January 15, 2012
Edible Piedmont’s Fred Thompson is one of those men who seem to be able to do it all! Columnist, cookbook author, publisher … and the guy can cook. What’s not to love about that, I ask you? Having Fred sitting across from me makes me realize that he and I are both as passionate talking about food as we are diving into it.
January 8, 2012
What do you get when you have four friends who love to eat and make dumplings? If this was a band, Chela Yu, her dumplingness, would be “the girl singer.” But since this is a food truck, you get “Chirba Chirba” (translation: Eat, eat!). Chela andthe boys, Yin Song, Nate Adams, Ali Safavi, make up the Dumpling Squad. If you’ve missed one of their dumpling raids, tsk, tsk.
December 30, 2011
Having Joe Kwon, fellow food blogger with Taste on Tour: Food on the Road and cellist for The Avett Brothers sitting across from me felt … well … double, triple, quadruple wondermous. This is a gentle classically trained musician who becomes a bow-shredding fireball on stage. AND he’s a foodie!
December 18, 2011
I don’t know what I love more about Cajuns … their talent in the kitchen or that unmistakable accent! In Jay Pierce, Chef at Lucky 32, you get to experience both. And with locations in both Cary and Greensboro, you have twice the chance to discover how all his passions just seem to happily collide on one plate.
December 11, 2011
Sheri Castle wears many hats. Food writer. Cooking Teacher. Recipe tester & developer. I mean, imagine having the job of testing your friend’s recipes before their cookbooks are published … she did just that with Bill Smith’s Seasoned in the South. Where she found time to write her own is beyond me, but The New Southern Garden is enjoying great success.
December 4, 2011
Just down the road a piece out in Saxapahaw, accidental farmer Suzanne Nelson runs Cozi Farm, a diversified, thriving polyculture where animals are treated with reverence and grace, earthworms are cherished, and all critters eat a species-appropriate diet. I didn’t write that last bit, but it so describes Cozi Farm’s mission that I couldn’t resist using Suzanne’s own words.
November 27, 2011
Mary Margaret McCamic just lives and breaths wine. Speaking of which, exactly how long do you let a wine breath? Just ask her. What does swirling really do anyway? Again, Mary Margaret is your woman. With a wine path that began at the illustrious Balthazar in NYC, her journey has landed her right her in our midst. Lucky us!
November 18, 2011
Alex and Betsy Hitt have been nurturing the soil and bounty at Peregrine Farm in Alamance County for 30 years. They were one of the first local farms to supply Chapel Hill restaurants in the early 80’s. Now a staple at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, you can find them every Saturday and Wednesday sharing flowers, vegetables and blueberries with their legion of fans.
November 6, 2011
Czarina Katrina … that’s what I call her. After all, Katrina Ryan, is ruler of all she surveys up yonder on Franklin Street. And her kingdom is Sugarland Bakery, home of the coolest, tastiest, most interesting cupcakes to sit in a ruffled paper cup. And then there’s Sugarland’s Gelato, which just catapults her into a whole ‘nother world of dessert nirvana.
October 28, 2011
Funny name. Serious Zest. It’s even written on his business card. Page Skelton is seriously funny AND funnily serious about everything Cackalacky, And he should be. It’s delicious and there’s pretty much no food immune to its addition. Maybe cake, but give him time. Everything else is fair game. Just ask Page and one of his new sidekicks, Greg Hirsh, the Cackalacky Kid.