join the party to celebrate with local farms, food, music and drinks!

Get your bellies ready for some Gumbo. On hand will be Firsthand Foods and Locals Seafood as well as three of the best chefs in Raleigh from The Fiction Kitchen, Gravy and 18 Seaboard, all committed to supporting local farms, and serving up three uniquely Local Gumbos.

Where: 800 N. Blount St. Raleigh

http://www.farmaid.org/events

The Edible South Book Launch with Marci Cohen, September 18, 6:30pm

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Celebrate the publication of Marcie Ferris’ landmark book, The Edible South while enjoying some wine and passed light hors d’oeuvres.

“In The Edible South, Marcie Cohen Ferris presents food as a new way to chronicle the American South’s larger history. Ferris tells a richly illustrated story of southern food and the struggles of whites, blacks, Native Americans, and other people of the region to control the nourishment of their bodies and minds, livelihoods, lands, and citizenship. The experience of food serves as an evocative lens onto colonial settlements and antebellum plantations, New South cities and Civil Rights-era lunch counters, chronic hunger and agricultural reform, counterculture communes and iconic restaurants as Ferris reveals how food–as cuisine and as commodity–has expressed and shaped southern identity to the present day.”

Marcie Cohen Ferris, associate professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South.

Can’t make it? Get your copy here!

Where: The Garden Terrace at Fearrington Village, Pittsboro

http://www.fearrington.com/event/marcie-ferris-the-edible-south-book-launch/

4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival, September 20th, 3:30 pm – 11:00 pm BEER & WINE GARDEN – MAIN STAGE & 6:00 pm – 1:00 am PUB VENUES

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Great line-up of Jazz artists, food trucks, restaurants and wine and beer garden.

“As the only adult-focused fall music festival in the North Carolina Triangle area, this extremely popular pub-crawl experience is expected to draw over 10,000 music fans to Downtown Apex.

Festival wristbands (tickets) are $10, and include entry to all the venues for the entire event.

Where: Downtown Apex

http://www.apexjazzfestival.com

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival, September 27, 12-6pm (VIP), 1:30-6pm (GA) 

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Come sample beer from 50 plus great local brewers as well as brewers from across the state and beyond

Enjoy performances by The Honeycutters and othe NC Bluegrass bands throughout the day.

Enjoy food from some of the areas best food trucks including Kokyu Bbq, Baguettaboutit, Dump Pho King Truck and more

Where: Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs

http://www.beericana.com

 

Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner, October 5, 6pm

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Standard Foods is collaborating with Raleigh City Farm to host their second Annual Harvest Dinner at 6pm on October 5th, 2014. “It’s an honor to raise awareness and funds for our neighboring urban farm, Raleigh City Farm, so that it can grow into its full potential in serving this community,” explained John Holmes, who will open Standard Foods this winter with Chef Scott Crawford, and who is also responsible for revitalizing Person Street Plaza. “We’re especially proud of what we’ve accomplished, growing into a unique model of community-supported urban farming,” explained Christopher Rumbley, CEO of Raleigh City Farm. “The support of Raleigh’s extraordinary culinary community has been crucial and Standard Foods, opening directly beside the farm, has the potential to take it up another notch for all of us.” Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street.

John Holmes & Scott Crawford in Raleigh City Farm

John Holmes & Scott Crawford in Raleigh City Farm

Together, Standard Foods and Raleigh City Farm invite guests to join them Sunday, October 5th for an all- vegetable family-style feast on the farm. Just as at Standard Foods, Chef Scott Crawford will let Raleigh City Farm’s fall harvest dictate the menu. Crawford will prepare a diverse selection of fall vegetables – raw, pickled, smoked, braised, and in desserts. This seated, multi-course, family-style dinner, will be paired with wines from neighboring wine retailer, Wine Authorities, who has developed a national reputation for their commitment to small estate, “farmer-grown” wines. For guests seeking a more intimate experience with the farm, they may attend at 5pm for a special program including wine cocktails and snacks, an opportunity to meet Chef Scott Crawford and learn about Standard Foods, and enjoy informative farmer- guided tours, prior to the dinner at 6pm, for $200. Tickets for the farm dinner beginning at 6pm are $125. During the dinner, RCF will host a brief auction, including experiences such as a dinner prepared by Chef Crawford in his home, and a wine tasting for 10. All tickets can be purchased through http://www.raleighcityfarm.com in early September.

Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival, October 9 – 11

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This is the must attend food event of the year and already tickets have sold out for some of the events leading up to the Grand Tasting on the Green. Best to get your tickets ASAP.

TerraVita tops off the weekend with the Grand Tasting on the Green. The Grand Tasting offers edibles from more than 45 exceptional chefs & artisans from across the state and features more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages from around the globe, including organic coffee, biodynamic, organically-grown and natural wines, local microbrews and spirits. Guests also will enjoy cookbook signings and intimate interaction with chefs, artisans and beverage producers from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina.

Where: The Green at Southern Village, 400 Market St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

http://www.terravitaevent.com

World Beer Festival Durham, October 11, 12-4pm & 6-10pm 

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The festival is put on by All About Beer Magazine and is a beer lovers heaven. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 regional, national and international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and is located in a private hospitality area with air conditioning and real bathrooms!

General admission and VIP ticket holders also have access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, food and pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!

Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC

http://allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/durham-nc/

2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo, Sunday, October 19th, 

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This festival has something for the fastest runners and families alike. Choose from half-marathon, five-mile and one-mile distances and enjoy a fall morning of running and post-race food. The Bull City Race Fest is the culmination of a world-class running experience and a world-class eating experience, all in a world-class city. All races start next to the American Tobacco Campus with a post-race festival on the lawn at the Durham Performing Arts Center. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, a kids’ zone and entertainment.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is the Official Charitable Beneficiary of this landmark running and food event.

Note: Be sure to check out the website for street closures

Where: Downtown Durham, American Tobacco Campus & Durham Performing Arts Center lawn.

http://bullcityracefest.com

Cooking Classes Around the Triangle

There are always an infinite number of cooking classes throughout the Triangle area. These are great fun and the perfect way to learn how to prepare something new, meet new friends, and taste delicious food.

Look for classes at these locations:

A Southern Season: http://www.southernseason.com/our-stores/chapel-hill/

Durham Cookery: http://www.durhamcookery.com/

Durham Spirits Company: http://www.durhamspiritscompany.com

La Farm Bakery: http://www.lafarmbakery.com/custom.aspx?id=3

Sage and Swift: http://www.sageandswift.com/

Savory Spice Shop: http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/north-carolina/raleigh-lafayette-village.html

Sur La Table: http://www.surlatable.com

Whisk: https://www.whiskcarolina.com/cooking-classes/

 HAPPY EATING

Johanna

 

Farmers’ Market Delights!

Each month I am honored and excited to have a brief spot on the My Carolina Today show. Usually it is to discuss details about upcoming food events, but this month we decided to feature and sample some of our local artisan food and craft producers. This segment covered mostly Chapel Hill, Durham and the RTP area, but look for Raleigh and Cary next month.

http://www.wncn.com/story/26013148/local-farmers-markets?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10363469

Waterdog Farms – Teas and Fresh Flowers

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Grown in Hurdle Mills, NC using only sustainable practices, no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

The farm is named after the Neuse River waterdog, a rare salamander that lives in the Flat River adjacent to the farm.

Waterdog Farms specializes in teas grown and processed as whole leaf teas right on the farm.

Also sell lots of flowers and specialty produce at the farmers markets.

The flowers from Waterdog are beautiful and perfect for a special event or wedding.

You can also buy the tulsi and wild bergamot teas at A Southern Season and Weaver Street Market stores.

