Food and restaurant news and happenings, including special announcements, recall notices, and events.

Winning poster design for Indigo Moon Film Festival 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC. Indigo Moon Film Festival Poster Design Unveiled (5/7/2018) - Each year, the Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) features one design on posters, t-shirts, film guide, and other materials. For IMFF 2018, a call for design entries went out to all colleges and Universities in the [...]
Two of the many labels released with this smoked sausage product recall. Source: USDA FSIS Yet Another Recall for Potential Hard Plastic Bits in Ground Meats (5/5/2018) - Already in 2018, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food have been recalled, and wasted, for contamination by extraneous materials. For each of these recalls, customers were warned against eating the products. Whether  thrown away, [...]
A few of the ground beef labels released with the recall. Source: USDA FSIS Over 35K lbs of Ground Beef Products Recalled Due to Possible Hard Plastic Contamination (5/4/2018) - On May 2, 2018, JBS USA, Inc., a Lenoir, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 35,464 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of [...]
Wisdom For Life fishing photo. Register Now for Wisdom For Life Fishing Derby on May 26 (5/4/2018) - On Saturday, May 26, 2018, First Fruits Farm will host the annual Wisdom For Life Fishing Derby. First Fruits Farm is located at 1550 East River Road, Louisburg NC. The derby begins at 9:30am, and wraps [...]
Frame To Table 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Inc. “Frame To Table” Event A Tasty Mix of Food and Film (4/27/2018) - GroundSwell Pictures is pleased to announce the second-annual “Frame To Table” fundraiser, scheduled for May 4, 2018, starting at 7pm, in SkyView on Hay, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Frame to Table is a culinary trip around the [...]
Produce at a farmer's market. Source: Kay Whatley. Area Farmers Markets Prep for Opening Days (4/3/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Eastern North Carolina is dotted with farmer’s markets, locations where customers may purchase locally-grown product, homemade goods, and handmade crafts. It gives farmers a place to meet customers and offer the [...]
First NC Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off Announces Finalist Teams (4/2/2018) - High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will [...]
One of the two Member's Mark can sizes in Tony Downs Food Company canned chicken recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Canned Chicken Recalled for Foreign Matter Contamination (3/31/2018) - Tony Downs Food Company, Inc., a Madelia, Minnesota establishment, is recalling approximately 96,384 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and [...]
Food For Fines 2018. Source: Town of Nashville NC “Food For Fines” Week Coming to Nashville NC Library (3/23/2018) - For National Library Week, the Harold D. Cooley Library will be offering patrons a chance to pay off overdue library fines with non-perishable food. From Monday, April 9, 2018 through Saturday, April 14, 2018, the [...]
NC Beer Month is April. Source: Source: Visit North Carolina April is NC Beer Month (3/19/2018) - North Carolina Is Gaining Recognition as The “State of Southern Beer” North Carolina breweries and destinations that love beer will roll out the barrels and the red carpet in April for the sixth-annual NC Beer Month, a [...]
Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA Recall Issued for Smoked Sausage Possibly Contaminated with Hard Plastic (3/15/2018) - Johnsonville Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On March 15, 2018, Johnsonville, LLC recalled approximately 109,603 pounds of smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the [...]
Label released with recall. Source: US FDA More Pet Food Recalled for Potential Contamination (3/6/2018) - Updated on March 6, 2018, with additional, recent pet food recalls added. Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Issued March 2, 2018 Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, [...]
A tagged speckled trout. The thin yellow band extending out from its abdomen is the tag. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality Fishermen Win Big in Tagging Program Drawing (3/1/2018) - Fifteen lucky fishermen won $100 each in a recent North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program yearly drawing. Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure [...]
Chicken products label released with USDA FSIS Recall. Chicken Products Shipped to Schools, Institutions, Recalled for Rubber Contamination (2/17/2018) - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On February 16, 2018, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that [...]
