Summer Seafood

Nothing says, “Here’s to Eating Local”, better than Summer Seafood on the grill! But, where to shop for seafood? I am glad you asked…. Take

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Eat Your Summer Veggies

Tiz the season for a bounty of Summer veggies and a wonderful time to shop, cook and eat local. A couple of weeks ago, I

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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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How To Cook with Fennel

How are you eating local? This time a year, for me, a weekend Farmers’ Market trip almost always includes the purchase of several bulbs of

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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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How to Make Seafood Pot Pie

Looking to find great seafood choices while you are still sheltering in place; and even after restrictions start to relax a bit? My friends at

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Learn How To Cook with Heidi Billotto

Want to learn how to cook? Although I hate that we can’t be gathered together in the kitchen, on the farm or around the table;

Home Delivery: The New Way to Shop Local

Home delivery. The convenient new way to shop local and support local businesses. With farmers markets open on the weekends; and farm stores open during

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Cooking Classes Online Spring 2020

Post Update: Check out the list of all the new 2020 Spring and Summer cooking classes here… Honestly, this is not how I pictured my

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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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Eat Local And Plant-Based when you Cook with Hempeh

If you love to eat local and are in search of vegan or vegetarian proteins, allow me to teach you how to cook with Hempeh.

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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

How To Eat in Season

How to eat in season? It’s easier than you think. Happy to share six sensational ways to eat and drink locally and in season –

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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

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Made In The Carolinas for you to Eat and Drink Local

So many ways to eat and drink locally, all of them this week produced, packaged and made in the Carolinas. With one bonus find, not

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Have a Foodie Field Day this Superbowl Weekend

Wouldn’t be a Superbowl post if I didn’t kick things off by sharing one of my favorite photos! So before we huddle up with all

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Cooking with Local Condiments

Cooking with condiments shortcuts meal prep and makes it all easy. Ready for a great recipe? I love sharing all of the delicious ways you

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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More Ways to Eat and Drink Local

As this first week of December almost comes to a close, I’d like to offer another round of wonderful ways for you to eat and

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Six Sensational Ways to Drink Local

It has become a holiday tradition. My December post with a half dozen or so ways to drink local this holiday season and on into

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Holiday Helpers Edition of Eating Local

When it comes to eating local, you know I am always on the search for new and interesting products, produce and proteins to share. In

Nuts About Pecans

Is it Pi-kon or Pee-can? No matter how you say it, pecans are the local nut of the season. Today’s post is driven by my

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Thanksgiving On the Table

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, you may be feeling a bit down to the wire. Don’t panic. Panicking never helps anything.  Take a

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Eye On The Pie

No doubt your holiday menu this season will involve a pie or two. While there are lots of great places in town to order for

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Asheville NC : Falling into the Season

Time for all that leaf peeping don’t you know. The best place to take it all in and enjoy the fresh air and cooler preseason

Eat Local Drink Local

I love what I do! This morning, I am excited to be sharing six sensational ways to eat and drink local on The Charlotte Today Show

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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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North Carolina Roadtrip: Travel to the Triangle

Time for a recap and all the details on planning your next North Carolina Roadtrip with stops in Burlington, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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North Carolina Travel: Triangle Tease

Should you find yourself in need of a respite or just feel like it may be time to get the heck out of Dodge for

Seven Ways to Eat and Drink Local

Eat and Drink Local. Over the years it’s become my mantra. With so many locally grown, raised, caught and made products across the Carolinas, its

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The Sandwich. A Great Way to Eat Local.

Invented in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of  Sandwich, today I find this “best thing since sliced bread” a wonderful way to showcase

What’s Up in Spartanburg SC ?

At just under an hour and 30 minutes away from Charlotte NC, leave this morning and your Spartanburg SC getaway could start today, or any

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South Carolina Restaurants Update with Video and more

Wow! Just Wow! I am delighted at the response from my post on South Carolina Restaurants last week. The original article featuring a half dozen

August Restaurant Roundup: SC Hidden Gems

This week, I’m swinging down to South Carolina for my August Restaurant Roundup, to share what’s cooking across state lines. I’ve spent a lot of

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Happy Birthday, Julia Child

Today, August 15, 2019  Julia Child would have been 107 years old. Child, who passed away in August of 2004 was our nation’s grande dame of

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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

Summer Says, Ice Cream

Nothing beats a cone or a bowl of ice cream, anytime of the year, But in the heat of the summer it a go-to for

South Carolina Roadtrip: BBQ and Music, too!

What do you get when you gather over 100 different BBQ teams with 20 blues musicians, arts exhibits & a ton of family fun? Sounds like a fabulous summer festival and the perfect excuse for a roadtrip to Greenwood, SC! #TellThemHeidiSentYou

Everything’s Peach -y

In a sister post to a duo of peachy recipes she shared last week, this week Heidi Billotto continues to eat local and drink local with a how to video and even more recipes featuring South Carolina peaches and peach products from Titan Farms. #TellThemHeidiSentYou

Cooking with South Carolina Peaches

I’m kicking things off this morning with a couple of tasty recipes you will love. Both feature South Carolina peaches from Titan Farms in Ridge

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The Karma of Local Cucumbers

Its time to celebrate the season with all that is local and right now for Charlotte Culinary Expert Heidi Billotto, that means celebrating the karma of local cucumbers.