You can find owners Rickie and Christopher at Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market (at University Mall) on Saturday and Durham Farmers Market on Wednesday ‘s

http://www.waterdogfarms.com

The Pig 

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Brings regional flavors and local ingredients to the party in your tummy, featuring whole-hog barbecue, cola-braised pork belly sandwiches and Mee-Ma’s low-country, house-smoked, chicken-fried tofu

They buy only whole hogs from local farmers who raise their pigs on open pasture without the use of added hormones or antibiotics.

In addition to the hot dogs they also make pulled pork and bacon, which is available at any of the Weaver Street Markets.

They will soon be adding heat-and-serve BBQ ribs, Hawaiian style breakfast links and smoked pork chops to the lineup of products.

The restaurant is open Mon-Sat 11:00-9:00 and has several vegetarian options including locally made tempeh, chicken fried tofu and fried shiitake po’boys

They cater!!!  catering@thepigrestaurant.com

You can find Sam Suchoff (Owner/Chef) at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market both Wednesdays and Saturdays

http://www.thepigrestaurant.com 

Prodigal Farm 

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Creates handcrafted farmstead cheeses, breads, produce and farm-crafted specialty items on a 97-acre farm in rural Rougemont, North Carolina. The family farm, owned by Dave Krabbe and Kathryn Spann is centered on a pastured raised Animal Welfare Approved goat herd.

The “Marinated Feta” is a best seller and often referred to as “crack cheese.”

You can purchase their products form the South Durham Farmes Market and Raleigh State Farmers Market.

You can also find Prodigal Farm goat cheese at various restaurants across the Triangle including Mandolin, 18 Seaboard, Harvest 18 and G2B Gastropub.

Prodigal Farm recently ran a kickstarter campaign to raise 45,000 to build a new cheese making facility, which will allow them to age cheeses and therefore make new types of cheeses. They rose over $48, 000. That is how much people love their products.

www. Prodigalfarm.com 

Evelyn Ward Pottery

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Potter Evelyn Ward lives in nearby Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. She makes functional salt-fired pottery for the home. Evelyn earned a BFA from Cal State Fullerton and studied at Penland School of Crafts.  Her work can be found in galleries around the Triangle including North Carolina Crafts Gallery and Cedar Creek Gallery.

Each of her whimsical goat mugs is hand-made on a potter’s wheel and salt fired, and has a beautiful feel in the hand. Each goat is drawn by hand so no two are exactly alike.

The mugs are made from durable stoneware pottery and are safe for both dishwasher and microwave. They hold approximately 12 ounces.

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There are always several local crafters at every market that are definitely worth checking out.

Big Spoon Roasters

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Founded in January 2011, Durham, NC-based Big Spoon Roasters was the first truly handcrafted, small-batch nut butter business since the mass industrialization of the peanut butter industry in the early 20th Century. Big Spoon continues to innovate, working with NC peanut growers to encourage sustainable agriculture and sustainable pricing for their crops.

Big Spoon Roasters makes every batch to order – as opposed to pulling from an existing inventory – so customers get the freshest possible nut butters.

Founder Mark Overbay’s first recipe was Peanut Pecan Butter, which he calls the “quintessential Southern nut butter.” It is handmade with only 4 ingredients – NC peanuts, NC pecans, NC raw wildflower honey, and sea salt.

One of Big Spoon’s bestselling recipes, the Chai Spice peanut & almond butter blend, was created as a favor for Mark and Megan’s wedding. Megan drinks masala chai tea almost every day, and Mark obviously makes nut butter, so he wanted to create a wedding favor that represented them both. Their guests flipped out over the flavor combination, and it became an immediate hit!

On Big Spoon’s website, you can read the story behind every recipe, get updates on special events and farmers’ markets, and see a list of retailers where Big Spoon nut butters are sold.

http://www.bigspoonroasters.com

Loaf

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Rustic brick oven breads and pastries, once found only at the Durham Farmers’ Market, are also available daily in the heart of the Bull City.