Photo of raw turkey product packaging released with US FDA recall. Pet Foods Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination (2/12/2018) - The US Food and Drug Administration issues recalls for human foods and pet foods considered a health hazard. This week, three pet foods were recalled for potential salmonella contamination, and owners are encouraged to not [...]
Photo from 2016 International Festival of Cultures in Rocky Mount. Source: City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. International Festival of Cultures Seeks Participants (2/8/2018) - When it comes to diversity, the International Festival Cultures is an event rivaled by few others. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the city of Rocky Mount, Nash Community College, PNC Bank, Nash [...]
Label from recalled Guymon Extracts Inc. pork products. Source: USDA FSIS Pork Products Recalled for Potential Pathogen Growth (2/7/2018) - Guymon Extracts Inc., a Guymon, Oklahoma establishment, is recalling approximately 4,202 pounds of fully cooked pork products due to a processing deviation that may have allowed potential spore-forming pathogen growth including Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium perfringens, the US [...]
Phong Le prepares a tiny version of Banh Xeo at a 2017 Small Foods Party. Source: Small Foods Party, Baltimore MD. The Strange-ness: Watching Tiny-Food Cooking Videos? Try A Small Foods Party (2/7/2018) - By Kay Whatley On YouTube, there are videos showing tiny versions of food being created. The mini-food trend isn’t just on YouTube, though, as a Baltimore, Maryland group called Small Foods Party offers a live [...]
Logo source: Food & Water Watch Privatized Inspection System Produces More Contaminated Chicken (1/30/2018) - Food & Water Watch Analysis Finds 30% of Plants Under New System Failed Performance Standard for Salmonella. After over a one year delay, on January 23, 2018 the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection System (FSIS) [...]
Source: US FDA/Panera Panera Bread Preemptively Recalls Cream Cheese Products (1/29/2018) - While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its [...]
One of the meatball labels released with the recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Beef Meatballs Recalled for Possible Contamination (1/24/2018) - Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, New Jersey establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]
Eco-Products produces foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources. Garbanzo's new plates are made from sugarcane. Source: Eco-Products Dinnerware That’s Good for Guests and the Planet  (1/11/2018) - Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh has partnered with Eco-Products to offer innovative dinnerware that does double duty, helping guests and the environment at the same time. With Garbanzo’s new dinnerware, guests can eat from the plate while [...]
Five of the many biscuit labels under this recall. Source: US FDA Multiple Brands of Frozen Biscuit Dough Recalled (1/2/2018) - T. Marzetti Company Voluntarily Recalls Various Brands Due to Potential Listeria Contamination As a precautionary measure, T. Marzetti Company issued a voluntarily recall on December 29, 2017, for “Best By” dates of the following products because they may [...]
One of the PFP Enterprises LLC recalled products: beef found to contain soy. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Soy Found in Beef Shipped to Texas School (12/21/2017) - PFP Enterprises LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the US Department of [...]
Students eating lunch in cafeteria. Source: Food and Nutrition Services, USDA. Tell USDA What You Think of The School Lunch Program (12/14/2017) - USDA Seeks Public Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting On December 14, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened a commenting period for the public to submit ideas on food crediting, which is their [...]
A chicken pho served at Pho Super 9, Raleigh NC. Note that the hot pepper oil was brought on request and not part of regular service. What To Know About Pho (12/13/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor For those of you unfamiliar with pho, yet curious about it due to the increase in pho restaurant signs, here’s a little bit of background on this tasty, hot soup. At [...]
Black olives brownies. Source: PRNewsfoto/Olives from Spain The Strange-ness: Olives in Holiday Desserts? (12/5/2017) - The holiday season draws people together, often over food.  This year, rather than using carrots, apples, or chocolate in holiday goodies, try switching it up with recipes that include olives.  Yes, olives. Olives from Spain have introduced [...]
Food Business logo. Source: NCDA&CS Registration Open for NCDA&CS 2018 Food Business Conference (12/5/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Today the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) announced that registration is open for their sixth-annual Food Business Conference. The Conference will be held in Durham NC on February [...]