Meet Heidi Billotto – Let me tell you a little bit about myself before our trip begins!
Love eating local? Read the recipes Heidi writes weekly for Charlotte’s Uptown Farmers Market, here
October 2021 Posts:
It’s October and that means it’s time for the NC State Fair. Heidi will be hosting the cooking stage at the GotToBeNC Pavilion, here is the scoop on all you can expect to find.
September 2021 Posts:
Thursday, Sept 23 – NC Specialty Foods Association Award Winners – Everything you need to know to enjoy these 18 wonderful GotToBeNC products.
Sept 17: Learn how to make your next meal, Dairy Delicious! Three dairy full recipes and some bonus tips and tricks as well. Plus lots of where to shop local info you will love.
Sept 10: Fabulous Flatbreads for Fall, Ya’ll and two video recipes as well!
Sept 2 – Everything you ever wanted to know about Boiled Peanuts, the favorite Snack food of South Carolina!
August 2021 Posts:
Aug 29 – Tis the season for local figs. Time to get figgy with it!
Aug 24 – Happy National Waffle Day – Ready to plan some Food-centric travel – Jacksonville NC has everything you crave. Make your home base for your visit the Hampton Inn & Suites in Jacksonville and start everyday with a made-to-order waffle. Get all the Tasty Travel Tips and Meet The Waffle Lady here.
Aug 15 – Happy Birthday Julia Child! Here’s My Julia Child story and a great recipe for roast chicken.
Aug 16 – Tell Them Heidi Billotto Sent You. Plan now to spend the weekend of Aug 21, 2021 sipping and shopping your way through the annual Summertime Tea with Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC.
Aug 4 – Plan A safe travels adventure to Beaufort, NC and enjoy the beautiful Beaufort Hotel as your home base.
July 2021 Posts:
Tomato Time… after you’ve had as many caprese salads and tomato sandwiches as you can eat ( is there really such a thing as too many?) Try any one of these delicious ways to cook with local tomatoes
Revisit this fun post on cooking with local eggs. Included is my go-to recipe for souffles and now this great little tip – if you don’t want to cook inside this summer, you can bake your souffles on the grill as seen in my July 7 post on my @HeidiBillotto instagram feed!
June 2021 Posts:
Where to eat in Jacksonville NC -Heidi has the delicious scoop on several hidden gems. As seen on WRAL TV
Summer Travel Post – June is one of my favoerite times of year in Greenwood SC because , June is the month that sets the stage for the annual Festival of Flowers. Book a stay at the Inn on the Square, strolly up and down Main street to see the larger than life Topiaries and be sure to stop for donuts, pound cake to bring home; and while you are in town don’t miss the onion rings at Kickers! Get all the details here and here.
Love working with the NCRLA to help organize and orchestrate the annual NCRLA Chef Showdown. Check out this great press from WFMY in Greensboro on the Preliminary round recently held in Winston–Salem, NC, Thanks to reporter Lauren Coleman!! Here is the link to the video
Summer Travel Post – Ready to plan some Food-centric travel – Jacksonville NC has everything you crave. Make your home base for your visit the Hampton Inn & Suites in Jacksonville and start everyday with a made-to-order waffle. Get all the Tasty Travel Tips and Meet The Waffle Lady here.
Five fabulous ways to eat local this summer as seen June 1 on Charlotte Today
May 2021 Posts:
From Your Kitchen Herb Garden: Lets cook with fresh herbs and make Pesto!!
April 2021 Posts:
Charlotte Restaurant Mothers’ Day Brunching Hidden Gems and More. Plus a recipe for blooming cinnamon rolls kids and Dad can bake for Mom!
Update: Recipes for the Cooking with Hempeh TV segment as seen on Charlotte Cooks, the locally broadcast PBS show filmed from the kitchens at Central Piedmont Community College and WTVI with chef Pamela Roberts.
April 8, 2021 – Upping your pimento cheese game for the Masters? Check out this piece I wrote for The Dairy Alliance blog this week.
April 6, 2021 – NC Chefs selected to compete in the preliminary rounds of the 2021 NCRLA Chef Showdown. Want to be a sponsor of this statewide event? Heidi Billotto can help with that – email her directly at HeidiBillotto@gmail.com
March 2021 Posts:
March 19 – Just Updated for Spring and as seen on WRAL’s 9 am hour with co-host Ken Smith: Lets take a fabulous 2-3 day safe travels getaway to Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and all the places in between. All of the details are here.
