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April 2020 Posts & Pages

April 2, 2020 – Your go-to listing of Charlotte Area Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stores

April 2020 – Here is how you can help Charlotte area Restaurants and those across the state. Also how to help your favorite hotels, resorts and B&B’s. And links on where to order the Ya’ll Sauce, fundraising T-Shirt

March 2020 Posts & Pages

March 27 – In this Shop Local post, Heidi shares more than 25 great Charlotte area resources so you can shop local for NC & SC product, proteins and produce. From Farmers markets and Farm Stores, & some restaurants, too. Where will you be shopping local this week?

March 25: Heidi Billotto shares updates on Charlotte Restaurants’ Take Out and Delivery options; and tells why its important to buy restaurant Gift Certificates now.

March 31 – Subscribe and stay tuned….My 10 tips for cooking with Essential Oils post will be up later today March 31, 2020. Meanwhile, start here and here.

An update on all Charlotte Restaurants are doing and offering to help us get through the crisis, keep our distance and still eat well. Also included, links to recipes and what to expect at Charlotte area Farmers markets this weekend. #TellThemHeidiSentYou

Want to Eat Local and Plant-Based? Here are three great recipes and a video as Heidi teaches you How to cook with Smiling Hara Hempeh!

Charlotte Chefs Helping Us All Eat Well in the Wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus Get all the up-to-date info here and here is the link for the Go Fund Me Campaign to help Charlotte Chefs feed local kids lunch.

Six Sensational ways to Eat and Drink in Season. In this post Heidi shares ways for everyone from adults to babies to your furry four-legged friends as well, can all eat locally and in season. Recipes and video, too!

Feb 2020 Posts & Pages

Dining on the YoCo Taste Trail, get the delicious details here

Sharing ways to Drink & Eat local on WRAL – Feb 17, 2020 – get the preview post here

Valentine Hearts, Chocolate & Flowers, read more here

Six Delicious Ways – and then some – to Eat Local. As seen on Charlotte Today! You can read the post here…

Have a Field Day, with these Superbowl Party recipes featuring lots of local product

Jan 2020 Posts & Pages

My Winter Roasted Root Vegetable Salad Recipe with cheesy hot pepper jelly croutons is featured in my Cooking with Local Condiments post here.

Hi, I’m Heidi Billotto. Follow me via these pages for all sorts of food and travel adventures. We’ll talk about chefs and restaurants. I’ll share lots of recipes and the dates for upcoming cooking classes with info on how you can attend. And, you can look forward to exploring the world of eating and drinking locally no matter where you live. Its going to be a most delicious ride and all along the way I encourage you to #TellThemHeidiSentYou

Heidi Billotto ‘s Cooking Classes and Gift Certificates

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The 2020 list of Jan, Feb and March cooking classes will go live the first week in January 2020.

There is really nothing like one of my At Home with Heidi or On The Farm cooking classes. In a 2 1/2 – 3 hour time frame we prepare four to five different courses, each centered around one theme. Each “On the Farm” class also includes a farm tour. The classes are all designed to be hands-on. But, if guests would rather just sit back, visit and watch others cook, that’s fine with me, too. My goal is to give you a fun and relaxing evening, morning or afternoon with friends. Plus, we have samples, wine pairings, printed recipes and take home gift backs for everyone in attendance.

If one of my regular cooking class dates doesn’t suit; I suggest you plan a private cooking class or team building event all your own?

Looking for the perfect gift? My cooking class gift certificates are always the right size and the right color. They come topped with tissue printed with my Pink and White signature Heidi Billotto Food logo, ready for gift giving

Road Trips with Heidi Billotto

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Why not come along for the ride. I love traveling across the Carolinas, and beyond. I’m always happy to share the details here. In hopes that you’ll plan some food-centric travel, a three day weekend or a fun staycation all your own.

Stay tuned for a new sub section under travel and road trips – coming the first week of 2020. It will be an evergreen list of lots of great places to stay while you travel. Great places like many of the member inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association in Asheville, NC. Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill in Mills River, NC near Hendersonville, NC. The Beaufort Hotel in Beaufort, NC ; the AC Hotel in Spartanburg, SC ; and the Inn on the Square in Greenwood, SC. Plus, in Durham NC: The Durham Hotel, 21c Museum Hotel and Morehead Manor B&B. And in Raleigh, the Marriott Center City and the Marriott Residence Inn Crabtree Valley, just to name a few.

Eat Local | Drink Local

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So THIS is really my jam. I love sharing lots of ways that we can all eat and drink local. The joy is that as you shop locally from farmers and producers, you also help to support the local economy. It’s a delicious win-win!


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Who doesn’t love going out to eat to see what local chefs are bringing to the table? At least once a month I write some sort of restaurant roundup. These feature a group of a half dozen wonderful restaurants that share something in common you need to know. You’ll never read a “bad” review on these pages; but I do like to give new places a chance. To that end, I’ve never tried to get the scoop on any other writer. Instead, I try to give a restaurant at least 6 weeks before I plan to write. And with that, I try to go back at least a couple of times before I offer an opinion. And, you’ll find its important to me to keep it all in a positive voice. Only places that are worth your dining out dollars posted here.


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Its all about the how-to. In these posts I share lots of recipes revolving around local product, produce and protein. I like to add in traditional technique, plus a few fun tips and tricks. Occasionally I like to toss a few kitchen and culinary hacks in the mix. You’ll love using these to surprise and amaze all of your friends

Heidi Billotto on TV

I am so fortunate to be able to make monthly appearances in Charlotte on WCNC’s Charlotte Today; and in Raleigh on WRAL’s 9 O’Clock hour news broadcast at least once or twice a month. On TV, you’ll find me doing what I do on these digital pages. I cook and share recipes; chat about local, regional and state wide culinary events; and share the details on all the places you must go to eat. As you might suspect I also do regular segments that feature local product from across the Carolinas.

Most of the time, I embed these videos in the blog posts that have all the details of whatever I shared on TV. But with the new year, look for a new section on the blog. Here I’ll have all the videos in one place. And then, with each I’ll provide a link back to the post with the recipe, the where-to-buy info or the map to everything you need to be sure to see.