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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.

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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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Salamis to Stock: Five Ways to Eat Local

Slice and serve Sun-Raised Foods Lamb Salami for your next Charcuterie Board One of the things I love about these Eat Local Drink Local features is

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The Asheville What I Eight: Where To Stay & What To Do

Charlotte NC based Food and Travel writer and blogger, Heidi Billotto takes you on a tour of many of her favorite places to stay, things to do and places to eat when next you travel to Asheville, NC.

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Watermelon: The Last Sweet Slice of Summer

Late August.  Before its all over, lets enjoy one last sweet slice of summer: Local Watermelon.  This time of year I am reminded of a

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Staycation South Carolina: Slippin across State Line

One of the things I love about living in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the city’s centralized location. Close to the mountains and not far from

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Eat Local, Drink Local: Springtime Edition Recap with Recipes & Video

Time for another edition of Heidi Billotto’s Drink Local, Eat Local series, this time featuring two delicious was to drink local, two savory ways to eat local and two eat local options to soothe our collective sweet tooth.

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How to Eat and Drink Local This Summer

With so many made in North Carolina products to enjoy, summer is a wonderful time to Eat and Drink Local. This week I share with

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Grilling NC Beef – Meet your Local Ranchers & Watch a Recipe Video, Too!

In the mood to start Grilling NC Beef? You can get started at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market on Saturday, watch this video later on

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Meat Me At The Farmers’ Market: Eat Local North Carolina Beef

It’s Time to Eat Local North Carolina Beef And just like, that the weather turned the corner and we go from ice cold frosty mornings

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April 2018 Restaurant Roundup Update: Springtime Hidden Gems with Video and all New Photos

Heidi Billotto is back with her April 2018 Restaurant Roundup Update! A list of six terrific hidden gems that should be on your restaurant radar now with Charlotte Today Video and all New Photos in the post. #TellThemHeidiSentYou

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April 2018 Restaurant Roundup: Springtime Hidden Gems

Before we take a look at all that is new in the Queen City, Heidi Billotto thought it would be fun to visit some hidden gems, restaurants you may not know about, but should be on your radar…

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Eat Local, Drink Local: Springtime Edition

Time for another edition of Heidi Billotto’s Drink Local, Eat Local series, this time featuring two delicious was to drink local, two savory ways to eat local and two eat local options to soothe our collective sweet tooth.

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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Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week Winter 2018

Hi! Heidi Billotto here. If you subscribe to my blog at HeidiBillottoFood.com, then you’ve already seen what I”ll  call “Phase One” of this post. I

Restaurant Round Up: 2018 Brunching Resolutions

There is lots to remember about 2017. For the North Carolina hospitality industry one of the most important events to occur this year was the

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Eat & Drink Local: Cooking & Cocktailing with NC Elderberries

There is no question that elderberries are a good-for-you food.  These tiny berries are packed with minerals like iron and potassium; vitamins A, B and

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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

Cheers! It’s time to Drink Local!

Lots of ways to Drink Local in the Carolinas. Of course, the wine industry is huge here and the focus on craft beers is without

Easy to Eat Local: Six Stories of Local Products & Recipes, too!

It’s Easy to Eat Local… I simply love shopping at local farmers’ markets every week, so that I can incorporate  much local product, produce and

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

On Your Charlotte Restaurant Radar: 5 Asian Restaurants you must not miss!

After all the holiday trimmings, visions of sugarplums, Hanukkah candles and potato latkes have come and gone this holiday season, lets take a break and

Easy to Eat Local: Open a Package, Jar, Bottle or Box

If you follow me on social media, this blog or have watched me cooking on television or have come to any of my cooking classes,

October 2016 Restaurant RoundUp: 6 Restaurants That Should Be on Your Radar

Updated Blog post to go along with my October Restaurant Round Up segment on WCNC’s Charlotte Today which originally aired Wed., Oct 19, 2016. A

Seasonally Speaking: It’s Time for Local Organic Baby Ginger

To every time (and to every fruit, flower, herb and vegetable) there is a season. Back in 2011, it was my pleasure to join a

Get Your Panther Game Day Eats On

Football season 2016 is kicking off and Carolina Panther’s fans of all ages are feeling the roar!  Time to suit up for the season, and

Tomato Time Recipes You Will Love

It’s summer and that means, it’s Tomato Time! For years – honestly,  more summer seasons than I would like to admit –  I have  tried

A Taste of Spring: Asparagus

Spring is my favorite season. In my hometown of Charlotte, NC it starts with the first crocus, then the cherry trees add a pop of color and after a long winter’s break, the beautiful Bradford Pear trees which line many a street in town, burst forth with blossoms. For about a week, the city is awash in white blossoms and that’s when you know it – you’re on the cusp of asparagus season.

Super Foods and Farmers’ Markets are the Recipe for a Healthy, Happy New Year

Nothing sacred about the beginning of the new year, the beginning of a new month or a new week – you can start eating healthier

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