Loaf carries wonderful (and local!) items such as Chapel Hill Creamery Cheese, Elodie Farms Goat Cheese, Blakemere Company Clotted Cream, Farmer’s Daughter Kimchi and Sauerkraut, Maple View Farms Milk, Firsthand Foods Sausages, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, home-made jellies and marmalades, and more.

My stepson Adrien and I agree whole-heartedly, that the ham and cheese croissant is the best we’ve ever eaten.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loaf/102663859807344

Cilantro Mediterranean Grill

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Cilantro Mediterranean Grill is a family run restaurant near RTP (Hwy 54 and Miami) serving Mediterranean kabobs, salads and vegetarian dishes made from scratch using the best locally sourced ingredients. Every meal comes with freshly baked bread
 from their clay oven!

Prepared salads like beet salad, edemame hummus and potato salads are available weekly at the South Durham Farmers Market and Western Wake Farmers Market. Perfect for picking up for lunches during the workweek.

They also regularly have at the market: potato salad, tabouli, tatziki, traditional hummus, cilantro hummus, jalapeno hummus, baba ganoush, dolmeh, baklava, lentil rice, and a cold vegetable soup (varies).

They have also started taking single size servings of some of our Persian Stews available as specials at our restaurant through out the week (a take home and warm up prepared meal)

http://www.cilantrortp.com

Happy Eating

Johanna

Pepsi Bottling Ventures is a legacy sponsor of Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series “Fire in the Triangle,” June 23 to August 4

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The goal of the Competition Dining Series, the only cooking competition of its kind in the US, is to highlight the best of North Carolina’s food, agriculture, and culinary talent. The competition requires that chefs must use North Carolina-produced ingredients. Each year, the competition calls for chefs to use a secret or featured ingredient and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Pepsi was featured as such. North Carolina-based Pepsi Bottling Ventures has been a sponsor since the inception of the Competition Dining Series in 2012.

 “We’re very proud to be a part of the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series again as we see who ends up winning this challenging competition that showcases the culinary ingenuity and talent across our state,” said Randy Quirk, vice president of Food Service for Pepsi Bottling Ventures. “We embrace this fun competition because Pepsi was born in North Carolina more than 100 years ago and has been a home-grown N.C. ingredient.”

 The 2014 Competition Dining Series started in March with the Fire on the Rock competition in Asheville and includes a year-long series of competition dinners in Wilmington, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. The Final Fire in Raleigh will kick off in November in which all the winning regional chefs will compete for final bragging rights.

Fire in the Triangle will take place June 23 to Aug. 4, pitting 16 Triangle chefs who will face off against each other. Two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on the secret or featured ingredient revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day. The ingredient must be used in each course. Attending guests serve as judges for the six-course meal.

For more information go to: www.competitiondining.com and www.competitiondining.com/compete/2014-fire-in-the-triangle.

Get Your “Eat” on with Dishcrawl Raleigh

Dishcrawl comes to Raleigh on Wednesday, June 18 at 7pm.

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On Wednesday, June 18th at 7pm, join neighbors and friends to eat your way through the heart of the city on a 3-restaurant jaunt in downtown Raleigh. Come see what the city has to offer as chefs of three restaurants invite you to explore their culinary delights in the heart of downtown.

This adventurous dinner is only $45. Drinks may be purchased separately. Reservations are limited so reserve a ticket now at, http://dishcrawl.com/crashcourseraleighevent/

Foodies have the chance to win free tickets online by tweeting which Raleigh restaurant they love. (Twitter: Must hashtag #dishcrawl to be entered.)

Ticket-holders will visit three restaurants in one night, sampling each restaurant’s specialties and meeting the chefs or owners. It’s kind of the same idea as a pubcrawl, except instead of just drinks we are rallying and gathering the community around downtown Raleigh’s terrific food

Which restaurants? The names of the restaurants are a secret for now but here and there some hints will be dropped through tweets at, @DishcrawlRDU.