March 15 – if you caught the Eat Local/Drink Local facebook memory video on my Heidi Billotto Facebook page , here is the post with all the delicious details.
- Recipe Alert – Because March 14 is Pi day – here’s a quick look back at a holiday pie post with recipes for the best pastry pie crust and several pie fillings you are going to love.
Recipe Alert – Check out this great weekend brunch recipe – Tidewater Grain Co Cheesy Rice Grits and Phillips Brothers Country Ham From-Scratch biscuits . Both the Tidewater Carolina Gold Rice Middlins and the Country Ham are available to order online. Links in the post!
Heidi Billotto shares how to Keep it Local
March 12 – Heidi’s March Line up of five fabulous local products you simply must try, As seen on Charlotte Today, March 12, 2021.
March 11 – Make plans to take a one day road trip for the Springtime celebration of Tea with Seagrove Potters March 13, 2021. Details and recipes for how to brew a proper cup of tea and make spectaular iced tea are here in the post.
Read more about Clemson’s Best ice Cream in this sweet and tasty post about homemade ice cream. Recipes for ice cream desserts and cooking with ice cream in the post!
All the delicious details on take out from a great group of Uptown Charlotte Restaurants as seen on Charlotte Today, Friday March 5, 2021.
February 2021 Posts:
Superbowl Snacking continues with Heidi’s recipes for Homemade Onion Rings, Butter Poached Root Veggies and a dynamic duo of Lusty Monk Mustard Sauces.
Kick up your Superbowl Party Game – Heidi Billotto ‘s Surprise Sandwich Recipe as seen on Charlotte Today Feb 5, 2021.
January 2021 Posts:
The Take Away on Take Out at Charlotte Restaurants – the first in a series with video from Charlotte Today
Eating and Drinking Locally – As seen on WCNC’s Charlotte Today on Jan 19, 2021 here is just a taste of six sensational local NC products.
We’re still cooking with Tidewater Grain Co.’s Carolina Gold Rice and lots of other local NC ingredients. This time Chef Chad Blackwelder of the NC Department of Agriculture joins Heidi in the kitchen to make rice cakes with a savory Mushroom Ragout! Find the printed recipe, video recipe and suggested NC wine pairing here.
In this first post for January, we are Upping Our Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Game with a great recipe for Cheese-Stuffed Rice Cakes and a side of local tomato soup. The post includes printed and video recipes and of course, features lots of local NC ingredients.
December 2020 Posts:
How to Make Phillips Brothers Country Ham Biscuits and Tidewater Grain Company Cheesy Carolina Gold Rice Grits – Recipes and Video Recipes included in this post.
Happy Hanukkah! – Time to make potato latkes with a recipe and easy to follow video recipe you are going to love!
All about shopping local at the Uptown Farmers Market. Plus a wonderful holiday recipe for Peking Duck, mandarin pancakes and all!
November 2020 Posts
8 Great Ways to Keep it Local as you Shop online on Cyber Monday and on into the holiday season.
Here is where you can order Tidewater Grain Company Carolina Gold Rice, white rice, brown rice and middlins or rice grits. #TellThemHeidiSentYou
Glad to have penned this article about my go-to mushroom guy Hiram Ramirez at Urban Gourmet Mushroom farms for the Piedmont Culinary Guild in Charlotte, NC.
Here’s how to do it all…Thanksgiving Recipes, tips and tricks from Turkey to Pie
Plan a 2 or 3 day getaway to Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen and all the places in between. Keep safe and socially distanced and dive into all there is to see and do and eat and drink. You’re going to love it even if you don’t play golf! #TellThemHeidiSentYou
October 2020 posts
From the Pumpkin Patch – Here’s the how to on cooking with local pumpkins and winter squash
Five Fabulous Things to do for October 2020 ( and one of them is a pair of cocktail recipes!)
September 2020 posts
Tis the season for cooking with local apples – find the “Apple of your Pie” right here.
Need a quick and easy dinner? You’ll love this Cooking with Local Eggplant post and my recipe for Grilled Eggplant Parmesan.
August 2020 posts
Cooking with Local Pears from Hot Pepper Herb Farm at the Matthews Community Farmers Market.
One Day Getaway from Raleigh to the Heart of North Carolina as seen on WRAL-TV with anchor Ken Smith. Post includes the video and all the delicious details.
Not a blog post, but delighted to share this freelance piece
Thrilled to have this article in both the print and online versions of AAA Carolinas, Go Magazine Food Issue Sept/Oct 2020! Treat Yourself to some of the best bakeries across the Carolinas here. That’s my friend Master baker Lionel Vatinet from La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC on the cover!!
