October 6, 2015

Big Oak Drive In & BBQ


by Deborah Miller A long weekend on Emerald Isle was in the works and as visions of sun, sand, and seafood swam in my imagination, a light bulb moment pushed through the haze of vacation anticipation. NC Food was about to publish a guest post by John E. Batchelor, author of Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants & Recipes from the North Carolina Coast.  Could we coordinate a dual post of one of the restaurants in … [Read more...]

Waxing Fig-Tastic: The 2nd Annual August Fig Festival on Ocracoke Island


by Leanne E. Smith It was a fluke that the 2014 Fig Festival was held in August. The fig cake bake-off that had been part of the July 4th celebration was postponed last year by a few weeks because of Hurricane Arthur. It was a success, so the organizers with the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association tried it again on Friday, August 14, 2015. Now, they hope the “fig-tastic” event, as it was called in some … [Read more...]

Collard Shack Revisited

The luscious collard leaves at The Collard Shack can inspire any novice grower.

by Ray Linville A trip to the small town of Ayden is usually for wood-cooked barbecue because it’s the home to two of the state’s premier BBQ establishments – Skylight Inn and Bum’s Restaurant. However, when I traveled there, I was searching for The Collard Shack as much as I was for chopped whole hog barbecue.   In 2011 when David Cecelski wrote about The Collard Shack in one of his legacy posts on … [Read more...]

Chefs of the Coast: Meet Chef Thierry Moity of Caprice Bistro in Wilmington

Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants & Recipes from the North Carolina Coast

by John E. Batchelor Note:  We love seafood! So much that we practically licked our lips all afternoon when we received a copy of John E. Batchelor's newest offering Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants & Recipes from the North Carolina Coast. John agreed to a special post for NC Food. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! ~Editor, NC Food The Chef Thierry Moity has cooked in what were, at the time , some … [Read more...]

A Recipe for Chess Cake

The finished chess cake product, ready for eating!

By Lea Efird Almost all of my earliest memories take place in Albemarle, North Carolina in my grandparents’ old house, one they sold when I was four or so. I remember constantly playing with my cousin Hunter, only 10 weeks older than me, as if he were my twin brother (we did look just alike, after all). I remember getting hit in the face with a metal toy bulldozer, losing my favorite Barbie, and camping out during … [Read more...]

A Blueberry Ramble in Burgaw

Blueberry Festival merchandise. Saturday, June 20, 2015. Photo: Leanne E. Smith.

by Leanne E. Smith At the 12th annual N.C. Blueberry Festival in Burgaw, NC on June 20, 2015, the temperature at 9 a.m. was above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with a heat index of nearly ninety—but it’s worth a few hours of southeastern North Carolina humidity on the third Saturday in June for a morning stroll through the big blueberry bake sale. About thirty miles north of Wilmington, the festival centers around the … [Read more...]

Starving for Food or Fellowship


by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim If you ever find yourself starving for food or fellowship in North Carolina, find a church that's hosting a dinner on the grounds, otherwise known as a potluck or covered-dish supper. You won't leave hungry. I came across a bound index card collection of recipes compiled by the women of Wilmington's Grace United Methodist Church that were served for their Taste and Tell luncheon in … [Read more...]

A (Wet) Day on the Farm-Greenlands Farm

Photo by Malinda Fillingim.

by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim There’s no place better to be than on a North Carolina farm, even on a rainy day. That’s how I felt about my recent visit to the 18-acre Greenlands Organic Farm in Bolivia, right off Midway Road in Brunswick County, NC. The rain did not damper my appreciation for the petting zoo animals, the wonderful aromas from multiple homemade goods within the farm-store, and the locally … [Read more...]

Durham Hub Farm

The barn at the Durham Hub Farm.

by Laura Fieselman April 14, 2015 It’s a balmy Friday afternoon at 2:30. There’s a rooster crowing, a nest of baby bunnies in the strawberry patch, and apple trees and school buses in the distance. The outdoor education students studying orienteering have just left. This is the Hub Farm of Durham Public Schools, a 30-acre school-system farm and network of wooded trails. Here, students, teachers, and the … [Read more...]

Official NC Food Festivals in May 2015


by Deborah Miller It’s not like we don’t have anything good to eat around here. We arise food. We talk about food. We read about food. We drive miles out of the way for a “food” experience. What choice did North Carolina have but to honor and designate some long-existing events as“Official State Food Festivals?” April was mighty busy with festivals honoring food and wine in North Carolina. Just consider the NC … [Read more...]