3 Day Weekend in Greenwood, SC

Join food and travel writer Heidi Billotto as she takes you on a tour of Greenwood SC. There are a host of “unexpected wonders” for you to discover and enjoy!

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Make Mine Local

Eat and Drink Local with food writer Heidi Billotto. In this post she shares six delicious local North and South Carolina products. But that’s not all. When you eat local you help support local economies and support local communities, too.

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Where and What to Eat

Food writer Heidi Billotto has had a busy couple of weeks. Follow her culinary adventures and food-centric travel as she share her “What I Eight” list of don’t miss local eats from NC Cheeses to SC Onion Rings. #TellThemHeidiSentYou

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Fried Green Tomatoes

I don’t know who decided to fry the first green tomatoes, but I am sure glad they did! Credited with strictly Southern roots, a quick

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Eggs. The Sequel.

Heidi Billotto shares more on cooking with eggs, plus this post includes a fun video and a delicious recipe for Heidi’s Spinach Souffle!

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The Egg. All You Need to Know

Nothing like fresh local eggs. The taste is divine so use them for every meal! Heidi Billotto shares all you need to know about cooking with local eggs.

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A Time for Local Strawberries

Here is a wonderful way to eat local this late spring early summer season! Local strawberries across the Carolina’s are in their prime. So dig in and enjoy! Heidi Billotto shares two great strawberry recipes in this post – one sweet, the other savory.

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Road Trip: Asheboro, NC

Time for a road trip to the Heart of North Carolina. Let Heidi Billotto take you on a tour of all there is to see and do ( and eat and drink) in and around Asheboro NC. #TellThemHeidiSentYou

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Cocktails with a View

A round of cocktails in Charlotte’s Spring and Summer seasons beg for the invitation to be enjoyed al fresco. Join Charlotte Culinary Expert Heidi Billotto as she sips her way through a list of her favorite spots to enjoy a cocktail with a view.

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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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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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Eat Local Cheese Update

Food Writer, Heidi Billotto says. “Smile and Say Cheese, Please” as she shares six local North Carolina dairies and creameries that should be on your eat local list.

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Smile and Say NC Cheese, Please

Join Heidi Billotto as she visits NC dairy farms, enjoying a variety of local artisan and farmstead cheese. Time to Smile and say NC Cheese, please!

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Cooking With Yogurt

The Mediterranean Diet was ranked the 2019 Best Diet Overall by the US News and World Report. Eating yogurt as is, or using it in recipes, is a great way to bring the Mediterranean Diet to your table. Charlotte Food writer, shares several great ways to keep things healthy and cook with yogurt. #UndeniablyDairy

Charlotte Restaurant Week

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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Updated: On Your Restaurant Radar January Hidden Gems

Time to tune in and turn on your restaurant radar. How many times to you find yourself in search of something new? While there is always time to enjoy the “same old – same old”, its also fun to venture out of the box and try on a new and flavorful find. Take it from food writer Heidi Billotto, you are going to love these six special hidden gems.

Restaurant Round-Up: January Hidden Gems

How many times to you find yourself looking for a new restaurant? When you travel and want to stop for a non fast food bite,

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It Starts with Sweet Potatoes

Looking for some fun last minute appetizers that can take you into the new year? Food writer Heidi Billotto has the answer and it all starts with NC Sweet Potatoes!

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Durham Distillery: Drinking Local with Gin, Vodka and Damn Fine Liqueurs

In this series of local craft cocktail recipe posts, from Food Writer, Heidi Billotto, you’ll find recipes using local spirits and beverages. Featured in our glasses in this Drink Local post: the delicious family of spirits from Durham Distillery from Durham, North Carolina!

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Plate Presentation 101: Tips, Recipes and a Video

Even if you are not an industry pro, you can still score when it comes to the art of plate presentation. Use this post from Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto, as a guide for a few quick Holiday How-To’s that will take you through the season and keep your plating game strong throughout the year.

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Drink Local: Holiday Cocktails

Its always time to Drink Local and this holiday season there are many local options with which to craft your holiday cocktails and mocktails. In this post Heidi Billotto shares six delicious options and will surprise you with a sweet treat at the end!

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November and December Cooking Classes and Recipes

Love to cook with local products, produce and proteins? Heidi Billotto has lots of wonderful cooking classes coming up in November on through the holidays. Make plans now to join in the fun or plan a private cooking class all your own!

Heidi Billotto’s Easy 30 Minute Paella “As Seen On TV”

I love sharing new recipes in these posts, in my cooking classes and on the televised cooking segments  I am asked to do from month

NC Sweet Potato Toasties: The Whole Story with Recipe, Video & More

How Do You Like Your Sweet Potatoes? Many of you may only think about this locally grown vegetable around Thanksgiving when you will use it

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Cheers! Raise a Glass, its Time to Drink Local!

  Cheers to North Carolina’s Thriving Community of Distillers and Legal Moonshine  Raise your glasses and say, “Cheers!” Some 84 years ago today Prohibition in

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