WFAEats

Welcome to WFAEats - a fun adventure where we explore all things tasty and interesting in the Charlotte food scene. We want to share stories, recipes and culinary escapades and hear about yours!

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Although his name evokes fine dining and over-the-top celebrity events, a world-renowned restaurateur has opened a new restaurant in Charlotte: Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar. The chef stopped by to visit recently and cordially answered a few questions about food, flavor – and football.

An Ode To Olives

Jun 7, 2012

These are the bread of life:
green as oak leaves,
black as lust.

You can taste the desire
almost from smell,

the stuffed ones with pimientos
offer Christmas year-round.

I can see why the dead
might not like them:

too luscious
for the after-life,

earth
on a platter

that keeps
living and living

like schoolgirls
on a starry night.

Meatball Mamas From Around The World

May 31, 2012
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This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate not only our own mothers and grandmothers, but all the Moms in our lives, including our own daughters, and daughter in law, the mothers of our grandchildren. Even all the other Moms in our extended family.

Korean Girl Seeks American Food

May 29, 2012
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This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Mother’s Special Sandwich

May 22, 2012
sea turtle/Flickr

This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Mother’s Special Sandwich

May 22, 2012
sea turtle/Flickr

This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Momma’s Circle Of Love

May 18, 2012

This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

My parents grew up poor and began their marriage in the Depression.  Over time they became wealthy, but Momma remained frugal.  She could not bring herself to buy an expensive cut of meat, and no leftover ever went unused.  That is why it was so special when, for Momma’s 70th Christmas, her ex-daughter-in-law gave her a standing rib roast of prime beef.  She even hired the city’s top chef to show Momma how to cook it.

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We’re still talking about the chicken suqaar from Jamile’s.

Yes, the shrimp rolls at Ben Thahn (Vietnamese) were fresh and delicious. And the tres leches and flan from El Purgarcito (Salvadoran) sweetly capped our afternoon.

But Jamile’s (Somali) chicken suqaar—a stewed chicken dish prepared with greens, salad lettuces, and spongy bread called canjeero—was flat out phenomenal.

Waiting

May 11, 2012

 Julie with her kids picking strawberries at Carrigan Farms last Mother's Day.Edit | Remove

 
This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Meat And Potatoes

May 8, 2012
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You can’t have a decent meal without meat and potatoes, my mother insisted. True to her Irish roots, both were mandatory for a balanced meal – especially the potatoes.

Going on a picnic? Lunch meat or hotdogs were the meat and potato chips or potato salad was the side dish.

Having fried chicken? Mashed potatoes were expected. Meatloaf? Mashed potatoes again.  Steak? Baked potatoes came into play.

Let’s admit it: Picking out the perfect Mother’s Day gift is hard. Flowers die in days. Perfume spills. And no one wants junky jewelry.

But books? Ah, a book will always fit and will never need ironing. Even better, it invites the reader to relax, so in honor of the upcoming holiday, I asked some local experts for food-themed book suggestions.

Contest! Your Food Memories About Mom

Apr 27, 2012
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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and WFAEats is celebrating the occasion with a contest. We want to hear your food stories about mom.  Whether it’s a favorite recipe passed down from your great grandmother or bitter memories of being force-fed Brussels sprouts, we want to hear it. Your story could win one of five $25 gift cards from Lowe’s Foods. Please keep your story to under 500 words and send photos if you have them! Don’t forget to include your name.

Erin Sutton

Portions and foods in general are getting bigger and bigger, but this is ridiculous. My fiance brought home some freak, mutant strawberries last week. I had to share the photo because I didn’t know you could actually buy strawberries this big. I thought they were the subjects of “whoa, look at that thing” ribbons at the state fair or perhaps B- horror movies (Attack of the Killer Strawberries?) Is this the result of some kind of nuclear radiation or genetically modified seeds grown with steroid fertilizer? I decided to investigate.

My Ode To Harissa

Apr 19, 2012
Flickr/jules:stonesoup

Put down the sriracha. There’s a new condiment in town. And just like the popular spicy “rooster sauce” everyone went crazy over a few years ago, this one adds depth, piquancy and spice to anything you put it on.

It’s called harissa, and I’m a little in love with it.

A Hot Dog By Any Other Name…

Apr 17, 2012
Photo by Flickr/Chrisjbarker

A foray into the age-old question of who makes a better hot dog, New York or Chicago?

My boyfriend Ryan and I have a little on going debate about which hot dog is the best.  A New York Nathan’s Famous Frank or the Chicago Style hot dog?  By me being a savvy New Yorker, quite naturally I said the New York Nathan’s, but he is a boisterous young man from the “Windy City” so he says the Chicago Dog.  So, we decided to settle the score by comparing and contrasting what makes each of our beloved regional delectation the best.

A Quest For Chicken & Waffles In Charlotte

Apr 12, 2012
Chicken and waffles from Roscoe's.

 Roscoe's is well-known for chicken and waffles, but it wasn't the first.Edit | Remove

Taking-Out Waste From Restaurant Leftovers

Apr 10, 2012
Flickr/gabrielsaldana

Update: Remember when Leftover Love was just an idea?  Well Charlotte White’s plan to reduce the use of Styrofoam containers has caught on in Plaza-Midwood.  Beginning on Earth Day, (Sunday, April 22) Kickstand Burgers-n-Bar, Loco Lime, and Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar will give you 5% off your bill if you bring your own container for leftovers.  It’s not surprising to see this take shape in one of Charlotte’s more environmentally-conscious neighborhoods, so maybe this is the beginning of something bigger.

The Passover Table

Apr 5, 2012
Flickr/aprillynn77

There’s an old joke about Jewish holidays, and what they signify. It goes like this: “They tried to kill us; they couldn’t; let’s eat.”

This is an admittedly simplistic statement, but it fittingly describes Passover, the solemn yet joyous holiday that takes place each spring.

Marsh Madness

Mar 29, 2012
Flickr/poppet with a camera.

The world of food has never been more competitive. Top chefs, iron chefs and cake bosses are stepping up to challenges on chopping blocks all around the U.S. and abroad.

And if you’ve been asking yourself, “When will we have a competition for the most amazing and exotic marshmallow?” we have your answer. It’s happening right now and it’s called MARSH Madness.

Weighing Healthy Choices In The School Lunch Line

Mar 27, 2012
Erin Sutton

Cindy Ayers takes great pride in her kitchen. She keeps everything clean and well organized. She has to – she feeds hundreds of Elementary school kids every day. Ayers is the Cafeteria Manager at Highland Creek Elementary and oversees the preparation and serving of about 800 meals daily, including breakfast and after school snacks. But the real haul comes at lunchtime when 600-700 kids buy a school made lunch (out of 1200 enrolled). We visited the cafeteria on an ordinary Tuesday to see how it all goes down.

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