2021 NCRLA Chef Showdown

Six years ago I was approached by the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, otherwise known as the NCRLA, to organize a fun, one evening

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The Food & drink You Crave, CLT

What is it that you Crave, Clt? As restaurants reopen in the Queen City, we are all asking the same question. Where can we go

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Hearts, Chocolate & Flowers

Quicker than Cupid’s arrow, Heidi Billotto here, with a rundown of several creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s 2020 with a variety of local hearts, chocolate

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NC Chef Showdown Winners Take to the Airwaves

I am still reeling from all the fun this week as the 2019 NCRLA Chef Showdown celebrated its grande finale on Monday Sept 30, 2019

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NCRLA Culinary Competition Continues

Time for an update on the North Carolina Culinary Competition of the year – the 2019 NCRLA Chef Showdown! This month marks the next phase

Tea with Seagrove Potters

Plan a day trip or maybe an overnight adventure, for the annual “Tea with Seagrove Potters” August 10, 2019 from 10am-5pm. Summer seems like the

2019 NCRLA Chef Showdown

Time for the fourth annual NCRLA Chef Showdown. Call your food-centric friends, mark your calendars and save the date.  Stay tuned for updates as the

More Charlotte Restaurant Week: Queen’s Feast Summer 2019

This time last week I was working on my first Charlotte Restaurant Week post for the Summer of 2019. Now, as I write on Thursday

Queens Feast Summer 2019

Its time to raise your glass and say Cheers to Queens Feast. Make plans now to celebrate summer at Charlotte’s largest dinner party. It all

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April Nibbles and Sips: Things to do this week in (and around) Charlotte

Springtime in Charlotte means there are so many great things to do that it could make your head spin. But, have no fear, I’m here to help narrow it down with a few suggestions all part of this Springtime edition of Nibbles & Sips at HeidiBillottoFood.com

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Choco-o-holics Unite, It’s Time for your Sweet Escapes

Get set Charlotte, its time to plan for an evening of Sweet Escapes! Let Food writer, Heidi Billotto take you through the menu of the chocolate-ty goodness offered at the annual Sweet Escapes fundraiser, scheduled for this Saturday evening April 13 at 7 pm.

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Meatball Mania at Heidi’s On the Farm Cooking Classes

Everyone loves a meatball. Could be all beef, could be vegetarian, could be chicken or turkey. No matter the core ingredients, the mention of a meatball is always a crowd pleaser. Read more to see how meatball mania is a part of Heidi Billotto’s On the Farm classes this spring season!

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Charlotte Restaurant Week Update: Heidi’s Winter 2019 Eat Here Now

With 137 different participating restaurants in Queen’s Feast 2019, there are lots of choices to be made. Read as Food and Restaurant writer, Heidi Billotto shares a few of her favorites with photos, menu suggestions and a video, too!

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Heidi’s Eat Here Now: Charlotte’s Winter Restaurant Week

And just like that we find ourselves in the middle of January 2019. Let Charlotte food writer, Heidi Billotto guide you as you hone your dining out plans for Charlotte Restaurant Week, Winter Queen’s Feast 2019.

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Holiday Bake Sale features Charlotte Pastry Chefs

And just like that, your holiday baking got even easier! Save the date for an All-Star Bake Sale featuring 20 of Charlotte’s  best bakers and

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October 2018 Nibbles & Sips

Eat Local, Drink Local This October If you haven’t already given it a read, check out my October Eat Local, Drink Local blog post, “Salamis to Stock:Five

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TerraVita Food & Drink Festival: Its a Must-Do this Fall

Mark your Calendars… it’s all happening October 17-20 in Chapel Hill, NC! TerraVita, a celebration of sustainable Food & Drink , now in its ninth year, is one of North Carolina’s most extraordinary food festivals. Let Heidi Billotto tell you what its all about and why you need to be there!

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Cooking Classes with Heidi Billotto: Sept-Nov 2018

Let’s plan to have some fun and get cooking. We are excited to share this list of all new Cooking Classes for September, October and

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NCRLA Chef Showdown 2018: 21 NC Chefs to Compete in August

Mark your calendars and save the date of August 27, 2018.  At 5:30 that evening a remarkable annual culinary event, the third annual NCRLA Chef

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The What I Eight: June 24, 2018

As a food writer and blogger, I eat and drink a lot – research, don’t you know. On my food-centric travels there are always stops

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June Nibbles & Sips: Cooking Classes, Farm Benefit Dinners, Food, Mood & More

Tell Them Heidi Sent You!  This  June edition of Nibbles & Sips offers lots of ways to eat and drink local this month in the

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The Sugar on your Saturday: Sweet Escapes

Springtime in Charlotte never leaves a void for things to do and this weekend is no exception, with lots of food and drink-centric events happening

Nibbles & Sips: March 2018 Edition & a healthy Springtime Giveaway!

The early Springtime events calendar for Charlotte, North Carolina is alway packed full and this year is no exception.  Despite the unusual dip in the

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November/ December 2017 Cooking Classes: At Home with Heidi

Anyone can cook, let Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto show you how to make it fun!! Each of my cooking classes  classes include  the preparation

Fresh from the Farmers’ Market: Pork Chops and Sweet Tater Tots

I love shopping at farmers’ markets and eating local. For those of you who have read the stories I share on these digital pages, or

In Honor of Julia – My Julia Child Story

This Tuesday August 15 2017  would have been Julia Child’s 105th birthday. I invite you to join me in celebration at my annual In Honor

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Home Grown Tomatoes

Plant ’em in the spring eat ’em in the summer, All winter without ’em’s a culinary bummer…                  

Biscuits and the Big Deal about Baking with Buttermilk

I come to you today on the heels of three days in Knoxville, Tennessee. First at the Southern Food Writing Conference and then at the

Three Cheers – Cheerwine Celebrates 100 Years!

Three Cheers my friends! A early May trip to the Rowan County Museum in Salisbury provided my inspiration for this post written in celebration of

I Heart You! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Its a little heart-shaped kiss of everyone’s favorite seasonal sweet… and its on my  list of “Things That Make You Go Mmmmmm…“ Whether you are

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