Amy Rogers

Coordinator of WFAEats

Amy Rogers is the author of Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Her writing has also been featured in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, the Oxford American, and the Charlotte Observer. She is founding publisher of the award-winning Novello Festival Press. She received a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and was the first person to receive the award for non-fiction writing. Her reporting has also won multiple awards from the N.C. Working Press Association. She has been Writer in Residence at the Wildacres Center, and a program presenter at dozens of events, festivals, arts centers, schools, and other venues. Amy Rogers considers herself “Southern by choice,” and is a food and culture commentator for NPR station WFAE.

What’s your favorite childhood food memory? Watching my mother in a gorgeous cocktail dress sneak into the kitchen before a party so she could eat some real food.

What’s your typical breakfast? Coffee, with a side order of extra coffee

What can you always find in your fridge? Half-and-half. Because you can put it in coffee, tea, cereal, frittatas, and lots of leftover things like tomatoes, potatoes and shellfish to make cream-of-whatever soup.

Kitchen tool(s) you can’t live without? I lived and cooked wonderful meals for literally decades with only one chef’s knife. I now have others but rarely use them.

If you aren’t in the kitchen, where are you? Visiting farm stands, markets, cafes, friends’ homes – anywhere there’s food to be sampled and enjoyed.

Amy Rogers’ website

This is a barvecue sandwich — not to be confused with a barbecue sandwich.
barvecue.com

If you want to understand how the Charlotte food scene is evolving, consider this: You can now get vegan barbecue just north of the city at a spot called Barvecue.

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Is there anything sadder than a bowl of beautiful peaches that just won’t ripen? 

Woodmill Winery

If you want to immerse yourself in a “full-bodied” grape experience, now’s your chance. The annual Grape Stomp Festival is happening this weekend.

If you’re a person who cooks without recipes, you can probably just skip this entire discussion.

But the rest of us have reached overload. We’ve got recipes falling out of our kitchen drawers, in-boxes – even our phones. In a world where Google returns more than 17 million hits for “apple pie recipe,” how can we possibly keep track of the ones we love and the ones we’d someday like to try?

A banana split.
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Sandwiched in between July 4th and Labor Day, there’s not much to celebrate in August – unless you’re a fan of good food and drink. Then it’s 31 days of eating, sipping, and slurping. 

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In a trend we can describe as “out of the frying pan; into the fire,” our country’s discord has poured out of the hallowed halls of politics and into the world of restaurants.

You’ve no doubt heard about the incident at the Red Hen in Lexington, Va. That’s where White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went to dine back in June. Restaurant owner Stephanie Wilkinson, in a show of support for her gay staffers, asked Sanders to leave and cited the current administration’s policies as the reason.

Was that just a blip, an accident of timing?

carrot salad for WFAEats
Noah Fecks

Welcome to the summer doldrums. It’s too hot to cook. We’re bored with burgers and ho-hum hot dogs. We’re drowning in seas of zucchini.

So it’s time to step away from the stove, pour yourself a cold beverage, and kick back with this six-pack of recently released books.

If you're new to Charlotte -- say, within the last 200 years or so -- you may not know about the city's former reputation as "A Very Trifling Place."

Yes, the city of booming business was once considered to be nothing special. President George Washington visited in 1791 as part of a southern tour following the Revolutionary War. It was he who made that infamous pronouncement about "Charlotte Town" in his diary. 

watermelon
Flickr/Rebecca Siegel https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When the temp in my car reached 104 this week, I got a little queasy. My friend Karin asked me about the effect of hot weather on our appetites, so I set out to learn more.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
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In the category of Things That Are Really No Surprise comes a bold new study claiming that humans crave foods that are sweet, fatty, and especially a combination of both. This is not news to those us enjoying a doughnut or a biscuit with jam this morning. Nevertheless, scientists found an interesting tool to use when measuring our desire for these foods: money.  

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