 Where to Meet? All ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email 48 hours prior to the event.

If you have any questions, email your local Dishcrawl Ambassador, Isabella Vigilante at, Isabella@dishcrawl.com.

Happy Eating and Dishcrawling!

Johanna

 

Yes, We Can! All Day Canning Jubilee at Whisk, May 17th

Contests, Free Demos, Class with Pickles and Preserves author, Andrea Weigl, and more…

Whisk is hosting a daylong canning jubilee on Saturday, May 17th in the Cary kitchen store, located in Waverly Place shopping center. The event is a celebration of how and why we continue to can our food in the 21st century!

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Interest in home canning is resurging and Whisk is dedicating an entire day to this social, healthy, and tasty pursuit. While technically there is no longer a need to “stock up for winter”, we still persist in canning. Why? Says Whisk employee and local canner, Karen Bosse: “With canning you are able to capture your garden and the goodness of the local farmers’ markets – there’s tremendous flavor, ingredient control, and zero waste.”

The day-long event is headlined by News & Observer food writer and Pickles and Preserves author Andrea Weigl who is teaching an ‘Introduction to Canning’ class. Participants will prepare three recipes from Weigl’s book and learn how to can safely at home. This participation-style class runs from 2pm-4 pm, costs $49, with online registration at www.whiskcarolina.com.

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Sadly this class is sold out  but be sure to pick up a copy of Andrea’s book. I just made her Habanero Pepper Jelly this weekend and it was a huge hit at Mother’s Day brunch. I served it along side grilled chicken but it also pairs very well with pork, fish and grilled vegetables. All the recipes in the book are worth a try.

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There will also be a local Canning Contest that day, with free entry and terrific prizes from Whisk. The two contest categories are Jellies, Jams and Preserves, and Pickled Vegetables. Submissions must have been canned within the past 12 months and must be made using North Carolina produce. Whisk customers will be able to taste and vote for their favorites, and canning contest winners will be announced on Facebook.

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Photo courtesy of Andrea Weigl

Free tastings and canning demonstrations will be offered throughout the day. In addition, all canning supplies will be 20 percent off on May 17th. Visit the store Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm; and on Sunday, 12pm-5pm. For more information about Whisk and to see a complete listing of its cooking classes, visit www.whiskcarolina.com.

Other upcoming classes with Andrea include :

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 7, Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. hands-on cooking class, $59. Details.

• 6 p.m. June 25, Southern Season, 201 S. Estes St., Chapel Hill. demonstration cooking class, $40, Details.

• 10 a.m. June 28, Sur la Table, The Streets at Southpoint, Durham, hands-on class, $69. Details.

Happy Canning

Johanna

Southern Biscuit® Bake-Off – Ready to roll in the dough?

Dust off your counter and roll up your sleeves for the 4th Annual Biscuit Bake-Off by Southern Biscuit® Flour. Submit an original recipe by May 23, 2014 for a chance to win $250 and other prizes!

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Southern Biscuit® is looking for your original biscuit recipe for the 4th Annual Southern Biscuit® Day Bake-Off. Your recipe will need to use at least two cups of Southern Biscuit Self-Rising or All-Purpose Flour or Southern Biscuit Formula L Biscuit Mix and can be submitted between now and May 23. Three finalists will be judged based on flavor, appearance and creativity. Each finalist will be invited to bring their biscuits to the town square in Newton NC on June 5 for judging. All three finalists will receive $50 and gifts from Southern Biscuit plus have the opportunity to enjoy a free biscuit along with everyone in the town that day. One lucky winner will take home $250 and his or her recipe will be published on the Southern Biscuit social media sites.

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Submit your recipe by email to, SouthernBiscuit@renwoodmills.com. Make sure that you include your name and please note that you must be 18 or older to participate. Southern Biscuit® Flour can be purchased at Walmart, Food Lion and King’s IGA

Happy Baking

Johanna