The Jacksonville NC International Food Trail

Back in June of 2022, I “did a thing.” If you follow me on social media or the pages of this blog, then you know

Sweet Potato Recipes at the NC State Fair

On the second day of the NC State Fair ( October 14, 2022) the focus on the GotToBeNC cooking stage was on NC Sweet Potato

On the GotToBeNC Cooking Stage at the NC State Fair

It’s time for the annual NC State Fair. Consider this your invitation to join in all the fun as I join my good friend Got

Piedmont Culinary Guild Picnic In the Garden Not To Be Missed

Starting this event-based post with a big ole recommendation of #TellThemHeidiSentYou and get your tickets now! If you are planning to be in or near

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Cookies and Pies: Recipes from the NC Mountain State Fair

If you’ve been to see me at the GotToBeNC Cooking Stage at the 2022 NC Mountain State Fair at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher,

You’re Invited to NCRLA Chef Showdown Grand Finale Aug 8, 2022

File this one under “Love What I Do.” As many of you know, in 2015, I first contracted with the NCRLA (North Carolina Restaurant &

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The Food & Fun You Crave, CLT

Crave CLT is a week-long fun festival of food-centric events that kick off the first week of May 2022. I love that so many in

Learning about the African Roots of Southern Cuisine

I love writing about chefs and all they bring to the table. My job becomes even easier when there is a great story to share.

Cheers Catherine Rabb

Catherine Rabb was a chef with a passion for making no fuss food that tasted good; a teacher who made learning fun, easy and interesting;

How’s Your Sandwich Savvy?

In anticipation of National Sandwich Day on Wednesday Nov. 3, I’ve been asked to share a few of my favorite things between two slices of

Sweet Treats: Baking Cookies & Handpies

Before we start baking cookies today, Allow me to share a bit of the backstory. On one of my food-centric trips to Greenwood, SC, last

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Mothers Day brunching in Charlotte

With so many Charlotte area chefs and restaurants offering Mothers’ Day Brunching options, I thought I’d get you started with a short list of hidden

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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Eating out, Dining In and To-go From Uptown Charlotte Restaurants

Time for another round of the Take Away on To-Go dining options. This time with a focus on Uptown Charlotte restaurants. Not only that, but

The Take-Away on Take Out Dining In Charlotte

Time for Take Out. Right now, its the very best way to support our local restaurant community. While restaurants are open for business and many

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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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Take A Day Away, Destination: Greenwood, SC

Destination Greenwood, SC. If sheltering in place and staying at home has you a little stir crazy these days – maybe you just need to

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As Charlotte restaurants reopen, Here’s What you need to know…

June 25 Update – Remember the three W’s – wash your hands, watch your distance and WEAR A MASK – when you go out in

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Here is How You Can Help

Many of you have written me to ask how you can help our local farmers, chefs and restaurants. The COVID 19 crisis has been hard

25 Plus Places to Shop Local – March 2020

No better place to shop for local produce, proteins and product than from local farmers markets, farm stores and locally run businesses. In late March,

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Charlotte restaurants Offer Take Out and Delivery: Update March 2020

Usually my posts about Charlotte restaurants include a round up of six new places I think you should try. But these are not usual times.

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Charlotte RESTAURANTS And Farmers market Updates

The world seems topsy turvy right now. In the wake of the COVID-19 corona virus, Charlotte restaurants, chefs and farmers are flexing creative muscles, so

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Charlotte Chefs and Restaurants lend a helping hand

I have always said that very wonderful things happen when and where Charlotte chefs gather. And, it is incredible how very short of a time

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YoCo Taste Trail 2020

Its time for another culinary adventure. This one takes us to South Carolina’s York County, to follow the 2020 YoCo Taste Trail. Thanks to the

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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

Eating Out for Charlotte Restaurant Week Winter 2020

Where are you eating out for Charlotte Restaurant Week? It is Jan 22, we are 5 days into the 10-day stretch that is Queen’s Feast

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Queen’s Feast 2020 Winter Edition

It’s Baaacck. The 10 day stretch of dining delirium known as Queen’s Feast or Charlotte Restaurant Week. 2020’s Winter Edition of this biannual “Royal Repast”

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Charlotte Restaurants Near Me

How many times have you been on the search for a great place to go to eat and googled , “Charlotte Restaurants Near Me” ?

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Charlotte Restaurants on the Radar

As we start this year, I, like you, find myself with many new Charlotte restaurants to try, that’s for sure. Add all the new places

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December Restaurants: A RoundUp of Holiday Cheer

If you are talking restaurants, 2019 has been a busy year for Charlotte. Almost every day in November a new dining establishment opened its doors

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