My adopted home state of North Carolina is a food lover’s fantasy land. There’s more outstanding barbecue than you can shake a rib at. Everywhere along the coast the fish shacks, oyster bars and sushi restaurants make the most of what’s caught on the line and in the net. Forests and fields deliver surprises to chefs from the mountains to the sea. And the beer scene—we can’t even go there right now, but do yourself a favor and come thirsty. Most of all, come hungry. Come to Wilmington hungry. This city in the southeastern corner of the state has a food scene that’s got its fair share of names and accolades, from James Beard Award nominees and winners to a AAA Four Diamond restaurant to faces you might recognize from Bravo’s Top Chef and a raft of up and comers. Break out the bib, put on your loosest pants, and get ready to feast. These are the eight must-eat restaurants in Wilmington (right now).
Whether you’re hungry for outdoor adventure or Southern cuisine, the beautiful community of Brevard, North Carolina has you covered. Brevard is an outdoor paradise. Hit the trails on a mountain bike or your own two feet and explore forests peppered with waterfalls, rivers and streams, stunning vistas, and abundant fresh air. Go fly fishing. Saddle up for horseback riding. Try your luck at gem mining. Enjoy bird watching. Paddle the French Broad River. Play golf. And so much more!
Leave it to New Orleans, Louisiana to figure out how to party during a pandemic. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws upwards of 475,000 music lovers to the city the each year from the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May for seven days of music, art and food. The festival, which draws obsessed fans from all corners of the globe, took place every year for 50 years. Until 2020, which would have been its 51st.
In my home kitchen I aim to make as much as possible from scratch, but coronavirus has expanded my definition of the word “possible.” With more time at home, I’ve had time to experiment with even basic ingredients that I previously bought at the grocery store. I recently received a copy of Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen, the new cookbook by Chef Suzanne Vizethann, whose Buttermilk Kitchen brunch and lunch restaurant is wildly popular in Atlanta, Georgia. Thumbing through the cookbook, I was impressed. It presents easy-to-follow recipes and delves deep into upscale basics of Southern cuisine, including mayonnaise, pickles, infused salts, biscuits, fried chicken, and other Southern favorites.
In a little corner restaurant in a strip mall on the ocean side of Kitty Hawk—a small town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks made famous by the Wright Brothers’ first flight—a third-generation crabber turns decades of hard work into a popular Outer Banks seafood spot. Step through the doors of I Got Your Crabs (IGYC) for high-quality, fresh, local seafood.
On the eve of America’s bicentennial, an English wine merchant in Paris had been quite impressed with the quality of California wines that he’d come across. Thinking it could be worthwhile to shine a light on the New World, Steven Spurrier and his business partner, Patricia Gallagher, decided to organize a competition.
Before the pandemic, sell-outs were a daily occurrence at Barrio Bread, a bakery in Tucson, Arizona. Customers streamed out of the door every weekend. Plenty of fans showed up on weekday mornings, too. No wonder: Owner Don Guerra was named a James Beard Semifinalist Outstanding Baker for the second time this year—an impressive feat for a four-year-old business!
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the culinary industry especially hard. With restaurant dining rooms barred from operating at full capacity (if at all) and strict regulations in place on even to-go orders, restaurant workers are taking huge financial hits. The turbulent year of 2020 has also brought racial injustice and social inequality to light and finally garner more attention.
Feeling the summer heat? Cool down with a refreshing glass of sparkling water mixed with some Tait Farm Raspberry Shrub. Shrubs—concentrated syrups that combine fruit, sugar, and vinegar—are resurging in popularity. Typically added to water or spirits, they’re turning up at trendy bars in creative cocktails as well as interesting non-alcoholic alternatives. Shrubs were first popular in England in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was a common way to preserve fruits before refrigeration. The term "shrub" is a variant of the word "shurb" from the Arabic word "sharāb" which means "to drink." Early colonists brought the beverage to America, to places like City Tavern in Philadelphia, where Tait Farm Raspberry Shrub offers a sip of history on its Colonial drinks menu.
Local Pinehurst Restaurants Pinehurst’s local restaurants source the region's best growers and producers. Story by Michael J. Solender Sponsored by North Carolina’s Pinehurst and Southern Pines Pride in Moore County’s agricultural heritage and traditions can be seen in picnic baskets and on plates from Southern Pines and Carthage to Pinehurst