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Asheville’s Culinary Community The farm-to-table movement, which has become popular in restaurants across the country, can trace its roots to the mid-2000s, when books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and The 100-Mile Diet by J. B. MacKinnon began convincing people that using locally… Read More >

Frybread’s Past and Present There are few food items that cause as much of a divide as Native American frybread. Even the name causes dissent – it is known by many as the base of the “Indian taco,” using a term that many indigenous peoples… Read More >

Wine Tips from Sommelier Chris Horn Between the unfamiliar words, the seemingly endless varietals, and the reputation it has for being expensive, wine can be intimidating – but sommelier Chris Horn, director of liquids for Heavy Restaurant Group in Seattle, thinks it doesn’t have to… Read More >

Modern Mead with 810 Meadworks Mead – the “nectar of the gods” enjoyed in ancient Greece and in the Middle Ages before being ousted by beer and wine as the people’s preferred beverages – is the latest buzz in the craft brewing world, thanks to… Read More >

Cambro’s Food Storage Tips Storing fruits and vegetables correctly in your walk-in cooler can extend their shelf life while also improving the taste and appearance of the product you serve to customers. On the Freshness Contained microsite, the equipment specialists at Cambro Manufacturing, a leading… Read More >

Mexican Ice Pops in Nashville Although starting a business together was an exciting new venture for sisters Norma and Irma Paz, they turned to a familiar product for inspiration: the paletas, or Mexican ice pops, they grew up eating in Guadalajara. They opened Las Paletas… Read More >

Reusable To-Go Containers Take Off in Durham Thanks to recent legislation aimed at eliminating single-use plastic straws, reducing the restaurant industry’s disposable waste has been a hot topic. However, bans on polystyrene foam – colloquially referred to as Styrofoam, though this is actually Dow Chemical… Read More >

Traditional Poutine with an American Twist For years, Canadians have politely criticized America’s attempts at recreating one of their country’s most iconic dishes: poutine. Our northern neighbors have written articles with headlines like “8 Times America Ruined Poutine for Everyone” and “A&W debuts poutine not… Read More >

Antique Kitchen Equipment When you’re shopping for a piece of kitchen equipment like a range or a toaster, you’re probably focused on the features available, looking for the latest designs and updates available. Maybe you want to try an induction cooktop or think digital controls… Read More >

Pay What You Can at a Nonprofit Restaurant A Place at the Table in Raleigh, N.C., is a restaurant with counter service that offers breakfast and lunch items like biscuits and gravy, quiche, panini, and salads. Menu items range from $5 to $10, and many… Read More >

Blending Health and Happiness at Vida Pour Tea According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A., the country’s consumption of hot tea has grown at a steady rate for the last five years, though iced tea still accounts for nearly 80 percent of tea consumed… Read More >

Mitigating Impact Risk at Restaurants It is not unreasonable for customers dining at a restaurant to expect a safe environment. Health codes help ensure they are kept safe from food-related dangers, but what about those coming from outside? You may have seen news stories about… Read More >

Hops Meet Hospitality at Craft Beer Cellar When Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow opened Craft Beer Cellar‘s flagship location in Belmont, Mass., in 2010, there were around 400 craft beers on the store’s shelves. “That was most of what we could get our hands on,”… Read More >

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