Find more great reads on these digital pages…
More on Asheboro NC with an post of recipes inspired by my latest visit to the Heart of North Carolina.
How to cook with Local Figs. The season is short but delicious. These recipes will help you to preserve all the sweet flavors of local figs.
It’s time for the annual Tea with Seagrove Potters -a great excuse for a fabulous one day getaway to Asheboro and Seagrove NC both in the Heart of North Carolina! Here is everything you need to know! #TellThemHeidiSentYou
Everything you need to know about cooking with one of this summer’s favorites – Local tomatoes. That’s right, it’s Tomato Time!!! Includes tips, recipes and a video recipe, too.
On a recent trip to the Greenwood County Farmers’ Market in Greenwood, SC, Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto was inspired by the taste of SC’s Official Snack Food: Boiled Peanuts. In this post she shares a trio of recipes you’ll certainly want to try too! As seen on Charlotte Today, the boiled peanut pie recipe here is just one of three delicious way to eat local!
July 2020 posts
July 15, 2020 – Crave CLT, a new summer festival of food, wine and mixology, taking place in the Queen City the week of July 21-26, 2020. Everything you need is here to make your reservations for a series of delicious events including dinners, wine and beer tastings, brunches and BBQs. #TellThemHeidiSentYou
July 2, 2020 – How to Cook Summer Seafood on and off the grill. Heidi’s Favorite recipes for crabcakes, whole grilled fish, grilled fish fillets and steaks and an easy recipe for homemade seafood broth.
June 2020 posts
How about a one day getaway – I suggest you go to visit Greenwood, SC for a fun walking tour of gorgeous topiaries and some fun sweet treats! #TellThemHeidiSentYou
Do you love to eat Local? Here’s the scoop on How to Cook with Local Fennel
What you need to know as Charlotte restaurants begin to reopen. As seen on a restaurant segment on Charlotte Today…
Enjoy this summertime second helping of ice cream recipes – Summer Says Ice Cream
Spring and Summer Comfort Food: Strawberries and Cream ( written for my friends at The Dairy Alliance for their late May Blog post )
Go see the Topiaries in Greenwood, SC – The city is in Bloom! Plus where to eat, where to stay and what else to do while you are there!
May 2020 Posts & Pages from Heidi Billotto
More Online Cooking Classes At Home with Heidi and On the Farm May – June 2020 If you missed a class we ran during the past three months, don’t dismay. You can still get the recipes via email and a link to the video of the class. simply order the link to the video replay for just $16 ( recipes included as well)
May 15, 2020 – Read all about what local Farmers are bringing to the table in this member profile piece I penned on Emma Hendel of Fair Share Farm written for the Piedmont Culinary Guild.
May 7, 2020 –Delivered To Your Door a fun new way to Eat Local and Drink Local and shelter in place all at the same time. Listings, photos and video from my April appearance on the Charlotte Today show.
May 6 – Did you listen to Charlotte Talks on WFAE this morning? I had a blast with host Mike Collins, cookbook author, Charlotte’s own Peter Reinhardt and NYTimes food writer and cookbook author, Melissa Clark talking about what and how all of us are cooking at home. Missed it? No worries – you can listen to the replay here.
May 5- How to Make a Seafood Pot Pie -recipe and video plus info on how and where to shop local for ingredients.
Heidi’s April 2020 Posts & Pages
April 2020 Online Cooking Classes – Let’s Learn to Cook! Time to reset, pivot & point yourself in the direction of tons of fun as Heidi Billotto presents her 2020 Spring series of At Home with Heidi & On the Farm cooking classes in an online format for you to watch & enjoy. #TellThemHeidiSentYou
April 2020 – Check out this article I wrote on How to Continue to Support Local Restaurants for AAA of the Carolinas digital magazine! Its called, “Until We Eat Again!”
To get Next Day Delivery from Inland Seafood in Charlotte, go to OrderInland.com by Noon on Sunday – Thursday for next day delivery to your door.
See what you can learn to cook from ChefList CLT, an exciting new culinary partnership between Chef Vince Giancarlo of Zeppelin, FreshList in Charlotte, Harmony Ridge Farms, Toast to the Queen City and Reel Talk Media, visit the website here.
To see ( and order) all the take and bake options from Amelie’ French Bakery in Charlotte, visit the website here. The directions for making the almond Croissants will be up here.
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.
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 HeidiBillottoFood.com 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
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
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
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!
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.
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.